Well this was my first Olympic of the season (I sat out Collegiate Nationals this year) and I was not sure what to expect since I was not training much in January and February due to a medical break in training (I ended up being fine in the end) and studying for the Ph.D. qualifying entrance exams in March (which I passed so donít expect to see me full time in MD for a bit).
Anyways, I was excited for the race and did one sprint to shake out the winter hiccups two weeks ago which got me motivated for Columbia.
The swim is historically my strongest leg since I was a high school swimmer, but has been the hardest to drop in time. Each year I swim my fastest at Columbia and this year was no exception, dropping time and finally breaking the 21 minute mark. Nothing too interesting except that I finally was able to find people to draft off of. Typically I am in no-mans-land.
I canít imagine it was much slower than last year as I had a spot right on the aisle again. Wetsuit off, and take the bike and go. I had an audience watching this time, so now Chip is a master at the flying mount ;).
Bike (& T1) 1:12:49
I felt horrible and could not get going until 10 miles into the race. At this point I was able to finally get my legs going and off I went in the rain! I hate the rain and am not real comfortable cornering in the rain, so I took some of the down hills that had turns slow and rode the brakes; I figured that was faster than taking a spill. All in all the bike was about the same as last year.
Drop the bike and grab the shoes; no sense in wasting time.
I did have time to do some run training since I did Cherry Blossom in April; so I was hoping to improve on my run. I did not expect to drop 3 minutes. I felt great on the run, and canít complain about anything. This year I passed Sadj at mile 3.25 and its always great to see her smiling face on the run (and I know she reads all the race reports).
Overall I pushed myself and had a great race; much better than I thought it was when I crossed. I was surprised at my overall time when I finally saw it posted. As long as I can continue to get the weekend off I will continue to make the trip back east. Congrats to all and thanks to all of the volunteers. They make it a great race.