|Smug & Cocky|
Yeah, well that didn't happen. I finished in 1:06:03 instead. Yet, I've really got nothing to complain about. My normal inclination would be to moan about the swim. But that actually went pretty well - I stayed with what I'm calling the "middle pack" the entire time. In fact, I drafted behind a guy on the beach bound segment (the course was "U" shaped around two buoys beginning and ending on the beach) and didn't have to sight the entire way in. Why I put complete faith in this guy's navigation skills I'm not sure, but this guy ended up being a regular Magellan and before I knew it I was on the beach running the 1/3 of a mile up the ramp to transition. My final swim time (including the run to transition) was 13:44. At first I wasn't super stoked on this, but after the race I heard almost everyone complaining about their swim times so I felt a lot better about it. I'm guessing either the course was longer than a 1/4 mile or there was some sort of current working against us. Either way, I think I ended up doing OK on the curve.
|Slowing and turning somewhere...|
In the end, I was 23rd of 87 in my age group and 260th of 1100 overall. I finished 1:47 faster over last year. A year older and almost two minutes faster? I'll take that. I also feel I raced to the best of my ability and made very few mistakes. And through the entire race I felt I maintained the perfect combination of hard work and enjoyment.
|Chris K, Ian and me|
After the race, we went to breakfast at a local place called Honey's. If you ever are in Encinitas, check it out - it's a very legit breakfast spot. We had a nice conversation about all sorts of things, including some quality reminiscing about our mutual pal Kovas. I ate pancakes and drank a bunch of coffee. Basically it was the perfect meal.
So how did I talk myself into thinking that a sub one hour race was possible? This is how - I over estimated my abilities by a minute or two in every discipline. I didn't leave enough time to get from the beach to T1, I didn't factor in the wind on the bike course and I didn't have the legs to run a 21 minute 5K. But despite the fact that my prediction of a sub one hour sprint triathlon will be publicly displayed on the Interweb forever, I'm 100% OK with this race. But now it's time to go longer - it's about 7 weeks until the Big Kahuna 70.3 in Santa Cruz.