I had a bad race at Eagleman, finished 45 min slower than my goal time, and was looking for some sort of redemption before Racine 70.3 in July. I never started in the first wave of a tri before and was really excited about this race for that reason. Woke at 4:15 for a liquid breakfast of a berry smoothie and off to the races. Roctane 15min before the wave start.
Swim: 19:19 (11/81 AG) I’m not a great swimmer but I felt good. I decided to wear my swimskin I bought for Eagleman. I felt kinda funny when I was the only one in the wave who wore one, but thought I could get any help that I can get.
T1: 1:22 (2/81 AG) Swimskin off, sunglasses were on the helmet, no socks and shoes on the bike to save time. Just put the helmet on and was off.
Bike: 49:30 (2/81 AG) Going in the first wave has its pluses and minuses. Little traffic in front was great, but it also has problems. I didn’t know the course very well, only riding it during last years race. After working hard to catch and finally pass a group I was hammering down Carroll Mill approaching Mt Albert and saw a police car up ahead, with him sitting in it. I wasn’t sure if it was a turn or if the cop was there to stop oncoming traffic. As I was nearing him he decided to get out of his car and just stand there as I approached. Only as I was just about to pass him did he stick him arm out to tell me to turn. So I blow by him, slam the brakes and start skidding to get back on course. Total Buzz kill. The good part of the early wave start was that on Folly Quarter I was able to count the guys in front and know my placing… counted 4th. Those guys were blazing and way ahead.
T2: 1:11 (8/81 AG) Volunteer told me I was 4th off the bike. I knew my deficit to the guy in front was several min and probably too much to make up.
Run: 22:01 (6:29min/mile 3/81 AG) Goal was to run hard and not get caught from behind. I never saw 1 but saw 2 and 3 at the top and the bottom of Gatorade hill.
I finished 4th in the AG and was the 4th person to finish the race. It was a surreal feeling have so few athletes in the finish line area. That must be what the pros must feel like. Later checked the results and it had me a 1st in the AG. This was later revised as the others finished and someone finished ahead of the guy who was in front of me bumping him back into the AG.
As always thank you for the great tent and to all the folks who supported it.