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Race Result

Racer: Jim Mitchell
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 45 - 49
Time: 2:55:36
Overall Place: 736 / 1633
Age Group Place: 90 / 180



Race Report:

Wow - what a great day for a race. It was very nice not having to deal with rain again this year. And, we stayed with a friend who lives across the street from Centennial so we got to sleep a little longer (not that I sleep very much the night before a race).

Got to the park at 5:45 and set up transition. It was awesome this year because three of the guys around me scratched, so I had a boat load of space. A luxury at CT!

Went to the MMTC/Team Fight tents and relaxed for a while. Then I realized I forgot something at transition and went back for it. Usually not an issue, but the distraction almost made me forget my pre-race meal. Thanks to Kimberly for reminding me. Ugh - that wouldn't have been good. Can you say BONK!!

Got in the water for my swim wave and swam some warm up laps to and from the buoy. Felt great and got in front for the start. 30 seconds into the swim, I had a panic attack. What is up with that! That is twice now in as many weeks at a race. I've never had that issue before so I am not sure what is wrong. Oh well, it must have charged me up though because once I settled down, I felt fine and ended up with a PR for the swim.

Official swim time: 27:27

T1: 3:34 – not great, but it is a long way from the timing mat to the transition (so says the slow poke). Oh well, at least there many others where slower than me. 

Off on the bike and what a great ride I had. I love that course and I felt great the entire way. Not too many people passed me but I did pass quite a few. Beat last year’s time by almost 4 minutes.

Official bike: 1:21:38

T2: 1:45

The run was, as usual, tough, but I felt strong. I’ve been dealing with a minor knee issue but, thanks to Nic Ebright, it was tapped well and it never bothered me. I did OK on the run, but did not beat last year’s time. That’s OK, it is always good to finish that course.

I’d like to send a special thanks to Chip for all the great coaching and encouragement these past months. It has made a huge difference.

Thanks too to my wife, Kimberly. She swam in a relay and could not actually cheer me on, but her being there is awesome.

And thanks to MMTC and Team Fight for your incredible support.

And, of course, thank you God for giving me the ability to do this.

Off to Eagleman!!!