Heather Jackson debrief – Wildflower Triathlon Winner
Want to know exactly what it feels like to win a triathlon? Herbalife-sponsored Heather Jackson tells all about the Wildflower Tri on her blog: HeatherJacksonRacing.com. We definitely recommend reading the full account – you’ll almost feel you’re racing with the star herself.
“Leading into Wildflower, I was pretty nervous. I felt ready and had had a great block of training after Oceanside, but you never know what can go wrong! Maybe a flat, or a cramp….the heat was projected to be pretty bad, which can turn a race completely around if you don’t mind your nutrition. So all of these things were going through my head all week.“
“I had been keeping my fingers crossed all night that the water temps would drop, but they didn’t. So, race morning the pros were told it was a non-wetsuit swim. This doesn’t help me. Haha. Oh well. I pulled on my Zootsuit swimskin and Aquasphere goggles, did a quick warm-up, and got ready to go. The guys went off and we had 5 minutes to wait. It felt like forever. That is the absolute worst part of the day. Waiting… waiting…Finally, 10 seconds…5 seconds…then the horn. We were off!“
“Okay, only one more girl in front… I kept drinking my Herbalife24 Prolong out of my Speedfil. The straw was right in my face reminding me to drink…drink… I made it over the bridge that signifies Nasty Grade is just up the road. I thought that maybe I’d catch sight of the leader climbing ahead. Nope. Okay, don’t panic. I reached the hills and started climbing. This is where I could make up some time…or so I thought!“
“I made my way down the long hill at mile 9 or so and made the turn to head back up it. Miles10-12 are pretty much one long, grinding, gradual uphill. I had done this over and over again in my training. Finally back up it and I knew the final mile was just the horribly steep downhill towards the lake. I was feeling the heat and I was starting to get a side stitch. Just hold it together for a few more minutes! I made it down and into the finish chute. I was soooo happy!!!!!“
Take a look at the full story (with awesome photos) on HeatherJacksonRacing.com and congratulations again to Heather Jackson – we couldn’t be more impressed!