The Nation's Triathlon - Triathlon

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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
The Nation's Triathlon
78F / 26C
Total Time = 4h 32m 12s
Overall Rank = 2838/2862
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 310/310
Pre-race routine:

Full race report at as always.
Event warmup:

Just getting there was an adventure.
  • 47m 51s
  • 1500 meters
  • 47m 51s / 1500 meters

Surprised at how slow i was, nearly the time of my HIM swim. I didn't feel like I was off-course terribly, though I did drift somewhat at the beginning. Washington monument shape was novel.
What would you do differently?:

Swim for real. Introduce myself to the amateur proctologists I met in the water.
Transition 1
  • 04m 51s

I'm surprised this didn't take longer considering the distance to transition.
  • 1h 40m 53s
  • 40 kms
  • 23.79 km/hr

My shifting was off, ever since having it tuned up by the tech. Shifting to big ring was off. The back gears would have to be all the way to smallest or the front wouldn't shift. Took me a while to figure out how to work it.
What would you do differently?:

Ride in better shoes to avoid hot spots. Good thing I picked up new shoes after race.
Transition 2
  • 03m 18s
  • 1h 55m 21s
  • 10 kms
  • 11m 32s  min/km

Took my time.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster. Duh.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk with family to metro approx 243 miles away, by their estimation.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Usual suspects, and finally identified bike shoe issues.

Event comments:

Low score for post race based on the food tent. Almost empty for athletes when I arrived. Spectators were supposed to have food to buy, but the vendor closed down early. Little kids can be cranky when tired hungry and thirsty. I snagged them water at finish and the last cookie and peanuts from athlete table. Took no more than would I would normally eat, gave it to them. Also, it should never happen that a race doesn't have the finisher medals at the finishing line.

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Last updated: 2013-03-25 12:00 AM
00:47:51 | 1500 meters | 47m 51s / 1500meters
Age Group: 296/310
Overall: 2684/2862
Performance: Average
Suit: None
Course: Truly the most well-marked swim in triathlon. Warm water, calm. Easy and steady.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:40:53 | 40 kms | 23.79 km/hr
Age Group: 308/310
Overall: 2732/2862
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Double loop on closed roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 03:18
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:55:21 | 10 kms | 11m 32s  min/km
Age Group: 310/310
Overall: 2854/2862
Performance: Below average
Course: Dead flat but for one small uphill with downhill return.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4