The storm that swept through Florida for the Rev3 Florida race last weekend was an unfortunate parallel to my 2012 season and the concluding race of my 2012 season. Due to high winds and a strong rip current, the swim was cancelled at the race and a 1.5 mile opening run was added in its place. So my last triathlon of the season was turned into my first ever duathlon. With the swim being one of my clear strengths, I was very disappointed to have the swim cancelled. While I do believe that the professionals should swim under pretty much any circumstances (after all we are professional athletes); the Rev3 team did all they could to make the swim happen but were ultimately shut down by the lifeguards.
So after a little bitching with the other swimmers in transition, I prepared myself for what lay ahead and started to become excited about the race. While I knew some of the race dynamics would be different; I still felt very confident in my bike and my ability to run a good half marathon.
I'll continue my analogy to a storm when describing my 2012 season. I had some of my best finishes as a professional, which allowed me to achieve one of my goals for the season in finishing top 5 in the Rev3 Series. (I finished 5th) However, I also had several races that went like the race in Florida. While I know racing and triathlon has a lot of up and downs, I feel that 2012 was a little more of a roller coaster year than I could have expected. I know that I made a lot of improvements this year and I plan on having a healthy and consistent winter to work one some weaknesses and continue to improve as a triathlete. 2012 was my first year as a full time professional and I am already very motivated for 2013.
For the first time in my career I felt like I had a true support system and a team behind me. Especially with my coach Grant Holicky and Apex Coaching, Todd Plymale-Mallory of Integrative Healing and Acupuncture (www.ihacupuncture.com) who took care of my body all year and kept me healthy, and my Apex Coaching teammates. The group that I train with is very important to me and I will continue to be a major driving influence in my development as an athlete. I also had the help of some great sponsors. Especially Clif Bar, Orbea, Rudy Project, Normatec, Champion System, Williams Wheels, Reno Running Company, Blue 70, SRM, and Roll Recovery.