I came into this race feeling a little too cocky, thinking I’d easily be able to drop 8 minutes off my 2005 time. My training’s been a bit spotty with not a lot of bike miles under my belt for ’06. However, I thought with all the long stuff I’ve done in the last year that a 2:30:00 was optimistic, but not that much of a stretch.
I ended up besting my 2005 swim by only a minute and adding 3 minutes to my bike time AND 3 minutes to my run time with a net effect of finishing more than 5 minutes SLOWER than my Inaugural 2005 Columbia Triathlon.
Swim - 33:49
Age Place (40-44 male) - 142/170
Overall Place (male) - 766/942
Had a GU right before I got into the water. Got into a comfortable rhythm on the swim at the start, but ended up getting popped in the eye and got my goggles knocked off. Didn’t hurt too much at the time, but it threw my rhythm off quite a bit. Later on that day I noticed I had a nice shiner going - quite a souvenir to take to work on Monday!
T1 – 2:41
Bike - 1:15:54
Rate - 20.1
Age Place (40-44 male) - 28/170
Overall Place (male) - 163/942
The uphills hurt, but man can you fly on those downhills! Seemed to be a ton of folks with mechanical issues on the side of the road. I had my race flat tire at ChessyMan last year so I’m not due another one for a while. No issues on the bike other than the bit of panic/dread I felt when I realized I wasn’t going to match my time from last year. This bike hurt more than the bike at the Kinetic half in April, probably due to Columbia’s hills and the harder sustained effort.
T2 - 1:40
Run - 49:19
Pace - 7:57
Age Place (40-44 male) - 57/170
Overall Place (male) - 282/942
Owww…I felt like walking a lot but I never did. The only nutrition I consumed the entire race was about ˝ a bottle of GU20 on the bike and a little water on the run.
The nice thing about an Olympic distance race is I’m not very sore the next day – just very sleepy!