What a huge week!
I don’t even know where to start with this week’s blog entry. The focus for the week was on getting Brittany to Las Vegas and having her prepared for her World Championship race. We packed up and headed for the airport on Wednesday. We had an executive shuttle driver take us to the airport (Thanks Dad!). Check in went fine with the exception of the bike. We had to open the bike travel case and have them do explosive tests on the bike. Good thing we passed! We sealed and locked the bike box and it was on it’s way.
Our hotel in Vegas was a Residence Inn. It worked out great as it had a couple of bedrooms and a full kitchen. This enabled us to grocery shop and keep the costs down. Of course, Brittany’s diet was very specific prior to the race so the kitchen also helped with that.
We spent the week doing practice runs, bikes, and swims on the official courses. It was a great experience to be around all of the world class athletes in a sport that I am addicted to! It was interesting to see that many of them have the same fears and insecurities that I have in triathlon. We got to talk to many competitors and athletes from all over the world, a great experience.
We also got to meet the elite pros and ask them questions about how they prepare for the big races. We took lots of pictures throughout the week, too many to share in a blog.
Race day was cold and wet, no one had prepared for that. It had been 105 degrees all week! The race start was a real mess with all the water run-off. Vegas has flash floods and I can see why, water management is not something that they consider as they don’t get much rain. Brittany had some tense moments prior to the swim start. She needed a boost of confidence to remember that she deserved to be there with the world’s best triathletes. Off she went down the hill to the race start in the water. My little girl was scared and my heart was in my throat. Her swim turned out to be 30 seconds slower than her Syracuse swim, but this race wetsuits were not allowed. I think she would have had a personal best in the water if the wetsuits were legal in Vegas. She took it a bit slow for the first bit of the bike as it was raining hard. We were tracking her online and her splits were a good speed though. She completed the bike approximately 10 minutes faster than her Syracuse race. Two events down and the stress was off! It was good to get her off the bike in the horrid conditions. She ran really well. Each time she passed us she was controlled and managing her pace well. She crossed the finish line in 24th in her age group, super awesome. Our daughter is the 24th best triathlete at the World Championships!!
It is all still a blur, just settling in on the accomplishment she had this week. We are very proud of our little World Champ! Another unexpected bonus was all of the support we got from home. Twitter and Facebook was going crazy with support for Brittany. There were many heartfelt posts that had Jackie in tears. All of our social media friends were just awesome. Many even followed the race online and watched her cross the line live with the ironman.com video feed!
As for my training, well it took second seat this week. I did do a couple runs and a swim with the Championship crowd in Lake Meade one morning. I certainly caught the bug once again to continue to better myself in the sport, it is hard not too with all the excitement around me all week. I also got my new tri program today. It is with a coach and I am hoping will elevate my performances in the future. Lots of exciting stuff this week!
See you at the finish line……