Monroy Races 70.3 World Championships
September 8, 2013-
Lake Las Vegas, Nevada.
70.3 World Championships Triathlon, 2013. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run.
Monroy throws it down in style crossing the finish line in 15th place at Sunday's triathlon race. The half ironman held at Henderson, Nevada attracted the top competitors in the sport from around the globe; each athlete earning the right to race this event earlier in the year by qualifying at a previous 70.3 triathlon event.
Characterized by rolling hills including several steep climbs on the bike portion, a run course lacking flat sections, unpredictable weather, and the world's top 70.3 athletes racing head to head, challenging would be an understatement.
Race day was predicted to hold steady at 100 degree temperatures. Luckily for some competitors and unlucky for others, the morning started with a steady downpour of rain which did not let up for hours. Temperatures held off 15-20 degrees below what had been anticipated. Once the rain cleared, temperatures rose, and humidity became heavy as athletes were coming into the finish line.
We asked Megan for some thoughts on the day,
"What a day, what a week, what a year! Vegas was nothing less than amazing. It was an absolute privilege to be racing out there, so I dedicated it to my Uncle John with Parkinson's disease; also a good man who passed recently named Paul. I knew the race would require more focus than most days. Despite how I'd finish the day, the homework was done. The results would be left out of my hands, yet in my hands in every way. It's been at least a year or more since I've had a bike ride in decent rain. I pushed on. The hills on the run were almost more than what my little legs wanted to bear, but I still pushed on. I felt as though I had two little Angels sitting on my shoulders to lift me to the finish line. Uncle John and family made a surprise visit to come out and cheer. Awesome in every way. And with that said, there were no regrets, not this day, not this year, not ever."
Stay tuned for Monroy's detailed report of race day.