My only other International distance was the Savageman last year. So it was pretty easy to set a PR yesterday at Nation's.
We drove in to the city on Friday night to catch the expo and grab our packets. With the traffic, it was a pain get there and get back, but after doing the race it is worth the hassle. On Saturday we drove in to rack our bikes and to do the practice swim. The swim helped relax me and gave me a change to swim one more time in my wetsuit.
Race morning started pretty early. We were up at 3:30 and arrived at Transition at 4:55 thanks to our great friend Kevin who was nice enough to drop us off with all of our gear. The transition area was huge. It was roughly 2 football fields in size with room for 6,000 bikes. Setting up transition was uneventful, but I almost missed my wave due to the amount of people standing in line to enter the water. After pushing my way up to the front it was off with the swim.
I was hoping for a sub 35, but I took a poor route and went too wide going out and lost several minutes getting back on course. This continues to be my weakest length, but I have all off season to work on it!!
I had a little difficulty getting my wetsuit off, but overall it was a good T1 for me.
I really enjoyed the bike. It was pretty cool to race with so many other bikers. The course was closed to traffic and very fast. My goal was under 1:30 so I was very happy with my time.
Took a little extra time to down a Gatorade and a GU.
My goal was to break and hour and to break 3:10 for overall time. I was successful at breaking the hour, but my legs couldn't get me across before 3:10. Oh well, still a solid day!!
The best part of the race was seeing my wife, LaVonda finish her first Tri. I am so proud of her courage and effort to finish.
Now it time to train for next year!! I will be going after my first IM at Wisconsin!!!! Thanks MMTC for all the advice and training!!