ITU Mazatlan Continental Cup – So Close!

Posted on April 28, 2009

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2nd Place

2nd Place

What a weekend and what a race! I came oh-so-close to my first victory in a pro race. With 2.5k left in the run I was leading Mexico’s Francisco Serrano by 15 seconds. I thought it might be over, but he used a crazy-fast last lap to catch me and eventually put about 10 seconds on me. I was still happy to take 2nd given that I’m just coming off of an injury. I didn’t know exactly where my running was at, but the fact that I ran so well with only about a month of run training under my belt is an encouraging sign.

The hot Mazatlan sun

The hot Mazatlan sun

Last year at this race I DNF’d due to mechnical problems on the bike. TC told me before I arrived in Mazatlan that I needed some redemption and had to start this year off on the right foot. I think we accomplished that goal. The city of Mazatlan grew on me during my time there. The waves were huge and the beaches were pretty. We found good restaurants to eat at, and there was free Pacifico at the post race party!

On our hotel Balcony

On our hotel Balcony

I traveled with Jen Spieldenner, Amanda Felder, and Steve Sexton (who finished 3rd, 2nd, and 5th respectively). We all made it back to San Diego safely and Swine Flu-free, however, Sexton is currently suffering from a little bout of food poisoning. Other than some extremely sore legs, I’m okay. Two more solid weeks of training before I race the Pan Am champs in Oklahoma City. It’s kind of sad that my time in Chula Vista is winding down. I head out of here on May 11th to go train with Barret Brandon in Texas for a couple weeks.

My official race report from the weekend should be up on Xtri.com.