Osprey is a great race -- I have now done it 6 years in a row, and it is a fun, fast sprint helping out a great cause.
The weather forecast before the race was for scattered thunderstorms, but luckily it didn't rain, and was mainly cloudy and breezy. The water was relatively calm, but slightly chilly (mid 60s). Having done an IM 5 weeks ago, I was hoping that I could turn all that endurance training into speed. After recovery, I tried to focus on short but intense workouts in hopes that speed in this sprint would be the result.
I was in the fourth wave, and I felt pretty confident that I was swimming well, so I seeded myself near the front. The water felt cold to me, and I tried to acclimate as quickly as I could. The current was slightly against us, but not too bad. They had some buoy problems setting up the course, and the one main turn buoy was further left than it has been in previous years. I had a really good swim for me. Very little contact and actually caught some people from the previous waves. More importantly for me, I swam relatively straight, and didn't do the big weave that I normally do. I finished the swim in 13:44, which isn't a bad time, but is the slowest I have ever done that swim in the 6 years. I was surprised when I looked at my watch because I felt like I had a good swim. Turns out that all the swim times for everyone is a few minutes longer than in previous years, so the placement of that first buoy was definitely not where it has been in all the previous years I had done the race. After you get out, there is about a 100m run to the transition area. I had an ok transition (3:54), and was out of there.
I like this bike course. It is flat and fast and with only 15 miles, it goes by so quickly. My goal was to push a big gear as long as I could and see if I could hold it during the last couple miles which are usually into the breeze. I had a great ride and felt strong the entire time. Definitely a benefit from the IM training. Even during the breezy parts into the wind, I felt strong and rode well (for me). Finished in 47:15 (19.2 mph). Had a very good T2 (:59) and then as it always is: how will your legs feel on the run?
The run is a flat out and back 5K. I was very happy to feel good from the start. I did the first mile in 8:15 and then tried to pick it up from there. I saw a few MMTCers out on the course, and that is always fun. I finished the run in 24:59 (8:04 mpm), and was very pleased with the overall time. Although not a PR time for me, I am convinced that if the swim were not longer, I would have definitely had a PR.
Overall, a fun race that I highly recommend. The course is fast, it is a low pressure event, and a great way to end the season. Hopefully, I will see you out there next year!