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Race Result

Racer: Jeff Smith
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 2:26:58
Overall Place: 213 / 1493
Age Group Place: 25 / 161
Comment: Fun race especially if you are in MMTC

Race Report:

Swim: 28:16
Bike: 1:10:48, 21.2 miles/hr
Run: 43:07, 6:58 min/mile
T1/T2: 3:12 : 1:42

I felt confident coming into the Columbia race, after a strong training weekend in Lake Placid with 11 other members of MMTC. I was a little concerned on Thursday during a run when I felt tired and wondered if I did not have enough rest. This concern went away after a light day on Friday and a day off on Saturday.

I had a decent swim for me, and more importantly I did not have anxiety during the swim. I had it last year, which was my second Triathlon and first Columbia Triathlon. Probably like most people that experience it, I thought I might drown in Centennial Lake last year before I was able to get back my composure.

After riding the Lake Placid course the prior weekend, the Columbia course did not seem as hard so I tried to push the pace. I felt strong on the hills.

The wheels started to come off the cart during the run. Both calf muscles cramped up immediately on the first hill which is near the beginning of the run. This made climbing and descending hills a little painful. Then, both feet went numb the last 3 miles. I remember thinking this is the strangest thing. The cramps in the calf muscles must have restricted the blood flow to my feet. But, it is only a 10K so I was able to finish and get back the feeling in my feet.

Best part of the race was talking with my MMTC friends before and after the race. There were so many of us. It was our race. Looking forward to next year's race.