Some things I forgot:
1. Mini-tapers of one day worked when I was 29. Not so much now.
2. A half marathon that starts at 75 degrees and 5 am is not the same as a half marathon that starts at 9:30 am and 90 degrees, with strong trades.
3. Triathlons tend to have estimated distances. I checked out the course prior to saying yes. This morning, they added another 0.8 mi out and back at the end (with the hill).
Our swimmer, Taylor, did an amazing job, swimming 22 or so, because she's a swim star.
Our cyclist, Chet, got a flat tire and called to tell me. He was riding a sew-up disc, so it was 15 min until he got a new wheel.
Our runner, me, optimistically went out at 6:40/mi to tackle the 2.5-lap course, turned at the first turn around, and quickly re-thought my strategy into the wind. It went like this:
0.75-ish mi to Kaena Point (with the hill): run fast.
3 mi back to Mokuleia: fight the wind, hold ice in palms, douse self in water
3 mi back to Kaena Point again: sprint while the wind is no longer an issue. Skip aid, just run as fast as you can.
3 mi back to Mokuleia: see above.
3 mi back to Kaena Point again: sprint and catch that guy who didn't bother to go around the turn-around cone (mission accomplished, but it was hard)
0.75-ish mi back to the finish: wonder why I'm not done yet.
I ran a disappointing 1:35 split. Wyatt was waiting at the finish though, so that was awesome. I think my core temp must've been 110 degrees by then, so I walked straight into the ocean.
I later saw that the fastest men went 1:32, and they can run sub 1:20. I had the third-best time of the day - just those two men got me. I'm grateful, because that sure didn't feel like a 7:20/mi effort. Regardless of the disappointing time, it was a great hard workout for me (and a great reason to sleep in tomorrow) so it was worth every second. Always great to see the old tri family, too! I love our Oahu triathlon community.
The Friday evening post-work taper.
The sweetest boy in the world (who passed out waters, ran along side me some, and stole my medal for his hard work)