The past two years at this race the swim had been non-wetsuit legal but the water was just under the limit on race day so the wetsuit went on and fingers were crossed that it wasn't a case of boil in the bag. Straight away as soon we got into the Choptank River it felt a little too warm. The 35-39 AG went off at 7.34am in smooth water and then it was game on. The goal for the day was to go hard, hard, hard and see what happens, based on the quality of the field it was going to be very fast race. This Kona qualifying quest isn't getting any easier as the years go on.
Bearing in mind the lack of swim training since St George I was pleased with the 31min swim time but above all I was glad to get out of the wetsuit and onto the bike. (Note 1: work on the swim more)
|Heading out of T1|
|Off the bike and out onto the bike|
|Heading into the finish....phew!|
I ended up at 4hrs 45mins for the race, 24th in AG and 144th overall (from 1800 racers). So a nice finish but always some room for big improvement......as a reference the top 2 in the 35-39 AG did 4:02 and 4:04 to take 7th and 8th overall just 15mins back from the overall winner three time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander.
As the notes suggest, more work needed to get close to the Kona slots especially at the 70.3 distance.
Next post to describe the rest of the season......