The Nation's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
The Nation's Triathlon
80+F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 54m 23s
Overall Rank = 501/3879
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 103/407
Pre-race routine:

Banana, 2 eggs, 2 mini larabars, water + hammer gel 15 mins before start
Event warmup:

Dynamic stretching, light jogging.
  • 00m
  • 0 yards
  • / 100 yards

No swim due to river conditions.
Transition 1
  • 01m 20s

Transition was a mudpit. Upon arriving race morning, I moved my bike (first come first serve rack space) to the end away from the main aisle. Due to timetrial start, transition was VERY congested. Ran to bike in a second set of sneakers (not race flats).

AG Rank: 96/407
What would you do differently?:

If I had a way to run with bike cleats on without them becoming packed with mud, I would have tried that. Also, I should have ran with bike around the racks and not down the main aisle, which was packed with people walking. Mounted cleanly and got away from the disaster zone (mount line)
  • 1h 05m 10s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.88 mile/hr

Super crowded. It was at times difficult to get away from groups of riders as the roads were sometimes so packed that we were riding 3-4 people abreast in a single lane.
What would you do differently?:

Try to get away from packs more.
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s

Dismount line was a mess. Way too many people in a tiny narrow chute. I spent a good 30+ seconds washing the mud off my legs before putting on my shoes so that the crud wouldn't drip into my shoes after I started running.

AG Rank: 188

What would you do differently?:

Gave away free time spent rinsing legs off. I didn't plan on having to do that, and probably could have saved a good 30 seconds had I planned for it.
  • 45m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 21s  min/mile

Slowed down to get fluids a couple of times. Stopped at a portapotty to pee at around mile 3.

Legs started tightening up around mile 2. Chafe hot spot due to shoe seam around mile 4.

Had a great last 1/4 mile kick.
What would you do differently?:

Practice running and drinking. More bricks to prep at race pace. More lube in shoe prior to putting on shoe. Start final kick earlier.
Post race
Warm down:

Struggling to catch my breath.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too many packs on the bike. Chafe hot spot on foot at mile 4 of run. \

Event comments:

Acknowledge that Nation's Tri is a HUGE race. It will be crowded in Transition. It will be crowded in the corrals. It will be crowded on the bike. It will be crowded at post race. Don't do this race if you have issues with crowding.

Last updated: 2011-09-12 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 00 yards | / 100yards
Age Group: 0/407
Overall: 0/3879
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:20
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:05:10 | 24.85 miles | 22.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 104/407
Overall: 566/3879
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Clara Barton Parkway out and back. 4 U-turns. Mostly 4 lane highway, but narrows to 2 lanes at several points.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:15
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:45:40 | 06.21 miles | 07m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 117/407
Overall: 643/3879
Performance: Good
Course: Independence, around 15th St, and down and around Haines point. Very flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4