I actually got mentioned for leading the first run. The video also has a short interview they did during my second transition. You can even get a great look at my weird running form when they show the leaders at the end of run #1.
My first run, clocked at 11:13. I actually crossed the 2 mile point in under 11 minutes, but the timing mat was at the start of transition. I was #1 going into T1.
Here are some picks. I'm the guy in the white/blue/black/green Liquigas Cannondale jersey. Sooner or later I'll have an Adventures for the Cure jersey to represent my cycling team, but until then, I'll pretend to be a pro rider...
#218 was the overall winner. He runs as fast as I do, but is also a cat 2 road cyclist (aka a beast). He crushed the bike course and his overall time was 10 minutes faster than me. I still beat him to T1 though!
I had a decent lead going into the turn to transition and was feeling quite pleased, as you can see by my expression...
Start of bike lap 2. A slight climb, hence riding on the hoods. I tried to spend a lot of time in the drops with all the downhills.
Even with shoes that don't need to be tied, I have a lot of trouble... 1:15, good for 69th and that is with quick tying shoes! I need to dismount faster for one, but I'm afraid of falling. The good people unclip one foot, swing over the back of the bike, and have both legs on the same side. They come almost to a stop, unclip the other foot and jump off while immediately running. I come to a stop and unclip, which takes forever.
The agony was showing on my face. I was also completely drenched in sweat because of the humidity. This is lap 1 of the 4 mile run. Before this race, I did not buy into the idea that triathlon bikes save your legs better for the run. However, I've discovered scientific tests that have proven this idea, and based on how crappy my legs felt, I agree with it! The geometry of a triathlon bike supposedly works your legs slightly differently so that they don't feel as heavy on a run afterwards as compared to a road bike. Oh well...
At long last, the finish. Run 2, 25:48, 6:45 pace, about 4th overall. A few people only did one loop on the second run which screwed up the rankings but after removing those individuals, my 2nd run was 4th fastest. It was good for 12th overall and first in my age group. I apparently looked like hell crossing the line. This stuff is harder than marathons, believe me!
Until next time....Run + Cycle More!!