2014 Olympic Distance National Championships

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Last year at Nationals

This Saturday, August 9th I will be competing in the Olympic Distance National Championships!!! After placing 4th last year at Ironman Lake Tahoe, I qualified to participate in the National Championships for being in the top 10% of my age group. I did this race last year with my friend Chad from Team in Training and had a blast. The best part of the entire race? Chrissie freaking Wellington giving me my medal when I crossed the finish! In case you didn’t know, she is one of the greatest female triathletes of all time. As a star struck little age grouper, I fell on top of her and gave her a huge, sweaty hug and congratulated her on her race. Only problem? She didn’t actually do the race. Oh well, I am sure she appreciated my enthusiasm.

This year things are going to be a little different. I have my shiny BMC TM02 to ride on, I know the course, and my mom and Matt will be there performing Sherpa duties and cheering me on.

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Last year at the National Championships on my trusty road bike.

It’s been a full year since I did an Olympic Distance triathlon, since Nationals last year, and I don’t really know what to expect going into this race. In my mind, I am still recovering from my injury post New Zealand. But in reality, I think I am doing a lot better than I am giving myself credit for. After winning the Aquabike last weekend and crushing Death Ride, I am a lot more confident but still have reservations about where I am at in my training. I am hoping I will snap out of it at some point and just realize I can do this.

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My major focus this weekend is to improve my bike split. My swim may be a little slower than last year and I have no idea where my run is going to be. Sometimes I get out there and run and it feels like nothing has changed, and other times I feel like molasses. It’s just going to be a fun race again and I am not taking things too seriously. But I do plan on chicking quite a few guys and also some girls.

My start time is 9:18 am central time/7:18 am pacific time. Stalk me here: http://www.usatriathlon.org/events/usat/2014/08/olympic-distance-national-championships/coverage.aspx. And I will let everyone know my bib number as soon as I get it!

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Chicking one last girl over the finish line. Look at that action all over my face.

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