It WAS fun.
The swim was absolutely terrible. The second worst swim race I've ever done.
My pre-race nutrition was just all wrong. I ate way too much, I drank coffee, and I had 800mg (4 tablets) of ibuprofen to block any foot or knee pain. This concoction, along with the cold water, and lack of ANY warm up exercises caused me to cramp up right away, I got kind of panicked and basically slogged through the entire swim course.
In used to waking up early, eat a banana and my pre-workout drink and then swim 2.4 miles. I can do this non-stop.
This morning, it was all about the timing mistakes, I guess. I was up at 4:30am, but the race didn't start until 7:05. I wanted to eat, but not be hungry by the time the race started. Coffee- big no no. Ugh.
I should have just waited until 30 minutes before the race to do my normal thing. Note taken.
By the time I got out of the water, I was home free and really didn't care about transition times, I jus wanted to do well on the bike, and finish the run on two feet.
I averaged 21mph on the bike, which is good, and 10:20 min miles on the run just to get through it.
About halfway through the run, I kept telling myself:
"just take it easy, Phil. Nice and slow. You've got an injured foot and ankle. Easy."
That's when the guy with only one leg passed me.
I'm such a wuss. Hahaha!
It'll all come back.
It was a good race and I'm ready to volunteer for the Ironman on May 21st.
Transition area at about 6am this morning.
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