2010 nationals were held in Tuscaloosa, AL. It was hot and moderately hilly. I had a good swim, good bike, and then overheated and completely popped on the run. The same thing happened at St Anthonys Triathlon earlier this year. I can hold it together for a sprint on a hot day, but there's no hiding in an olympic distance tri. Splits were 20:30, 1:02, 48:30, or so. I was 6:35 at the first mile of the 10k run and feeling fine, then got hotter and hotter. It gets to the point where my HR is way over my lactate threshold, then I can't breathe, then everything shuts down, and I feel like I am dying on my feet.
I wound up 20th in my AG and 180th male overall. Them's the breaks. If I ever do nationals again it will be somewhere guaranteed to be cooler or outright chilly. It will also just be the sprint. Or the aqua-aqua.
We are straight into running season so I am fine with all this:
Oct 2 - Community 5k at the Great American XC meet in Cary
Oct 17 - Atlantic City Half Marathon
Thanksgiving - Cary 8k
Dec 11 - Bond Park trail 5k