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Race Result

Racer: Brian Richards
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 30 - 34
Time: 2:56:01
Overall Place: 747 / 1633
Age Group Place: 81 / 132

Race Report:

My first tri of any kind, so all "personal bests" for me!

It was a nightmare. My own rookie mistakes... I never did an OWS, nor swam in my full wetsuit. I felt like I could barely swim another stroke after about 300 yards. I couldn't see a thing, and I was downing lake water with each breath. The 125 guys around me didn't help either. I felt like I had nothing in the tank when I made the first left at the buoy, and then realized I didn't get to turn right around and head back. I tried to calm down, but mentally I was a mess. I somehow made it to the next buoy and turned for the long stretch home. I think I did half of it on my back. It was the only thing that saved me. Of course, on my back, I veered way off course several times and made the swim even longer than it had to be. When I turned for home after the island, I swam hard the rest of the way to at least make it look like was swimming strong! As I exited the water, my head was pounding and I was completely disoriented. I think I saw my wife and a neighbor cheering me on though! I have a lot of work to do on my swim... under 30 min. next year!

Time: 39:04
Place: 114/132

T1: 3:09 (56/132)
I barely remember this transition as I was all out of sorts from the swim.

I took my time on the bike and recovered from the swim until about the turn off of 108. My head was still pounding, so I ate and drank what I could. I picked up the pace after the middle school and felt good the rest of the way home. I never pushed too hard, and I feel I could do better next time. I didn’t know how I was going to perform on the run, so I remained hesitant on pushing really hard on the bike.

Time: 1:24:01
Pace: 18.1
Place: 85/132

T2: 1:22 (35/132)
I was feeling really strong after the bike and decided to continue without socks in my two-week old Newtons on the run. I guess that’s why my time was decent in T2.

When I got to the first steep hill, I knew I had my legs and felt strong because I moved up it pretty well. I remained conservative up the hill out of the park, but once I hit Old Annapolis, I was off. Next year I will definitely pick up the pace earlier. I ran through the neighborhoods nicely and, after such a demoralizing swim, it was a boost to run so well. I was strong all the way to the finish. I love the Newtons even more now! No problems sans socks!

Time: 48:27
Pace: 7:48/mi
Place: 37/132

I’m encouraged by my first tri, and I want to line up and go again today. I haven’t signed up for any other races yet, but I will find one by tonight. Suggestions? I’ll go anywhere (after I clear it with my wife, of course). I was thinking Fort Richie in August, Savageman (Oly.) in September, then the Half-Full in early October. I just don’t want to wait over 2 months!

Thanks to everyone for helping make my first tri very special and memorable.