Local Knowledge and Conditions: Having ridden Squabble Creek certainly helped - I was able to "warn" the slow pokes ahead of me about obstacles and sharp turns in the hope they would go faster. I finally quit because that wasn't working. I thought it better to say nothing and hope that they would wipe out - THAT finally worked to some degree and I was able to ride "free" for a few minutes.
Pre-Race Strategy & Warm-Up: My goal was to win the "BIG BOY" age group but also to be in the top 10 overall. Accomplished the first but not the latter. I wanted to push it on the swim but not to the extent that I was gassed. I planned on being a little conservative on trails 1 and 2 then opening it on on the rest of the course.
Lessons Learned: #1: in this particular race, always put down a swim time faster that what you can do. That way you don't get stuck behind slow bikers on the trail. #2: Either blow your witness because others won't let you pass or be kind and hope and pray for a few passing opportunities. I chose the latter and actually was able to pass quite a few bikers without having them hate me for it. (But, I estimate I lost 2-3 minutes of time on the trail because of the combo of my poor swim estimate and slow bikers.) #3: Went an-aerobic on the bike in the final mile because I was so peeved about dealing with so much trail traffic. So, I started the run sucking air and didn't really get in a groove until the start of the second mile.
Special Notes: Playtri rocks a great race. Do they "own" Rockwall? Also, FANTASTIC job Team ProSoap!!