Since this race fell on my 50th birthday, I wanted to celebrate my new decade by racing. I had not done Nationals in a few years and I had heard this was a good location. The city was very welcoming to thousands of trigeeks invading it in spandex. This is a very competitive race and even in my new age category, there were many fast women! The swim was wetsuit legal, in a somewhat protected area of Lake Michigan. I did well on the swim, got out away from the crowd and finished 2nd, on the heels of the winner. I swam a 21:33. The bike course had some hills and wind but not terrible. This was probably my weakest part of the race, my split was a 1:11. The run was flat but not shaded and it got hot. I managed to gut out a 46:40 and ended up 12th in my age group with a total time of 2:23:02. I was excited to accomplish one of my goals for this race, a slot to Worlds next year in Chicago!