Saturday, June 9, 2012

Remembering your first.

2012 Ironman Eagleman 70.3 is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday June 10. 2009 Eagleman was my first HIM and realizing that this is Eagleman race weekend made me start trying to figure out when I can go back.

There was so much good that happened to me as part of the prep for that race. My weight was under control. I started working with a coach. I was seeing genuine improvement and the sense of accomplishment was high.

I did race the 2010 version but that was a fiasco. First I was dinged up so a raced the AquaVelo instead. Second, I spent the week before the race in Hong Kong and commuted halfway around the world to just get to the race. I drove directly from the airport to Maryland without stopping home (I stashed my stuff in a relative's house in New Jersey). Thirdly, the water temperature in 2010 was a record 79.4 which made this a non wetsuit swim. Of course, it didn't help that there was a significant current and my body clock was still in Asia time. I missed the swim cutoff, did the bike anyway, suffered through it, got the medal, but a few days later my time was taken down since I missed the swim cutoff. The blog post can be found here

Since then I've improved my swim to the point where my 2011IMFL swim time was only a few minutes slower than my 2010Eagleman time despite being twice the distance. I've raced a few more HIMs since but they will never replace Eagleman in my heart.

I started wondering when I can go back. I'm thinking that 2013 will be the year of the Olympic for me. Might go back to StA, want to do the Aquaphor NYC triathlon, and perhaps a few other local olys. I would want a PR somewhere in there but I haven't raced Olympic since I was, in fact, a rookie. That means 2014 could be the return to Eagleman to take care of some business.

Good luck to all the athletes racing tomorrow. Hope those stepping up in distance have a day worth remembering.


Unknown said...

The "first" race always have some sort of sentimental value. There is a race this weekend, the North Shore Triathlon. It was first tri I ever did. I try to do it every year. I am tempted to do it next Sunday even with my bad shoulder.

Carolina John said...

We all want to go back to where it all began. Get out there in 2014!