Early morning start, as always for races. I got up at 4.45am. We are staying at a BnB and the host put together a special breakfast of yogurt and home made granola for me. Delicious!
I biked the 3 miles down to the race start and got there just about when they opened at 5.30am. Set my stuff up, sat down to chill for a while, watched the sun rise and got a bit more nervous about swimming in the Pacific Ocean when I saw somewhat significant waves.
I started in the second group at 7.06am. Hit the water and the first thing that struck me was, I have never swam in saltwater before. I think the swim went ok. Maybe not all that fast but I did go reasonably straight, did not stop to catch my breath and did not get kicked. Got out of the water and immediately felt that my calfs were cramping. Bad sign. Made it up to T1 and took my sweet time. I didn’t want to run with bike shoes and the cramp so I walked out of T1 and got on the bike.
Luckily the cramp didn’t affect the bike ride that much. I started off a bit slow just to be on the safe side. The cramp started to gradually go away. I think I got hit with a time penalty for drafting. I guess I’ll see when the final results are up. A pretty significant hill at the end otherwise just a few smaller ones (if you compare to Berkeley and Orinda). I think my watch showed around 33 miles, not 30.
T2 was fast. Changed shoes, helmet off, visor on and away. Started the run a bit slower just to be careful with the calf cramps. Fairly gradual uphill during the first 4 miles. Stayed around a 8.30 min/mile. At mile 6 I still felt good and started pushing. Passed lots of guys (in my age group . Was doing around 7-7.30 min/mile the last 3-4 miles. The heat was pretty brutal at the end so a lot of the water went on my head instead of in my mouth.
I had lots of fun. I’m not going to say it was easy but I know I can do more and better. Will look at a 1/2 IronMan in 2 weeks. We shall see…
Thanks to my lovely wife and parents for the great support!!