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Race Result

Racer: Bill Wheeler
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2009
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 2:25:46
Overall Place: 4 / 14
Comment: Relay Report 4th Out Of 14 Men's Relay



Race Report:

Nice day for a race. This was the first time in 8 years that I've opted to do Columbia as a relay.
It was interesting to say the least. No pressure, just ride and run. I had a friend and former co-worker
from Arbitron do the swim leg. Dan Fletcher, fantastic swimmer!

It was great getting up in the morning.....late....drinking my coffee.....late....hitting the head....late.
Dudes I can get used to this!

Getting ready in the morning was confusing. I kept thinking I was forgetting something... I finally got in the car
and started making my way to the park.....HSIT I forgot my shoes! I turned and looked in the back seat...nothing!
I looked in the glove box....still nothing! Back seat once more! Damn, I can't believe it! At least I'll have
time to turn around and go back home, since we don't start until 8:17 AM...

As I put on the brakes, I realized my shoes were on my feet....just where they should be. ;-) Ya see I normally don't
wear my race shoes before a race, they're in my transition bag!...no excuses guess I better start taking more ginkoba or something.

I get to the park and the lovely Melissa does my markings. Thanks Millie!

Not a whole lot to do in transition area. Set up by doing nothing more than unwrapping my bike and checking the tire pressure. I finally got to see the pros come out of the water and make their way in and out of T1 in what seemed like seconds! WOW!

MMTC Tent: NICE! good to chitchat with the MMTC bro's and sis's. I downed more coffee and a couple of bagels. Tried not to look at Deano in is hot pink, 2 toned, striped speedos....oddly I just couldn't look away. (hope I'm okay) Sorry Deano, I had to bust your chops just a bit. Dude those speedos were KILLIN' me! ;-)

I saw DAVE FYLNN! YIKES! For our old school members they know what I mean when I say YIKES! But these are happier times and no
need to dwell on the past.

Race:
Rain, wasn't purple, wasn't red, just wet....as usual. Dan got out of the water in 24 minutes and change! Wow we got a chance here at a podium finish. The bike started out wet with a little drizzle. The rain completely stopped very early on in the ride, but the roads were still wet. It was bit windy so conditions weren't perfect but still a green light to let 'er rip. I couldn't bring myself to put aero bars on my road bike so I went without...good choice for the course and conditions I thought. I rode pretty hard and stayed in the drops most of the time. When I wasn't in the drops I was resting my forearms on the bars and just keeping my head low. Saw TONS of MMTC peeps. Bike traffic didn't seem that bad. I saw no wrecks and just a few folks having gear choice issues.

I clocked my bike a 1:12:20 or 21.1 mph. I'll take it, PR for me. Hope I have something left in the tank for the run.

I Thought I had a good T2 71 seconds. Jeeshe! Where does that time go!? I ran, I ran so far away...just like a friggin' Flock of Seagulls. Finished the run in 46 and change. Slower than last year, but I'll take it.

Our total time was 2:25:46 we missed the podium by 5 minutes...we were ahead at T2, but the third place team had a runner that did the course in 38 minutes!!!! WOW!

Lots of awards were given out. Special note: as Sadj went up for her award, someone in the crowd said, "WOW! Check out those LEGS!" I was like, "D'uh, where have you been?"
Bob you must have your
hands full! ;-) I vote we make Sadj the first lady of Tri!

What a great race. Great club. Good times!

Long Live MMTC!

Jelly