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I tend to be the kind of athlete who takes some time to work into my season and get comfortable. I started out the season with average results. We saw the improvement in my swim times in the pool, and it translated to some races, but it has been hit or miss. I did execute certain aspects well in each of my races, but couldn't seem to string a solid race together start to finish.
A few months into the season, I began making the lead pack at the continental cup level (not necessarily consistently, but I was close or at the back which was better than before). I found myself on my first ITU podium in Magog at the CAMTRI race. I repeated with another podium in the Montreal CAMTRI a few weeks later. This momentum gave me the confidence I needed to keep at it. Salinas World Cup was my second career World Cup, and though I had a swim which put me in the main chase, bad luck with a penalty in T1 quickly took me out of the race. Instead of getting too down about it, I decided to hold onto the positive improvements and to accept the things out of my control. The final race of the season was the ultimate test of everyone's motivation and fitness. Because we were smart with my race schedule, I felt fresh and ready both physically and mentally. I unfortunately had one of my worst swims this season, exiting at the front of the chase pack and not demonstrating where my swim should have been given my fitness and times in the pool; this was an execution error in which I settled on the wrong feet. I think confidence and commitment in a race setting on the swim will take me time to nail down still. I didn't give up and worked hard to hold the gap on the bike. I ran my way up to a 4th place finish in hot conditions (with the 2nd fastest run of the day) and I missed the podium by 3 seconds! So close, but not close enough. No excuses; more work to do.