Here’s some details on how the race unfolded:
With the race having been declared no-wetsuit (water right at 68 degrees), I was pretty relaxed at the start, knowing that former roomie, training partner, and overall great fellow Italian bloke Rodolphe ”Rudy” von Berg and I were gonna take out the swim hard. It was an in-water start, which plays well on my swim strength, and as soon as the gun went off I was off the front. It was a pretty controlled swim, and I exited the water in the clear lead. I turned and saw a few people chasing, but I as committed to getting away, so I blazed thru transition (fastest T1!) and was gone on the bike. Later it turned out that Umphenour, Rudy von Berg, and Kevin Collington were on my feet, but was able to put a gap on them right at the start of the bike. All except Kevin Collington, the 2013 70.3 US Champion.
Now it’s time to recover and lay low a bit, before gearing up for one last race: LifeTimeFitness Oceanside, which will surely see a stacked field competing for the $200,000 series finale payout.