camped in greenwood, sc this weekend for ry's tri.  did another open water swim and got my confidence up a bit.  it is a mental challenge for sure.  ryan had a great race, but got a 2 minute penalty in the bike, which bumped him from 1st to 3rd in his age group :(   he was happy with his time and his improvements from last year.  today, i did a 30 minute tempo run (not including warmup and cooldown) at 8:30min/mile pace.  felt good, really pushed it at the end after a long steady hill...man, that will test your mental strength and endurance.  i am feeling so good about my fitness level right now, and am getting excited to see how much i can push it in 3 weeks!  got a heavy workout today with nick, i am hoping he will lay off my legs though.  interval bike is tomorrow with another brick run, then a swim in the afternoon.  i attached a few pics....me in my bike gear, me and ry in front of the airstream we slept in this weekend, and ry during his race...enjoy!