The Nation's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
76F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 35m 32s
Overall Rank = 789/4391
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 127/480
Pre-race routine:

Arrived really early to get parking. Slept in the car for a while then headed to transition.
Event warmup:

Stood around in the swim wave corrals and made small talk.
  • 28m 40s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

Start was pretty chaotic. Tried to start towards the back but there were so many people in the wave the before I realized it everyone had filled in around and behind me so I was pretty much in the front and middle of the pack. Decided to just put my head down and swim. Got hit. Hit people. Just keep my head down till I got out of the crowd. Unfortunately because I tend to veer to the right I got of crowd by getting off course. After about 200 meters I started to get into my grove. Having buoys every 100m made sighting a lot easier. My arms started to get tired around the halfway point. Not sure if it was because I was swimming harder or "shoulder fatigue" from the wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to sight better. Keep working on stroke.
Transition 1
  • 04m 50s

Took a long time partly because the transition area was huge and I got a little lost. Also because I was a little disorganized. I need to get a T1 routine down.
What would you do differently?:

Get a routine and consistent setup.
  • 1h 09m 13s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.54 mile/hr

Felt very comfortable on the ride. I was worried about the turns with the road being so wet but apparently everyone else was too. People were being very considerate when coming around turns and not trying to cut each other off. Felt like I could have pushed harder but felt very comfortable and didn't want to wreck the run. I looked at my pace and since the course was so flat and I was averaging around 20-21 I decided to keep the pace where I was. Given my lack of experience and the very wet conditions I think this was a smart move and didn't really hurt me very much.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder. Base on test I did my FTP is approx 300. I definitely could have pushed harder and frankly just felt a little too comfortable during the ride.
Transition 2
  • 02m 34s

Almost got lost trying to find my rack. Went down right aisle but missed my spot then because of the numbering thought I was in the wrong area.
What would you do differently?:

Walk both transitions to visualize things.
  • 50m 17s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 06s  min/mile

Felt comfortable the first mile and wasn't worried that the second was a little slow because I had to stop to tie my shoe. But I just kept fading. I never really cramped, burned or hit a wall, I just gradually slowed down. I would try to push it back down to 8:00 or below but it would creep back up.
What would you do differently?:

I need more experience running shorter distances. More 5k and 10k with HoCo Striders.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out at finish and waited for wife. Drank a lot of powerade and some Muscle Milk. Went to get some food but the post race food (burritos) were horrible.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm not sore at all the day after I think I could have pushed myself more but overall I'm very happy with my performance. I had a great experience and really look forward to doing more olympic races in the future.

Event comments:

The event from a race perspective was well organized. They didn't start on time but that's only because they wanted to wait for the bad weather to pass (which they announced well in advance). There were plenty of volunteers on the course. Water stops every mile on the run and people at all the sharp turns on the bike warning to help warn you. This was very helpful with all the rain.

The logistics surrounding the race were a nightmare. Basically no parking anywhere near by. The were about 200-300 parking spots on OH Drive. The tried to setup a shuttle but that was only for athletes. Since the race started so early there would have been no way for spectators take the metro and see the early waves start (first AG wave was originally scheduled for 7:08 and metro opened at 7am). A co-worker told me that the organizers of the Cherry Blossom 10-miler work out a deal with the Kennedy Center to let people park there. This would have been great since it is less then a mile from the transition area.

Then there was no food for spectators either. They had crepes and brownies for sale but nothing else. My wife wouldn't have minded paying for food but the selection was so poor we walked back to the Mall to find something to eat after the race. They really should get some other food vendors down for the post race "party".

Last updated: 2009-12-01 12:00 AM
00:28:40 | 1640 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/480
Overall: 842/4391
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 Fullsuit
Course: Out and back the the added novelty of being shaped like the Washington Monument.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:50
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:09:13 | 24.85 miles | 21.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/480
Overall: 686/4391
Performance: Good
Power Average : 252 Normalized : 263 Max : 873 VI : 1.04 Heart Rate Average : 160 average Max : 173
Course: Out and back on Clara Barton Parkway and another out and back on Rock Creek Parkway
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 98
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:34
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:50:17 | 06.21 miles | 08m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/480
Overall: 1395/4391
Performance: Below average
Started on on pace right on pace (7:45 for the first mile) then started to fall off (7:57, 8:02, 8:23...) Average HR: 157 Max HR: 162
Course: Very flat course. Went out by Washington Monument then around East Potomac Park. Not as scenic as I expected after leaving Washington Monument
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3