I went into this afterthought of a race very relaxed. A significant contrast from last year. However, maybe I could have used a little bit of last year's anxiety this time around. I PR-ed for the course, but only by two minutes. I should have been more focused. I did this for fun since Mooseman wound up conflicting with work. However, next time, I'm going to invest the time and money in a half, it will be a stronger showing.
Bike: Windy and hilly and I was passed a lot. Poor Stella (the bike)
Run: My legs were tired, so I gave up and chatted with too many people. At least the pics came out good.
I spent too much time talking with people on the run course and not paying attention to my pace. This race was for fun... but you know what? A half ironman needs to be taken more seriously (unless its just a prep for a full iron). I also got off my bike about 5 times to stretch my hamstring (only one of those times was truly necessary due to a fallen tree). I'm annoyed that I went so slow. Nick thinks it is hilarious. He says every time he saw me, I was running with someone else and chatting... until I saw him and his camera. He took some amazing pictures by the way- including tons of my EF team mates in action!
Follow the training plan I'm paying for- especially when it is put together by a phenomenal coach
Don't do a "secret" hilly marathon so close to a half iron
Cycling only once or twice a week won't make me a better cyclist
I need to practice transitions
And most important:
Have fun and enjoy the race- but go in with a goal. If I don't have a goal, I don't have the pressure and don't perform to my full potential.