Ironman Steel Head took place in a nice lake Michigan resort town. At the time of registration athletes were warned that the water temperature was within a fraction of a degree of being wet-suit legal. As of race morning the water had risen the requisite amount and this would once again be a non-wet-suit swim. The waves were large but rolling and this made them look far more formidable from the shore than they presented when actually swimming. Swim times were slower than accustom for most athletes and I came out of the water in 38:19.
The bike course was billed as flat and fast and did not disappoint. The first couple of miles trended slightly uphill but were of a grade allowable to steady speeds. This was not the most scenic bike course taking in mostly farm land but it was safe and semi-sheltered from the wind. I completed the bike in a time of 2:41 and took to the run course in once again sweltering heat in the upper 90’s.
With the conditions in mind I started the run with a conservative mentality. As the race went on I found myself feeling better and began to run negative splits. This pacing strategy payed off with one of my personal best run times at the 70.3 distance. The finish line was welcome at the end of the day and I was able to finish in a time of 5:17 and another top 20 age group result. Holly Sloan