Last year, 2012, after the race as I was picking up Amy's bike I spoke with Tom Lowe who had just finished 23rd after very likely expecting better. When we chatted he described his race as ok, then average, then really not good at all...all in the same breath. I find myself in the same/similar position right now. I slept on it, gave myself some time to think on it, spoke with Paulo, chatted with Amy, and here we are. I was 22nd in the pro field. Overall, an average performance, but it wasn't without a great 40 or so minutes! A couple of places below my B- goal if you will of top-20. Finishing was the C goal, top-20 was a B goal, and top-10 was an A goal. My time was 8:45 and change. 6th American, but when you are 22nd that really means little. Fastest swim was the highlight of the day.
The lead in to the race was easy and standard. Race morning things went really smoothly. The nice thing about an IM is that race morning all of the training is done, but all of the check in and gear stuff is done as well. So, I lined up at the start, and Pete Jacobs lined up next to me. Doubtful that Pete knew who I was. The start was clean, and despite was some will blog or write or so, I felt that it was as fast as any race that I've raced...any race. I settled in behind Pete and Eneko. About 1k into the race, I made an effort to pass Pete and Eneko and move into the drivers seat. I figured, I'd keep the pressure on as best I could and if we were going too slow I'd be passed. I lead from there to the end of the swim. With a swim prime on the line for me, it was nice to have some money in the pocket since top-10 was going to be a tall order. 40 minutes of fame leading the swim. That was a bit of a pinch me moment.