This was the 3rd year I've done this race and every year I enjoy it more and more. The best way I can desribe it is like a triathlon in the woods, except with paved roads. Nice lake with a beach, tons of trees, shade, free food for all (not just for athletes). Great weather conditions too boot.
This year the family and I drove down the morning of the race instead of the day before (3 hour drive) to cut some of the cost of doing a sprint (especially with $4 gas). Got there about 2 hours early and took a nap. Got set up and went back to the truck and slept for another 20min and almost missed the national anthem. Woke up, got the suit on, stretched and headed for the lake.
Swim- I went out way too fast, but what the heck its a sprint so its suppossed to hurt! Came out of the water 14th OA. I had the wife keep count to let me know where I stood. T-1 in/out and was 10thOA coming out of T-1.
Bike- Hammered the bike. When I got to the turn around the leader was only 1 min ahead of me (never been that close before). Heading into T-2 6thOA. Little slip up in T-2 as I was going w/o socks but forgot to bring baby powder so the shoes were a bit sticky getting on. Headed out of T-2 8thOA.
Run- I was a man on a mission! Noticed a small pack about 1/8 mile ahead of me, so I pushed to catch them quickly. Caught them by the 1/2 mile mark and made my move. My pace was relaxed and consistent and never felt like I was pushing too hard.
Results- 5th OA and 1st in AG 35-39. Missed the money grab by 1:30 and 1st by 1:54.
Year over year comparision below. Man I made some big gains all around from previous years. Definitely a good benchmark to start the season. Proof there is hope for us non- fast swimmers, cyclist, runners!
2009- 12:55- 1:59/100
2010- 11:18- 1:44/100
2011- 9:56- 1:31/100
Bike- 13 miles
09- 42:29- 18.4mph
10- 35:06- 22.2mph
11- 33:24- 23.4mph watts-205avg.
Run- 3 miles
11- 18:50- 6:16/ mile (fastest 5K pace was 6:26/ mile in April)