NEWBERRY, Fla. (August 1, 2004) Pro triathlete Felipe Bastos (BRA/USA) is always up for a race, even on a “down” day, and showed it in his never-say-die, second place finish last Sunday at the 18th annual Sky Bank Triathlon, in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I was feeling a bit flu-like the day before the race, and that morning really didn’t have much energy for a warm-up, but I didn’t want to show up to a race and not start,” said Bastos, 23. “So, I decided to start easy and build into it.” Bastos’ swim and cycle were not at the pace he prefers, but he felt better on the run. “I had finally gotten into a groove, and it’s too bad that it came too late, as I could have really enjoyed this course.”
The Brazilian native and Newberry, Fla. resident said it’s important to take each race day as it presents itself that morning. “The best laid training and plans can be in place, and you can overcome many little stones in the road, but once in a while you have be a little more protective of yourself and think about the next week’s training or race,” he said. “I knew that morning that I could push myself just to my limits for that day and still come home feeling good about it. Besides, it was my first time there and the city seemed quite nice, so why not take a few good things from the day?”
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