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Race Result

Racer: Carl Blake
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2010
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 35 - 39
Time: 2:39:54
Overall Place: 308 / 1529
Age Group Place: 46 / 189
Comment: my second olympic distance tri

Race Report:

This was my second Olympic distance Tri, the first being Annapolis, where I flatted. I was simply looking to establish a baseline so that I would know what to work on for later.

Got to the parking lot around 5:10. Plenty of time to mill around and figure out how to layout my stuff in transition, considering the rain. I ended up sheltering my stuff underneath two semi-waterproof bags - one had my running gear and the other had my cycling gear. That seemed to work out ok, and it kept my shoes from getting drenched.

Swim: 35:21
My swim was disappointing. Everytime I bumped into somebody I thought I was going the wrong direction, or whatever. It got me flustered, and I paused to get my bearings each time. A big time waster. I was happy to have finally gotten into a nice rhythm towards the end, but by then it was time to get out for T1. I definitely need some more experience swimming in groups.

T1: 3:04
Uneventful, but I'm curious to try that thing where the shoes are already clipped into the pedals. Something for next year.

Bike: 1:11:51 (21.2)
Pretty happy with it, considering the hills. My goal was to average between 21 and 22. One tip for others: new tires will make a difference in the rain. If you're riding on last years tires the rubber isn't going to be as supple, increasing the chances of taking a spill. With the newer, softer tires you'll have more confidence running a higher pressure.

T2: 1:46
One of the volunteers told me not to slip while heading to the racks. I was thankful but a bit too cautious. I've got to keep it moving next time.

Run: 47:54 (7:43)
The run had some serious hills, which I should've been expecting. My goal was an 8 min/mile pace, so the 7:43 was good, but not enough to make up for my disappointing swim. It was neat seeing Mayor Fenty cruise by about 4 miles into it.

Overall a well organized race with an awesome MMTC tent at the end! I'm going to sign up next year just for that. It was great seeing so many other MMTC jerseys, too. Good luck to everyone at Eagleman!

-Carl Blake
cblake504 @