Yesterday I raced to a 7th place finish in Korea. It was my first race in almost 7 months! And only 3 months after surgery and with only 8 weeks of training under my belt. So to say I was a little unsure how it would feel would be an understatement. But in saying that I did go into the race with some clear goals and steps to get me through the race.
The race course and conditions were rather challenging. The swim was held in a river through the city I think anyway, because forgive me if I am wrong but I always thought that water was blue not brown. Anyway I put that confusion aside and dived in only to encounter an ice cream headache and a strong current. Going out with the current was fun, but turning at the top bouy and heading straight back into it was not. In saying that I had a good swim and exited 4th behind a trio of flying Koreans. Onto the bike course it was stop, go, stop, go, with about a thousand u-turns and corners on each lap. The group rode safely and we made it back to T2 unscathed. Running out of tranisiton I felt awesome! Maybe a little to awesome going through the first km way too fast. I stayed strong untill the last few km where the legs turned to jelly and I started to go backwards quickly dropping a few places. But overall I am very happy and it felt great to be back out there. It was an excellent oppotunity to see exactly where I am at and what I need to do to become competitive and win races!
Now I am heading back home for around 2 weeks to soak up some family and friends time, before starting off on my next adventure to Boulder, Colorado, Germany and France to name a few places.