The Nation's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
Total Time = 3h 41m 53s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

None, it was raining and like 60 degrees. This race was so huge (7000 some odd people registered, they said 5000 some odd people picked up their packets, and 4532 finished. At any rate they locked us out of transition for the start. 33 start waves, so between 7 something am when they kicked us out & almost 9 am when my wave actually started we were just standing around in the cold rain wearing nothing by a speedo. I was FREEZING.
  • 33m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards
Transition 1
  • 07m 34s

HUGE transition area. They kept announcing that it was 14hundres something square feet. everything was sooooo far apart. I don't think I was dragging my butt w/ the cloths/gear changing. Just an eternity before you were back out on the course again. Massive traffic w/ people from the first few start waves leaving for the run while we were leaving for the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Need tri shorts/ a tri suit. Swam in a speedo, changed into regular bike shorts and bike shoes. Changed again into compression shorts and running shoes.
  • 1h 32m 30s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.12 mile/hr

Hit a draingage grate and flatted out. The official time was actually 2:16:10, but was standing around by the side of the course waiting for SAG part of that time. I used the time off my bike computer instead. If I want to do the race next year, I want to beat the time actually spent racing, not just the time that included standing around doing nothing.
What would you do differently?:

Get a saddle baggie and LOTS of spare tubes and air cartridges. Even if I had been prepared w/ a spare; I still would have been stuck waiting for SAG. This repair went through 3 tubes and 3 cartridges. Maybe a new saddle and, again, the tri shorts. My bike limiter is a sore butt, not being at the limit of my endurance or speed!
Transition 2
  • 05m 3s

Again just a HUGE transition area. Everything was so far apart.
What would you do differently?:

Get tri shorts or a tri suit.
  • 1h 23m 32s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 13m 27s  min/mile

Apparently slow based on that pace. I ran almost all of it (walking the aid stations and a bit at the beginning trying to drink some powerade). Fell into pace w/ people to talk to for the last half of it. I think we might have settled into a 12min/mile pace; which I would have been happier w/ overall, but it took some time at the beginning to get there. I had been dreading the run. Hadn't been diligent w/ it in the past 2 weeks and even short runs left my quads aching for days prior to the race. But it wasn't all that bad.
Post race
Warm down:

food, walking from transition through all the tents/events, hit the bathroom, packed up my stuff, then rode the couple of miles through town back to the convention center parking lot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

That flat tire, and waiting around. I need to be better prepared; but I also think SAG took too long, and didn't have anything on them to help when they did arrive. If I had been prepared, that would have covered the 1st tube and 1st air cartridge. Not the 2nd or 3rd. If I had wipped out on that storm drain rather than just flatted; I would have been lying hurt on the road for an awfuly long time before SAG arrived. I rode on the semi flat tire 2 mi to where SAG was helping a girl who had wrecked. They could give her a ride back to transition, but the only option was to abandon her bike there on the side of the course. They weren't prepared to help her either, and she needed more from them and needed it far worse than I did.

Event comments:

The "not on time" was a weather delay. There was nothing the event direction could have done about it. The event was VERY well run considering they had to keep track of 7000 people!! I think I just like the smaller races better. Less intimidating, less infrastructure w/ having to take a shuttle bus, fewer start waves, etc

Last updated: 2009-12-21 12:00 AM
00:33:14 | 1640 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: speedo
Course: river, up and back
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 07:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:32:30 | 24.85 miles | 16.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Up Clara Barton Parkway and Back, then up a little bit of Rock Creek and back. Advertised as flat, but really slightly uphill the whole way up both Clara Barton & Rock Creek, then slightly downhill back both segments.
Road: Potholes Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 05:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:23:32 | 06.21 miles | 13m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
But it felt okay, and my heart rate didn't race too bad.
Course: from transition through downtown a bit (like up towards the 14th street bridge & the holocaust museum); then merging w/ the north side of hains point; and back along ohio drive down the south side of hains point, the jeffersion and back towards the lincoln.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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