First and most importantly, a huge thanks to Chip for coordinating the tents, and to Heather and the other volunteers who endured hours of soaking rain to be there for the racers. It made a big difference to me and I know to all the others. I had expected to be under the tent hiding from the sun, not the rain. Either way it was most appreciated.
I spent way more time and energy worrying about whether this race would be wetsuit legal, than the impact of the rain on what type of race it would be. When they cancelled the swim, my thoughts turned to my problems with plantar f. and the impact of doing a R-B-R race, particularly after a DNF at Quassy in June. I figured that if I took it easy on the first run, kept focused on the bike, then the second run would take care of itself. For me this race was not an A,B, or C race, it was a "Finish the Race" race.
Run 1. It was fun running with my buddy Mitch, and after hitting the first few puddles the squishy shoes did not seem so bad. Time: 26:36. We were taking it easy, but it we were surprised when the later waves began to pass by so soon after our starting the run. Oh well, more training to be done!
T-1 2:38 Slow, what more can you say.
Bike: 1:43:58 15.58 mph. I made a conscious effort to be safe on the bike. The need to do this was underscored by the first wacko in a monster pick-up who rode through the pack way closer than desirable. The volunteers did a great job w/ the intersections, but many of the drivers on the road had little concern for us riders out there. Coming across Dr. Jack Road my contacts floated up in my eyes and for a few moments it was impossible to see much of anything. Just when I was ready to stop and get off the bike, they re-seated and I could see what was going on. I was sorry to see someone down at the end of the big curve, but jeez, that is a bear when it is dry - it reminded me to be careful with the upcoming descents as well.
T-2: 2:30 Slow, for some reason I wanted to put on dry socks with my wet shoes.
Run 2: 49:22. Not fast by any measure, but a nice steady pace and no pain.
Total: 3:05:06. FYI, my official time was in line w/ my watch time, although my R1/T1 splits were different.
Thanks again to everyone at MMTC.