I think it's best to write up my report ASAP while everything is still fresh in my mind. So here goes. It is a little long and detailed so I can refer to it for my next Half Ironman.
Up at 4:30 am to get to the lodge on time and to do all the other tasks that must be done by 6:30 to meet everyone on the beach for the meeting. Kathy was an awesome supporter. I don't know what I would do if she didn't go with me. It would be really hard to manage every detail.
The water was nice. I had enough time to warm up for about 10 minutes in the water. I was really happy with that because I have found that, like my running, I take a while to warm up. Must be age I guess.
I got behind the first line of women and we were off before we knew it. I swam hard. It was a small field, only 100 per wave which caused me to be unafraid to start up front. OK, so all went well for at least the first .2 miles of the swim. Then, when the guys behind started to catch me they, in their need to pass me, felt it necessary to swim OVER me instead of PAST me. I honestly think they need to practice spotting. Some of the women did this to. By the 2ND
swim- over-me I had had all that I could take and started to fight back. I kicked and pushed. Then, at one point this guy collided with me. He actually said sorry. Nice guy. The rest of the swim was awesome. I felt strong and prepared.
My swim was 36 minutes. This was a really great swim for me. It translates to 1:42 per 2 laps in the pool. When I started out I was doing over 2:00 per 2 laps.
T1 was better. 4:43. Not great but better. I couldn't get my wetsuit off.
The bike went very well also. I had a huge PR on the bike. 3:01 which translates to 18.5 mph. I'm very satisfied with my bike. I feel like all the work paid off. I now know I need a rear fueling system. This will eleviate the need to carry a bottle on my back. Although this worked OK, I found myself driving off the road into the dirt and nearly hit a Mail Box when I went to reach for it the first time. Heheheheh.
T2 was a lot better at 1:51. Good!
The run is when the ghost of Mooseman reappeared. I had a very specific plan for how much and what I would drink and eat on the bike. Unfortunately my plan did not have the outcome I had hoped for. My stomach backfired on me after the first mile again. I just can't digest GU and watered down Endurance Gatorade. I wonder what everyone uses and if this happens to others. Please share with me what works for you and if you have had this problem.
Kathy took lots of pics at my encouragement of course. I had one pit stop on the run, my chain fell of once. I also have a really bad rash under my arm. I think I could have avoided that with more body glide. None of the aid stations had lube.. I asked.
Final time at 5:38 - which is a 17 minutes reduction from Mooseman. Yeah!