Well, Columbia wasn’t my best effort, but a bad day in a Triathlon is still a great day right!! I had trained well for the race riding and running the course several times, and I felt my swim stroke was making progress. So I was hoping for my best race. However, I never trained on wet roads, and I only did one OWS this season and both would haunt me on Sunday.
My wife and I both did the race and we arrived at 5AM in the pouring down rain. Like a few of you, we stayed in the car for a while hoping it would ease up. Finally, we gave up and setup transition the best we could. We walked over to the MMTC tent (You guys rock) and watched the early waves go off.
My swim has always been the weak link, but I felt I had made a lot of progress this off season. Unfortunately within the first 100m I took on big breath of lake water and that seemed to really mess with my head. I even had to grab a kayak. After a quick discussion with myself, I decided to try it again. I never really got comfortable in the water, but I finished. You can’t imagine how motivated I am to hit the swimming drills this week!!
T1 was pretty uneventful. I struggled getting my gloves on and took a little extra time to recover from the swim.
There were three things that really bothered me on the bike. The first was the fact that I couldn’t get my legs to spin like I was expecting. I normally ride with a cadence in the high 80’s low 90’s, but Sunday it just wasn’t happening. I guess I need to do more Swim/Bike Bricks. The second thing was my bike chain. My chain decided to come off my front gear during several of the climbs and that really didn’t help my day. Princeton Sports has already fixed that problem!! Thanks guys!! The final thing was the weather itself. With no training or experience in wet conditions, I just didn’t want to push it this early in the season. It’s a lesson learned though. Train no matter what the weather is doing!!
T2 also was uneventful once I got down from Mud Hill. Changed shoes, hat, ate a GU, and away I went.
I had only one goal on the run, keep running. I was really happy with my effort. I ran most of the hills and kept a pace similar to what I ran at Nation’s last year. In fact, had it not been for a pit stop, I would have set a PR for the run. So I ended on a very nice note.
It was great to cross the finish line and have a whole tent of food complete with well wishers and friendly faces waiting on you. Thanks to all who helped!! I really appreciated the support out there. The highlight of the day: Seeing my wife cross the finish line!! Great job Babe!!