Four Days before the race developed piriformis syndrome on right side, wasn't sure I would be able to race.
I have done this race before and have had mixed results. Was training well and had really been working on improving both swim and run times. Lots of interval and speed work. Things were going great and then 4 days before the race, developed pain in right lower back and my right leg swelled up. Had this happen one other time a few years ago, and it took some time to work through it. Was in a lot of pain, and wasn't sure I would be able to even compete. Spent the next few days Foam rolling, doing lots of stretches, heat, ice, using my theragun and hoping for the best. By Saturday it was better, and decided I would go for it. Knowing that I have a 70.3 coming up in just over a month, I decided that I would give it my best, but try not to wreck myself.
Water was 68 degrees, and got to try out my new sleeveless wetsuit, and while I enjoyed the freedom of movement, I will have to make a note to wear a rashguard underneath next time as I had some significant chafing.
Bike portion was pretty uneventful and managed some decent transition times, which is the other thing that usually trips me up.
Pretty hot by the time we got to the run, it was to be the first 100 degree day of the year in Phoenix, so I knew I needed to keep up with hydration and for me especially - salt, as I have had some significant issues with leg cramps last season. Started using LMNT in training and it seems to have helped me on that front. Happy to say no cramps!!!
Ended up being able to pull off an Age Group 2nd place finish, and while not my fastest race, still a fair time.