|Johns Pond at Otis Air Force Base, Mashpee, MA|
The drive down was easy with a great view over the Bourne bridge as I drove onto the Cape. Bill offered to keep a parking spot for me close to transition at Johns Pond. The morning was gorgeous with no clouds in the sky. The water was warm at 68 degrees. At first look, the swim course looked to be a lot longer than the advertised 0.3 mile distance. I don't worry about those details since we all have to swim the same course.
|Disney Dawn with me prior to the race.|
After the anthem the Olympic distance athletes set off and the sprint racers waited around about 30 minutes to start at 9AM. I was in the first wave and sighting seemed to go quite well and I seemed to stay with a group of novice swimmers who were able to do most of the sighting for me as they all swam head-up breaststroke which left me to stay focused on my "streamline" freestyle. The course was a simple counter-clockwise course, with the last leg a point where we merged with the slower Oly swimmers from the 8:30AM start.
The bike course was very flat but most of it was around the Otis airbase with lots of open space and some pretty strong headwinds. The new aerobar set-up I have helped keep me down with less air resistance. Thanks so much CAF for the grant to help with this!!! My total time for the bike was 52:16 (13 miles) giving me an average speed of 14.9 mph. Given the winds, I was pretty happy with this. The course was well-maintained with lots of people at every turn, including lots of men and women in uniform helping out,
which added to the character of the race!!!
I was not happy with my bike to run transition getting out of T2 in a time of 3:17. Can't think of a reason, except that I was simply taking my time instead of doing MY JOB!!!
|Finish in 2:10:33|
|With David Kruysman post race.|