Subject: RE: Bintan Triathlon : Who is racing?
Thanks, Andrew. I'm sorry we missed each other in Singapore. We had an early flight on Thursday, so Wednesday evening was spent packing and preparing for the flight.
Bintan was a great experience, and I learned a lot. One funny part was that the organizers, at the last minute it seemed, turned Friday's swim TT into a competition. My coach told me to go easy on this TT, but my easy pace and hard pace are sadly very similar. I ended up finishing the TT in 0:33:45, just missing my 0:33 race goal, but that was good enough for a silver medal! (The guy who won the gold finished in 0:24:33, so I missed first place by a mere 9 minutes.) Between missing my mark on Friday and the choppy/crowded conditions on Saturday, I though there was no way I would make my swim goal during the race. But sure enough, I beat my goal time by 28 seconds. Thank you floating lines and thank you drafting!
I am indeed focused on my next race(s). Well, I'm actually taking a transition week now (i.e., a week off) and will get back into it starting Monday. I move back to the U.S. next month and will race the Nations Tri in Washington, DC in September and then a half-iron race in North Carolina (Beach2Battleship) at the end of October. 2013 will be my Ironman season!
Let me know if your travels take you to the U.S. in the near future. I sure will miss the SE Asia racing scene.