The swim was hot and we couldn’t wear wetsuits. While I knew that would result in a slower swim time, I wasn’t anticipating looking at my watch and seeing it be THAT slow. At least everyone was in the same boat, right? Unbeknownst to me, I came out of the water in the same position that I have at past National races. This was not going to be a fast day though.
The bike would have been fine, and I felt optimistic about it, until I hit that one enormous hill that killed all speed. When I hit the turn-around, I counted myself to be around 20th, so I tried to stay optimistic. Then I rode the brakes coming back down that giant hill because of the turn at the bottom. The downhill is where I make up time and I just lost that edge. I came to the dismount line with a terribly slow bike split and not eager for the run. I did the flying dismount and my shoe came unhooked from my pedal and dropped on the road. I had to turn back and grab it, almost dropped my bike, before heading into Transition.