This was my first Olympic distance triathlon. Going into it I was feeling a bit anxious. I felt under trained - could have done a better job handling some work stress / life balance, but there you go.
Anyhow, drove out the next before and stayed in a hotel. Drove the bike course, found the park. All set.
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Not wetsuit legal. I was in the second wave. I felt good during the swim. About a third of the way through I thought, "I caught someone from the first wave! Go me!" Then I realized the guy was doing breaststroke, so I don't think he really counted. But I know I caught at least 3 men from the first wave. Mid pack finish. I think I could have had a much faster time with better sighting. Still, happy with the swim.
Pretty rural NC course. Cows, barns, hay bales. Only one area of road was rough, otherwise good conditions. As per usual, I experience the on-going "on your left!" parade. I do pass a few people. I end up averaging around 15mph. For me, not that awful. Back of the back of the pack result on this split. Still - I did use to be slower. Really! It's aggravating, because I've got the gas in the tank. I just don't have the leg turnover. Anyhow, an area for improvement.
The run is tough. The course itself is well laid out and supported - two loops out and back. Lots of water stations and several turn around areas. It was nice psychologically, because you were never from a mini-milestone.
What made the run tough was the weather. Flirting with 90 F and high humidity. Not much shade and only some breeze on the run. Lots and lots of people are walking. People faster than me are walking, people slower than me are walking. I am walking. More running, but I had to take several walk breaks. BOP split. Better rank than bike, but nothing spectacular.
Looking forward to doing some more Olympics. I don't know why I was so worried. I can do this distance. Not very fast, granted - but I can do it.
Next up, an unstructured week or so and then time to start gearing up for Chicago in October.