My mom and I had a mother/son road trip to Ironman Kansas 70.3 triathlon in Lawrence this past weekend. We had a spectacular time despite the very long drive and rainy weather. We got into town late Friday night.
|Turn down for what?|
I had told my mom she would be getting to meet an Irishmen. We had some wheels to hand off to him. His name is Robbie Wade a Cobb Cycling sponsored athlete who had been making his way up the ranks the last few years and finished 4th overall.
|W/ Robbie Wade - Cobb Cycling Pro Triathlete and he finished 4th Overall.|
After the expo we went over the University of Kansas. This college has a history of Legend athletes from All Americans, NBA Professionals, and Olympians. I was primarily interested in seeing the memorabilia of Billy Mills and Jim Ryun. When I was in high school my mom gave me the movie "Running Brave" which is based on the life of Billy Mills. Mills ran at KU and also became the 10,000 meter Olympic Gold medalist in 1964. Jim Ryun was the first person in high school to break 4 minutes in the mile and we went onto set numerous records and won the silver medal in the mile in 1964.
The morning of the race it was almost deja vu all over again like New Orleans 70.3. Another tire problem at 4:00 a.m.. At least this time I was semi-prepared to do something about it, my friend Seth taught me how to change my tubular tires. Turns out it's easier than I ever thought it would be, no excuse to DNF a 70.3 again, right? This time the corkscrew of the valve had popped off my front tire before we left the hotel and I would needed a valve extender to switch tires. Thankfully the on site bike mechanic was able to take the other corkscrew out and put in the other tire. I did have my spare training set of wheels with me just in case something like this happened and I wasn't able to get it repaired.
|Jason (left) and Cam (right) as we go to battle.|
Kansas isn't flat there are long rolling hills. On the bike I was close to feeling like my old self again. The first hour I was over 24 mph, however there were more hills and wind the second half. Early in the bike Cam had flew by me. I committed myself to keeping up with him and I would pass him a couple of times as I got into his draft zone before he would pass me right back. I lost Cam sometime later over a hill as I was taking a gel, I learned a valuable lesson about staying focused. He eventually rode out of sight. My bike average was 23.8 mph or 2:21.12.
|Around mile 5 on the run.|
|Making my way to the finish|
|w/ Jason Lentzke from Big Sexy Racing|
Overall I finished in 4:20:21. This goes down as my second fastest 70.3 triathlon since 2010 (Not including the WC 70.3 in Clearwater) and just a handful of seconds from my best. Jason and Cam really helped push me out there. My mom and I had a great trip! I thank the Lord for a really good race. I still have a lot of work to do but we've been taking steps in the right direction.Thanks to Team Extremus for their continuous and Cobb Mobb powered by Cobb Cycling, also known as my employer. I ride the best saddles with the combination of our saddles and shorts I have zero issues in the saddle and don't even need lube for cycling. John Cobb has helped tune my bike fit up. Andrew at Sigma Swimming has been working with me on swim technique and helping me get my pace times down. Next up in a short time is Buffalo Springs 70.3.