Swim 5th 27:26
Bike 1st 2:48:07
Run 1st 1:22:03
As I exited the water I thought maybe I'd been a little too conservative in the swim. You know, having time to take in the scenery below me. Hopefully I hadn't given away too much time. I got through transition and mounted my bike at the bottom of a hill. Difficult way to get going straight up a hill with out having your feet in the shoes yet. I kept tightening my shoes as I climbed up but they kept loosening again. It took me quite a while to get comfortable and get up to pace. Although up to pace didn't necessarily mean 'fast'. Jared was standing at the top of the first hill and told me I was only 2:20 down on the leaders. Wow! Must have been my new ROKA speed suit. Swim faster with less effort is their motto.
I owe a huge thanks to Dave Voth, Challenge Philippines race organizer, for the invite. He said the trip to the Philippines would be well worth while and he was right. Put this one on your bucket list of adventures!