In the meantime, though, I've been reflecting a bit. The weird thing about this season was that I finished on the podium three times and won my Age Group once. But statically speaking, those were my worst races. I scored 74.3 and 73.6 respectively according to USAT's age group ranking system.
Meanwhile, I was middle-of-the-pack at the Griskus Oly, and I got SMOKED by what seemed like nearly everyone. But that was statistically my best race, 74.4 vs. the national field.
And my best race of the season? The off-road Duathlon I did first. I scored a 78.2, and that one didn't even involve any swimming!
So. I finished the season ranked 1040/2093 in my age group nationally with an aggregate score of 74.1. That was goof for almost exactly the middle of the pack. And somehow I still managed to qualify for both the Duathlon & Olympic Distance National Championships, though I attended neither.
What does all of that mean? Frankly, I'm not sure I know.