I’m DONE (in more ways than one – read on).
First, I had a great race this morning. Thanks for all the encouraging comments everyone! And thanks to my lovely wife and to mom, brother, and Nancy (g/f of said brother) for making the trek out to Benton Harbor to cheer.
Full details to come, but here is the nitty gritty. I started off by knocking the swim out of the park. I still have no idea where it came from. Official time was 33:47 (1:46/100yds) but that included a minute run to the timing mat. I was shore to shore in 32:43. Onto the bike. I thought my swim was good. But the bike, Holy Freaking Cow. 2:42:03 for just under a 21mph average. On top of that, I negative split the bike by about 2 minutes on the second half. It was incredible. However, it toasted my legs for the run. Coupled with tired legs and a hot sun beating down on us, I didn’t hit my 2 hour goal for the run. I ended up with 2:07:05 (9:42/mile). I’m very happy with the race overall. Final time… 5:29:21 (nearly 40 minutes faster than last year) and right where I wanted to be! Couldn’t be happier.
And now for the second doneness. You’d think I would have learned by now. Not just by others “mistakes” (Sorry Jon, but as soon as I discovered the problem, I thought of your Timberman (I think) race), but more so from my own. Here’s what happens when a race starts with rain (no sun) and then the sun comes out with a vengeance on the bike/run.
Looks like I am making friends with the bottle of aloe tonight. Thankfully it is just my shoulder blades. I did actually take time to apply sunscreen during T2, but I guess I need longer fingers.