I can't decide if I should call this a PR or not, since it was turned into a du at the last minute. But it's about 17 minutes faster than my other oly distance times, and given the conditions, flat tire, etc I'm thrilled with that. Especially since there were 130 DNFs or DNSs. 507 registrants and 377 finishers.
Unlike Columbia, it rained the whole time. The whole course was full of puddles and mud and crud. It was a blast!
The swim was replaced with a 2.7 mile run. I did it in 24 minutes, which is an 8:50 pace. I don't know where that came from, but it felt great. I usually run a 10min pace in training or 5Ks and 11min in tris. I just didn't want to be at the back of the pack right away, I guess.
The bike was scary, but fun. I hit a couple slippery spots almost right away on the bike, so I was extra cautious the whole ride. I was on the brakes heavily on all the downhills, which cost me dearly on momentum. But my skin and bones are intact.
I saw at least 70 or 80 people behind me after the turnaround on the run, so I was surprised to only be passed by maybe 12 people on the bike. And that's with a flat tire that took me 13 minutes to change in pouring rain. What can I say? It was my first flat ever, and I was trying to be thorough and get all the junk off the tire and rim. The SAG guys showed up just in time to check the pressure and pop it back on my bike for me. Of the 8 or so people who passed me while I was on the side of the road, including an MMTC member I didn't recognize, only 1 asked me if I was ok. No, it wasn't the club member.
The rest of the bike was uneventful, except for when I got caught behind rescue vehicles jamming up an intersection for a couple minutes. I didn't see any wreckage, so I have no idea what was going on. Total time on the bike was 2:10. I think I lost about 8-10 minutes with the traffic jam and just intentionally going slowly, plus the 13 minute pit stop, so I'm happy with that. 1:47 on that course would be great for me.
The second run was 56 minutes, back to normal. I've been getting a strange new pain in one of my knees since I switched to biking hills again. I've also been getting a lot of pain in my right hamstring after biking, regardless of hills. The knee feels fine when running, but the hamstring is just awful. I found myself taking a lot more walk breaks than I wanted to, and I think that cost me another few minutes. I had lots of energy and felt like running, but the pain just shot down my calf and up to my hip. I actually had to take short walk breaks about every 3 minutes. So I think it's time to break down and get the bike fit at Princeton, before I get a real injury. I can't train for Timberman with that kind of pain.
All in all, I had a good time and was happy with my results. I told my husband that the irony of the whole situation was that the only dry thing I had when it was over was my wetsuit :-)