Very much looked forward to this race, since it's 10 minutes from the house. It was a little bit of a challenge getting everyone out of the house, but the timing ended up working out, I was able to get my transition set up in plenty of time.
Big thanks to the semi-official club tent crew. My older daughter is going through the two's, and the kids/adult interaction helped my wife out a lot to concentrate on our two month old!
Swim: 400M, 8:33
Wow, this felt horrible. I was ok for the first couple lengths, and then I just couldn't get my breathing right, and kept taking water up my nose. I actually had to stop twice to calm down.
Ok, if nothing else, I will always be proud of my transition times.
Bike: 14 miles, 44:18
Very uneventful ride. Going off early prevented runners from being an issue on the first mile or two. Overall I felt really good the whole time. Right off the bat I was passed by twice, after that I passed probably about 8 or 10 folks the rest of the ride. I was hoping for under 45 minutes, so I was pretty happy with this.
Run: 3.1 miles, 23:58
I was a little nervous about the run, since my increased run fitness from over the winter doesn't seem to have translated too well to bike/run bricks. The first time I did the run course a few weeks ago, I stopped and walked the last 1/4 mile, which I haven't had to do in forever. In the end, it probably helped that I didn't have my Garmin on, so I really didn't know my pace.
Didn't get passed the entire run (which felt really strange!) and passed several people. Getting back to the driveway one of the guys I passed on the bike did catch up to me, but I was able to give it a little extra to the finish and stay ahead.
I was very happy with my result, found my slightly stressed wife (first triathlon by herself with two kids), once everyone was calmed down I got a massage. I saw from the entry list that there were a ton more folks in my AG than last year, and sure enough, the field was pretty stacked.
I know the bike course was easier, but my time would have gotten 3rd in AG and 17th overall last year! Still, I was really only disappointed with my swim, and improvement there wasn't going to make enough of a difference to get me higher in the standings.