My second Columbia Tri was a great race!
My training prior to Columbia was geared more toward Eagleman, so with the shorter Columbia race, I wasn't too worried. My goal was to improve over last year (2:27) and I estimated I might be around 2:20. At the finish of the race I was 5 minutes faster overall (2:22). I was 1 1/2 min. faster on the swim, 1 1/4 min. faster on the transitions, and 2:45 min. faster on the bike. I improved in all categories except I was about a 1/2 minute slower on the run. I contribute this to pushing really hard on the bike and having a knee injury late April through early May which limited my run training. In a three week period I only ran 15 miles total, but worked harder on my swimming and biking. I think this is the key if you get injured, do what you can and continue to train in other areas. I did do the Columbia brick (bike-run) three times prior to the race which helped too.
My only regrets about this race is my neighbor and training bud "Steve" beat me by two minutes (BASTARD!!!...joking). I beat him last year at the Columbia Tri by one minute so he got his revenge, plus he had an awesome race and even came in third place (40-44) in his age group. My hat goes off to him, great job, but Eagleman is coming and I plan on digging deep, pushing it and kicking your %#^&*@#. I think a little friendly competition is "great" motivation. Good Luck to all MMTC members...Steve, Chip, Scott, Bill, etc., etc., etc.
See you all there!
It was nice to see all the MMTC members at Columbia. I really need to get a MMTC jersey!
Life's short play hard!