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Wildflower Race Report « Brandon Marsh's Blog


Wildflower Race Report

I was going to try to come up with something clever like “sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes you’re the hydrant” or “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, Why am I in the Pits?”  But, those would not really convey my race at Wildflower…sure it wasn’t what I wanted, but to use a word from a fellow pros blog it is a “process”…a learning process at that.  I would like to say Wildflower was just “one of those days” but then again, I was probably my own worst enemy last weekend.

The week before the race, I had a dodgy calf as some of my teammates would say.  I took orders from coach, kept some heat on it, ran slowly, very slowly, and headed to the race not sure if my leg was going to hold up or not.

Long story short, I was a bit too worried about my calf to focus on the race.  My race as coach said was all about “hesitation”.  I was hesitant on the swim and ended up pulling around the 2nd pack instead of sitting firmly in the front pack.  I was hesitant on the run out of transition and watched the Caveman and the others drop me like a bag of rocks.  I probably panicked early in the ride and feel like I lost scads of time in the first 20 miles.   I do feel like I rode solidly the last 1/2 of the ride and did manage to pick off a few athletes…but the damage was done.

Heck, I even took the time in transition to put on compression sox for the run just to be “safe”.  As a side note, I have NO IDEA how people use these things in races…they are so hard to get on.  I think that a 12 year old doing the sprint Xterra race passed me in the first mile.  All the while instead of just going for it, I was hesitating and waiting for another blow out like the Saturday before.  I was in 15th off the bike.  Miles 1 through 5 came and went.  I made it up the steep hill at mile 5 with no blowout.  Finally about mile 7 I started running.  My hesitation was over, but so was any hope of salvaging a good race.

When a race has the prestige of Wildflower and one of the strongest pro fields at a 1/2 IM distance race this year, there is no room for hesitation.  I crossed the line 15th well off the mark set by the winner and only a couple of minutes faster than I was in 2007.  But, it is time to put that behind me and get on with “being better than I think that I am”…

On a side note…Wildflower is one of the classic US triathlons.  Terry Davis and his crew do an awesome job.  Pros are taken care of, and there is a lot to do and see for the age groupers.  It really is the Woodstock of triathlon, and if you have not done it…it is well worth it…even if it is not an “official” 70.3 event.  The aid stations on the run are packed with Cal Poly students, the expo is first class, and it is just a great atmosphere all around.

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