Out of all the races, this race was the closest to home. I was excited that my wife Kelly was going to do this race as a relay with 2 others. This was great because Kelly, Amanda, and Katie were able to experience what I experience rather than just reading my words from my blogs, facebook, or chatting over dinner. As usual, I arrive to my race two days prior and therefore I was able to meet up with Travis Johnson, Colin, and Jackie, who are from Betalain, now known as AltRed. AltRed is a phenomenal product that I have used since I started racing in March. To break it down short, AltRed is an phytonutrient found in plants and those who know me know I love my beets, beet juice, and beet products. If you can’t stomach the beet juice, AltRed is a product that helps with faster recovery, decreases your fatigue, and reduces muscle damage, just to name a few benefits backed by science. This is all natural for the body, which I am big on rather than putting garbage in your body. That evening, Travis & Colin joined Kelly & me for a pasta dinner at a local restaurant where we discussed life, friends, my journey, and had good ‘ol quality time at the dinner table. I enjoy surrounding myself with a great group of people and I couldn’t have had a better evening than with Travis & Colin. I learned about Colin and how he is a collegiate runner and I wish him the best of luck this season.
The day before the race we were able to eat at a local pizza place and spend quality time with our friends Amanda and Katie. Our dinner was more of a late lunch since we turned in early because we would wake at 4:00am race day. It felt good knowing that I would be home in less than 2 hours after the race. That wasn’t actually the case since after I finished my race I had to wait around for 4 hours so that I could claim my spot at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa, something I was more than happy to wait around for!
The entire weekend I was happy not to be alone and it was a great weekend overall because I had quality time with my wife and friends and it didn’t feel like it was just another weekend of racing away from home. It felt like a weekend get-away.