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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
66F / 19C
Total Time = 2h 43m 6s
Overall Rank = 1234/4230
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 204/545
Pre-race routine:

None, too much rain, everything was soaking wet
Event warmup:

  • 27m 27s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

Not expecting much in the swim. Hadn't been in the pool in 2-3 months. Bouys every 100 meters helped immensely with sighting, swim felt good all things considered.
What would you do differently?:

Masters, only training in the past three years that has kept me swimming consistently. I hate swimming by myself.
Transition 1
  • 04m 42s

I knew I'd be slow here due to distance coupled with weather, but this is just plain horrendous. Had my cap off and tops of wetsuit off by the time I got to the end of the dock. Thought T1 was going pretty well. Unsure of where I lost so much time as I wasn't wearing socks. Transition area was big, but I didn't get lost.
What would you do differently?:

??? Forgot to put my straw in my aero bottle ahead of time, and I had to find it in my tri bag before leaving.
  • 1h 12m 27s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.58 mile/hr

Had a great time on the bike. The roads were wet and probably pretty slick, but I didn't notice. The volunteers were great, pointing out puddles, lotholes, upcoming tight and wet turns. First Oly with a 20+ mph average. Passed about as many as passed me. Pleased.
What would you do differently?:

Learn the course ahead of time. At any given time I was unsure how far or how long I had ridden and what I had left.
Transition 2
  • 03m 1s

More along the lines of where I thought I might be, but still slow. Still no socks. They were too wet to wear.
What would you do differently?:

Speed laces.
  • 55m 30s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

Run was strange. Never felt out of breath at all. Had quite a few runners talk to me as we were running (wearing a CU bike jersey) and was able to maintain a conversation but could never get my legs to move faster. I was passed throughout the entire run segment and only passed a few people. Time wasn't horrible, but I had been running more than I ever had before up until the end of July, so I had hoped to do better.
What would you do differently?:

Bike more. I think my lack of biking prior to the race hurt my run tremendously.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

At the end of July, I got into a motorcycle accident. Injuries were minimal, just a bit of road rash, and a sore foot, but it took a lot out of me mentally. My desire to train went out the window as it was somewhat uncomfortable to run. I should have taken advantage of this and gotten back into the pool and on the bike, but there was a severe lack of motivation since I had hoped to do very well in this race, my only race of the season.

Event comments:

Mixed feelings. It was my one "destination" (and only) race of the year, so I wanted to make it count. It was in the town where I grew up, so there was extra motivation there. Days before the race, knowing how poorly I had been training, I had low expectations, hoping to finish in under 3 hrs, but knowing that had I gotten my head out of my a** after the accident I could have pushed for much much faster (maybe under 2:35?). I was pleased with my time, pleased with how I felt during the race and afterwards, but disappointed as well with the possibility of what could have been. Rain was a bleassing in disguise. I was never hot, and never thirsty. The temperature was perfect for racing. My father and brother were there to watch, and a longtime friend rocked it, finishing 5th in our age group and 98th overall, so it was a good day.

Last updated: 2009-12-01 12:00 AM
00:27:27 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/545
Overall: 631/4230
Performance: Good
Suit: T1 wetsuit
Course: Course shaped like Washington Monument - out about 400 meters, back to about 1300 meters, back into dock
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:42
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:12:27 | 24.85 miles | 20.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/545
Overall: 1240/4230
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: "Cloverleaf" around DC. Beautiful course.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:01
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:55:30 | 06.21 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/545
Overall: 2460/4230
Performance: Average
Course: Nice flat (one small hill) course out towards Washington Monument and then an out and back to Haynes Point.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4