I was on my first official 1/2 Ironman race on Saturday, August, 29th.
It was raining in the morning, but I did not mind as I was very exited to be in the race. During swimming, I even did not feel any rain, so it was fine. I think that the swim was a little bit shorter as I finished it in 40 minutes and I am sure I am not so fast. I used my swim suit, so i did not change the dress, just put the "Gear West" jersey on and went riding the bike. The bike route was hilly and longer than it should be (about 94km instead of 90km), First 60km were fine, with the speed average of 29km/h (18mph). Later, my back started to hurt and my legs were tired, so I needed to slow down and finished the bike at 3:21. Very good, as my plans were to be below 3:45, because of the race time limit.
1/2 marathon was very tough. My back slowed me down and my legs did not want to do what I was telling them ;-). In the second half of the run, I was walking in every climb. I finished the run at 2:04. I DID IT!!!
After crossing the finish line I was very tired, but happy. I am looking forward to my next race like this.
The official results can be found here