Back in 2009, my first full year of “being a triathlete,” the International Triathlon Union (ITU) brought one of their World Triathlon Series (WTS) event to American soil for the first time. Their chosen location: Washington DC. Toward the middle of last year, ITU announced that Chicago would hold a WTS event for 2014 and 2015 with an age group race in which the amateurs could compete. Racing in the urban landscape of Chicago sounded really fun so I signed up.
...it was the type of intense head-to-head racing that I live for: When all seems physically equal, keep your cards close, read the signs, figure out a way to maximize your chances of winning, and when the opportunity comes, go all in.
I’m again focused on the Xterra America Tour Series this year. Even more focused, actually. The 2014 tour (and my season) again kicked off at Xterra Western Championships in Lake Las Vegas, on April 13th. Read on for a play-by-play of my first "hit out" of the season, and to learn about my (irrational?) fear of miniature cannons.