|Ready to race!|
|This sandy lake beach was the transition area|
|Ready to swim!|
|Notice how white Bigun's dress is. It's a progression, really.|
|They are getting farther into the water now and didn't notice the swimmers in the background.|
|Still feeling strong coming out of the water!|
|And it's time to run.|
My goal for the race was to get a mile under 7 minutes, and that didn't happen. I hit a steady pace out of the gate and just tried to hold it. No garmin out there, so I had no idea what kind of pace I was keeping. But running right after a swim will really set your lungs on fire if you're not careful. I had to really work on lowering my heart rate during transition so I'd be able to run effectively. Run too fast and you've got nothing left for the next swim, so this one had to be played very carefully.
The run course was just half a mile of road to an aide station turnaround, then back to TA. This time I could see how many people were in front of me, so that was pretty good. I counted about 12 people ahead of me when I hit the turnaround, and on the way back I got passed by the women's eventual winner. The women started 2 minutes after the men, so she really made up a lot of ground. Very impressive.
|Coming in after Run 1|
This looks like a longer time than it would normally take to swim 300 yards because of the transitions. Coming in I ran back to my towel, kicked the shoes off, threw down the visor, found the goggles and headed back to the water.
|That look on my face really means "holy shit not again"|
|Dolphin diving in the shallow water. The funniest thing about this picture is that my belly is the first thing creating a wake. Pretty cool shot.|
|Check out that breath!|
That kind of form leads to this kind of speed. Watch as I totally school this guy:
|He's a good 8 feet in front of me|
|I never even saw him there|
|BAM! Passed like he was standing still.|
|Just glad to be out.|
Run 2: 7:49
By this point the field was pretty spread out. I was running behind some of the people I was with the first time around, but everyone was really about the same speed. Not fast enough to win, but not so slow that we might come in last.
|Out for mile #2|
|The girls are getting a little farther out into the water, but aren't completely dunked yet.|
|Eye candy? It's been a while.|
|More eye candy. At least she got some hot girls in this one too.|
|That's my "wow I'm glad that's done" look.|
T4 - Swim 3 - T5: 8:56
|Now they are all in!|
|Time to pass that guy. Get it!|
|They aren't even trying to be clean anymore. And really don't care what daddy's doing in the water behind them.|
|Thank God that's done. Time for one last run.|
|Wash the feet, shoes on, chug some sports drink, grab the visor and go|
Run 3 to the finish: 7:37
Again I just went out with a steady pace and no clue how fast I was going. Running with the same people, I saw the women's winner coming in not long after I went out on the run course again. I hit the mile, ran it steady, and came on in to the finish glad to be done.
|Hitting the mat|
|She cut off my timing chip with her butt in my face. I was too exhausted to care.|
|So glad to be done.|
|That's the happy face. I know I gave it my all out there.|
Last year I was over 2 minutes faster but finished 7/8 in my age group. So the field was just uncompetitive enough for me to snag an AG award. I'll take it any way I can get it. I didn't get a sub-7 minute mile in there like I wanted, but that's ok too. I'm feeling good and the speed is coming in this year, which is really exciting. This was a great race, and I had a ton of fun.