What a great race venue! Milwaukee did not disappoint. The swim was in calm water, bike was flat and fast and the run, other than going by a very full port o potty station, was awesome near the water.
Race morning came quickly. The first wave headed out at 7:30a but I didn’t hit the water until. My goal for nationals was to PR for the distance. Competition was fierce and there were many fast women in it to win it! I got hung up at the beginning of the swim trying to get a good position. I am not very aggressive in the water so hung back and tried to find a bit of open water. Once I did, I had a very solid swim. The run to T1 was a bit long on pavement but was well swept so no random pebbles. I had a sweet spot on the rack 4 bikes in from the end of the row. My bike was also easy to find as most of the bikes in the area were already gone:-/. My bike went well. It was flat so I was able to pull off just over a 20 MPH average! Not too shabby for me and my little P2C. Headed out on the run feeling good and nailed a pace on the run. Looking at my stats, I gradually moved up in the rank from swim, bike and run passing a half dozen or so women in my age group on the run. Overall, I had a great race and got my PR by 11 minutes from nationals in Burlington in 2012 which was then my fastest time at Olympic distance. I finished in and change and was 90th overall out of about 200 women in my age group. B- average for the nations best. I’ll take it!
Headed out for a celebratory beer that night and ran into Matt Garceau.
Pic of my friend Karin, far left, (2nd 40-44 women finisher), Johanna, middle, (7th 50-54 age group finisher), and me in front a sign that summed up race day.