This time I was able to to the race, get my transition set and still have enough time for a good warmup in the lake - probably 300 Meters or so. Maybe more. I did not panic in the water. I had hoped to start on the left side of the swim pack and instead just like last year I found myself on the right side. Sheesh. I was 10th overall in the swim and I was fifth out of the water in the masters wave. I clocked 8:42 for the swim compared to 8:50 last year.
I made it though transition with no issues and tried to get that bike rolling fast. I had a guy pass me right away but I got him back. Carey Willingham passed me about a quarter of the way through. Plus a couple of other yahoos. I did reasonably well to keep up with them most of the way. The Polar bike computer kept turning on and off during the race. I think that I must have moved the pickup when I cleaned the bike on Saturday.
When I turned into the park I got very confused as to where to go. That let one other guy and the top girl pass me. I tailed them into transition and beat them both out of transition on the run.
I could see all of the masters in front of me on the run. I got one of them. There was one dude way out in the lead then a pack of three and including Carey. I worked as hard as I could but the lead was too much. Carey beat me by 7 seconds and the other two were 23 seconds ahead.
Just like with the TriRock, I finished 10th in the Swim and 10th in the run. Weird.
I was 9th overall and 3rd in my age group. There was only 23 seconds difference between first and third. Wow.
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