The race started with the bike portion - a time trial style start. Every athlete lined up in their bike gear, headed out one by one, separated by five seconds. We then made our way through T1 where we grabbed our bikes and anything else we wanted before heading out on the course. The start went smoothly but ultimately I couldn't do much about drafting. There were some big groups drafting together on the course. The course was very flat, with maybe one or two baby rollers but if you blinked you were already through it. Basically, I put it in cruise control and went through the course as hard and as fast as I could. My body felt relaxed and never tightened up. Nutritionally I should have done a better job, I consumed only a half a bottle of accelerade, a couple swigs of water to wash down my two gel packs and that was it. Luckily it never got too hot so it didn't hinder me too much on the bike. By the end of the bike course, my legs felt really good and I felt energized. Upon pulling into T2 there was no way of knowing what place I was in because of the people behind me. They could be making the same amount of ground up if not more than I was so there was no judge as to where I was on the course. At T2, I saw my K-Krew: wife, Smitties and father-in-law, all screaming my name and they were rewarded with a high five on my way through.
The run course was a 13.1 mile there-and-back course, also completely flat but exposed to the sun. By the time the run leg started the sun came out and it started to feel hot even though it was only about 75 degrees. I made it about a mile into the course and it felt like my quads were going to cramp. Probably from the lack of liquids and nutrients from the bike, my body was starting to react, and not in a good way. A race decision was made to shorten up my stride as to not fully extend my leg causing my quad to cramp and at every aid station I took a gel and washed it down with water. The pain never got worse but never got better. It was not a good feeling knowing it could cramp at any moment, if this occurred, well, then the race would pretty much be over. I was moving smoothly and stayed as relaxed as I could with the discomfort in my legs. I crossed the finish line and was happy with my performance.
The overall race was good other than the canceled swim. The race site was scenic and well organized. There were plenty of volunteers who were eager to help you with whatever was needed. I was pleased with my effort and with my overall results.
NOTES: I definitely need to have a better nutrition plan. This race could have been a total disaster if the course was different or even if it was a little warmer. Nutrition is critical in these long races and I need to get a handle on this aspect of racing. I still need to get stronger on the bike and have that translate into more endurance.