Not too much to say quite really...A shortened race due to excessive heat meant a 1 mile swim (instead of 1.2) a 29 mile bike (instead of 56) and a 6.2 mile run (instead of 13.1). Ultimately, The distance only helped the swimmers, because us bikers and runners basically had 2 less hours to bike and run and make our way up the ranks.
It was hot, and the race was fast. We started at 630am in 88 degree water and I swam a lethargic 25 min mile. Fortunately though, I had some guys to bike with and work up the ranks a little bit. Unfortunately, i was tagged with a 2 min drafting penalty early on so my mindset sort of shut down and it became a tempo training day. I still got off the bike with a 26.3 mph average and then proceeded to tell the ref that it was completely inconsistent that i was the only one in the whole race to receive a drafting penalty. I don't mind getting a penalty because we all draft from time to time in triathlons, but it is ridiculous to think that she handed out only one penalty in the course of 30 miles when it was clearly evident that there was packs of us pros working together because of the flat course. Anyways, i still split a 35 min 10k (good for a top 6 overall run) even though i was not racing at that point, but still running hard to get a good workout in. S
So, looking back i would have set a PR for olympic distance, which was the most positive thing i took away from the race.
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