I remember when I first checked out USAT rankings after my first season. I think I pulled off an Honorable Mention, but I don’t remember exactly. What I do remember is looking at the girls at the top of the list wondering how in the world they got points that high. The next year, I managed an All American ranking. One year, I didn’t have enough points-scoring races to even get a ranking, because I did mostly races in the NCTS’s amateur elite wave. No points for those races.
So this past year when I missed Tri Nationals, I didn’t expect much from my points. Actually, I didn’t know what to expect with the new scoring system. I did have a couple of solid performances in May, lost a couple of months to injury and too much work, then that long course race with only a few participants. In fact, the long course race score was pretty low at first, even though I did great. I sent an email to USAT to see if they could look at it again. Lo and behold, the score went from low to really high. Wow. What am I gonna do? Complain? I don’t think so.
So the point of this rambling? Well…
I ranked first in my age group. (W 35-39) Oh my gosh. Crazy. Pretty cool though, huh?