Yesterday was a great day! I will end the suspense, and announce that I have now completed my first half ironman. The swim was solid, and on the bike I just had so much fun. The run was tough, but I got through it.
After the race I commented to a friend that it really hurt at the end. She just looked at me with a puzzled expression and asked if I expected it not to. Thinking about it, I somehow hadn't really realized it would. I expected it to be hard, but not necessarily hurt that much. Not sure what I was thinking.
The quick results are as follows:
When it comes to race execution, there are some things that I am completely happy about, and other things that I'll learn from. There's not a single thing that I would change (okay, I wouldn't get lost in T2, but in my defense, with it being a point to point race, I never got to see T2 beforehand). For my first half iron distance race, it was a great day!