The 2016 season was planned to be an interesting year for me as I had taken on a different work environment and schedule. The main issues was that my training schedule had been cut by 50% and shift drastically in the time of day, moved to the early am and when it is dark outside, not the most motivational time of the day for me. I made it through transitioning the year into a next fun and recovery year, which I think my body probably needed.
One of my enjoyable races in 2016 was my home town race, Granite Falls Triathlon. This is always fun as this is centered at my training location and many friends and training partners take part.
The swim started fairly normal, starting in the open divisions continues to be a plus, always finding clean water. I tend to always be dead on with my previous year’s times and surprisingly, with the less amount of training I came in with my fastest swim for this race. I’ll accept that.
The bike course had changed from prior years and was reduced in distance by about a half mile. It was also going a route that I didn’t prefer for my strengths. Heading into the race I focused on the positive and this was my home field. Everything seemed smooth through the entire bike besides I couldn’t get comfortable or find the speed I felt I was capable of. It felt like I was sliding forward and my shoulders ached, I wasn’t sure why. I finished solid on the bike, fastest split of competitors, however similar to my prior bike splits when the course was longer. I week or so later while riding with Chad Kufen, he pointed out my seat may have been shifted. Sure enough the nose had dropped very slightly. We adjusted that and it sure made a huge different. Lesson learned, small adjustments can result in a major negative or positive result. It is extremely important to have a bike fit and be sure it stays adjusted as needed.
The run was an enjoyable and I felt good. I ran solid in the beginning and following the turnaround I saw Glenn Cook, he was a bit closer than I had hoped and was moving fast. I did pick it up for the last mile to maintain the gap the best the I could. In the end it was enough to hold off the field and meet my race goals.