by Pro Triathlete Tami
Ironman 70.3 Texas was not the race for me. I really enjoyed being where it was warmer and there was some sunshine, but as for the actual race, not so much. In February I got a few days of riding outside, but otherwise I haven't had wheels on pavement since October '12. I feel like I can push myself all kinds of ways on the trainer, but it's still never the same as just getting out there and hammering away on the road for consecutive hours. That, combined with all kind of “life” things, made this race tough. I knew that going into it, but wanted to race and get that first race out of the way. In the end, it was a good thing. It reminded me about riding and pushing while outside and, along with that, reminded me about nutrition. I need to eat and drink more when I'm riding like that, especially when in the heat and humidity.
Ironman Texas also reminded me about putting my bike together correctly. It was only when repacking my bike to come home that I realized I had the stem spacers below where my handlebars should be, when I normally have my bars as low as possible to be more aerodynamic. Seriously, is there not more screening or something before one can race as a professional??