"I think you're the only one from the club that didn't get an award" - One of my legion of loyal supporters (who shall remain nameless)
I wasn’t originally planning on writing a race report for this one, but the above quote served as inspiration. The Osprey was my first triathlon two years ago. I spent last year developing an addiction to the sport, and this year rearranging my life around training and searching for my next fix…I mean, my next race.
The Osprey is flatter than Kansas. My GPS data from the run showed 0 feet of elevation gain when it was plugged into Strava. 0 feet! I think the hilliest part was the swim—we had a bit of chop this year.
13:41 (99/373 overall)
This was a beach start. There was some chop coming in off the bay, so breathing toward the shore (to the right) was the way to go. I’ve worked on bilateral breathing so I go both ways now (that didn’t come out right) but breathing to the right is natural, so good for me on this one. Since this was a wetsuit swim, the chop didn’t affect my stroke too much. Exited the swim 19 seconds ahead of last year. I probably could have got another 15-30 seconds with better sighting near the end.
1:45 (84/373 overall)
Uneventful, 35 sec faster than last year, so I’m pretty happy. I didn’t see my brother Joe’s or Tim Jardeleza’s bike on the rack when I left, so I figured they were ahead of me.
42:21 21.5mph (19/373 overall)
I pushed the entire time on this ride, worried that I had ground to make up on my brother who is a much faster runner than me (I have no real hope of catching Tim J.) So it was Hammer Time. I spent the entire time thinking that the red jersey 1/4-1/2 mile ahead was my brother but I could never close the gap, despite passing many other racers. I was passed once by someone in the 40-44 AG in full TT getup (bike, wheels, helmet) who said something to me. I couldn’t tell if it was a complement on my stylish MMTC tri-top or a critique of my bike handling skills. I found out later it was indeed Steve Meininger giving an MMTC shout out, but the Doppler shift due to our relative speed difference must have distorted what he was saying.
In any case, I ended the bike pretty gassed, but with my best average speed ever, for any distance (and 4:57 better than last year)
Nothing to note, other than I was wrong about my brother, as his bike was still out, so I was chasing someone else during the ride…
I think I wiped myself out on the bike, as I was pretty close to my limit and was still running slow. I saw they guy who came in 3rd in our AG last year exit T2 less than a minute ahead of me. Tracking him down probably meant that I wouldn’t be invited to a post race party at his place that night and I guess my legs decided they really were in the mood for a few beers. Who am I to argue?
I was shocked to find out the next day that this was a 1 second improvement over last year—so I improved in all areas of the race. I have decided to declare victory on these points.
As you can tell from the above, this did not result in a podium. Ironically, my time would have earned me a solid 4th place AG finish last year, but it only got me a 9th place this year, which is actually a drop of one position despite a 6+ minute improvement! Sometimes the fast people show up to beat you, even from your own club. Congrats to Tim J. and Michael Dangelo on their 1st and 3rd AG (3rd and 7th overall) finishes. And double congratulations for my beautiful wife for her 3rd place AG finish. She is destroying me in the race hardware department.
Conclusion- I still like this race but it is getting a bit more crowded. This is a great beginner tri and a lot of fun for anyone who wonders how fast they could race if they could just find a tri without all of those pesky hills.