One week before Columbia Triathlon, I fell off my bike and broke my left collarbone. This is my first race since getting the pin removed the last week of July. I have to admit to being a little hesitant to push hard for fear of falling again.
The swim in the Potomac wasn't bad. I have been having issues with sufficiently rotating my shoulders. My swim coach has been trying to help me work through this.
The first 500 meters and last 200 meters of the swim were good (with the current). The other 800 meters were swimming upstream.
As Lance mentioned, the transition area was rather distant from the swim exit. I had some challenges getting the zipper of my wetsuit down; fortunately someone helped me out.
I was very nervous getting on the bike in the rain. The rain came and went through the ride, at times it was pelting. I was very surprised to learn on Saturday that there would be no bottle exchange on the ride. In fact, there was basically no support at all on the ride. I took it easy on the ride, didn't go aero at all, and just maintained effort.
Roads were good, basically flat, with a few big puddles.
The 10k was probably the most pleasant surprise of the day. The course has a few inclines at the beginning (by the Washington Monument), but then the final four miles are flat or slightly downhill.
Since Ironman Texas, I went back to RoadRunner and got my running shoes resized. I think it worked!
- Good course!
- Insufficient staffing on the course (especially bike course)
- 7200 people registered for the event, but it appears (according to their website) that *only* 4400 completed.