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Race Result

Racer: Aldona Glemza
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2009
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 45 - 49
Time: 3:21:44
Overall Place: 1197 / 1568
Age Group Place: 33 / 59
Comment: first time - awesome time!

Race Report:

THis was my first olympic distance tri.

SWIM 37:56 (rank 1413)
My time was slow - but I accomplished my goal. I was able to swim smoothly and calmly the entire distance without panicking. I got a good rhythmn going early on (unlike Irongirl in which I had to breast stroke the most of the time). The water temp was comfortable. The swim start went well for me. No panic.

BIKE + T1 1:39.58 (rank 1092)
I felt very disoriented and dizzy when I got out of the water for some reason. I staggered back to the bike, had some shot blox, and was OK after that. No idea how long T1 would have been. I'm glad I got a lot of practice in the rain and on this course. The bike went well. I didn't go out hard on the bike (I did this in Irongirl and croaked on the run). It was a comfortably hard pace.

T2 2:49 (rank 1100)

RUN 1:01:03 (rank 1120)
This is the best time I ever got on this course - and I actually walked for brief distances up the last couple hills! I got into a good rhythm early on in the run. I think I still had some gas in the tank left though - by the end, I felt like I could have gone a little harder.

The best part: seeing my sister and friends during transition and at the finish line. And the club tent was first-rate.

The worst part: none! Everything really went better than I thought it would.

Remember for next time: Wear MMTC shirt! Smile more so the pictures aren't so crappy. Get there a little earlier (I got there at about 5:45). Worry less about keeping transition neat and more on getting out of transition. EAT something small before swim start (the 4:00am light breakfast ain't gonna cut it for me).

MMTC is the best club in the world. I can't begin to mention all the people who encouraged me and motivated me, trained with me, inspired me and gave me solid advice (especially my mentor). You guys are the absolute best.