2:56:51 was my time in the Triathlon, YAY, I made my goal of under 3 hours! Here are the splits:
1.5K swim 32 minutes
40K bike 1:19
10K run 1:01
I feel confident that I was well trained and ready for this race. I was relaxed during the entire race. I hydrated tons before the swim and on the bike. The heat was horrible; so many people had to pull out for heat related issues. My race plan, which I did several days before, was very helpful. I'm glad I had it, the day before I was so disorganized trying to get ready for the race. I'm glad I had it written down when I was relaxed and able to concentrate. The plan consisted of goal times, nutrition, gear, after race clothes, etc. I also detailed reminders as far as what to do at the vehicle and what to do in the transition area. I was second to last age group entering the water, I thought this would be a mental defecit but I was okay coming out of the water to an almost empty transition area. I passed lots of swimmers and that gave me the confidence that I needed. I rocked my T1 time (thanks to the transitions buckets). I started the bike a little wobbly...almost veered in the grass while I was clipping in..but I recovered gracefully. I started just behind a guy wearing a local team jersey, he was my rabbit, I had him in my sight the entire race-it took me 18 miles to catch him and that was because he slowed to eat...of course, he passed me again but I finished right behind him! I was really pleased with my consistency on the bike. I rocked my T2 also (I was so happy to sit on my bucket to put on my shoes). The run was hilly and HOT. The last 1/4 mile was on the levee around the lake, I knew when I saw the water I would be in it in a few moments! I finished strong with all my friends cheering near the finish line. Shoes off...in the water, ahhhh! One of the best days of my life!!!