22:27 (5/127 AG)
Started out on the far left, headed directly for the corner of the lake, found a competitor from my wave and slipped right into his draft at the second turn. He could sight really well, so after one more yellow buoy, I only sighted about once every 30 seconds or so. He even navigated me successfully through the earlier waves! Thanks! Kept a good pace, but could've pushed harder, I got too comfortable in the draft, I had never drafted swimming before, I recommend it.
1:50 (2/127 AG)
Uneventful, wetsuit off, thanked my swim draft buddy (next to me in transition), helmet on, bike and go. I do a flying mount and it works well for me.
Hoping to go about 3 minutes faster but I was 'hoping' that I would be able to run well after the bike, too much hope there. I also managed to unclip while shifting at the start of Greenbridge, don't do that. I had to ride back down and turn around to have some momentum to climb the hill. I knew my swim was good when very few fellow AGers passed me on the bike. I love my new Shiv, wish I would have pushed it more.
Slipped shoes off coming in to the dismount line. The usual fumble putting on the socks, then shoes on and ran off putting my number and visor on.
Hoping my feet would feel better, I had bought new insoles, supposedly better for impact… not so much. I ran well out of transition, powered up the hill and then the feet started to burn. I'm used to the feeling, it is not comfortable, but I can force my way through it at a slower pace. So I suffered through the 10k and was only looking forward to taking my shoes off. Finding a doc this week for the feet, yep, both of them have the problem.
Overall I have a Love/Hate relationship with Columbia, it is one of the toughest Olympic distance races I have come across, so the rest of the season will be faster, but I hate that darn run course…It was a PR by 5.5 minutes, all bike.
Thanks for the awesome MMTC support and the tent was great!