The first run went out a little slow. I just hung back because right after 200 meters of the start is a steep uphill that lasts for about a minute. I just made sure to maintain pace and stay with the leaders. After the hill, I took off a little bit to get to an early lead. I knew that Thompson and Jeffery would eat me up on the bike course because they are extremely talented riders. I came through the first 5k in 15:26, a pretty fast time, but I felt fine and had lots of energy left.
In transition, I had trouble buckling my helment so both Thompson and Jeffrey caught me. We all exited the first transition at about the same time. The picture above shows the start of the bike course with us three leaders. Jeffrey is in front, Thompson is on the left, and I'm on the right. The start of the course was up the hill that we had to run up. I just pedaled easy and slipped into my cycling shoes.
The bike course is pretty flat with a few rollers. The only problem was the wind! The bike was 20.8 miles long with the first half with the wind and the second half against it. I was averaging around 29 mph on the first half and then died! The wind really tires you out when there is such a long stretch into it. On that long stretch a few guys passed me, and I went into transition in about 7th place. I passed one guy while running through the transition, and two more going up the hill for the second run loop. The second run was the same as the first.
So within 2 minutes of the second run I was in 4th place. Thompson and Jeffrey were too far ahead because of their cycling skills, but I could see 3rd way ahead. I was unsure if I coud catch him because of the distance ahead he was. I just concentrated on running with good form and hopefully I could catch up. By the 2nd mile, he was just in front of me. I knew that if I put a surge in I would recapture my 3rd place position. At 2.5 miles I took over and cruised into the finish line. My second 5k was 16:26, which is really good considering my tiredness from the past week.
I ended up having the fastest run splits for both the first and second runs. It was nice to see that I could actually have a good second split especially with such good competition. My bike split was not that great (23.8 mph avg), but it was ok considering the lack of cycling that I have done over the winter.
I improved by 2 minutes of my last years time which was also nice to see. I hope that I can continue to improve my cycling with more training.
Here is a link to the results:
Next up is a triathlon at Lake Mills in Wisconsin. It is a pretty large event with about 800 competitors. Hopefully I can break into the top 3 with a strong bike and run since my swimming is lacking right now.