On July 30, 2011, I set out to tackle my second Ironman-distance triathlon in gorgeous Sonoma county. Friends and family came from near and far to watch me tackle the 2.4-mile swim, the 112-mile bike and the 26.2-mile run - but almost no one knew what kind of surprise I had in store for them at the finish line.
Training for this race was interesting. I had to find a new training routine to accommodate a two-hour commute that I hadn't had to deal with before. I focused on running much more than swimming and kept the weekly hours below 20 even during the hardest weeks. It was an experiment for sure. On paper, the course would be harder and hotter than Western Australia. But on top of all that, I had an ulterior motive. Read on to find out more.
I've split this race report in to a few parts. Enjoy!