So, there you have it. Transition 1 and I am putting on my long sleeved UA heat gear, buckling my helmet, putting on my glasses, getting into my bike shoes, and throwing all the nutrition back into my pocket that fell out when I thought I would be so cool as to already have it in my pocket before I put my shirt on. What did i forget? Re-application of SPF70 sunblock. It was right there, I just missed it.
So, the bike was fun. It is my favorite part. The first part was a little head-windy, so I took it easy. I passed some excellent swimmers, and just cruised. 18mph or so, into the wind coming up off of the water. Then when we hooked inland, the wind went away, so I continued to cruise along. Chugs of my nutrition about every 15-20 minutes, with water in-between. My goal was to get to the feeling that "If I have any more of this crap I am going to be sick", and I got there after about an hour. I had water in my aero bottle, and Sustained Energy mixed with Gatorade in my bottle. I had two open butt bottle holders for picking up at the hydration stations, which I did at the first and second. Gatorade and water. I also had some shot blocks in my pocket to change up the flavors if I needed to. Up and over the causeway bridge thing, and then down WHEEE! 35mph on the down. I love going fast - almost too much. My 245lb massive freight-train body makes me able to pass the little people on the downhill even if I don't pedal. Then there was a long stretch of smooth, flat, new pavement that I just kept on with - all the way to the turn-around.
Thats when I realized that I had been helped a bit with a tail wind for the last hour or so - cause coming back was a tad harder. So, I pushed through and tried to keep some speed so I could hit my goal of 3 hours for the bike. Up the bridge was a little slower than last time, but since there was not a turn at the bottom this time, I could keep my speed for longer WHEE!. Then back on the straight stretch coming in, the wind was at my back, so what should a speed freak do? Pedal harder! By this time I was feeling it. The extended swim in the choppy water had taken it's toll on my upper body, and so I was uncomfortable in aero position. I was spending more time vertical, which was bad in the second half because of the headwind on the way back to the beach. The tailwind along the beach was not too bad for being vertical in, but I could tell that I was getting tired.
I ended up getting back to transition in just a teeny bit over 3 hours. I think it would have been a really great race time if that had been the end of the race. 4 hours for those two events was right on plan for me. Problem is that I was tired, and this was normally the end of my workout. 4 hours of exercise, then a day off after. I realize now this was one mistake that I had made during training. Oh, I had done long bricks during training, but I always took the next day off to recover. My long bricks also usually were heavy on the bike, and light on the run. My longest included an hour of running where I felt like I was probably running 10's but really was closer to 12's.
Anyway, that is the bike in a nutshell. Stay tuned for "You Idiot! Why didn't you run more?"