The Nation's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
TNT productions
95F / 35C
Total Time = 2h 27m 49s
Overall Rank = 115/1437
Age Group = M24 & Under
Age Group Rank = 11/80
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:55. Breakfast (egg whites, cereal, fruit) @ 5:15. Taxi to race start (5 mins before roads closed) @ 5:55. Set up my stuff an just lounged around til my wave went off at 8:00.
Event warmup:

None, my swim always acts as it.
  • 31m 18s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

I went into this swim feeling like I was in better swimming shape than I'd been during any of my other tris this summer. I felt strong and fast during the swim, definitely my best performance (despite it being my worst time). The course was NOT the one advertised on the website and prerace briefings. I'm sure this one was much longer than 1500m. Instead of swimming to the bridge, hanging a left, swimming back under and back to the start we went under the bridge, and kept going for a few hundred meters before turning around and heading back.

I came out of the water in 29:57 (my watch), but they didn't take times until you entered the transition area (which was a bit of a hike away).
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

Pretty good transition. Quicker than usual at getting wetsuit off, and the rest was standard affair. (22/80 in AG).
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 06m 44s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.34 mile/hr

Best bike leg I've ever had, by far. A 4ish minute PR. Was a bit of a slow start, but once we left downtown and got onto the highway I started cruising. I found a fast guy and stuck (legally) on his tail the whole way. I'd bounce between a few bike lengths behind and 100m (he'd get away on downhills, but I'd catch him on flats/uphills). Trying to stay with him really motivated me, and kept me going at a harder pace than I knew I could keep. I had 2 gels, some gatorade endurance formula, and water during the ride (the only bottle I carried was the one in my aerobars).

Overall, it was a fabulous ride, and time-wise it definitely made up for my swim.
What would you do differently?:

I could've dropped it under 1:06 if I had been motivated during the city miles. I definitely got off to a slow start, so next year I'll try to push it earlier.
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

Fine Transition, standard affair. (24/80 in AG)
  • 46m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 26s  min/mile

I felt fabulous going into my run. I was psyched over my bike split, and ready to run. I ran strong for the first 4 miles or so, passing lots of people. However, the 95 degree heat really started to get to me and I faded. I was able to keep it together and never reached the death-march level, but it was tough. Not a bad run considering the heat, but it was nothing special. Admittedly, my PR is only about 25 seconds faster (though that was on a hillier course), so I can't complain.
Post race
Event comments:

This was a PR by about 2 minutes, which was great. I'm still psyched over my bike leg, but I realize that I'm going to need to do a lot of work on my swimming to be a competitor for top 3-to-5 in my AG, as I lost a lot of time there (up to 11 minutes). This was probably my last tri for the season, and was a great way to finish.

Last updated: 2007-12-27 12:00 AM
00:31:18 | 1640 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 34/80
Overall: 0/1437
Performance: Good
Suit: Full wetsuit
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:07
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:06:44 | 24.85 miles | 22.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/80
Overall: 0/1437
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat, but some small hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:33
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:10 | 06.21 miles | 07m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/80
Overall: 0/1437
Performance: Average
Course: FLAT.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3