Interesting as always. I relied on my general strength for swimming more than technique, and hoped my run was decent, and knew my bike would pull me through somehow.
Started in the front as always looking for a beatdown, which I got pretty quickly. I was run over for the first quarter, and then I got jabbed in the eye which pushed my goggles deep into my eye socket. Had to stop and pull that out and reset and then got back to it. Strangely enough, I am one of the straighter swimmers out there. These tools were pushing me completely off line and crisscrossing each other, so I was getting crunched between two stronger swimmers who couldn't steer themselves. I was getting pretty pissed off so I had to jump over one guy and then another one that was up against him to stay on line. Just grabbed their hips and jumped over and pushed them out of the way. It worked well actually.
For me, solid swim. 14 minutes or so, and I wasn't too far behind the leaders, which were done in about 11 minutes. T1 went fast, though I decided to wear socks, which actually was a good decision, because I still got a blister even with them, so I'm sure I'd have been a bloody mess if I didn't.
Started rocking on the bike, and with the fast swimmers, I had some traffic. 35 people to be exact. I was WAY too nice, and even with some of the more patient passes I made, people still got pissed off. Next year, fuck them. They are going for a ride. I got called an asshole by some chick after I literally gave her over a fucking minute to get the hell out of my way. Asked nicely and was patient, and she said "when there is an open spot" and after a minute I said "hey, it's all singletrack, there are no open fields here" hoping she would get the hint and move over, but no. She got hammered. Oh so sorry.
I came up on 5 other guys and asked to pass after we were going somewhat slowly for a while, and the last guy said "sure, if you want to pull us all along, we're going pretty good" and I said "for sure" and they let me by. I dropped them all right after that.
Still, I was way too nice and patient to pass. Next year I'm gonna make some enemies for sure. 5 seconds to move over and then I attempt some crazy pass no matter what's there. Fuck it.
So I finished 30 seconds shy of the best bike time. You know that pissed me off! Next year it's on. I was 7th overall after the bike portion.
Hammered T2 like my hair was on fire, only to realize that yes, we were at my most favorite part of the race, the dreaded run. Started out at a high cadence hoping to hold that for the race, but after a quarter mile it slowed back down to normal, which is around 80, and way too slow. So I plodded along doing what I could do, watching people here and there pass me. I only gave up 5 spots apparently, which I was surprised at, considering my run pace was 8:16 average. It was everything I had in me not to walk and keep a steady pace. I picked it up towards the end, and thankfully nobody was near me to have to sprint it out. Wasn't feeling that.
I got 12th overall out of 130, so not too bad. Last year was 24th overall, so it seems to be getting better, even though my volume is lower than last year. Also surprisingly, others said the run was harder than usual, but I'm pretty sure it was the same as last year. The overall winner's run pace was only 7:15, and the fastest runner's pace was 6:21. Normally everybody is in the 5s, so maybe it was harder, I don't know. Either way I guess that makes my run not so bad.
Got a nifty little trophy too.