Had a much better second transition than first which was to be expected. The course starts with a steep switchback up a gravel path out of the park to the street. I knew I was going to be walking most of the course I did job for a bit but I was rather tired at this point. At one point when I switched from jogging to walking another woman said "Good idea, I'll join you." It turns out I was walking beside another Dawn Marie. I was anticipating completing the 2 miles in slightly over 30 minutes, so I was rather surprised when I saw my split was 27:28.
The course, atmosphere, and encouragement were great, especially on that dreaded last hill on the bike. The start of the run goes down that hill so as the runners go by they shout out encouragement to those biking up. The encouragement from the volunteers and other competitors definitely helps. I would also like to thank all my friends and family that have offered me words of encouragement and support as I trained for my first tri.
Total time: 1:25:45 (8:12 in transition)