When I did the sprint course two years ago, I remember nothing about the bike course. People said it was nice, through cranberry bogs and all, so this year I was determined to take a look around! Add in some gorgeous weather, and the bike course was indeed quite enjoyable. That is, until around mile 20, when my hip flexors and adductors started getting tight. After this it felt like I was pushing as hard as I could and yet slowing down. There were some rolling hills, but nothing to write home about. Off the bike in 1:27:35 (18mph), it wasn't quite the time I was hoping for, but solid nonetheless.
Definitely glad to be off the bike, I wasn't quite sure about the run due to my tight hips. There was a good amount of shade on the course which definitely helped with the rising temperatures and bright sun. I felt alright out of T2 and even started to feel good by mile 4. However things the tightness in my hips/legs didn't go away and although I needed some more nutrition, my stomach was having none of it. The was one hill on the course, about mile 5 if I remember correctly. Try as I might to just keep running (one mile at a time was my mantra that day), I ended up walking twice for short stints around mile 5. After the hill I managed to keep going and finish strong once we got back in the park for a 55:27 run (8:57min/mile).
Clock Time: 2:54:36
I finished with mixed feelings on this race- a great swim and an 11min PR for an olympic-distance tri is definitely something I'm proud of (different course, but still). I gave it all I had that day, I just know I've got a better race in me. I'll see you next year, Cranberry Oly!