Packet Pick-up and Expo
I got into transition right at 5:30 am, just as I'd planned. I dropped my bike on the way in but didn't think anything of it. I found the Women 45+ racks and was able to rack pretty close to the path and in the first set of Women 45+ racks coming up from the swim so I figured it would be easy to find my bike. I did check out the Swim In area and came back to find my bike to make sure.
As I was setting things up, I noticed my bike seat was crocked. I figured it was from dropping the bike, but again, didn't think anything of it. I also found out that I was racked right next to one of my IamTri friends. Cary is an awesome athletes, often qualifying for Kona. She twisted my seat back for me and I think I finally tightened the seat post screw enough that this will stop happening.
Our section also had a fair amount of first-timers for this distance and first-timers for this race. We talked to them and answered their questions. I did my warm-up. I went down to watch the pros start. In all, while I'm glad I got there when I did so I could get a good rack position, I was really there too early.
I didn't do as well on the bike. My 3:36 time put me in 42nd place and my run time put me in 50th for that segment. So 46th out of 56 starters for my overall time. Still in the bottom of the pack but not next to last and I beat my dream time of 7.5 hours for overall time too.
On the other hand, while nothing really hurt that badly during the race, I aggravated my calf enough that I had to take two days off to recover. So I'm going to stick with my conservative plan of slowly upping my mileage for my long run and not doing any speed or tempo work. I'm going to split the long run into two parts as well so that I don't hurt myself.
I think I can get up to 18 miles in one day (but two runs) by two weeks before IMC and, if I can do that, I think I can do the 26.2 without having to walk much at all, just the aid stations like I did at Vineman. Walking the aid stations is an extremely popular run strategy even among uninjured, well-trained runners, so the fact that I think I can do this makes me extremely happy.