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Race Result

Racer: Ben Mertes
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: -- 35 - 39
Time: 2:26:27
Overall Place: 143 / 1600
Age Group Place: 20 / 169
Comment: Last Columbia as individual, relay I'll do it!

Race Report:

I would just have to say that there is more pressure that comes from the standards that the individuals in this group set, than the personal goals I can set for myself. I don't know what is worse, the pressure of having Sara tell me that I can "crush" the course or my fellow Irates (for those of you that don't know me) it's my other unofficial team-mates, betting on which horse (person) would win in the group. They were the idiots wearing the kilts by the way.

Swim: 23:29
pace: 1:34

The swim was a warm hot mess! Enough said. I believe that my swim group has certainly made me a better swimmer. Rob Reber is to thank for that and he can post on the Lifetime Fitness Wall that I improved my swim by four minutes compared to last year.

Not too bad, couldn't get off the right leg of the wetsuit and then I got a cramp as well.

Bike: 1:10:04
pace: 21.4

I really wanted to do this well and I felt like I left a little out there on the backside of the course. I want to thank the mid-maryland member who rides the Kestrel as we jockeyed back and forth the entire ride. You kept me wanting to go faster. Thanks for dropping me on the run!

T2: :54
Great second transition! No problems

Pace: 8:03

Then the run. All I can say is thank goodness Hector came upon me in the neighborhood. Had someone to talk to and he pushed me to pick it up! It always helps to have someone call your name when your near death running, Amy that was you on the hill, thank you.

I had a good race, but more importantly I was the winning horse! If only this horse could learn to run faster.