Pretty even pace. It was 34:39 when I stood up after the first lap; ran maybe 50 yards on the beach and back in the water again; 35 something for the second loop. There was a little more current on the second loop. I thought about slowing down as the time was a bit faster than I expected, but saw approaching storm clouds and decided just to keep the same pace! In retrospect, it was a good decision!
2XU sleeved compression suit plus Rosa Viper speed
Very straightforward. Two triangular laps. Out maybe 300 meters toward a small island, right turn, parallel to the shore of the island, across to another little island, parallel to that one, right turn, diagonal back to shore. "Lanes" were marked so nearly impossible to go off course!
83F / 28C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
112 miles |
No idea. No working Garmin, no data! Great variety of terrain and road surface so hard to keep a steady pace.
Some with gusts
Two lap course with mainly rough rural roads (extremely rough; in some cases, barely paved) and a mix of hilly terrain through the jungle and mostly flat sections through rural areas. There were some small towns and one larger one en route. Two very hilly areas--nothing really long but each had some short, steep climbs. The first one (Datai Road) was an out and back so we hit the big hills in each direction, twice. The second was just after one of the towns--two sets of three shorter but very steep climbs. It is a much tougher bike course than it appears on paper--all times are quite slow, even pros. Most athletes I talked to said splits were 40-45 minutes off their times on fast courses. I had hoped to do about six hours, so I guess that is about right. At the time, though, I just couldn't believe how long it was taking me to finish the bike leg! It was a beautiful course though and very "busy" (lots to keep track of) so never got sick of it!
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
26.2 miles |
10m 27s min/mile
Not sure. They were on the tracker but I don't have them now. I think the slowest splits were on the first loop.
Two and a half loops (so a full loop was about 10 1/2 miles), between the convention center (T2) and the finish area near the race HQ hotel on the beach. For much of the run, there's an airport runway on one side and the beach on the other. A short out and back through a busy tourist area just before passing the finish line behind the hotel on each loop. Most competitors enthused about it--new this year--but I didn't like it. The food smells were nauseating, and I preferred the peace of running in the dark!