I ran up the hill into transition and found my bike no problems there. Stuffed the swim cap and goggles into the bike bag, threw on socks, shoes, and helmet and got out of there.
Bike: 3:06:18, 18.04 mph, 146/218 age group place
Oh the bike course. the route of unending climbs.
When I first got out on the bike it took 3 miles just to get out of Vista Point park and onto highway 64. They were all uphill. Once we got on 64 it was mostly rollers, and some of the roads were the same ones I train on regularly including Pea Ridge Road and Old Hwy 1. Apparently they planned the route backwards from the direction I usually ride. Then it got into unfamiliar territory.
I was absolutely blown away by how many people passed me on the bike. Overall, I went from 605 place overall out of the water to 929th place overall after the bike leg. Insane. There were lots of serious cyclists out there.
About 35 miles into the ride the sun came out, and it started really bearing down. When it got hot, it got really hot. Then the hills went from tough to unbearable. We went through Apex and Holly Springs, then into downtown. The coolest part was that around mile 54, right as we were coming into downtown one of my swim coaches was volunteering and yelled some words of encouragement. That was really cool. Around mile 45 my neck and upper back started to get really sore, so I was hurting pretty bad by the time I was done riding. It is time for a new bike fit and maybe some new aerobars.
I had a loooong run through the TA to my spot on the bike rack. Bike stuff off, run stuff on, and get out of there.
Run: 2:15:32, 122/218 age group, 799 overall
The run course headed up to the capital building, then down Hillsborough street. I was quite happy to see my family hanging out on the capital grounds.
Except I knew absolutely nothing about how to handle it after such a punishing bike ride. This way, going out was the hard part so it would be easy going back. I was averaging about a 10:30 pace going out, and about a 10:20 pace coming back into the capital. I have to admit, it was certainly easier in the second half but the heat was a killer. Most of my half marathons come in around 1:45, so to be 30 minutes slower is really hard to believe. That's how tough it was out there.
The family made it to Snoopy's, a local hot dog joint for some lunch. That was on the course, so I got to see them again.
This corner is the entrance to a greenway and right next to Meredith College. The course turns in at the main entrance to Meredith, and follows the greenway up to the art museum. After two loops around the museum, it's time to head back into downtown. and it's all downhill from here.
It was hovering around 100* by this point, and I was taking ice every chance I could get. Dumping ice down the shirt really helped keep me cool, and I'd drink a water and a powerade at every aide station. They had some sponges in icewater as well that were quite nice. You can see there is no shade on that road. I ended up with quite a nasty sunburn. The heat tends to melt my will to survive, screw the strength to keep moving forward. The heat made it incredibly tough out there.
Coming into downtown and heading to the finish line felt great, even if I was a big pile of melted ice cream. I was more than ready to have this race done!
I was so glad to be done with this race. I hit the finish line and sat down while the volunteer grabbed my chip. I stayed sitting down until I had 2 bottles of water in me. Then I wandered around the finish area trying to find Kelley and the kids. I ended up asking a stranger to text her because I couldn't find her anywhere. Eventually we met up at the finish line.
What could have gone better?
And now for some kid pics downtown.