I decided to not wear a top, electing to put my long-sleeve top in T1 (I used a Castelli Stealth for the first time), so I left the speed suit at home. I had meant to test in the pool wether wearing the suit is faster than not, but I never got to it.
- I really liked the long-sleeve top. It shields from the sun. It also retains ice a lot better than sleeveless tops.
- At the bottom, I was really happy with my Skinfit, too. Much better than last year’s nightmare.
- My bike nutrition is still not okay. Maybe I need to use less concentrated drinks/gels, because after my second flask of EFS, I was disgusted for the rest of the day. Or maybe I need one of EFS and one of GU.
- My bike position needs a serious dial in. Looking at FinisherPix, my forearms point as much downwards as Cadel’s.
- The fueling strategy on the run worked well. Next year, I should concentrate on going faster through some of these aid stations.
- I could probably have pushed the run a little harder on the third lap as I was relatively fresh after the finish and I recovered really quickly the day(s) after the race.
- I’d better calibrate my powermeter on race morning.
- I need to continue to learn to swim. In fact, I’d better head to the pool now.
Many, many thanks to François for his expert advice and to Sophie and Fred, race crew extraordinaires!
A few more pictures. All photo credits are Fred Houville and Sophie Ogier.