I'm very pleased with my race yesterday. In fact, it, along with my first IM, is my most satisfying race to date. While training for this race, I had plans of going faster and being more competitive, but had to rework my plans due to situations that arose this week with my shoulder and this sinus infection. It was a very tough, yet rewarding experience. I know that without these issues, I would have been exactly where I wanted to, but there were bigger lessons to learn this day.
The conditions were strange - both great and terrible at the same time. The wind was quite light for here, with the brunt of it a headwind on the return trip from Hawi. There was also some cloud cover throughout the day. Yet on the other side, it felt more hot and humid then most other years here. It felt similiar to the heat and humidity of 1997.
Lisa and I spent a relaxing day under a cabana at the beach, occasionally getting up to take a dip in the ocean. We are heading to Kailua to meet John Brennan (who had a great day and just a great experience thus far) and his wife Barb for a cocktail and then to the awards. Don't worry Gus, we'll be following up the awards dinner with a huge piece of Mud Pie from Huggo's.
I'll be reporting much more detail in the next few days, but for now, I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and well wishes. It means a lot.