Local Knowledge and Conditions: Did this race last year so I had a basic knowledge of what to expect. Crowded pool, hills and part cross country run.
Pre-Race Strategy & Warm Up: Was able to sneak in a few strides while Drill Sergeant Jack was conducting his pre-race diatribe.
Psychology: Stay relaxed and keep breathing in check.
Lessons Learned (Or Re-Learned): Run based on how I feel and don't rely on mile markers, they are usually off.
Future Goals (include skills executed well and skills needing improvement): I shaved off 10 min. from last year and pr'ed in all three disciplines, but I need to spend more time in the saddle. "rolling hills" are mountains to me.
Fitness (endurance, nutrition, hydration): Got lucky with the weather, so hydration and nutrition were not a much a factor.