In a nutshell I did OK (5:46) but certainly not what I had hoped to do. My goal was to finish in 5:20. My best so far has been 5:38.
After I finished my swim in 45 minutes my original goal of 5:20 was quickly revised to 5:30. Perhaps I am setting my goals too high. Thinking back on my 4 halfirons I have not been pleased with any of my performances at these races. Makes me wonder if I'm asking too much of myself. I don't think so. Maybe I just have to face the fact that my triathlons will never match my expectations as compared to the expectations that I have been able to achieve in my running.
My time on the swim was the same as last time. I really want to curse here. I was hoping to shed at least a few minutes. The swim at Timberman WAS wavy and I found it difficult to grasp a lot of water. My pull was weak. We had 111 women in the 45-49 age group. I was 64th on the swim (25th AG total time). How depressing.
Other than some leg soreness I felt strong on the bike and, equally as important, strong when I dismounted for my run. My bike speed was exactly the same as Pumpkinman last fall. 18.5 MPH. hu?
Regardless of the small victories I had on the bike in preparing for my run I ended up getting some nasty blisters during the last 6 miles of the run. And yes, I had stomach issues. Blah.. Despite these pitfalls my run was OK. I managed to keep the pace at around 8:38s.
I'm feeling pretty ill in some of these photos. I'm also pretty sick of writing about feeling sick and sick of writing about my sorry ass races.