What can I say about the run? I got off the bike and changed into running clothes. It felt so good to have running shoes on. I left out of transition and felt the usual heavy legs. We ran along the beach area for a while, then started doing turns through neighborhoods. Some of the locals were grilling and having a great time along the course. Some manned their hoses to water us down - their support was awesome.
I found it really difficult to get into the run for the first 6 miles or so - I just couldn't find a comfortable pace, and nothing seemed to be working right. I tried to settle in, and focused on fluids at the aid stations - it was very hot by this time, and there was no shade at all on this course. I also took a Gu at mile 6 which I think helped a lot. The midpoint of the run is a state park on the beach that is desolate, sandy, and hot. Somehow, during the run through this place, I settled in and started feeling better. I picked up my pace and felt like a horse headed for the barn.
Got through the second half much easier than the first. My daughters were waiting for me at the end, and 2 of them ran across the line with me - the other 2 ran across with Lisa. What a relief to be able to stop moving!
In the end, I'm very happy with the Gulf Coast Triathlon. I think the conditions weren't ideal this year, but they weren't ideal for anyone - we're all in the same boat. I was not able to train as much as I wanted to because of our building our house right now, but things will slow down soon as we finish construction.
Watch out, Steelhead.