My 4th Osprey triathlon, I really enjoy this race as a way to end the season. It’s a short, flat and fast triathlon. Also it’s fun to make a weekend out of it and spend time with the family at Assateague Island or the OC area. Jen and I brought the kids with us and stayed at a friend’s house in O.C. (thanks Meg and Bob). It was a fun and relaxing weekend.
Coming off IMWI on 9/11, I was surprised how tired and heavy my legs had felt so I had done very little training. Since the IM I only ran 3-4 times and did all of 30miles on the bike with just 1 swim day, so I really didn’t have high hopes going into the race.
Swim: 1:31 pace, 71st OA
I started in the first wave, so my goal was not to have anyone in the wave behind pass me. Not happy when I saw the buoys pushed out further than in previous year. The different buoy placement probably added 50-75 yds to the swim. Wouldn’t be so bad if I was just a better swimmer.
T1: :59, 13th OA
We wore chips that were bigger than any chip I had worn before and were told to wear them outside our wetsuits. Wearing them like this made it much harder to get the wetsuit off.
Bike: 21.4 mph, 15th OA
Really windy!!! Just straight into a head wind for the first few miles. I really felt the lay off during the ride. I wanted to ride the course near my FTP, but wasn’t able to push that wattage for most of the ride. Was only passed by 1 person (last year's winner) during the bike.
T2: :47, 33rd OA
Trouble getting my run shoes on made the transition longer than desired.
Run: 6:25 pace, 6th OA
Legs finally started to feel good and I was able to hold a steady pace. I passed 4-5 people on the run, including the guy who passed me on the bike.
It was a great season and I’m really happy to close out the triathlon season with this race and the improvements since last year. Can’t wait for next year…maybe Osprey and Half Full in the same weekend.
Thanks to Jen and the kids for all the support and to Meg and Bob for the place to stay. Now off to the pain cave to start getting ready for next season.