May 18, 2019 -
What a perfect day for a race! 66 degrees at 5am when I drug my 6 and 9 year olds out of bed for a 90 minute drive to XTERRA Oak Mountain, an Olympic distance off-road triathlon.
My swim went well! I’m not much of a swimmer, but stayed with the pack instead of getting dropped. I did lose my wedding ring, but my wife is out of the country for the next 6 days. Amazon has rings, right?
The bike!!! I love this course. Lots of climbing (for Alabama) and super technical descents. I realize my water bottle was missing very early on. I don’t know if it launched out or what? No aid station until mile 15 of 20 meant I was begging others for water. No one gave me any ?? I’ll be changing bottle cages Monday! No mechanicals or wrecks made for a solid ride though I started to feel dehydration take its toll with a couple miles to go.
The run began well. My goal pace for the 10k was just under 7min/mi, so I watched my pace and kept it conservative to start. I really began feeling the 90 degree heat after mile 2. I got water at every aid station to try and catch up, but I was too far gone. Each mile was a few seconds slower than the last with my age pace just under 8min/mile ????