Started in the 4th wave nine minutes behind the first wave, which gave me enough time to see the strength of the current in the James River. I shot way right (into the current) and hit the turn buoy as well as humanly possible. The current was ripping 2-3 knots which is a lot when you have to swim into it. Also compensated coming in by swimming upstream/angled and probably had one of the fastest swim splits on the day if not the fastest - I was the 9th person out of the water.
The bike went very well - a fast guy passed me a couple miles into it and I targeted him for 15 miles, when he found another gear and just started hammering like mad. I rode my own race for the remainder holding 21-24mph depending on the grade. The race is advertised as flat but that is bunk (I grew up in coastal FL) - it is modestly rolling and false-flat 90% of the way. High cadence riding and finished feeling good. Off the bike I was 4th onto the course.
Running with actual good running form
Run: started out around 7minute pace with a tight back that slowly released and I found my happy place in the 7-720 range. I am not a light-footed runner, so the 3 miles of singletrack dirt trails on each loop were very welcome. No problems until I started slowing down at mile 9 - effort was as high or higher than at the beginning of the run but the body just started shortening up (my run volume has not been high). Miles 10-11 were the slowest just under 8 min/mile pace, then I ran with my arms for the remainder and finished strong. Good nutrition / hydration on a coolish day so all was well on that front. Four people passed me during the run which is acceptable on a long run like this.
Here I am coming in for a mid-run kiss from my wife.
We had a fun time hanging out with OSB athletes/Raleigh gang at Hooters later that evening and I repacked every calorie I burned between wings and beer.
Erin, Tom, Marty
Bri kicked butt on Sunday, taking 1st OA female in the sprint, in her usual kick-butting way.
The races are in a great venue at the Jamestown Settlement, so put this one on your calendar if you are in the mood for a trip to Williamsburg, VA. It is a really nice town.
I would end my season here but am already signed up for USAT Nationals in Alabama, so will coast-train a few more days. Looking for a top five AG there and then hang the bike on the wall for a couple of months.