Wow...I am stunned (although I shouldn't be, cuz you guys rock!) at the response to my last post and the amazing and insightful advice I received. I am humbled, thank you.
Right away I was quickly reminded what this race, and the rest of my tun-up races, are all about. That this was about training my brain and body to go beyond what I thought I could handle. That this is NOT the way I will be racing my 70.3. I lost total sight of that and was focusing on the minutia of one race instead of seeing the big picture; the long term plan.
Another thing that I hadn't thought of, which seemed so obvious once Coach Michelle pointed it out, there is no way I could maintain the same intensity in all my workouts as I did in that race; I would run the risk of injuring myself. This made so much sense, I am still stunned it hadn't occurred to me. That is why SHE is the coach and I am not! (and yes, I do get why I need to take advantage of those workouts at the track....grrrrrr).
Rome wasn't built in a day; I can't expect to be an class A runner in a year. I trust the process and will keep at it. Thanks again to everyone for reminding me of that and for such constructive feedback!