T1: Uneventful (8:03).
Bike: Side stitch. Barf. Barf. Stomach ache. (PR bike leg finish 1.5 minutes faster than last year despite stops to barf). 3:23:22.
T2: Slow. (6:30). Went through transition just to see if I'd change my mind about stopping. Didn't change my mind.
Turned in chip. (Heat index currently 103).
And it was all going so well until the puking started!
Bike leg, first 35 miles: Average heart rate 149, 17.5 mph.
Bike leg, last 18 miles: Average heart rate 149, 15.0 mph.
Perhaps I should note that my decision to bag the run was shared by 6/21 women in my age group today! That's 28%. We may be old, but we're no dummies! I was 13th/21 after the swim (woot, solid mid-pack!) but 18th/21 after a slow T1 and relatively slow vomitfest bike leg (16.6 mph). Most of the top ten women in my age group were averaging 18+ mph on this bike course. I would have had to finish under 6:46 total time to make the top ten today. Nope, not going to happen in this weather! Not with this body! (Athena results don't seem to be posted yet, either, but they started considerably later under even worse conditions).
I'm a little suspicious about the length of the swim course, too. There was some difficulty in setting up a new course. Last year the top times in my division were 31 to 32 minutes (while top pro men swam 21-22 minutes); this year in flat calm conditions the top times in my division were 37 to 38 minutes (while top pro men swam 23-25 minutes - although that difference may be due to no wetsuits for pros this year). That's slower in much calmer conditions. Hmmmm. I thought I had a reasonably good swim, I was a bit surprised by the longer time on course! Now it becomes clear!