Challenge Maine was a blast. After an exhausting couple of weeks settling in here in Boston, and starting orientation at school, my first race as a collegiate triathlete went surprisingly well.
The swim was a beach start, ocean swim, with a hefty chop in the water. A fast stroke rate helped me stay on the toes of another guy who led us out of the water very quickly in fifth, swimming 15:25 (we ran part of the course on the beach, which made the times faster).
My bike leg had some mishaps, with two wrong turns costing me about 30 seconds each. Luckily I was able to immediately correct them and keep going, but I could have used the extra minute during the run. Overall a so-so bike leg, at 1:02:22.
The run was key in this race. I made up a minute or two in the first 5k to get right behind a 2nd-3rd-4th, and had to dig deep to pass them one by one in the last two miles. The last guy I got right before the finish chute with 200m to go, and put it everything I had left to finish in a comfortable 2nd place, running 33:58.
In the end, it was the first time I've gotten my run back down under 34:00 in a couple of years, and my fastest Olympic time ever, at 1:55:30. Not bad for being sleep deprived and driving up to Maine on the day of the race. The only annoyance was that they pulled me out of the Overall results because I was also in the Collegiate division (where I took first by over 6 minutes), and didn't really have awards for us. No love for collegiate racers at Challenge events.
Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to more races with the Harvard Triathlon Team!