The American Triple T has officially started. I seem to do it on the years that are cold. People say that it is typically much warmer. To make things worse, it poured for about 30 minutes just before the start of the race. I did my best to stay dry by taking shelter under the food tent. About 15 minutes before the race was to start, the rain let up and sun started to shine a little.
The air temperature was 60 degrees and the water temperature was 71. With the swim being so short – only 250 meters – I decided to wear my TYR Torque Speed suit. It was a time trial start. With a low number, I was in the first group of people to start. I lead the swim until the last 50 meters or so.
With the cool air and water temperatures, I decided to leave my speedsuit and just get on the bike and go. 5 miles on the bike… short, but one long, steep hill. I didn’t have time to check my bike before the race. The ride in the car caused the shifting to b e a little off and the front wheel was rubbing a little. (I’ll be sure to fix that before tomorrow morning’s race.) It was my first time attempting to ride in the speed suit, I felt a little restricted, more so in the breathing than anything else. We came back down the hill we climbed up for the last mile or so. The roads were still wet, so I played it conservative and took the corners nice and safe. I came off the bike in 6th and out to the run.
The run is only 1 mile, so I ran hard, but not too hard considering all the other racing left for the week. My feet were numb from the ride, so I couldn’t tell if I even had my shoes on right. About a 1/4 mile into the run I felt like I couldn’t breath. I realized it was my speedsuit restricting my breathing. I unzipped it and instantly felt better. My pace increased a little starting making up some time on the leaders. I crossed the line in 5th overall. But only one of them were solo, so that means I’m sitting in second right now just by a few seconds.
Honestly, today’s race really means next to nothing. There are still about 134 miles to go this weekend. I’ll be sure to do what I can to recover between races with Primal Sport Mud, 110% Play Harder compression, and Energy Bits (use code “mike502bits” to save 20%).