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Race Result

Racer: Mary Lynn Hansen
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2007
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 40 - 44
Time: 2:39:17
Overall Place: 46 / 463
Age Group Place: 9 / 87
Comment: Third time's a charm

Race Report:

The swim: 29:22
I was really happy with the swim. Even though the time is MOP, two years ago I was nearly the last person out of the water in my wave. This year was almost 2 Ĺ minutes faster than last year. I had to flip over and clear my goggles a couple of times, but for the most part I steered clear of major wrestling and swam fairly straight for once.

T1: 1:58
My bike was all the way at the bike exit, so I had a straight line and no wetsuit issues. I made up over a minute from last year.

The bike: 1:19:38 (19.1)
The bike was great. I slowed a little before the traffic circles, but otherwise cranked. I donít think itís a coincidence that the Columbia tri is right after Motherís Day. I received a set of nice new wheels from my gear addition-enabling family and they worked out well.

T2: 1:21
I had to backtrack a lot to get to my transition spot near the bike exit, but so did everyone else in my wave. On the bike I was thinking about throwing on a top for the run to protect my skin, but nuked the idea at the last minute. Good thing since my top wasnít in the transition area.

The run: 47:00
The run was tough. My first mile was slow, but the second was fast enough for me to allow myself to ease a bit on the third. After that the wheels started to come off, but I was able to suck it up and hold it together. I got into a finish line sprint with another woman (not in my AG) and we both stopped at the mats that were set up 50ft before the finish. All the spectators were yelling at us to keep going and with the number of times that I have run this course, I should darn well know where the finish line is. We took off for the real finish. Iím not a sprinter, but neither was the other lady apparently, so I got to the chute first for what thatís worth.

Overall time: 2:39:17
I was able to improve over 11 minutes from last year and was over two minutes faster than my really aggressive goal time. Hopefully next year I can continue to shave some time off the swim and ride comfortably enough at a high speed to save a little more for the run. Weíll see.