by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie
Ironman 70.3 Kansas came and went like crazy! It felt like I didn’t have much time to think about the race. Perhaps this was a good thing—less time to worry and fret over details and things that aren’t going quite right.
The day before the race, the water temp was well over 77°F. Somehow on race morning the temp was 75.9°. (76.1° is wetsuit cutoff) Hmmmmm, decided to go with it. By the first turn buoy, I was uncomfortably hot. Despite that, swim went pretty well. I exited the water in 2nd.
My bike was alright. This was only 3 weeks after Ironman Texas, so certainly not an A race. And this race was in between things… which left me feeling, well, a little in between things. I didn’t feel bad, but I didn’t feel good. Going at the effort and watts I was felt alright, but I couldn’t seem to push much more. I did feel like I could keep doing that exact effort for another 56 miles no problem at all, though. Funny how that happens. I think I had moved back to 10th or 11th after the bike. I loved the rolling hills and scenery the Kansas country roads provided.
The run went pretty well. Especially all else considered. One girl passed me right out of T2, but I managed to pass her, and at least one other girl around mile 7. Finished up 9th. Time of 4 hours 37 minutes. For a non-A race three weeks my next Ironman, I’m pretty happy with Ironman 70.3 Kansas!
Next up is Muncie 70.3.
Full results from Ironman 70.3 Kansas are available on Ironman.com.