Bike: 33:38 (17.8 mph)
Run: 34:23 (11:05 min/mile)
This race is perfect for newbies and experienced alike. For experienced racers, it is an opportunity to go fast and have a great short race without a lot of fan fare (you can ck in race day and park within a few hundred feet of transition) and for newbies it is great to get your "toes wet" with your first tri. (pool swim, not a lot of fanfare) but a great course, great support and well run.
The pool swim is in 6 lanes of the Glenview Rec Center Pool (12 lengths). They have you seed yourself by time and most people do a good job at putting themselves where they should. The race officially starts at 6:30 but some people do not get into the pool till 8:00ish. This can provide a lot of waiting around BUT it is really nice to have the pool flowing and no clog ups. I seeded myself with the "just under 6 minutes" swim people and passed one person and was passed by one. With my time at 5:52, i was seeded perfectly and felt great getting out of the water.
The bike is a 2 loop 10 mile course with a combination of closed roads and quiet residential streets. Even with a back hiccup a few weeks ago, i felt good on the bike and didn't have an issue in aero position. I kept up with a few people and felt like I was at a good pace. Considering I only had my cheapo Garmin, I wasn't quite sure but got into T2 with an overall time of 43 minutes-ish so knew I was doing ok. (ended up with a 17.8 MPH pace). Transitioned to the run and knew I wanted to take it slower for a few reasons... but mainly b/c of my back. I didn't want to push it and especially being on the bike for the first time in a few weeks, i didn't know how my muscles and SI joints were going to relax. Luckily, all went great. I forced myself to stretch twice on the course and ended with a 34:23 5K. Compared to my 31 minute 5K last year, definitely slower but planned slower so i was happy about that. Crossed the finish line pain free and only a minute slower than last year. Considering I was 3:23 seconds slower on the run, I was happy with my time. Got medaled and then saw Tia run in PR'ing the distance.