My performance actually was almost dead-on with Amanda and Josh, all of us came within a couple minutes of each other, which based on our "normal" paces, meant Amanda kicked both Josh's and my butts... go Amanda!
When we got to the real climb, I could feel my lack of training kicking in. I run a lot. Swimming, I'd gotten into pretty regularly. Yet in my eight months of having a road bike, I'd only put in 200 miles. I knew I could do 24.8 miles, no problem... but I wasn't prepared to burn out so quickly moving at a race pace. Only one person to blame for that... me.
All that being said, when I turned around from the hill, and started watching my speed, I noticed that I wasn't slowing down much. My pace after coming down the big hill was staying 20+. The poor performance that had disheartened me so much was due to one of those "silent" uphills, and my spirits started lifting. I may not be able to make my 2:40 goal, but based on the pacing I was doing now, I could definitely beat my 3:00 "bare minimum." Had I more cycling under my belt, I would have known all of this. Ah well, live and learn, that's why we keep doing these!
Oh, and a huge shout out to Josh for finishing his first tri, with a bike time matching mine from a guy who had his bike just one month! And to Amanda, who's time is right behind mine... which means in my opinion, she kicked my arse! And a final one to Gabe, who's broken rib kept him from partaking. I expect you to be out here with us all next time! And you too, Harry, get back in that pool.