Doug C and I drove down the night before, checked into our hotel and then found our compatriots at Backwater Jacks Tiki Bar. This is my kind of hang out. We tipped a couple pints then went to get some sleep.
The race started at 7AM so we were up by 530 and got going. The race is a 1 mile swim, 44 mile bike, 5 mile run which is a nice mix of distance without being destructive.
My training has been good but not totally hardcore -I figured this would be a good one to assess real fitness. f I could hold together on the run then my chances of not falling apart at Raleigh 70.3 are good.
The swim had some mild chop and a slight cross current but nothing terrible. 22:30 or so, first out of water.
Onto the bike - flat with a prevailing cross wind for the most part. I do my best not to live in the past and rode to my current ability, standing up every 15 minutes or so to stretch out a bit. Nice course, some cool scenery, and low traffic. Dan M passed me with about 4 miles to go. Bike time 1:56:38 which is 22.6mph (I did an Iron-distance race at this pace 11 years ago). I held back slightly as I did not want to have an awful run but couldn't have gone much faster than this all things considered. So for Raleigh I'll be targeting 21-22mph type pace unless there is some crazy wind etc.
Run - felt all right and had a surprisingly fast first mile split at 6:35. It started pouring rain which cooled down the temps but kicked up the humidity, which is worse than the heat. Settled into 700-715 pace and pretty much tried to run relaxed while concentrating on turning the legs over. We ran through downtown Washington, which is on the water and very scenic. Worth a visit if your into exploring North Carolina. Held onto 2nd place which is great. Time 35:19
Jogged the course again as continued run/cool down since the 70.3 has 13 miles, not 5 to get through.
A couple pics:
OSB Social Chair Heather rocking the OSB gear
Almost all the OSB'ers at the race
Next up: Raleigh 70.3. Holding out hope for cooler temps!