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Race Result

Racer: Laura Hartman
Race: Celebration Sprint Triathlon
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Female 25 - 29
Time: 1:46:33
Overall Place: 62 / 1406
Age Group Place: 2 / 102



Race Report:

I know this report is a bit late, but I'm writing, keeping it short, to also ask the group about biking etiquette!

I decided to do this race to keep myself busy while training for the Rosaryville 50k. I swim and bike to prevent injury, so I thought hey, what the heck, its only 2 miles away.

1) Swim we all heard/know about. However, I kept my best straight line while sighting ever in a race. Just keep sighting! Biggest trouble was avoiding the slower swimmers...I was in the last age group wave.

2) I did a lot of passing on the bike, so this was my concern. I know about the "yellow line" rule, but a lot of people were riding next to each other, so I was forced to pass far to the left. I even got yelled at for not saying "on your left" once. I'm not really sure how to handle a situation where I'm passing so many people, sometimes 3-abreast. What's the proper way to do this and not seem like an a-hole?
Also, right before I biked to return on 108, a man was fixing something on his bike, and he was just off the road, like just to the right of the white line. Another guy on a tri bike passed me, head down, following the white line. He looked up at the last second, only to plow right in to the guy on the shoulder. Explicatives ensued, with a hefty apology by the tri bike guy. But really, he was being unobservant, but the guy should have pulled farther over for sure! Both were OK and the guy on the tri bike later passed me again. Thoughts about who was at fault??

3) Run was hot. I finished.

- Laura H