This is a must do race that takes place in northern Idaho on a phenomenal lake. The directors do an amazing job improving it each year and taking feedback to heart.
This year Jessi and I decided to drive up there the day of the race...about 1:30 drive. After the race, we planned on heading up to Canada to watch the last IM Canada in Penticton and cheer on many friends racing. It was to be a VERY busy weekend.
The water temp was beautiful and the water crystal clear. The swim start was fast, but I soon found myself leading my wave. I knew that I had a couple near, but they were not interested in taking the lead...which I am fine with. After exciting the swim, it is a bit of an uphill run to T1. My B70 Helix came off quickly and I was already grabbing my Rudy Project helmet and glasses. Jessi had put toe covers on my shoes since it was so cold, which I appreciated. I took off quickly and tried to settle into a sold pace. But, for some reason, things didn't feel right. I was working hard, but I felt 'off.' I had a hard time getting in nutrition. But I pressed on. I later realized that the bike was a couple miles short I suspect. But that was okay.
The run is out a dirt road that wonders up hill, rolling most of it. I hit the turn and was headed for the finish. I took a split and knew I had a decent lead. I pushed all the way to the finish and felt I ran well.