Last Thursday I competed in the second Splash and Dash. Actually, I should rephrase that; I was at the second race of the series. I wasn’t able to shake the cold I was developing and since I had a hard track session on Tuesday and the Wednesday Nighter – where I broke away and stayed away with another athlete – I wasn’t giving my body enough time and rest to get over the virus.

I had a bit of a tickle in my throat on Thursday morning and my legs were uncharacteristically tight, but with a 6 p.m. start time, I was hoping things would come around. After warming up, I chatted with my coach and we decided that it’d be best to push the swim and take it easy on the run.

The water was much warmer this time around, so I put on my Blue Seventy Pointzero3 swim skin. Most people opted for wetsuits, so I knew I was giving up a few positions out of the water. At 73ยบ, professionals wouldn’t have been able to wear a wetsuit and if I want to compete with the big boys, I’m better off not wearing one. Overall, I felt good in the water trying to keep the pace a bit higher. Regardless, I still have a lot of work to do in the pool and will start a swim emphasis soon.

As soon as I got my shoes on, I casually shuffled out of transition. I ran at a comfortable pace and ignored the people in front of me. Despite jogging, I still finished 12th overall. In the first Splash & Dash, I had the fastest run split and managed 4th overall. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to compare performances – even on the swim, which was actually 1,500 meters this time.

Fortunately, there is one more race left and I expect to be in better form by then.

Thanks again to Swirls Frozen Yogurt of Almaden for sponsoring me for the series! Their support means a lot and the yogurt they serve is second to none. Especially on a hot day, which we’re having a lot of.