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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
78F / 26C
Total Time = 2h 34m 23s
Overall Rank = 266/807
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 48/128
Pre-race routine:

Dropped off at transition about 6:40- got everything set up and ready to go. T-zone was tight, but fortunately had a couple of no-shows nearby to loosen things up a bit. I considered that myself, as I had been suffering from a nasty cold/cough for a few days, but this would have been an expensive race to miss. Also the end of my tri season, so didn't want to finish with a DNS.

Walked to the swim start and was ready to go in plenty of time.
Event warmup:

Not much.
  • 28m 58s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

Not one of my best swims. I couldn't get a good seal on my goggles, so I had to fiddle with that a few times. I also just couldn't seem to get a good draft off anyone in the water- the few times I found a pair of feet to follow, I'd lose them quickly.

On the return downstream, we were swimming right into the sun, so sighting was difficult. I decided to follow a group and hope they knew where they were going, and I paid for it, as about 10 of us ended up off the course.

A pretty poor effort all around, and I was glad to be done with it. Training probably had something to do with it, as I'd only swum once in the last month, as well.

I will say that- despite expectations and rumors- the water seemed perfectly clean to me- much, much better than the exceptionally nasty Hudson swim at the NYC triathlon last summer.
Transition 1
  • 06m 25s

Not a great T1- I felt bad after the swim and didn't hustle enough to the transition area.. and didn't move quickly enough when I was there.
  • 1h 12m 3s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.69 mile/hr

I have to believe this course was short- I felt pretty good, and it's the first flat course I've done this year, but I can't believe I rode 25mi in 1:12ish. My Garmin had me at about 23, though I didn't start it at the very beginning of the ride.

At the same time, this was a very good ride for me. Unusually (and maybe because I had an unusually poor swim), I passed more people than I was passed by. Doesn't happen much. The course itself was pretty neat, and even though it was 2 loops, it didn't seem to bunch up too much. My favorite part of the course was going up and down Constitution Avenue- nice way to travel on that street.

There was no on-course support or aid stations- not really a huge deal because of the short length.

The course was pretty windy, though flat as a pancake. I think this was my first race where I never had to come out of the big ring.
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

Went OK- probably could have been a touch faster, but not bad.
  • 45m 1s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 15s  min/mile

The run was very strange. I'm glad I wore my GPS, because otherwise I would have had no idea how far I had gone. They were supposed to have aid stations every mile, but- with the exception of one at the 5-mile mark- they didn't have mile markers. And there was an aid station around the 3-mile mark that had water bottles wrapped up in plastic, but it looked like nobody had bothered to show up. At one aid station at around 4 mi (by my GPS), the volunteers were announcing that it was the 4-mi mark, but then the aid station marked as the 5-mi point came up less than half a mile later.. I think the run was short, too.. as much as I'd like to think I can pound out a 45:xx 10K after the swim and bike, my GPS had us at about 5.9 mi total.

But I felt great and- even if the course was short- I did better than I expected. It was fun to see all the Naval Academy (my alma mater) students out there- I was usually getting a quick look at their backs as they blew by me.

Like the bike, the run was very flat and fast, and it was cool to run close to the Washington Monument... and the finish area was well done, too.
Post race
Warm down:

I grabbed a water and coke and pretty much hopped right on the bus to take us back to transition (the race finished about 4mi away from the t-zone).

Unfortunately, because of the traffic, my wife could not get back into DC, and I ended up having to strap the transition bag on my back and bike back to Virginia.. that was a lot more warm-down than I had planned on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim training and my cold.

Event comments:

Real kudos to the RD for securing the race in DC, particularly the Potomac swim. Overall it was pretty well-done, and I'm glad I did it, but probably wouldn't do it again.. some issues with attention to detail (e.g. mile markers/aid stations/course distance/check-in logistics), and it was pretty expensive.

But a nice way to see DC!

Last updated: 2007-08-14 12:00 AM
00:28:58 | 1640 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 50/128
Overall: 0/807
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full
Course: Upstream, 180 degree turn, then downstream
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 06:25
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:12:03 | 24.85 miles | 20.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 76/128
Overall: 0/807
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: 2-loop
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:45:01 | 06.21 miles | 07m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 38/128
Overall: 0/807
Performance: Good
Course: point-to-point
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3