Same early morning wake up and prep as always. We had pre-determined rack spaces, but not slots on the race, so getting there early I was able to snag the aisle spot on the race, which was nice. Weather was perfect; water was warm, but not too bad.
Swim - 33:00
An awful swim for me. I couldn't find a rhythm; I kept getting blocked, kicked, and run into. At the first turn buoy, I ran into someone's stroke, and they almost took my head off. I just couldn't get moving for the entire swim. Such a long run to T1 and out to the bike, but it helped get my legs warmed up.
Bike - 1:09:22 - 20.3 pace
I thought this was a very tough bike course. No flats, just a downhill, followed immediately by an uphill for the entire course. Some traffic, but nothing too bad. I was able to climb fairly well until the last few hills towards the end. This ride just beat my legs up. 1 water bottle and 1 gu towards the end of the ride. The weather was perfect, so I only brought one bottle to begin with.
Run - 44:15 - 7:09 pace
After the 2nd transition, I thought there was a chance I could hit 2:30, so I decided to attempt to hammer the run. Some rollers up to the turn around point, but nothing like Columbia. It was great seeing other MMTC'ers on the run, definitely helped keep my pace and spirits up. Hitting the last mile I knew I could get under 230, but I had to really sprint the last half mile.
Overall, a great race and a great venue. I thought it was organized quite well, good buoys, and a great run support. If they can guarantee the weather, I would definitely be out next year.