Angela Naeth MPT BsHSc - Elite Triathlete, Physiotherapist by trade
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
What happened out there?
This isn't exactly a race report, but everyone wants to know what happened at the 70.3 World Championship race in Las Vegas this weekend, so here it is:
I had a really solid swim and was actually excited to be in 4th position so quickly on the bike. At about mile 19 I was getting ready to pass Heather Jackson, when I caught a rumble strip. I partially lost control but then managed to "surf" the edge of the pavement/dirt until I hit something, causing me to fully lose control and slide down the road. Unfortunately, my front tire blew out and I broke my front wheel; I'm not sure exactly how it happened - whether the tire blew and caused me to lose control, or if it blew when I crashed - either way, the tire had a large gash in it. I waited to receive mechanical help and then got back on my bike, even though I was in a good amount of pain. I didn't feel like anything was broken, but my left hip wasn't feeling very good. To top it off, I lost my nutrition; I tried to make up for it with the Perform they had on the course, but it wasn't the same. Mentally, I was having a hard time getting through the rest of the bike, and I felt like I was crawling into T2.
I decided in T2 that I was going to just grin and bear it. It was actually inspiring and eye-opening experience to be in that position and have the opportunity to see the race from a different perspective - where finishing was the only goal that mattered. I was able to cheer on all my fellow competitors and was lucky enough to have my own spirits buoyed by more than my share of supportive/inspiring/"you're a bad ass" cheers.
I was lucky not to break any bones, but I did end up with severe road rash on my shoulder/upper arm, hip, and lower legs. I also required 7 stitches to close up the nasty gash I had on my ankle. Looks like no swimming for this girl for a wee bit. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support! It really means the world to me. :)