I am pretty psyched I finished this race. It was my first Oympic distance and up until 2 days before I wasn't sure I'd race based on a knee injury and almost no training (never rode, ran or drove the course). But I reminded myself I don't do tris to compete as much as I do them for fun so I figured what the heck, why not give it a shot (plus I had some great motivation from my mentor - thanks Teresa!).
The swim wasn't bad. It took about 12 minutes longer than I had done in training a few weeks prior (pool), but I squeezed it in under the 50 minute limit (49:17...phew!).
Holy crap, you guys weren't kidding about the bike and run hills - lordy!! The hills were hard - i just wasn't trained for them. I played it safe on the bike to try and save my knee for the run and walked parts of a few hills. Between that and the rain, I was happy with just over a 2 hour ride.
My knee held out well enough for the first few miles on the run and then it was a lot of run/walk. My 5K pace is usually about a 10:30 mile so finishing this run/walk in 1:18 (12:40 mile) worked ok for me.
All in all I am happy with my results, though it would have been great to summon superhero powers and finish an hour earlier. So the moral of this story - there's no substitute for training, but when that's not possible, just getting out there and finishing can be pretty cool.
...by the way, after a 4 1/2 hour race, I was famished - - all of you who set us up in the MMTC tent are angels!! I think it took me about 20 minutes to consume half the calories I had burned that morning :).