The Nation's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 45m 18s
Overall Rank = 442/819
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 60/97
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4 AM and starting getting ready, Weetabix and a bagel for breakfast. This is my first ever race so I wanted to be early. Started heading down to DC around 5:30. I use to live in DC so I knew the area around the race well. Easily parked around Foggy Bottom and headed down Virginia Avenue to transition. The two races next to me didn't show up, so I had a ton of room all around me.
Event warmup:

Light jog, and walking to get the blood flowing.
  • 31m 38s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

After getting kicked in the face to start, resetting my goggles, the swim was great for me. When I did the first turn my time was around 12 minutes. I was thinking I could get close to a 30 minute swim, which I had set as my ideal. Coming back down had to slow down for sighting, the sun made it difficult to find the next buoy.
What would you do differently?:

I was very happy with my swim, need to get away from people faster, always had someone around me, and either he or I wasn't swimming completely straight, because there would be contact every few minutes.
Transition 1
  • 05m 15s

Had previously setup flip-flops to get from water to transition, grabbed them and started running, then stopped to put them on. Stuffed down a gel, drank some, and used the time to reset.
What would you do differently?:

Decide on flip flops, use body glide, do the gel on the bike.
  • 1h 09m 5s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.58 mile/hr

Started out and went straight to the areo's. The flat course is great for putting your head down and going hard. Had 2 gels, and half a bottle of poweraid. Got a small cramp about half way through, needed to work it out so I could get a decent run.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more, eat less. Overall really enjoyed the bike. I had moved my seat into a more aero geometry, had not trained with this; not sure if it helped or hurt.
Transition 2
  • 02m 13s

This transition was good, again downed some fluids.
What would you do differently?:

Start to do more advanced transition techniques
  • 57m 5s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 11s  min/mile

The first mile was hard, more bricks in my future. Felt very bloated on the run, Every time I would try to speed up, the cramp would start to show its face. So I had to find a balance where I could go the whole 6.2 without the cramp.
What would you do differently?:

Run train all winter to improve base. More brick workouts. Figure out how to not get the bloated feeling.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with family and friends. Consumed Cytomax, water, PBJ and banana. Enjoyed the massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bloating and stomach cramping, had to pull back to prevent it from getting worse

Event comments:

The mile markers where not on the course, and we were not given information that the water stations where at mile markers, this made it hard to pace.

Last updated: 2007-10-10 12:00 AM
00:31:38 | 1500 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 58/97
Overall: 437/819
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Ventilator
Course: The Potomac was great, slight current to start. The way back was into the sunlight making sighting next to impossible.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:09:05 | 24.85 miles | 21.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/97
Overall: 239/819
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Flat, fast with a nice selection of head winds, tail winds, and cross winds.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:57:05 | 06.21 miles | 09m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 79/97
Overall: 610/819
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat, some slight grade changes. Minimal shade.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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