|The swim to bike transition is one of my favorite times in a tri...second only to crossing the finish line!|
|The wet suit strippers|
Wet suit off, helmet, gloves, glasses and cycling shoes on, I began the 56-mile ride. But it quickly became apparent that the leg cramps in the water were going to make this ride painful. And the headwind on the descent from Lucky Peak Reservoir meant there would be no coasting on the ride. But the worst part of the ride, by far, was the long, desolate stretch of road through an industrial section of town highlighted by its total lack of scenery to keep my mind off the pain in my legs.
|Heading out on the 56-mile bike course (#865) I was hopeful I could pick up |
some of the six minutes I lost on the swim.
After 40 or so miles of bleak terrain and unforgiving wind (apparently not as bad as last year) the ride reentered Boise and headed back towards the capitol. The final ten miles of mostly downhill were welcome but at this point I began feeling the dreaded hot foot that plagued my first Ironman 70.3 in 2007.
Hot foot is caused by pressure on the nerves that runs between the metatarsal bones in the ball of your foot. It's called hot foot because your toes feel like they are on fire. The pain can be excruciating on the bike, but even worse when running, as the pressure on the nerves intensifies with every step.
|I stuck my bike dismount, stopping just short of the line. If there had been judges on this part of the event I would have received all 10s!|
|Heading out on the 13.1-mile run course, the final leg of Ironman 70.3 Boise|