Erica Hawley produced an excellent performance last Saturday as she finished 4th in the 2018 CAMTRI Triathlon Under 23 American Championships and 9th overall in the women’s elite field.
Erica was racing over the standard (olympic) distance of 1500 meter swim, 40km bike and 10km run in hot conditions and her run of 39 min 16 secs was especially pleasing as was her overall time of 2:06:30 despite a seemingly long swim.
Here is Erica’s report :
I raced in our Continental Championships today and was 4th in the U23 and 9th in the Elite ( we all raced together but the U23 is separated as a championship result). This was an olympic distance and my first ITU olympic distance. I had a really good day today at this distance and I am very pleased with my result.
I came in at 2 hrs 06 mins 30 seconds. Came out of the water in main group of about 12 women. The swim seemed a bit long for sure. The bike was fast but I rode very controlled in the pack. The run was quite hard as it was 4 laps with a low gradient hill on each lap. My first 5km was good but the 2nd 5km hurt a lot, as it did for everyone. I did still run a decent 10km so was pleased overall.
I achieved my objective of gaining more ITU points and Olympic Qualification points. It’s my first year in U23 so I am very pleased with 4th overall .
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