Amanda Stevens3 x 70.3 in just 22 Days! Wow! The last three weeks have just flown by….must be the three Ironman 70.3 races I did, plus trying to get some training, rest, and recovery between them and all the travel! It was great to see the steady progression too! 3rd, 2nd, and then a WIN! A good way to go into my last block of training before Kona 🙂 So here’s the low-down on those races…Enjoy!

Boulder 70.3. Man, this race was so nice. Amazing how much easier it, and recovery between them and all the travel! It was great to see the steady progression too! 3rd, 2nd, and then a WIN! A good way to go into my last block of training before Kona 🙂 So here’s the low-down on those races…Enjoy! Boulder 70.3. Man, this race was so nice. Amazing how much easier it is to race in your backyard! No packing up the bike, sleeping in my own bed, riding my bike to the race, knowing the course like the back of my hand, and best of all having so many supporters out there. And it was the first time I got to race with Siri there to coach me…let me just say she was amazing support and THANKS SIRI! I was excited for this race since we’d gotten in a solid block of training in Boulder and I was adjusting to the altitude really well. The gun went off and I took off! I knew there were some strong swimmers in the field that would try to jump on my feet…so I tried to shake them…well, I got rid of all but one of them…Leanda just wouldn’t let me go! Before I knew it we were out on the bike and I just put my head down and decided it was time to get rid of Leanda right away! I was able to put a little bit of a gap between Amanda Stevens
us and felt really strong. Randy, Siri, and Todd (Thanks guys!) were leapfrogging us on the course so it was good to see them here and there. Not quite to the half-way point and Melissa came by! I tried to keep her in sight as long as possible, but before long she faded from a small dot up the road to gone. Then it was a lonely, but very solid, ride the rest of the way to transition. Out on the run course and we had 2 loops around the reservoir. I’d put a 2+ min gap on Leanda and knew I had a strong run in me. The first lap was decent and I held the gap to Leanda as Melissa was charging further ahead. The second lap got a bit rough and it was time to get tough and hold it together to the finish line. Well, I did my best, but with about 400 meters to go, Leanda flew by me. I was in a bit of a rough spot and just could not respond. My brain was saying ‘GO’, the body, ‘NO.’ Kudos to Leanda for a great finish! Immediately after crossing the finish line, my body was done! I started cramping, it was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced! Thanks to my rescue team of Todd and Byron that took care of me. The next few days were filled with some disappointment and frustration, but it also gave me a chance to step back and look at the big picture. And

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in looking back, everything that happened during the race was a blessing in disguise. So as a competitive person, it was hard to swallow getting passed so late in the race…but as a person with bigger goals in mind, it was a bit easier to swallow the ‘defeat’ knowing it would get me on track for the bigger races to come! Thanks to a few sessions early in the week at Integrative Health and Healing, my post-race recovery went really well and I was back into the full swing of training by Wednesday. I got a good long weekend in and then it was already time to start packing up the bike again! Next up was Timberman 70.3.

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