This past weekend, I completed my third Ironman 70.3 event within a 9 month period. I raced with my sister who completed her second. It was a perfect day with high temperatures in the 80's. That's like paradise for someone who traines in Houston's heat and humidity.
The 1.2 mile swim wasn't bad, but I couldn't catch my breath for the first 5 minutes. After that I just kept an easy pace and waited it out.
The 56 mile bike was beautiful with lots of rolling hills and lots of wind (it is Kansas after all.) The elevation change was definitely more than we have in Houston but not unbearable with about 1,200 ft of climbing over the ride.
After the second mile of the 13.1 mile run I spotted my sister and stopped to talk to her. At that point both my legs decided to cramp up to the point that I could barely walk let alone run. It took almost a mile of walk-jogging until I could run again, but I just kept the pace easy from then on to prevent more cramping. Ugh.
I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, especially with some of my family there as well.