Half Full 40-mile Triathlon - Triathlon

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Ellicott City, MD, Maryland
United States
Ulman Cancer Fund
Total Time = 3h 14m 41s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Event warmup:

Standing around shivering. At least I remembered to bring some throwaway shoes & socks this year.
  • 23m 49s
  • 1584 yards
  • 01m 30s / 100 yards

A solid swim for me, despite some problems getting goggles adjusted - had to stop a couple times to fix. Finished 3rd overall on the swim leg. I love the time trial start format at this event - makes things much less congested; why don't more races do this?

I like that they moved the timing mat from the T1 entrance to the swim exit - makes for more accurate swim splits.
What would you do differently?:

Fix my damn goggles
Transition 1
  • 04m 6s

This includes an uphill run about about 1/4 mile into T1. And a wetsuit change, so I am ok with this time. Wore arm warmers underneath the wetsuit for the first time - this worked well.
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 1h 45m 6s
  • 32 miles
  • 18.27 mile/hr

Decent bike leg, but honestly I was hoping for a bit faster. My bike speeds seem to have plateaued last spring. Not sure what this means, but I would have really like this to be around 19mph. I felt like I was pushing a strong pace though.
Transition 2
  • 02m 2s

no issues
  • 59m 38s
  • 6.4 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile

Meh, me and the run still don't get along great. This was slightly faster than my run pace at Columbia, which I guess I should be happy about. But it is clear I still really need to improve the running if I am going to be competitive at this. Finished the bike leg in 8th overall, but lost a lot of ground in the run, especially the back half to fall to 18th.
Post race
Event comments:

Yet another frustrating miss at a podium finish. Despite 18th overall I wound up 5th in my age group. In any other age group (older or younger) I would have been top-3. Oh well, I guess I shouldn't worry about things I can't control.

This is fast becoming one of my favorite events: time trial start, nice course, well organized, not obscenely expensive, for a good cause, plus it has that cool cancer-survivor vibe going on. I'll be back even though it is not a local race for me any more.

Last updated: 2010-12-01 12:00 AM
00:23:49 | 1584 yards | 01m 30s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Suit: DeSoto Black Pearl
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:06
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:45:06 | 32 miles | 18.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:02
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:59:38 | 06.4 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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