After worries about flooding and hurricane side effects the day turned out to be sunny and quiet. As usual I found myself scurrying around before the start, debating about wearing a wet suit, forgetting to put on my MMTC tattoo and suddenly it was time for the start. The water was lovely and calm and I'm amazed that I've gotten pretty serene about being "aqua-mauled" by now. I never "race' the swim, but enjoy the experience of swimming in open water in a supervised environment.
Just when the swim was starting to feel pretty long, I caught sight of the dock and crab walked up the ramp and then up the steps. I'm not sure what I was doing in T1, but it sure took me a long time(4:46). The bike was mostly a joy. I love the course and felt pretty confident about hills after doing Bike Virginia. I didn't race this part either. Rode as hard as I could but took time to enjoy the views and thank all the police and volunteers as I rode along. It was great seeing MMTC folks on the route. It's always a relief to finish the bike without mishap and know that all I have to face is the run which is just a test of mental toughness and not about possible mechanical failures.
I was a bit apprehensive about the run since I'd recently had some IT band pain. But thanks to a great massage by Don Klein a few days ago, one Vioxx and divine intervention I had no pain on the run so I gave it all I had. Mentally, divided it into sections and did one section at a time.
Finally, the finish came into view and there were lots of MMTC folks lined up to cheer me in. That was FANTASTIC!!!!
Our tent was an oasis in the midst of the heat. Jean and Bob did a great job of providing anything anyone could possibly want.
Ours was the VERY BEST tent of any team. It was a beehive of racers, families and Greg's dog Flounder.
Next year let's at least double our participation. Watch out DCTri Club, BATS and RATS!!!!
Oh yes.....results. I was 10 minutes faster than last year. All my moving times (swim, bike and run) were faster, but my transitions were all slower....gotta work on that.