Last year before I joined MMTC, Columbia was my first Olympic event. That day did not go according to plan as I was called out in transition before the race for my bike helmet being ‘un-American’ (bought in the UK – I thought it was protecting my head – but not according to USAT) - enduring thanks to Bill Wheeler who sourced me a replacement in time. And then on the bike I had a flat coming back down Folly Quarter. So 2:40 that day was fine, but I felt like I had popped the sweet into my mouth and the wrapper was still on. So this one was for revenge.
Swim 23:37 12/219
Thought I was going well but not this well. Lined up on the RHS as I am a LHS breather – thanks for the Mike Matney tip from Ben’s IM race report and Geoff M’s tip about the course angle. No problems sighting and I got out ahead of a lot of the contact at the start. New XTERRA wetsuit felt great. But was this too quick … ?
T1 2.25 37/219
Not the smoothest transition but no complaints.
Bike 1.10.41 21.6mph 24/219
My HR was over 160 coming out onto 108 which is Z5 for me. Tried to get it more under control for the first few miles so didn’t push too hard. Strangely never felt that comfortable all round the course. Hills were fine but never felt really settled on the downhills/flats. Epitomized by opening a gel and squirting it all over my hands. I stuck to the aerobars all the way home.
But at least I didn’t have that thump sound on Folly Quarter this year.
T2 1.05 11/219
This time included ramming my bike under the rack and racking it facing the wrong way. What was I thinking ?
Run 45.56 7.24pace 26/219
Latched onto a mystery M40-44 (non MMTC) runner who was going at about 7:30/45 pace. Only broke for home at the top of the neighbourhood (that’s how you spell it). Big shouts from Geoff and Rob (‘Go England’ I think) on the return to the park. Great encouragement. Then tried to kick from the reservoir for home.
My goal was to get into the Top30 of my AG so I am pleased I managed that. It was a great day and I am very grateful to be able to compete in races like Columbia. It is a real privilege.
Thanks to all the volunteers at the MMTC tent – fantastic to have that support and all those goodies at the race finish.