I was lazy and didn't come post my results here after the Half Ironman in Austin. I completed the race, although not quite as fast as I was hoping (I will never go fast enough...ever. just the way I'm wired).
I did great on the swim as far as nerves went. My time was exactly at my predicted time for a fair swim, so that was good. The bad thing was that I started having cramps in my calf and foot halfway through...not a good sign with 56 miles of biking and a half marathon to follow.
I tried to increase my salt intake and accelerate my hydration on the bike(temps were in the low 40's, so another warning sign as to the cramping). The bike was going fair until I got called for a drafting penalty...hokey situation, but I deserved the penalty. I got absolutely no advantage from 'drafting' unlike many if the others that I saw that were literally in a pace line. Plus all the people that cost me time by blocking. I served my 4 minutes in the penalty box and moved on. I had a sub-optimal bike especially with the penalty...to hit 5:00:00 I need to run a strong finish!
My first 0.1 mile felt great, then the cramps immediately started in my quads. Hammered the salt and gels, but they weren't going away today. Anytime I tried to push the pace much my hamstrings started locking up as well. The entire run hurt, and i was not at the pace I wanted, but I finished as strong as could be expected. I almost couldn't walk for about 30 minutes afterward. 5:12 official time.
I'm no longer intimidated by this distance, and my goal for 2013 is to qualify for the world championships in Vegas...time to train!
| Pounds lost: 108.4