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TB3-EE Team Member Andrew ROCKS Oceanside 70.3

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from doing triathlon training under Greg Close is – consistency of training.  It’s had a major impact on my results over the past few years.  With that in mind, I kept training through the winter months and was finally looking forward to racing Oceanside again.  The last time I raced there was Before Greg Close (BGC).  My race effort at that time left me with a 6hr 19min finish.  I thought I’d do better this time.  As with any race these days – I try and focus on one goal per race.  My goal for Oceanside 70.3 was to do a PR on the run.  That would mean a successful race for me.

Swim
My AG (45-49) was split into two waves, and I went off in Wave 4, 10 mins after the pro start.  I’ve been trying to improve my swim for years and have only seen incremental speed improvements.  My fitness certainly has improved and my ability to bike well after a hard swim has also improved.  But my swim times have not.  I really enjoyed the Oceanside swim.  At no time during the swim did I feel fatigued.  I gave the turn buoys a wide berth and avoided the crowds as best I could.  I came out of the water in 35 mins.  Slower than I wanted, but then again – my swim is always slower than I would like.

Bike
The Oceanside bike course is part beautiful and part brutal.  From my previous race there, I remembered one of the more difficult hills had me gasping for air and caused a lot of other athletes to simply get off their bikes and walk up the […]

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The Calm before the storm

What a weekend!  Some people refer to the days leading up to a big race as the “calm before the storm” and enjoy tapering workouts, spending time relaxing, checking over equipment, and going over race strategy.  From the moment I stepped into the airport in Philadelphia, however, the winds of my storm began to pick up.

I normally wouldn’t say anything about “pre-race jitters;” however, the series of events leading up to Sunday morning are definitely worth mentioning.  After paying an extra $200 baggage fee in Philly for the bike, I was led into a back hallway and down a staircase where I was told to wait with a group of people to board a bus that would take us to our terminal (the regular one was under renovation).  The flight itself was relatively unremarkable, and after landing in Greenville, SC, I made my way over to the baggage claim where I was hoping my bike would be waiting for me…  I grabbed my duffel quickly, but waited with anticipation for the Thule box to come rolling in.  Once the luggage carousel stopped, my heart started pounding in my chest.  Where was my bike?

As I turned to walk to the USAir counter, I saw a guy wheeling the box over to the baggage claim and breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I grabbed my bags and headed over to where my parents would be landing…I mean…SHOULD have been landing.  I found out that my parents’ flight from Ft. Lauderdale had to turn around due to some technical issues on the plane, so they were just becoming airborne (again) as I landed.  Finally, over an hour later, my parents greeted me in […]