First off, thanks to everyone who organized the tent and all of those who served as volunteers on the course. CTA events are by far my favorite races of the year.
I woke up at 4:15, had my traditional bagel with peanut butter and jelly, grabbed my coffee and off I went to Centennial Park. I arrived at the transition area a little too early, but it allowed me to stretch, relax, and fine tune my bike.
The Swim (16:46 - 9th overall)
I had done Eagleman a couple weeks prior, so I was familiar with the open water swim without a wetsuit. I do have a bib-john speedsuit from xterra, which I would recommend to anyone for triathlons in this area. It was definitely hard to get used to the long weeds in the water, which got caught in my goggles and mouth constantly. I felt like Swamp Thing as I got out of the water towards T1.
The Bike (46:46 (22.5 MPH) - 3rd overall)
I usually use socks, but didn't feel the need for the sprint this time. I actually preferred it, since it really helped to cool me down. I got off to a good start and used a high cadence for the first couple of miles. I cranked it hard on the downhills and spun fast on the uphills. As for nutrition, I had one bottle of water in my aerobars (which i drank 3/4 of) and had one GU gel towards the end of the bike.
The Run (23:24 (7:06 Mile) - 12th overall)
In terms of running, Eagleman really prepared me for this race. Being the third to last swim wave is horrible in this kind of heat, as you start the run course during the hottest part of the day. Once again, I didn't use socks on the run and wore my flats for only the second time in a race. The combination of lightweight and breathability was amazing and really helped. I started at a slower pace, knowing that the first half of the course was quite hilly. I didn't drink anything for the run, but stopped at every aid station to get cold water to pour over my head. After the turnaround, my legs felt fresh so I pushed up the Gatorade Hill, knowing that I was the home stretch. The rest of the course was downhill or flat so I gunned for the finish. Just like Columbia Tri, the support at the finish was amazing. Thanks to all for coming out!