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Race Result

Racer: Mark Lamont
Race: Celebration Sprint Triathlon
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Male 20 - 24
Time: 1:50:34
Overall Place: 112 / 855
Age Group Place: 3 / 10
Comment: a day in the park.....centennial park



Race Report:

Pre-Race:
I walked to the race from my house, such a nice morning. I was more nervous for this race than Eagleman because I had certain goals that I was trying to achieve.

1. Podium
2. 1:45 overall time

Swim:

22:01= 2:12/100 4/10 in AG

No excuses, I need to get faster. I fought and I fought hard, yet I still didn’t get the 20:00 that I was aiming for. Technique technique technique…. That is going to be a major focus of mine over the next year or so!


T1:

1:47 3/10 in AG

Smooooth! Top 25 in T1, so I can’t complain!


Bike:

55:22 = 19mph 5/10 in AG

I get on my bike and within the first mile some guy in my age group passes me. I was ticked. I tried to keep with him, but by the top of Homewood on the way out, he was out of sight. The hills got me, but I feel they got everybody. Twice on the way down folly quarter while going 30+ mph I got stuck behind cars that were in the middle of the course. This was really annoying to me as it gave me little room to pass the car and riders breaking my momentum into some hills. I dropped my chain once (thankfully on a flat section of road!) and that was my fault because I was in the wrong gears to be changing my big ring! But it was a good fight.

T2: 1:21 3/10 in AG

Slower then I wanted, but I got through it fast enough.

Run: 30:06=8:52/mile 5/10 in AG

I was upset by this, but not surprised. Talking to Missie after the race, she mentioned something from the Chrissie Wellington's Book that we had both read. It said, if you train long and slow, you are going to race long and slow ( I know that sub 9 minute miles are not slow to a lot of people, but relative to what I wanted to do this was a bit of a disappointment to me). Lately, I had been doing a lot of longer zone 3 runs that really never pushed my heart rate, so I am not surprised.

The one thing that I was pleased about was the final stretch. That guy in my age group that passed me on the bike finally came into sight at the top of the hill on the final stretch down to the finish line. I hopped into the grass to pass by 4-5 people then kicked it in over top of the hill. I passed him right at the apex and really pushed down the hill. My mindset was that if he wanted to beat me to the line, he was going to pay for it(I nearly threw up at the line because of that sprint…and ended up beating him to the line by 12 seconds!) Thanks to Keely and Susie for pushing me down that hill, I must have looked like Hell coming down that final stretch hahaha. Oh, and did I mention that that final push past my fellow age grouper put me on the podium!!!! 3rd out of 10 in my age group!!! I had no idea that I was in a battle for 3rd, but I can take pleasure in the fact that I did accomplish that

So, although my time goal of going sub 1:45 was not reached, I did achieve my goal of podium. There is still lots to work on, but now starts my very long haul of training for Ironman Florida. Pain and Endurance are going to be my best friends for a while. Zone 2-3 are going to be my weekend buddies!!

Thanks to all the volunteers: Mark Yost, Pat, Dave Wheeler, Bob Reid, Kjell, Sharon, the McDowells, Mark Lash, and so so so many more!

Thanks to all the tent people!

Thanks to all the fans:

Wives/husbands/moms/dads/sisters/brothers/friends/dogs (whoever had the 3 month old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, I want your dog!!)

Thank you!