I got to the race and it was perfect weather until about 10 minutes before and then it got windy and even rained a bit. But it cleared up and felt pretty great at race time. I went out too fast and had trouble slowing down because it felt great, for 2 miles, then I got a bit tired. But I'm happy to say I stayed under 10 minute miles (except for one short bout). Once I figure out how to connect the Garmin to the computer and download my stats I will. I pushed hard the last mile and really hard the last half mile, so hard in fact that I almost puked on the poor woman removing my tag (embarrassing!). My friend was waiting for me right outside the chute but I had to wave her off and walk for a minute. After that passed I was feeling no pain! I don't have the official time yet but my Garmin says it was 58:25.
I had to book it about a half mile to our float and get into my costume.
I know I look good
It was a long ride and a lot of standing and I was very sore after!! I walked quite a ways back to my van and came home to a Teriyaki Chicken Bowl from Jack in the Box (YUM!), a nice bath and now we are watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (I expect to cry again!). A very good day, minus the puking baby who is feeling much better now.