I was mentally preparing myself for the bike coming out of the water and even those last 250 meters of the swim I started visualizing the next steps and the ride itself. Cycling is one of the things I love and I’m fairly confident with, but I wanted to be mentally prepared before getting there so started getting my head into that space earlier. Unlike other triathlons, Portland Triathlon has quite a large distance between where you exit the water and the actual transition area. It’s probably 300 yards over grass and a paved, but gnarly sidewalk. I had already planned my attack on the way over to the start plotting out my route along the grass-covered area. Once I got out of the water though, it was a different story.
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