The Nation's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
70F / 21C
Total Time = 3h 37m 54s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 45/86
Pre-race routine:

Had to get there early because parking was going to be a problem and it was. Had everything packed up the night before and things went smoothly. Had coffee, banana and yogurt for breakfast. Had to walk with bike and bag about a mile to get to transition area. Glad I didn't need the porta-potties there as there were not enough and the line was long...very long
Event warmup:

Went for a 15 minute jog. No one was allowed in the water prior to race start.
  • 32m 48s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 11s / 100 meters

The effects of a final week cold were noticable. Felt congested starting out. This was my first wave start and had to deal with the mix of people starting off. Got kicked in the face, but it wasn't as bad as I had feared. Once we passed the turn around, the sun was blaring at us and sighting became impossible. I just navigated off of the other swimmers and hoped that they knew where they were going
What would you do differently?:

Swim is always my weak discipline and I will have to continue to improve.
Transition 1
  • 04m 31s

There was a 300 meter run from swim exit to T1 along a beat up path. Had trouble getting out of wetsuit. Haven't learned to fix shoes to bike just yet. first gel in T1
What would you do differently?:

Need to learn tricks to minimize T1. Probably coulda cut at least a minute from overall time.
  • 1h 09m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.56 mile/hr

Wanted to maintain a high mph throughout as there wasn't any real hills to speak of. But the wind caught me by surprise and I ended up going anaerobic for part of the course.
What would you do differently?:

Train to maintain an aerobic cadence
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

Bought tri-shoes and forgot to even prepare for T2. Had one foot out of shoes and the other one unclipped. Ran with one shoe on and one still attached to bike. Spent too much time trying to recover in T2.
What would you do differently?:

Practice mounting bike with shoes attached and dismounting with shoes attached.
  • 49m 38s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 59s  min/mile

Again, course didn't allow for good reconnaissance. Didn't even know where I was while running. Got some bad milage data from one of the volunteers only to be dissapointed at next water point. The effects of going anaerobic on bike were quickly felt.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course! Hated not knowing where I was and how that related to my pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Really just cooled off with water and then some cytomax. Was supposed to meet the wife at the finish line, but she missed it...again.
Massage wait was too long

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim for pace more.
Practice transitions and remember that the clock is still running

Event comments:

Great event. Great location and I am sure that it took a lot to pull it off. Couple of comments:
More porta-potties. Saw at least fifty people standing in line
Mile markers on the run.
Shuttle service from finish to transition was over taxed

Last updated: 2007-10-01 12:00 AM
00:32:48 | 1500 meters | 02m 11s / 100meters
Age Group: 55/86
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Full sleeve
Course: Started up-current and then turned around and went down current. Was run the opposite as what was posted in pre-race website in that bouys were now on our left at all times
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:09:09 | 24.85 miles | 21.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 36/86
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Two laps around closed DC streets. Beautiful course. As some of the route was in opposite direction of regular traffic (ie go south on northbound lane) there wasn't much opportunity to ride the full route prior to race. Hit the wind at about the eight mile mark and it was HARD! Wasn't expecting it.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:49:38 | 06.21 miles | 07m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 54/86
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Closed roads in DC. Beautiful course that runs infront of the White House and many other landmarks.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5