All I can say is…WOW!
The season started up in January with a handful of running races, where I set personal bests in the 10km, half marathon (twice) and marathon. In March, I ran a 1:17 half marathon at Rock n Roll DC and then followed it up with a 1:16 half marathon at the New York City Half Marathon a week later.
In early April, despite getting hit by a car during an afternoon run, I was able to bounce back quickly and defend my title at RaceAwesome’s Cedar Creek Duathlon in Merrick, NY.
Triathlon season started at the Kinetic Half Ironman, where I set a half ironman personal best while watching Christina take the overall Women’s win!
June was a busy month with some shorter distance triathlons, highlighted by a 2nd place finish at the Port Washington Triathlon. Then came July and August, where we raced IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie & 70.3 Steelhead and climbed Whiteface mountain on our bikes.
At 70.3 Muncie, Christina and I qualified for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, which will take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Moreover, at 70.3 Muncie, I set personal bests in the 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run that resulted in an overall finish time of 4 hours and 18 minutes, besting my time at the Kinetic Half Ironman by nearly 15 minutes!
By September, I had started ramping things up for IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. As part of the build-up towards Kona, I raced the Lake Placid Half Marathon and TOUGHMAN Half Championship. Thanks to an overall net-downhill course at the Lake Placid half, I was able to take the overall win in 1:17, less than a minute slower than what I ran at the NYC Half Marathon. A week later, I consolidated my training with a 2nd place overall at the TOUGHMAN Half.
Afterwards, I had 3 events left for the season, all of which have their own race reports:
I am now very much enjoying some extra free time to catch up with family friends, do non-triathlon related things, and spend quality time with CCL 😉
2017 is right around the corner and training will be in full swing after Christmas.
Thank you to all my sponsors – you help make training and racing even more enjoyable!
And, stay tuned for some exciting news!