First, I was surprised at how well my swim went. This was what I thought would be my weakest leg. I didn't really know what to expect and I really just wasn't that comfortable in the water despite spending years in the pool on a youth swim team. My time in the quarter-mile swim: 9 minutes, 16.1 seconds, a personal record pace. I had the 10th-fastest swim in my division despite having to fight through the crowd on my push to the front. I started at the back and far right of the pack. I'd been warned by my cousin and my sister's friend who'd advised me that until I knew what I was doing, that I should avoid the scrum in the water. Turns out I should have started out in the front row. I passed literally two-thirds of my starting heat and maybe a third of the heat that started 3 minutes ahead of me. The next time I do a triathlon with a Clydesdale heat, I'm getting in the front. Screw the scrum. Most of those bastards can't catch me. It's nice to be able to say that without irony.
The second leg is my favorite. I love to be on the bike even though I'm not really exceptionally fast on it. Again, I had the 10th-fastest time in my division, covering 9.3 miles in 29 minutes, 3.2 seconds, another personal record. The course is almost pancake flat, smooth asphalt, and I was in a groove. I kept a steady pace and the only guy who managed to pass me on the bike and stay ahead of me I managed to end up beating by more than a minute after the run.
I wasn't sure what to think about my run yesterday. My legs were pretty numb and it felt like I was crawling even though I was steadily passing people and never getting passed. I was more than a minute per mile slower at that distance than my personal best, but then I would have been okay with that run by itself back in January, so I'll take it. I did the 5k run in 27 minutes, 49.1 seconds and had the fourth fastest run in my category.
Overall, I had the 68th fastest swim, the 54th fastest bike, and the 50th fastest run. In other words, in a field of 219, I was above average in every area.
My transitions weren't so pretty, but those I can work on. It's just nice to know that almost 7 hours in the water, 19 hours on the bike, and 17 hours running since March were worth it.
Too bad that my parents' pond is already about to dry up. I'm actually going to look forward to my swim days now.