I think this was the first time I’ve done a race on such short notice. At 24 hours before the start, I literally had no idea I was going to race. I’m the type of guy that tends to plan things months in advance. In the end, it was actually a perfect weekend for me to race and I was disappointed in myself for not thinking and planning for it sooner.
The swim was a heart pumping 400 yards…I think I nearly blew a gasket by the first buoy. What a shock to the system after an IM 14 days earlier. I came out of the water in 4th place.
Onto the bike I was concerned my legs wouldn’t be there given the IM a couple of weeks early but they seemed to respond well and I was able to average a little over 26 mph for the 10 mile course which was flat and super fast obviously. I came into T2 in 1st place about 1 minute ahead of Pat Wheeler and with the fastest bike split of the day.
The run is where I most felt the IM and had no real clue of what pace I was running other than the fact that I was redlined from start to finish. This was good enough for the 2nd fastest run of the day and about 5:45 pace. Overall I ended up in 1st place by about 1.5 minutes on Pat. What a fun unexpected day where I felt good and got in a dry run for the Timberman Sprint in 2 weeks!