|Edgewater is a welcome change for the host hotel at Gulf Coast Tri|
|This is how I left the bike. Queued up and ready to rock.|
|I just opened these goggles.|
I am not happy.
|Watch your step, dude. |
And dont dig in too deep.
I managed to get my head right and settled by the cannon. The new Edgewater venue for Gulf Coast Tri meant that the first 20-25 yards of the swim were too shallow to swim. I elected to try a few dives to move through the break water and must've planted off the sea floor a little too assertively and felt one of my little piggies cry wee wee wee. Fortunately, there was no way my luck could be worse than a broken toe.
|My cheerleader is way more dedicated than yours.|
|only 70.29 miles to go|
|This is what transition hell looks like. I cant pull the bike through easily because the cross bar is too low |
and there's not enough room between bikes to lean mine over.
I cant back out because someone is having a yard sale behind my bike.
|Getting small and staying lonely out there.|
|The new Team Zoot suit is clearly Red, White, and Blue.|
Bike Split : 2:12:18 -- 25.4mph
Still, winners win long after quitters quit. I had to roll the dice and put myself in the position to win if I had the opportunity.
|Run Time: 1:23:15 -- 6:22 pace|
|2nd Over All -- 2:09:48 |
Ultimately, I ran straight out of real estate, 75 seconds too soon. Granted, at a 6:20 mile pace, 75 seconds is a hike. That means I never even got a look at the leader; I was never really a threat. I had lost the race in the water 4 hours earlier and was just way too far back and way too ambitious to accept it.
|It's one thing to miss the mark when you can find lost seconds laying all along the course.|
It's so much more defeating when you do all you can and its just not enough.
So yeah, its hard to be too sad. I hit a new personal best at the race by 10 minutes along with setting new bests on the bike and run course too. My run has been stagnated for the last few years, so it is a massive dose of encouragement to pluck out an 83 minute run split.
Given the choice between a soft win or a hard loss, I'll take the loss any day. For now, looks like its back to the pool!
|Cheering me up|
|Wining the shortest shorts challenge.|
|and the hottest wife contest.|
when somebody wants your spot more.