This was the best triathlon I’ve done. It was well organized just like the 2 other times I’ve done it, but the difference this time was that the temperatures were perfect (water and air) and I only did the Sprint distance.
The water temperature was so great that for the first time ever I chose to hang out in the water as I waited for my turn to begin swimming. My feet did not hurt horribly like they do when I get in cold water; actually, they did not hurt at all! It was great. Some young punks did it without a wetsuit, I’m sure they didn’t feel the temperature was perfect. I heard people say the water temp was 67F, but they were just guessing.
The bike was a bit windy but the temp was around 69F so it was overall very pleasant. Drafting (going closely behind another bike rider so he/she breaks the wind for you) is illegal in triathlons. And this is the first time that I had issues with this. I worked really hard to catch up with dude and I finally passed him right when we made a turn where we found the worst headwind. He then drafted off of me for a little bit (he cheated here a little) and then obviously passed me. I then passed him again. After a while he passed me a second time. At that point I drafted behind him for a looong time until we turned and didn’t have as bad of a headwind. I then passed him and he never caught up with me. I totally cheated a bit there but hey, I’m the one that caught up with him right? If there was no drafting, I would have continued going farther ahead of him after I passed him initially , that’s my logic and I’m sticking with it!
On the run, the weather continued being excellent, wind is really not a problem there. My right hamstring felt like it was going to cramp out. This happened because I was really trying hard to wear my hamstrings down on the bike part. I had to walk a few times because of this, but I made sure I walked when the trail got steep. After a while the hamstring was not an issue and I began going faster and faster and gave it all on the last half a mile of the 3.5 mile course.