This was my 12th Columbia tri. This morning I went back and read my log entries from nearly all of them and was surprised to find that my times have been pretty consistent within a minute or two here or there.
Another surprise: I went into the race feeling like my bike training was pitiful and my run training had been pretty good. I rode the course TWO times and did two hilly 25-28 mile rides in Western Howard County prior to the race. I was pleased with my times at Cherry Blossom and the Long Branch Half; had negative splits in both and felt strong at the end. So....yesterday, in the rain, I had my fastest bike split ever and felt very brave and strong on the bike. On the other hand, my run was pathetic. I had my next to slowest time ever and simply could not get my legs to go any faster. The good news was that I stuck to my plan ( I always walk for 45 seconds each way on Old Annapolis Road), felt cheerful and loved seeing other Club members coming and going. In a very special finish, Dave Wheeler and I came in together, holding hands!
A cool moment: On the bike course a superlooking tri hunk on a very fancy bike came up behind me, noted my age on my calf and called out "you're a stud!" as he flew by.
What else??? Well, I loved the swim. Thanks to our OWSs this season the water felt warm. Being in the third wave is a great luxury because we get 20 minutes before the next wave starts. I was able to relax almost immediately and enjoy the privilege of being able to swim in the lake.
Being with Club members, seeing people complete their first Columbia and being in the presence of so many accomplishments is priceless indeed.