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Columbia Triathlon - Cycle
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This was a fun ride since I had no worries about doing the run afterwards. Since the relays were the last wave, I was passing people the whole way. Also rode in my aero bars more than I thought I would be able to when I drove the course.
The only real mistake I made was coming out of one turn where I was focusing on maintinaing my momentum (I drove the course with my sister who has ridden it a few times the day before and she showed me the spots where you really wanted to do this because you came up to some "blind" hills in spots). I did a reasonably good job with my momentum (not great--but good), but forgot I was in my big ring--big mistake. By the time I realized it, I basically had no choice but to stand up and mash in too big a gear until I could get enough speed to shift--ouch!
Continued passing people all the way home, hopped off bike and ran into transition to pass the chip off to my sister (our runner).
What would you do differently?:
Go a a little harder in spots--still had some gas in the tank at the end. Remember to get into the small ring around that turn.
If I were doing the full race (as I will in Philly next month), I'm sure I would have gone a little more conservatively in some of the climbs. I'd also have to drink/eat more. I went through less than 1 water bottle--again knowing didn't have to worry off the bike. But for the full race, I would likely go through 2 bottles plus a gel or 2.
Walked with Kath to go over to the finish area and watch Laura's husband Glenn finish. Then watch my sister come in. Had some post-race food & drink and then headed home.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Just a willingness to push myself to the edge a little more. But it was a good ride. I actually felt like I could have run the 10k off the bike (not fast mind you). Our team managed to finish 4th out of 18 in the mixed group--not too bad.
I will consider doing the full race next year. It's a tough course, but a good location overall and very well run.
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Age Group = Relay--Mixed
Age Group Rank = 4/18
Since I was just doing the bike leg of a relay, I was much less nervous than last week. Drove to the race with my sister and Kath. Ate a bagel. Watched the swim waves go off.
Took a 10 min or so jog. Went to transition to wait for Laura (our swimmer) to arrive.