Columbia 2005 is finally on the books. This was my third time doing this race and it was by far the best. It was the best for more reasons than I can mention, but I will try anyway. First was the wonderful support of my wife, Patti. When I first started triathlon three years ago I had no idea how hooked I would become on this sport. Without her patience and understanding I would not be able to put in the time that I do to train. Ditto for my kids. And thanks to my training buddies who are there to ride during cold winter mornings and 5:30 starts (My family is patient, but I try not to press my luck). Thanks Chip, Mark, Marty, Greg, Rusty, Jude.... And then there is the club. My first Columbia I did with my buddy Mark. I didn't know hardly a soul. My family came out in the rain and cold and thank God for them because they were it (My Mom and Dad also weathered the storm...Thank God the cold didn't kill them). This year my family came again and we all enjoyed the company of my big triathlon family. Thanks MMTC!!!! Thank you Kristen for the wonderful hospitality tent. Thank all of you who were there to cheer and volunteer. Thanks to the club members who are there to make it a family. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Thanks to the club leadership. You do a great job to promote the sport. Thanks to the people who work to keep the RBR afloat and allow us to train. Thanks to the veterans who share their experience. Thanks to the newbies who beam with excitement. Thank you for allowing me the priveledge of being a part of your club. Thank you Vigo for putting on such a class event. I congratulate all who raced Columbia and other races so far this season and look forward to seeing you training and racing. Let your passion for the sport of triathlon shine. Embrace who you are and do your best. You are triathletes.