Time: 2:04:25 – 20th M35-39
Superb atmosphere in Waikiki – perfect place to start aclimatising for Kona – swim in beautiful water each morning, ride round the south coast and then a run along the coast and around a park.
This was my first race with a sea swim – the water was lovely, clear so you could sight other triathletes very easily. I managed a decent start but for once swam the whole course with other swimmers, got bashed in the nose and swam over numerous guys in the previous wave on the second lap. Came out in 24th in a reasonable time. T1 was a dream – no wetsuit to get off and for once no dizziness when I exited the water. On the bike my focus was variable, I think because half an eye was on Kona. Lots of people went by me at a great rate of knots comfirming that I need to continue working on my bike.
Onto the run – dream like – I felt great, was running fast and comfortably. Only one person went by me and he was 25-29 and I passed at least 15 in my age group finishing in 20th place in my age with a run split of 35.39 which is the fastest I’ve ever managed in a Tri!
Massively excited about tomorrow – can’t wait. Kailua-Kona is buzzing with an awesome atmosphere. Swimming part / all the course each morning followed by pancakes feels like the perfect preparation … tomorrow we will see.