Was looking forward to this race, had planned to do it last year but went through a lazy period last summer. Got to the race about 45 minutes prior to the start. Usually like to be a bit earlier, but didn't have to worry about squeezing into the wetsuit since the water was 81 degrees. Got transition set up, clipped my shoes in (I usually do this when there is at least a few hundred meters of flat or downhill out of transition). After that went down and swam a bit for warm up. Just 150 yards or so, should have done more warm up but better than nothing. 34 and under males were the first wave, and we started at 8 o'clock. I swam hard the first 25 meters or so, but then settled into what I felt was a pretty steady pace. Finished the swim in 24:53, about a minute back of the top guys. Took awhile for my legs to warm up on the bike. It was a 2 lap course, and I'm pretty sure I was moving a bit better the second lap. Some long downhills on the course where you could really fly. Only 1 steep hill, but lots of long gradual uphills that took some time to cover. Bike time was 1:20 for the 41 k course, a bit slower than I had hoped but the course was not easy. Took 4 gels during the bike. Might seem like alot but I bonked really hard
in my race last month (Tried to race with just gatorade, no gel), and I wanted to be sure I had enough fuel in me. Altogether with the gel and gatorade, took in about 600 calories on the bike. My stomach handled it pretty well, so I will try the same fueling plan if I race at Skipjack at the end of September.
Legs felt good at the beginning of the run. The run course was two laps of an out and back stretch, downhill going out and uphill coming back. Ran about a 7:45 pace, for a 10k time
of 47:53. The last mile was pretty tough coming back up that final hill. I think I ran just under 9 minutes for that last mile, so still some work to do to hold my pace. Run
is still my weakest link, but I am quite happy given that I ran about a 9 minute pace for the 10k last month at Sunset Lake when I bonked hard and basically just jogged in.
Final time was 2:35:31. Overall I am quite happy with the race, I felt like I gauged my effort well, and executed my hydration and fueling plan the way I needed to. Now it's time for a good hard three week training block to get ready for the Nations triathlon and possibly Skipjack.
Would be doing the Half Full with so many of the other club members, but I just can't fit it in the schedule this year.
Have GPS tracks for the Race on Garmin Connect. The Swim tracks are not so good. I'm told the only way to get good gps tracks while swimming is by putting the watch under your swim cap on the back of your head (thanks to the DC Rainmaker for that tip). I'm not ready to try that out yet. The swim and bike tracks are pretty good though, with heart rate and map corrected elevation data. the links are below