It was just about as perfect a morning as you could ask for. A bit of breeze, the sun coming up over the mountains, water temp just at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
It was Ironman #6 for that Xterra wetsuit, on its last legs but still in pretty good condition.
There were a handful of waves in front of me since this race was seeded by age group instead of the overall time. Made it a bit more tricky to make your way through the field, but it was a one-lap swim so at least there wasn’t going to be a lot of extra traffic.
Finally crested the hill coming back into town with probably my 4th second-wind of the day and gradually picked up the pace seeing more and more spectators, hearing the music from the finish line, and realizing I only had roughly a 5K to go!. Mile 24 was around 9:30, mile 25 was around 8:50, and somehow that last mile was under 8:30.
Big thanks to Stuart Coaching for getting me prepared enough to toe the line and crush the course, Team Apex Multisport for all the support and for the sweet new white kit design with Vie 13, my friends and family who encouraged me along the way, and my parents for coming out to Utah to share it with me.