I did another organized ride that I've done in the past. The Spokes 'n Spurs ride is a multi-distance ride through the Texas hill country. It also has a supported brick run after it with the ability to practice transition. I chose the 26 mile bike and 10K brick run.
I had a pretty fast and solid bike. It was my first time with my new aero bars, so it took a little getting used to. There were parts of the course that were bad roads with a lot of loose gravel. Overall, I felt pretty good about that bike.
I had pretty smooth transition into the run and I was off. It was a pretty solid run at a good pace. It was getting hot by then and I was starting to feel it. By mile 5, I was starting to slow. I kept pushing through and was able to finish strong. This gave me a lot of confidence going into my first Olympic distance triathlon.