Pre-Race: I cannot say enough about the Mid-Maryland Tri Club and their support. Thank you to all the volunteers at the tent and all the cheers and camaraderie with fellow racers. It was wonderful to be able to relax and calm the nerves before the swim. The tent was a home away from home.
Swim: I felt very comfortable on the swim and noticed many swimmers who were not so comfortable. Swimming in the largest wave (199 in my age group) was not easy. I'm thankful for Patti Harden's open water swim techniques. Time: 28:24
Bike: Felt great on the bike. The only problem I had was trying to maintain a consistent heart rate, like I was doing during the Wednesday run-bike-runs. I knew I'd spike on the hills, but I seemed to fluctuate on the flats (is there such a thing as flat at Columbia?). I saw poor Eric G. on the side of the road. I could tell his day was done due to bike issues. A minute later I saw another MMTC rider (Adam maybe?) fixing a flat on Homewood. I thought, man, that sucks! I then saw a roadie out on the course, trying to see how many triathletes he could pass. I gave him a run for his money, but let him go. He didn't swim a mile beforehand and didn't have to run a 10k afterwards. I thought my bike computer was off when I saw an average speed of 19.1 mph. My speed last year was 17.7 mph. When I saw my split, I was shocked. Time: 1:19:13
Run: I changed my long sleeve top because I should have taken Eric and Jake's pre-race advice and only worn a bike jersey. I thought I'd be too cold since it was in the low 40's @ 6am. Lesson learned. I then saw Geoff behind me and welcomed a running partner. We ran together which made all the difference in the world. Geoff's the man. He kept me going strong up the hills. We paused for a quick picture taking with his two daugthers, plus a little family motivation. Near Mile 6 I saw Trey, Rhys, and Coach Doug. I was told to "pick it up, you're almost done". And we did, high kicking it to the home stretch where I saw my family waiting. It was my son's 6th birthday, so I grabbed his hand so he could run with me through the finish chute. Time: 55:06
Beating last year's time by 18 minutes, PRICELESS!!! Thank you MMTC!