by Pro Triathlete Tanelle
Coming into this weekend, I was so ready to race! After Kansas, I was super motivated to improve and get back into shape. This came about with some very solid workouts (even in the week of the race). Because I had been putting in a lot of hard work, I was unfortunately not rested for the race, and it definitely showed in the run this past weekend. Overall, I am very happy with where I am progressing for this part of the season, and I am content with my 4th place finish in the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup.
Now onto the race: I was very pleased with my swim compared to my previous races this year. I dove into the water and sprinted as hard as I could to get up to the front. Unfortunately, about 50 meters in, my shoulder was snatched by another swimmer, and all my forward momentum went to a halt. So, naturally, I was slightly swallowed up by a group of swimmers (that I eventually went around to bridge up to the front pack). In this race, I was able to recover from losing my rhythm for several strokes. At a bigger race, I will probably not be so lucky to be able to bridge to a stronger pack.