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Race Result

Racer: Ben Mertes
Race: Celebration Sprint Triathlon
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: -- 35 - 39
Time: 1:36:06
Overall Place: 26 / 855
Age Group Place: 3 / 72
Comment: A podium any day is a good day! Mike Oliveira~

Race Report:

I really can't complain with this race.

swim time: 17:17
I had a good swim. Water was calm as I got out fast. I knew three were ahead of me at the first buoy so I settled in behind someone and drafted as my legs started to tighten up. Seaweed ate me alive and I still have lodged in my watch as I type. I stopped a little too short of the exit and that cost me some valuable time.

t1: 2:20
Seemed like a long run this time to the bike. Fumbled with my helmet, shoes, everything else, poor transition mentally.

bike time: 49:28
Disappointed! Had fun riding back and forth with Jason, but I think that cost us both some time on the bike and I don't think I put forth my best effort.

t2: 0:58
Not bad, thought I had done better, don't know what else to speed that up! I already ride and run barefoot.

run time: 26:05
run pace: 7:41
Pleased with this time. Felt good leaving transition, meaning I didn't work hard enough on the bike. I knew Brian was closing on me and would literally blow by me on the run. Bram was right on my heels and I was waiting to be picked off by him as well. I did better than expected seeing this this is my weakest area.

Five minutes off my time from last year!

Couple of shout outs! Hopefully get names correct. Rob Reber, couldn't have a better swim coach. Sara, my biggest fan, time to step it up. People on the course volunteering, you don't really know how much you meant to me at certain points. Mark Lash? At the swim start a simple good luck and helping with my timing chip at the end, Mark Yost a positive reminder at the water stop and a previous email, Michael Duffy as I was leaving T2, Sharon on Gatorade with a keep it up, Kel thank you for making sure I got the water both ways, and Bob Reed, if you hadn't continually yelled at me to catch the guy in front of me that I truly was not planning on catching, I would not have earned third place and a podium spot. Bram you had a great race and I look forward to the Du. Thank you to the tent volunteers!