I'm no natural triathlete AT ALL but I made USAT All American for the very first time. I still see myself as the back/mid packer 7 hour 70.3 gal who vowed to "see a AG podium and PR all distances" after a bike wreck. Despite facts, I'm surprised by results. Unless pushed externally, I tend to lowball my short term sights as I dream of "one day." me: Nick, I ranked right up there with all those fast women!" "you ARE one!" Me: "Well, yeah...but not really." Despite the annoying midpoint average VO2 Max, klutzy moves, bleeding heart & emotional nature...there I am. Exciting! Confidence is coming around a little. I see it in writing & still have to convince myself to believe it. I appreciate the journey of obstacles and work. Aim for the stars, reach the stars, dance on the stars! Then, shoot for the next galaxy! A tiny confidence boost in my ability to maybe qualify for Kona within my 5 (now 4) year vision... maybe a lot sooner!