This is a great sprint race, which I always look forward to. This year, I was using it as a final prep for my upcoming Ironman Florida race.
The weather this year started out warm and muggy and foggy. The water temp was relatively warm (72) compared to previous years.
Just before my wave started, I cut 3 of my fingers on a sharp rock at the bottom of the water. With 1 minute to go, I looked at my bleeding fingers and decided that it would probably stop bleeding by the time the swim ended, so that would be ok!
This year they changed the swim course slightly, but the distance was the same. I started off strong and tried to stay on the heals of a few people. It is so short, that you can really push the whole way and not feel to fatigued. Swim time of 10:34. A normal T1 for me of 3:06 (I transition for comfort and not speed :)
The bike course is flat and fast. I wanted to push a bigger gear this year, and see how my legs felt. It is my hope to be able to push a larger gear in my IM this time around. Anyway, it was a little breezy, but not to bad. I was happy with a time of 48:34 (19.1pmh). I had my feet out of my shoes at the end of the bike, and T2 was a quick one, :54.
The run is a flat, out and back course. My goal was not to push to hard, as I was going to bike some more afterwards. I kept a nice steady pace and finished the run in 25:38.
The race was great as always, but they ran out of water afterwards, and all that was left was Pepsi. That has never happened before, and I believe it was due to changes in the sponsors. Hopefully that will be corrected next year. I was able to get in 3 more hours on the bike, and it was great because the roads and weather (flat and very windy) mimic the Ironman Florida bike course very well.
I highly recommend this race as a nice end of year race, and I would also recommend it to a first time racer, as it is a more low key event.