By PowerPlay Athlete Jessica Meyers
Last weekend I traveled to Austin for the 70.3. In 2011 I won this event. In 2012 I missed it because I was focusing a different race series, the Revolution 3 and it landed on the same weekend as their finale race. This race is special to me for several reasons. The first is, I’m Texan born and raised so I love traveling back to the Lone Star state because usually I get to catch up with some family that is around. Secondly, I was stationed at Fort Hood for nearly 5 years, which is only about an hour from Austin. I spent a lot of time in Austin on the weekends when I was a soldier, so I have found memories of the town. Lastly, this was my first half ironman in 2008, when my twins were a mere 18 months. That race was a huge milestone for me as I consider it my “return” to professional racing. It will always remain one of my most memorable races because going into it I knew I wasn’t going to be competitive, and I’m incredibly proud that I had the courage to get on that start line knowing that. Needless to say it’s been quite a journey since then!
Now to the race. I wish I could sit here and write that I had a stand out race. I did not. I was average the entire day. Average swim by myself, average bike by myself, average run by myself. I was just never “in” the race. Am I disappointed? Heck no! My goal all along is November 17th, Ironman Arizona. Austin 70.3 showed me I’m right on track! While I lacked any gear past 3rd, Austin was a confidence booster that I’m strong, healthy, and with a little rest I’ll be ready to go. I have recovered faster than any race this year. This is a good indicator of better fitness, but also better resources to foster recovery. Huge thanks to PowerPlay, cold compression, for getting me back into training so I can get the last few key sessions in before the big one.
I always make a point to keep things in perspective. This race is no exception. It’s important to look at the “big picture” and to take the important measures to keep you on track.
Happy racing and training!