Spring Break Active Style!!
After the second day of skiing, I headed home to get some work done on my take home exam and other projects. No rest for the graduate students, as I worked for two full days and still wasn't done in time for leaving for Arizona! Regardless, I had to pack up my things (including my exam) and head to Fort Collins for a road trip at 5:30 am the next morning. I knew I would miss the time I could have spent at home with my mom and dad, but I was excited for the trip ahead.
I spent the next day traveling to Lake Havasu City, AZ for the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships. It was a long, 14 hour drive from FoCo to the hot desert, and I spent most of it working on my take home exam, but I was so excited to be with my team. The heat was a huge relief from the typical Colorado temperatures I had been experiencing all month, but I was also nervous of how it would affect my race. I spent my first day in Havasu testing the lake water with an open water swim and a completing a quick run on the run course. The lake was extremely refreshing, and I loved getting to put my wetsuit on and feel the cold water! I was more than ready to get my first race of the season down in the books.
On race day, conditions were perfect. There was no wind, no clouds, the sun was shining, and I couldn't wait any longer!! My wave started at around 7:50, and I had plenty of time to set up my transition, put some sunscreen on, and get a warm up in.
The swim was great for me. I loved the temperature of the water, and I felt like my sighting was spot on. I made a bee line for each buoy, and had no problems with getting kicked in the face or grabbed. I came out of the water as the 4th girl on my team, which made me happy considering that school had been preventing me from going to swim practice.
|Havasu is beautiful!|
|Running across the "London Bridge"|
My team was amazing during this race. We got 2nd in our conference with combined results from the season, and I was amazed to see how everyone's hard work paid off. I'm beyond excited to compete with them and cheer them on at the Collegiate National Championship in April. This will be my last Collegiate National race, and I'm sure it will be the best one yet! I'm so happy that I'm blessed with an amazing team, great friends, and the support of my family when I race triathlons.
After Collegiate Nationals, my next race is the Colfax Half Marathon with my mom and friend Stephanie. To anyone who wants to join us and race for Epic Experience, you have until March 31st to sign up! It doesn't have to be a half marathon either, it can be the 5k, 10 miler, or full marathon as well. I'd love to see you toe the line with me and race for a great cause. Even if you don't want to or cannot race, you can support me by sponsoring my run! Running and competing in triathlons makes me feel alive, but Epic Experience helps cancer survivors to embrace their lives in a way I see every day with my mom. The link to run for or support Epic is below, and as always, the link to donate to my general fundraising page for Epic Experience is on the right sidebar! Thanks for reading, and happy training!