The Nation's Triathlon - Triathlon

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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
The Nation's Triathlon
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 47m 26s
Overall Rank = 846/
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 6/
Pre-race routine:

Got there very early to ensure I'd get a parking spot. Did not want to park at the hotel and take the shuttle because I was worried about having to ride my bike with all my gear back to the hotel after the race. So got a good parking spot and intended to just hang in my car but my body said it needed a potty break so ended up in the transition area an hour and a half early.
Event warmup:

Race ended up not being wetsuit. I had decided that I was going to wear the wetsuit either way. The suits started in an additional wave at the very end. So I after getting to transition very early, sat and waited for two hours before my wave got into the water. Very long day even before I got my toes wet.
  • 36m 47s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 27s / 100 meters

I've been thinking about a new wetsuit. Pretty sure I would get one prior to the IM. Today I put a rather large hole in it so now it is not optional. Thinking about an Orca 3.8 but will have to order one.

Tried to hit the swim a bit harder than I normally do and this is a pretty good swim time for me. Found myself thinking a lot about the IM swim while I was doing this. It isn't that I can't do the IM swim I was just getting so bored and wanted to take a break just to break up the boredom. Love my swim MP3 player in the pool.
Transition 1
  • 05m 9s
What would you do differently?:

I have never been able to get this wetsuit off without issues. Even races that have strippers it causes problems. It probably cost me 3 minutes today in T1. Of course it save me that in the water.
  • 1h 15m 9s
  • 40 kms
  • 31.94 km/hr

Since I opted to wear the wetsuit and started in the last wave, the course was full of slower cyclist when I got there. I spent the entire time saying "on your left" some people did not seem to understand what that meant. Had I not worn the wetsuit and gone with the F50-54 AG, I think it would have been impossible to NOT draft if you were a strong cyclist. The results from my AG show some very fast bike splits so I'm thinking that was probably the case. It was the first female group to start so there were some fast cyclists out there when they hit the roads. All groups also have some slower ones and with that many people if you are riding in the 20+/- range there is no way you can stay to the right. The alternative is going to at times put you into drafting whether you want it or not.

I thought this bike course was extremely dangerous and I will not do this race again.

After saying all that: I am rather happy with my bike time. I have been working hard on my bike and I seen those results today.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

I was a bit surprised how well my T2 time compared to others. I felt it was a bit slow. I ran well with my bike but got a bunch of grass on my foot and had to remove my shoe, clean the foot and try again.
  • 48m 35s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 52s  min/km

Did not wear my Garmin so really just ran off perceived effort. I did not want to really hammer the run. The plan had been to work hard in the swim and bike but then dial it back a bit for the run. I think I succeeded pretty well with that. I kept thinking how it took me so long to recover after running the Frederick half marathon at a 7:30 pace and I didn't want to have that kind of recovery again.

Once again, with starting at the end of the swimmers, there were no fast participants on the run course. I did not see a single person that was even close to going my pace. I truly seemed like a rock star out there running. I passed literally hundreds of people on the run. It makes it kind of hard to stay with it mentally when you have no competition. However, I was able to stay mentally focused and in a happy place throughout the run. The last mile got a bit tough but overall this was a pretty comfortable run and very evenly paced.
What would you do differently?:

My run time includes a 30 second potty break. Coming out of T2 and starting the run there was a bank of porta potties. If I wanted to be able to push the run without getting a side stich I didn't have any choice but to stop.
Post race
Warm down:

They ran out of medals so I did not get one. They said they will mail them. I really don't care but to a lot of people this was a big deal. A bigger deal to me was they ran out of water in the food tent and only had Gatorade which I don't drink. Got some food and packed up my gear and headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

If the water had been just cool enough so that it was wetsuit legal and I could have started with my AG it would have been a completely different day. I wonder how it would have played out? Either way, I am happy with my effort and results today.

Event comments:

Due to the logistics of this race and the bike course, I definitely would not do it again.

Last updated: 2013-08-16 12:00 AM
00:36:47 | 1500 meters | 02m 27s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Suit: Zoot Zeneith
Course: This is definitely a very well marked course but I still did not swim straight. Not horrible but definitely went further than I needed to.
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 05:09
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:15:09 | 40 kms | 31.94 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Wind: Little
Course: 2 lap course with a lot of turns. three hairpin turns in each lap. For a race with 4000 participants that was just crazy. Seen a few people down even one accident that appeared to have been a cyclist taking out a course monitor.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:49
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:48:35 | 10 kms | 04m 52s  min/km
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Single loop course. Again, starting in the last wave changes all of the elements. It was in the upper 80's by the time I got to the run.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]