With the triathlon season winding down, I'd like to share a summary of my year with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program Resident Team so far, where I am now and what's left.
After spending the end of the winter in Australia and then a couple weeks in Scottsdale, Arizona, the CRP Resident Team moved to Carlsbad, California. This move was right before my first ITU race in Richmond, Virginia. The first part of the summer had some travel and a couple more ITU races in store for me. The first was in Taizhou, China. This race went well. I finished tenth but suffered a bit of a tight calf late in the run which likely cost me a couple spots.
Several weeks later, I raced in another ITU race in West Des Moines, Iowa. Having high hopes going in, I was very disappointed as my race ended in a bike crash within 2 miles of getting on the bike. I have never not finished a race before, so I was full of many different emotions, most of which weren't great. Luckily, however, I only ended up with road rash and nothing worse. It's been almost 2 months since racing in West Des Moines. After the race, I took several weeks to feel fully normal again from going down. That time has been spent training hard in Southern California.
Until this year, I honestly never thought I would live in California. It's a long way from Delaware, where I call home. The transition took a bit longer than moving to Arizona several months earlier. It was just hard to get into the swing of things, find a routine and learn all the best training venues. Now that I am settled, it's not as different as I thought before moving. Some things, like the amount of traffic and people, I don't know if I will ever get used to. On the other hand, the weather is pristine every day, there are many competitive group rides and it's easy to get open water swim training.
Nearing the end of the season, we have been working diligently on my run for the last block of training. In order to maintain my contract within the CRP Resident Team, I need to obtain certain run standards, so that is what we are working toward while not forgetting about the other two aspects of triathlon. This block of work will take me up to the final races of the season. The next ITU race on the calendar is the Americas Championship in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, at the end of October, but pending results, I could see more races on my schedule. It has been a pretty good season so far, and I'd like to finish it off strong. All of this journey wouldn't be possible without the support of Team Psycho, USA Triathlon CRP, or Pacific Health Labs.