I can't say that I came into this race very prepared. I hadn't swam as much, I hadn't run as much, and I'd spent the past week hiking over 40 miles of wilderness, some of those miles with a heavy pack, on Isle Royale. I had, however, borrowed a wetsuit from a friend (the water was very cold), bought a new bike, installed clipless pedals, and biked quite a bit more. Maybe those upgrades would make up for my lack of training.
The bike went much better. I was definitely faster with the clipless pedals, bike shoes, and new bike. Unfortunately, it was very windy. At the beginning of the bike I was averaging over 20 MPH, but once I turned around into the wind I was going much slower.
The run went about the same as last year. I had a little too much gas in the tank at the end, but still managed to run the 5k in 17:35. That at least lets me know that I'm getting in much better running shape as that's the same time I ran in the Autism 5k. It is, however, a little slower than I ran the 5k of the Rochesterfest Triathlon last year when I ran 17:26.
Overall I ran a 1:05:30 compared to a 1:04:13 last year. Last year my swim, run, and all my transitions were better. Though I biked faster I couldn't make up for the horrible swim and slower transitions (which I expected having to change out of a wetsuit and bike shoes).
I don't know if I'll do another triathlon. I don't really like swimming and I'm not very good at it. It takes up time when I could be running (which I actually enjoy). Still, there's something cool about the triathlon, and I might be disappointed if I stopped after two races. I may try a duathlon and see if that satisfies my multi-sport ambitions.