Draft Legal Debut in Clermont
Total- 1:02:11, 9th Place Overall.
Clermont Elite Development Race was a bit of an experiment for me. It was my first race of the 2014 season after an average start to the year health-wise, and was to be my first draft legal race of my career (riding in packs as opposed to riding solo). Along with that, I was escaping the sub-freezing temperatures and ice and snow of Ohio to race in the warmth of Florida. Hopping off the trainer straight into my first draft legal race was something that definitely wasn’t ideal and was causing me some anxiety. I didn’t have high expectations of the race, but every race I enter I believe I have the ability to win.
Knowing I was one of the better runners in the field, I felt alright exiting the water in 20th position. From there we had a good chance to work together and catch the lead group up the front where I thought I would have a good shot at throwing down a run that could land me on the podium. Unfortunately it didn’t end up that way. Either through lack of knowledge, or lack of desire, my group did no work in cutting into the advantage of the group ahead of us. This led to what would be one of the most frustrating bike legs I have ever had. I knew we had the legs to put ourselves in a position to win and that was what I was there for.
After exiting T2 I was able to chase down some people on the run, despite working a little hard on the bike and a stop and go penalty for a uniform violation. I finished 9th overall, a decent result for my first ever draft legal race, but definitely feeling frustrated and hungry for more.
A huge thank you to the Denny family for having me to stay with them down in Clermont and to Every Man Jack, Louis Garneau and Saucony for providing me with the tools to be successful in my training and racing. I learned a lot from my first draft legal race and can’t wait to have another crack at putting everything together.