Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Swim: 25:41 14th fastest
Bike: 2:13:09 25.0mph 264 avg watts 13th fastest
Run: 1:15:44 7th fastest
Overall: 3:58:12 8th place
Woke up feeling almost 100% though I suspect I was pretty drained from being sick all day Saturday. The swim felt awful and I thought was one of my worst, but overall it ended up being pretty average, far better than I suspected. Got on the bike and immediately had nothing, was working hard and couldn't hit 70.3 watts whereas normally I have to hold myself back at the start of the bike. Got passed, and dropped, but one person after another. Been a long time since that's happened, been a long time since I felt this weak on the bike. Things got a little better after an hour and I lucked out that a group formed and I was able to ride in the back the entire second half and save watts while going fast. Started the run in 14th and expected to feel awful but after about 5 minutes I started catching people. Only thing that had me motivated on this run was that I knew there were HyVee points and every person I passed meant more points. Pretty soon I was giving everything I had to get every last point. Madeup 6 positions on the run to finish 8th in what is no doubt my most rewarding bad race of the year. Funny how a little perspective makes all the difference in the world. Was pumped for my run split but then found out course was 12.83 miles, about 90s short. Finished off the day with another 40min run to make it a long run. Really proud of myself for this, had serious thoughts about dropping out at the start of the bike but stuck it out and ended up with a decent result all things considered. 5th time under 4 hours this year which is a new record for a single year. 3 more weeks, not going strong but motivated to finish this season.