This was my second triathlon (my first was Columbia a few weeks ago) and I was eager for the short course. I signed up at the last minute knowing that was racing 2 running races the weekend before Celebration, the Baltimore 10 miler (1:03:57), and a father son 8k (30:5X). (Mental note #1: Even if you hold up 5% 1 week is not enough recovery).
Friday: (Mental note #2: Diet should be maintained race week)
Coworkers decide to go on a team building lunch at a Mexican place and then went out for dinner with friends and family. (2 spicy mistakes)
Pay for spicy mistakes on Saturday - all day!
4:15 am – Toast and PB, 24oz H20, Hot shower
Stomach seems to have cleared itself out.
5:30 am arrive at CP, pump tires, set up, stretch, etc
The Swim: (19:26)
I made the mistake at the Columbia to line up in the back of the group so this time I was front and center with Danny Serpico and Michael Wheeler (FAST swimmers). I decided it was better to get run over than to not be able to navigate though the flock. During the swim I executed perfect cork screws just as Coach Liz had taught us at sandy point (my first open water swim a few months ago– terrifying). Overall, I was satisfied with the swim as it is the newest of the disciplines for me.
My Columbia T1 was 4:30 (yes I was baking cookies) so I was looking for improvement in my transitions the most and was very pleased. Slammed a hammer gel.
The Bike: (51:14)
I had absolutely no power and this was most likely a result of my previous week of racing and mental note #2. Again to compare to Columbia (Avg 20.4 mph) vs. Celebration (Avg 20.5) and I race to heart rate which despite all my effort I could not get to the appropriate level. Yes it was a fast time but everyone knows what they are capable of and this goes back to metal note number #1 (you need adequate rest)! I was passed by 2 racers both of which were in my AG both riding carbon tri bikes - man that felt rough but I was hopeful.
Got my Newton’s on and switched my watch to run. Shaved 30 seconds off my Columbia T2.
The Run: Heaven (21:35)
While I had no power on the bike I was in heaven on the run Avg. 6:21 #1 in AG. Very little hydration needed and I cought both the bikers that passed me! I just pushed and pushed thinking that when I passed one of them they would get this burst of energy and I was not sure that I would be able to hold on but they didn’t and I kept pushing. Soon I passed a few more AG (did I mention that I love that Tri does AG body marking – if you competitive it will push you!) Thundering up Gatorade wall I knew I would not let up and at one point was running a sub 5:30 mile back down to the lake. I passed what I thought was the last 30-34 AG right at the lake stretch and kept looking for him to answer. There was almost nothing left but I pushed to the finish and a 2nd place AG finish only 40+ sec behind #1!
Mental notes taken and new promises of possibilities realized. Watch out podium finishers and while I will leave the 30-34 AG I promise that I will make the 35-39 wish I didn’t!
I learned so much and cannot thank the MMTC tent volunteers enough for all of their hard work.
My goals this year is to get a solid understanding of Triathlon and run a 2:49:59 marathon on the NCR to qualify for Boston in 2013.