Long story short I knocked a highly controlled 28min 8k, good for 13th overall. What's interesting was I had little idea of how well or not I would do, the entire idea was just to benchmark run fitness, run controlled and possibly have some fun in the last mile.
(No fun in the last mile (meaning kicking), though I did pull away from the "chase group" as soon as we hit Naito/Front and was surprised that nobody came with me or try to chase me down)
In retrospect, considering how easy it was I should have run with the group that split off the front and gone for top 5-ish, it's always easy in retrospect to say this though !
More interestingly I'm on a weekly mileage plan of about 25miles, MAX. No kidding.. That doesn't take into the swim & bike aerobic volume of course, but still, I'm happy with how easy that was off the current volume.
Still no firm plans around racing, I think it's going to be a fun summer for me though, pick and choose stuff that I like, places I haven't been, etc.