THANKS TO TEAMMATE JULIE ZICKOVICH FOR THIS RACE REPORT! Among 126 racers in her W30-34 age group, Julie finished 15th, with a fast time of 5:37:43. Nice.
Boise has a unique 2pm start time which sounds great on paper. You can sleep in, eat a big breakfast, hang out and get ready to race. In reality, I decided it means anxiety all night long, anxiety all morning long, and more anxiety into the afternoon. By 1:45 when the race officials moved us out of the hot transition area onto the hot pavement of the boat ramp to wait another 45 minutes, I felt pretty much done. Not a good way to start the day. The swim was slow with lots of people trying to drown me, but I persevered and felt really good at the end of the swim. I guess that means a harder effort next time.
As we waited on the hot pavement, the wind had really picked up. It was blowing, hard. I was ready to sit in and work on the bike. I knew I could do it, but there were so many people which got to be frustrating and made it really hard to settle in. The course was technical with lots of turns and cones. It was fun at first to try and go through the corners fast and I felt really good about my bike handling skills, however, after being beaten by the wind for 75% of the ride, it was all I could do to get to the transition. I have never been so happy to be off my bike as I was that day.
The run was really nice, down by the river in the shade and out of the wind. The aid stations and fans were amazing and supportive. I felt strong on my run which is good since the bike was so hard. The first couple of miles are always hard, but as they begin to countdown it is easier to reflect on the day and look forward to the finish. The finish line was so much fun, a huge chute with lots of people cheering.
Later that evening I met up with Aubrey to drink a couple of beers and reflect on the day. We ended up at a booty shaking contest. Funny!!! I don’t think that is one contest I have any desire to win. Boise was not my greatest race, but from what I have read it was hard on a lot of people, so I am going to take it.
Thanks for reading. Julie