I put this race on my scheduled for a couple reasons. It is
I got up at 4:45, alarm went off shortly after that. I grabbed a bite to eat, coffee, fruit, and peanut butter toast, then headed out at 5:20. Drank some Powerbar endurance and ate a Powerbar on the way. Got to the race site and made it down to transition as it was getting light. Got everything setup, and checked over everything one more time, then headed to the water with ten minutes to start. (no time to stop at the port-a-jon) We swam out to the start and waited a couple minutes towing the line. Finally, the gun when off and we started. I quickly jumped on someone’s feet, we settled into a good pace quickly and I felt great, as we turned the first bouy and headed out of the Harbor it started to get a little rough. Waves and bodies were everywhere. I got kicked in the face and had to stop and fix my goggles a couple times. We rounded the corner and headed back in to the Harbor and before I knew it the swim was over. I came out with the first main group; Andy Potts and another guy were a couple minutes up. I quickly made my way through transition without any trouble, I got on the bike and started out. I settled in and got my power tap working after a bit of playing with it. The bike out was good, with the wind at our back and very flat. After 15 miles I thought I had a chance at top 10, but that all changed about mile 25. A large pack came by and we headed back into the wind and over the hills. I stayed with the pace over the first couple hills, but the wheel I was on lost the pack. He was holding a good pace and I had already rode most of the bike with him, so I stayed, knowing I would blow up if I went with those guys. There were about 4 major climbs, which I had to shift to my highest gear and then still stand a couple times. At mile 50 Alex came by me, (Mac was in the pace that went by me at mile 25). I knew he would not put in much time on me in the last 6 miles. I made it back with the same guy I rode most of the bike with. We rode all the way around transition and came in the back side. We caught a couple guys right at the end and I passed them in transition. (I did not take time to put on socks or pull my shoes tight) I took off and felt great from the start. I was holding back a bit, as I felt like I was going under 6 minute pace and wanted to hold at least that the whole time. It was a two loop run course, so I could see the leaders and where everyone was. After I passed Alex, there was not anyone for a couple minutes. I wanted to run down Mac, but he was a good 4 minutes up and I was not gaining on him that fast. I stayed strong and just ran my own race. After the last turn around I could really feel a couple blisters. I stopped and tightened my shoes hoping that would help, but it did not do much good. I struggled in the last couple miles, mainly because my feet were beat up and there was no one to run down. Then in the last half mile, the same guy I rode with all day came by me in the dirt part. The difference between 22nd and 23rd was not worth sprinting for the finish and killing me for the rest of the day or two. I saw 4:19 as I crossed the line, not what I was hoping for, but the bike was harder then I expected. Now I have a couple days to rest up and have some fun.