In the last couple of weeks I have raced three local sprint tri's. On August 4th I raced the Derby Rock N' Route Tri for the third year. My focus here was to get some feedback on where I had improved my run to over the previous three week training cycle. Following a solid swim and bike I rounded it out with a 17 flat run. This was not up to form but was starting to show some signs of speed coming back. Derby always treats the overall finishers great and this year I was sent off with a new cycleops trainer from Bicycle X-Change.
The following weekend I decided to do the double with the Hutchinson Salty Dog on Saturday and the Hays Summer Slam on Sunday. This was a somewhat of a last minute change but we were going to be in the Hays area anyway and so I thought we should check it out. I also thought back to back races would give a little extra boost to my training for Hy-Vee.
I had a solid race on Saturday finishing with a comfortable 7 minute lead. On Sunday I was pleased with my quick recovery and with slightly tired legs had another solid race finishing with an 8 minute victory.
All three races are very well put together and have their own home town feel. The Salty Dog concludes with a pancake feed and the Summer Slam had grilled pizzas.
I am currently in the middle of my last three week peak training cycle for US Nationals and am anxious to get to Des Moines to test my fitness against the best amateurs in the country.