When someone asks me about this race, the first thing I say is, "It is only $35, it's chip timed, and us USAT sanctioned." Really, what else do you need to say?
Par for the course, I got into the water about 3 minutes before the race start. It is a current aided swim which means that for a warm up, you can swim against the current.
I came into T2 and was out of there quickly. I tried to settle into a solid run and keep a quick turnover and good form. There were 2 people up ahead. I hit the turn and took a split. I caught one of the teams and wanted to run with them for a bit, but they slowed down too much. So I pressed on. I saw the second individual and knew I had a good lead on him. But you always need to run an honest run. That way you know what you can do.
I neared the finish and made the gradual uphill to the finish. I saw the clock (with my feeble eyesight) and saw that clock change from 1:49 to 1:50. Ah, man. I was so close to going under 1:50! That's crazy! All in all my bike and run went well. My swim is coming along, but does not seem to be killing my race.
Here is a link to a newpaper article in the local paper: HERE
Thanks to Natalie (pictures are all from her), Greg, and Dave for coming along and making it another memorable day.