I did it. I finished the Half Ironman.
My time was 7:08:16. 42:42 swim, 3:40:44 bike, 2:34:37 run, with another 10 minutes split between the transitions.
The wind was fierce and I’m never trusting a forecast again. Straight headwind on the bike out leg slowed me to a steady 11.5 mph; straight tailwind back in had me flying at 21+ mph.
The bike was 14 miles of hell, 14 miles of heaven, then another 14 miles of hell, 14 miles of heaven.
The run went well until the wheels fell off my proverbial bus around mile 8.5 and I walked a good bit of the last 5 miles (and Garmin read the course about a half mile short).
But I finished!