Like I said in a previous post, the morning started off with Tim knocking on the door ready to film my day. This actually helped calm me down a little bit. I didnt really have time to focus on the race and get too nervous.
This year I started off on the opposite side (opposed to last year) for the swim start. I hugged the shoreline, actually started off standing in waist high water. I was in clean water most of the swim and kept really calm. Im sure I made the course a bit longer but it was worth staying on the edge of the washing machine. The canal is the only area where it got a bit tight and where I did get punched a few times. Nothing major though.
Swim = 1:21:01
The bike started off really well. I was cruising the first half, just as expected, and suffered a bit the second. Nothing new really. I don't think I pushed too hard the first half. The sun really beat down on us this year without the cloud cover. I did drop my endurolytes at mile 20 of the bike though. This really put a damper on how I felt. Good thing I had a few extra in my special needs bag to help me finish out the bike. Other than that it was a pretty typical ride.
Bike = 5:58:27
I felt great once I got off the bike. Started the run off really well and after about 9 miles I really started to feel it. Around mile 18 I started getting some pretty severe stomach cramps. Puked around mile 22 and started worrying that I may not be able to finish out the run.... But I would never let that happen, dug deep and finished a 3 time Ironman! Such an awsome feeling coming across that finish line. I'm not sure I will ever stop racing Ironman.
Run = 4:51:52
Total time = 12:22:44
A little slower than last year but you cant always set a PR... I plan on it next year though ;)