2nd in age group, after a crash. 2:11.
The swim… ahaha! I didn’t feel any better than other times, or Mandurah 70.3.
I think I tried to go to hard when I started, I was a bit out of breath and took until the second lap to regain calm and rhythm. I was able to draft a few other people. But couldn’t get out of the breathing in 2’s until very late when I could mix a breath in 4s.
The course was anticlockwise, which helped sighting because the buoys were to my breathing side. Water was flatter than the pool and clean, protected from the wind
My Garmin says I swam a bit straighter, 1.54 km. I was a minute behind Tim Howley and 30 sec behind Phil Monks. I consider that as very good.
Unfortunately I crashed during the 3rd lap of the bike losing my first place. Fortunately I wasn’t injured (just a bruise) and I was able to get back on the bike and recover to finish second.
I was lucky that during the run I could pace with somebody running 4:10’s that kept my mind off the bruised hip and had a decent 10 km in 40:52. Tim Howley was still 3 min faster, the time I lost on the ground…!
Looking forward to recoverig 100% for IMWA. I’ll try to do a smart swim, without burning out in the first 500 m. I’ll just try to stay with the crowd, draft, and not get slapped too much… if that is possible…