1st 4:04:36 (course record)
Swim 6th 27:26
Bike 1st 2:12:16 (bike course record)
Run 1st 1:22:38
The pro men took off first with the pro women 3min behind. The race organizers not only changed the bike course to one 90km loop this year instead of two laps but they also sent the age groupers off 10min behind so as to not interfere with our race. GREAT ideas! As I began swimming, I found myself sandwiched between two girls who I wish swapped sides before we started. The girl on my right wanted to go left and the girl on my left wanted to go right. I just wanted to get outa there. After a few hundred metres I finally pulled ahead. Pheeww! Clear water. But clear water it was indeed. I couldn't see anyone up ahead. Damn! How far behind am I? I panicked a little thinking I was 5 or so minutes behind but I also enjoyed just swimming in clear, still, open water on my own. No bashing. No trying to follow someone. Just me on my own practicing my own sighting. And Boulder definitely did a good job with plenty of sighting buoys.
Jared was at the finish... again no idea how. I last saw him 3km out. He's just a show off...must've ran back faster than me or taken some cross-country short cut somewhere. Also there waiting was my awesome Boulder Homestay hosts who have helped me out since my first time here in 2011. Jevgenij and his young son Teo, who, by the way destroyed the field in the IronKids the previous day!
A big thanks to Eric from Specialized for getting my bike ready to roll! GU nutrition for your awesome nutrition out on course as well as the whole IM team - race organisers, officials, sponsors and volunteers for doing such a well-polished job. Thanks Barry for your commentary, Jared for...where do I start...coaching, massaging, looking after me! My manager, Phil Stoneman and all of my sponsors for your tremendous support!