A few weeks ago I decided to do the first race in the IOS NCTS series to see where I am at the moment and just 'be there' for the first event. It can be cold in mid-March in NC and this year was no exception - temperature when we started at 8AM was around 40 degrees.
The swim went well, I went hard but not all out. Probably 3:20 in the pool, decent, felt fine.
Coming out of the gym I stopped to put on a wind jacket and hoodie. Not interested in getting pneumonia. Ran to the bike then put socks on. Slow T1.
Bike = no bike legs yet. I have been avoiding hard intervals until after the marathon next weekend. Then it will be hammer time. For now it is more like cloth-covered inflatable mallet time. Slow bike. Painful bike. No lactate buffering capacity. Nerd.
T2, stop to take jacket off. Slow in general.
Run. Legs a little twitchy but felt OK. Back tightened up. The mile markers were either off or the run was .15 long. 20:45. Even splits. Not great but not terrible.
37th overall, 52:14. 8+ minutes behind the winners. 3rd place female.
Lots of room for improvement this season! It will be good to race the same crew in 6 months and see how it goes.