|Betty's Pre-race: me, Nicole, and Pim|
(who wasn't racing but was a great cheerleader!)
Highlights: the swim is so non-eventful there. Women-only wave start in a narrow river, so sighting is easy (my sighting was flawless). I swam 31:51 (almost 2 min faster than last year). I owe it to my new wetsuit: a ROKA Maverick Pro. This is the first wetsuit I've ever had that I don't feel any shoulder restriction. It's awesome.
|Heading out onto the bike course.|
Thanks Pim for the photo!
Sean gave me a power goal: to ride 85% FTP for the race. He knew it would be hard for me to push that hard for 90km. I ended up riding 80%, so I know there's still room for improvement. Some of the hills didn't feel as hard, although Chalk Hill I still know I can do better! I rode 2:53 (10 min faster than last year). Yeah, how could I not be stoked?!
So I didn't podium... now I have a goal for next year!
To finish off my road trip, it took me a long time to get home as I had training to do along the way. No more racing now until Ironman, but it's time to really hit the mileage.
|Pier Pool - a cute neighbourhood pool in Portland.|