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I had terrible navigation! It seemed like I was swimming all over the lake. Kept veering off to the left. I could definitely tell it had been a long while wince I swam in open water. Luckily my swim speed and strength has slowly increased this year so I was still able to keep 2' pace despite all my meanderings. Probably could have swam 1:53-ish if I had swam a little more straight.
TA was a mess of dirt so I had a water bottle and towel to clean off my feet before donning my socks and shoes. Worked very well. It was a loooong run from TA to the bike mount.
This was the first ride on my new tires - Continental GP4000S. They felt very good on the corners and rolled fast. Spent the first lap sorting out the course and the second and third pushing the pace a bit more. Sure was a blast coming towards the Congress bridge flying downhill on SoCo @ ~34 mph! Heck of a hill going south on South Congress though. Also a steep but short climb @ Cesar Chavez and Mopac. I was very happy with my bike split.
Forgot to cinch up my laces before I took off so I had to bend over and give the laces a pull halfway through the TA. Probably lost a couple seconds but not a big deal.
First few hundred yard were tough. After my legs loosened up, I was able to settle into a comfortable pace which by the end of the race was tough hold. I think I did a pretty good job of pacing myself. I think I drank a little too much in the first half.
Got an ART massage, ate fajitas, drank lots of fluids (including a New Belgium Skinny Dip), stretched a little, and sat around enjoying the post-race stuff. "The Mysterious Ways" U2 coverband was great!
Last updated: 2009-06-08 12:00 AM
2009-09-09 9:15 AM
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Woke up @ 4:15 and ate a Clif bar and banana on the way down to Auditorium Shores and washed it down with a flat Diet Coke. Drinking a Diet Coke pre-race was a first for me and I think it worked well. Got a quick shot of caffeine and no burp-causing carbonation. Think I'll do that again.
Once at the race site, I grabbed a parking space, set up my TA, dropped some stuff back at the truck, deuced, and scouted the swim exit to my TA and out. Relaxed until it was time to go.
Nothing really. Wanted to pre-swim but it was only allowed for the elite athletes. Once our wave was called into the water for the start, I was sure to be in the beginning of the pack so I could get a couple strokes in.