T1(1:19; 61st OA): I slipped up here when my swim skin got caught on my timing chip. Lost about 10 seconds getting it off, but still gained 8 places OA.
Bike(32:29; 5th AG, 36th OA): I started off feeling really strong on the bike and the first half was strong. We had a slight tailwind and I was passing a lot of people from the first two waves. I averaged 25mph and 259W for the first 5 miles. At the turnaround, the storm front hit and hit hard. The rest of the bike was a ride for survival. Visibility was limited to about 10yds and winds were up to about 40mph. Riding aero was extremely difficult and a lot of people just pulled over to the side. I kept going but at a much more conservative pace as water was 1-2" deep. The storm let up a bit for the last couple of miles, but my overall pace was already slow. Some waves got the storm as a tailwind, but ours took the worst of it. At the end of the day, it was even playing field for my Age Group. Normally my strongest event, my bike was really poor today. I gained 36 spots during the bike, but it should have been more. I was several minutes faster on this same course 2 years ago.
T2 (0:53; 93rd OA): Okay transition. Could work on this more.
Run (18:49; 4th AG, 15th OA): Not a fast run by any stretch, but it was a decent finish to an otherwise mediocre day. I kept the pace consistent and averaged 6:22. I didn't have a single person pass me, but I didn't pass anyone in my AG either. I knew my day hadn't been great, but I was happy to finish with a good effort on the run. Most importantly, I felt like this was a pace I could have held for double the distance, even if I didn't have much extra speed. I gained 11 spots during the run.
Overall (1:04:10, 4th AG, 22nd OA): This was a good benchmark and wakeup call. I finished 23rd overall out of 396. That's not good enough, but it fits the level of commitment I've shown to my training recently. I have a few opportunities to redeem myself over the next couple of months and I plan on making good. I'm disappointed by the 4th place AG finish, and should have been faster than 22nd out of over 500 people.