The sea was calm and the swim was a real pleasure. On turning at the far bouy the drafter passed me and I got into his draft on his right hip. Then onto his feet after the last turn. This time I followed him and stayed to the left of the sun to come back in a straighter line. I exited the sea and looked at my watch. 44 minutes. I was happy with this as it was my first swim since last September! Nothing like training for an event. It was a short run across the road and into transition. I was somewhere near the last 1/3 to 1/4 out of the water so my bike was easy to locate. I got my socks on and my bike shoes. On with my helmet and sun glasses. I grabbed a chocolate chip cookie from my transition crate and ran out.
I had decided to do the bike blind so didn't have a computer to tell me my speed. I set off on the bike up to the first junction. I passed one bike and saw 2 coming back. Thinking this was the loop and I had gone the wrong way I turned around to see the bike I had passed still coming. The 2 going the other way were from the sprint event. I turned back around, now happy this was the right way and continued on. A slow climb up a steep hill and then a fast descent down the other side. At the next junction I was directed right. At each junction were people with red flags pointing which way to go and on the major roads police stopping the traffic.
We rode out of Nafplio around 2 roundabouts and then through a village. Outside the kafenions, in the sun sat many people drinking their coffee or ouzo and eating the pikilia's that come with the ouzo. If this were France, I thought, they would be cheering us on as they do, but I don't think the locals knew what was going on. The road then went over a level crossing and through a very pot holed section. The bike I had chosen to ride was my road bike with aero bars on the front. The aero bars make the front end heavy and along with the bumps the bars started to move down. The next 4 times through this section I rode with my hands under the aerobars pulling them up to try and minimse the radical angle the bars had got into. The last section was on some very smooth tarmac along the coast road, that ran back into Napflio. It had another level crossing on it that needed a bit of care negotiating.
I dismounted the bike and swapped my shoes for my road running trainers. I put my legionaires cap on to protect my neck from the sun. Grabbed a cookie and a bottle of now warm water I had in transition and ran out.
Finish time 5:11:37
Overall Position: 16
Age group Position: 1