Second sprint triathlon of the year and I needed some redemption from the last tri where I didn't do too well. I thought about doing the olympic distance but training wasn't the best and had those demons in my head so Ann convinced me to do the sprint and do it well.
Woke up about 4AM, had some coffee and got ready. Ate oatmeal in the car on the way to the event.
Had a lot of time after setup to watch the oly waves go out, roughly about 30 minutes. Gave me time to settle in and warm up.
Swim 1/4 mile
One of my best swims ever! Breathing was good was able to draft a little and before I knew it I was rounding buoys! As I rounded the last one I got caught up in the wave ahead of mine and got a little turned around. I figure I wasted maybe 15 seconds getting my bearings straight. When I exited the water my wife Ann told me I was 7:45 on time which was over a minute faster than normal. The mat to clock time was up a ways on shore so that's how I got the 8:18 time.
T1 - 2:15
For whatever reason I completely spaced out once I got my suit off. My transition area was in dirt and sand and I was trying to figure out how to get the sand off and get bike shoes on.
Bike - 15 miles, 44:28 min, 20.12 MPH
Took a while to get going fast. Felt like I was in a headwind the first half of the bike. I only averaged around 19MPH on this stretch. Second half I was flying (at least for me) doing 21 to 22 MPH.
T2 - 1:20
Better and hamstrings didn't lock up up last time.
Run 5K - 25:56 min, 8:12 pace
Felt pretty good. Didn't cramp coming off the bike and after settling in I was able to maintain a nice pace.
Finished strong and wasn't as exhausted as I was last time. MUCH better race than my last one!