Last year's inaugural TriRock Annapolis was also my first after triathlon. From the looks of the bikes it appeared that the competition had steepened in year 2, but there is some parable about judging a book by its cover...
Based on my predicted time I had entered during registration I was placed in the first wave. There was no elite registration for the race so those elites were lumped in with us mortals.
Swim 8:46 12/76
All of the "group A" were placed into one wave, the coed start was a new thing for me and I hope that I didn't inadvertently elbow any women along the way. The swim was pretty congested, but the contact wasn't too bad. It separated out after the second turn and I was finally able to get into somewhat of a rhythm, but at that point the swim was pretty much over.
T1 2:01 14/76
A bit of a run to my rack which was well positioned for T2 but on the opposite side of the swim exit. wetsuit came off easier than expected.
Bike 36:09 20/76 19.9 MPH
After some chance to practice a start with the shoes on the bike during RBR i decided to give it a shot in the race, and to my surprise I was able to execute it fairly flawlessly. A bunch of rolling hills, nothing eventful. I really wanted 20 MPH, I guess I should set my garmin to avg speed rather than instantaneous. So close.
T2 1:18 20/76
Slower than I expected it to be, but not terrible.
Run 22:35 33/76 7:17/mile
The run has never been my best leg, but I've worked on it over the offseason, and I showed some signs of improvement. With a slight uphill to start the run I didn't feel like i got my legs under me until a mile or so in. But flying down that same hill back into the finish felt great!
I was hoping a little bit better placement in the age group, but with stiffer competition I am happy with my overall time. Dropping my time 17 minutes from 1 year ago (the run last year ended up being about 3.5 instead of a true 5k).
Great day for a race, and well run by the people at TriRock. The Red Hook beer tent after was nice too!