This was my third time at the Osprey, which got me going in triathlons back in 2003. This year was far and away the best conditions ever for the race. I was fortunate to have my two daughters along as my crew team and cheering brigade. It was a fun event for them as well. The Osprey race organizers do a great job with the event and the course volunteers were outstanding. The day started off cool and calm, and the water was like glass. Since the DITR in July, I had a rough stretch of non-training, due to several nagging injuries, a job change, and a major family event. I came in not expecting to be close to my prior times, and was pleased to finish under 1:35.
I had not been in the water since late August, so the swim was an adventure for me. I stayed away from the pack and focused on maintaining a smooth stroke. A little dilly-dallying on the transition, but okay.
The bike was good. I focused on form and maintained a good pace. Hearing the cheers of my fellow MMTrier's along the way was also very encouraging. Claire went scooting by at a nice pace and I saw her again as she was on the return leg of the run. Well done Claire!
I was pleased with a 9 minute pace on the run, given my lack of conditioning. It is a nice flat run, which made it easier to stay strong through the end of the race. Best of all, I finished the race without pain.
It was nice to meet other MMTriers at the finish. One of the great things about MMTC is the feeling of inclusion that permeates the group, across a wide span of athletic abilities. I am looking forward to next season.
Well done everyone!