The Aftermath – Morro Bay 70.3 Ironman 2023

My experience at Morro Bay 70.3 was nothing short of amazing! The Morro Bay Half Ironman was hands down the most well organized sporting event I have been a part of, and that’s thanks to the dedicated race organizers and volunteers who made this race possible. This was my first Half Ironman race and I will certainly be returning to MB 70.3 next year.

Patrick Goodrich (right), Kaitlin Cartwright (middle), and Jasper (left) after completing the Morro Bay 70.3 Ironman on May 20th, 2023

Going into the race, I had 3 main goals: hold a 20mph average on the bike, run under 7min/mile pace, and beat my roommate to the finish. I’m happy to say I was able to achieve all three goals and exceeded my goal for the run portion of the triathlon! My training leading up to Morro Bay 70.3 was imperfect due to the fact that I was training for shorter distance track and field events for most of the training block. However, when it came to race day, I felt confident in my fitness and ended up having a great race and a whole lot of fun! I’d like to take a moment to say congratulations to everyone who competed in the Morro Bay 70.3! It’s not easy putting your body through 70.3 miles of intense activity, so shout out to everyone who partook in this event!

I learned a lot from this race and will definitely make changes to my training before next year’s Morro Bay Half Ironman. My main takeaway from my race was that I need to work on my swim technique. The swim was my weakest leg of the triathlon and I think with some time and effort, I can greatly improve in this area. Going forward, I plan to spend more time in the pool and be more intentional with my swim workouts so that I can become a stronger and more efficient swimmer. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at the Morro Bay Half Ironman and will definitely compete in additional Half Ironman races in the future!

Written by: Patrick Goodrich

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