Aquathlon World Championship
The Aquathlon was a very humbling experience today. I wanted to use the race as a warm-up to the ITU Olympic distance World Triathlon Championship on Saturday. However it is hard to hold back in a race environment. The first 2.5 K run was fast. I came into transition at 8 min. 59 seconds and quickly grabbed my swim cap and goggles and head to the swim. During the first 200 meters of the swim I got hammered by arms and legs. Usually I start on the inside or outside of the swim pack for a triathlon, but I was caught in the middle after coming out of transition with half the field ahead of me and half the field behind me. I'm guessing it was about four or five minuets until I got my heart rate under control. When I went into the water I was 18 in my age group and 160 overall. After the swim I was 30 in my ager group and 298 overall. Not good. The last 2.5 K I took at an easy pace deciding that I should save my legs for Saturday.
I finished the race 30 in my age group and 282 overall with a time of 41 min. The winner was an elite from Brazil named Antonio Mansur. He ran the first 2.5 K in 7 min and 6 seconds. His swim was 13:18 seconds and his last 2.5 K run was 8 min and 49 seconds. Antonio's winning time was 29 minutes and 12 seconds. I'm glad I did the race, but I missed having a bike leg during the event.