Back on July 31st, I had the opportunity to race at the Elite Development race at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. There were 35 athletes in the race, including 4 pros. Excluding the pros, the top 3 amateur finishers were given their elite cards, giving them their "professional" status. I raced in one of these types if races earlier this year, taking the 4th spot. This time, I was poised for a top 3 finish. Unfortunately, after a great swim that put me in the position I wanted, I hit a bump on the bike and went down hard. I've never crashed on the bike before. It was surprising, to say the least...as well as painful. With the help of some coaches, I got picked up from the ground, the bike was bent back into ridable position and I was off. Throughout my entire running and triathlon career, I've never DNFed and I wasn't about the change that. I ended up finishing, which was a successful race given the circumstances.
Now, 3 weeks after the crash, I'm just starting to get back in the pool. I took 2 weeks off from pretty much everything to let my shoulder heal a bit. Last week was my first full week back running and biking. Swimming is taking a bit longer. Luckily nothing was broken or dislocated in the crash and I walked away with just some muscle damage. A couple races on my schedule are cancelled (Alcatraz and Pacific Grove) so I can get ready for my number 1 race of the season: Nationals in Tuscaloosa, AL. I've got 4 weeks to train hard and get ready.
I'll do my best to keep you updated on my progress to Alabama.