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Race Result

Racer: Maurice Emery
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 3:11:41
Overall Place: 1058 / 1633
Age Group Place: 168 / 219
Comment: First Triathlon, can't wait for the next one!!

Race Report:

Since this is my first RR, I need to give a couple of "shout outs". First, Kirsten, my wife who is incredibly supportive. Next to Bryan McMillan for gently nudging me into this fun sport. And to all the other MMTC and friends who I would meet in the pool at 5 am, ride with and made all this seem "normal".

I knew I was going to enter Columbia in the fall. I felt good on the bike, but needed to more effort into the run and had to learn to "swim". I started to take swim lessons with Liz Flynn in Oct after Columbus day.

Swim was much better than expected. Hearing all the different stories about getting hit, kicked, goggles knocked off made me a little leary about how to start. I started in the middle of the group and worked my way through. I was able to get comfortable quickly and just kept going. Kept thinking how bigger the lake looked versus the pool.

Swim time: 28:46, 106/219 AG.

Then on to the bike! Had a slower time than thought through T1 -6:51. If only I hadn't stopped to do the Soduko puzzle!

It took a couple of miles to get my legs under me before I felt comfortable. After that, being new, I was paranoid about getting a penalty for drafting and probably over thought the process. After mile 15 I noticed the pattern of how people were passing and felt more relaxed.

Bike Time: 1:22:07, 119/219 AG, Avg 18.6 mph

A little better time through T2 - 2:40. The Starbucks line moved quickly.

Started the run with the thought of what I was told - let the run come to you. Well, I was waiting and waiting, never came. About mile 2 I really questioned my sanity!! I ended up walking/running the last 4 or so, making sure to finish running.

Run Time: 1:11:18, 195/219, 11:29 mile pace.

All in all pleased with the result. I have some areas to work, but am very excited to be starting in the sport and part of MMTC. Everyone I've met has been great - Bryan, Dave Anderson, Dawn Rudolph, Matt Jacobson, Sharon, Wendy, Evy, Abby and if I missed someone, sorry. This group is a blast!!
Sorry if it rambled, but again, pysched to be in the group and the sport!