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Surry, Virginia
United States
Tidewater Striders
38F / 3C
Total Time = 2h 16m 20s
Overall Rank = 88/204
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3 a.m. (yes, 3 a.m.) and was out the door by 3:30. Had packed the night before so all I had to do was load the bike on the car and fill my Accelerade bottles. Grabbed some breakfast bars and nuked a big cup of Joe for the road...

Got to Surry at 6:50. Was the 8th or 9th car there, so had no trouble with packet pickup. Got the bike unmounted and all checked out, then sat in the car with the heater going until about 8:15 (9:00 start). It started to rain/sleet right around 8:20 or so, which didn't bode well for the rest of the day.
Event warmup:

Walked around for 15, then ran easy laps to get the HR up over 100 and to get warmed up. Talked with various folks, including BT's very own Joel Bell (TH3_FRB). Ate a Gu with about 15 min to go to start, and then stood under the main tent as it began to rain/sleet hard. The wind sucked too. This was not going to be a fun day.
  • 25m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 21s  min/mile

I took it easy on the first part of this; the ground was wet and slippery, and I had started at the back of the under 45 age pack so I wouldn't get in the way of the speed demons. Had to pee (again) just after starting, so that probably added to my first mile split (08:38).

Marker Split (hh:mm:ss) Lap (hh:mm:ss) Distance (mi) Avg Speed (mph) Avg Pace (min/mi) Avg HR
Start 00:00:00 00:00:00 0 0 99:59 87
1 00:08:41 00:08:41 1.006 6.9 08:38 141
2 00:16:50 00:08:09 2.003 7.3 08:11 152
3 00:24:56 00:08:06 3.004 7.4 08:05 158
End 00:26:46 00:01:51 3.152 4.8 12:28 159

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was fine with the starting pace.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

Run w/ Bike: Hell no. It was slippery. Jump on bike? Again, hell no. Run in the rain in my socks? For the 3rd time...

I wasn't too pleased when I got done with the run and my shoes were soaking wet, even with toe covers. I swear there were icicles hanging from my bike, but it could have been my imagination...
What would you do differently?:

Bring my ankle covers instead of my toe covers when rain is expected and the temps are near freezing...
  • 1h 17m 39s
  • 23 miles
  • 17.77 mile/hr

Hands down, this was the absolute worse set of conditions that I have ever raced in. The angle of the rain/sleet was a good 20 deg from vertical. The wind was gusting. Sleet was stinging my face -- made wearing glasses all but impossible. At about 20% into the course I was wondering if I would make it ... my hands and feet were really cold from the rain (feet were soaked from the spray off my front tire), and both were going numb. At halfway I had no feeling in my feet at all -- tried standing on my pedals, changing the angle of my toes, the whole bit, but it was a lost cause. At 20 miles I had gone too far to quit but I was hating life.

The wind didn't make life easier either.

I was watching my HR drop as did my power output. Amazing what happens as you get colder and colder -- my body was slowing down and I couldn't do anything about it.

Finally got to the dismount line and couldn't walk or feel my feet. Had to be supported by an aid worker while I found my balance. Stumbled into T2, cold as I have ever been.

Entire workout (182 watts):
Duration: 1:16:58
Work: 842 kJ
TSS: 89.1 (intensity factor 0.834)
Norm Power: 196
VI: 1.07
Pw:HR: 3.31%
Pa:HR: 7.36%
Distance: 22.901 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 503 182 watts
Heart Rate: 38 158 149 bpm
Cadence: 42 109 89 rpm
Speed: 0 31.3 17.8 mph
Pace 1:55 0:00 3:22 min/mi

What would you do differently?:

If the weather calls for a chance of rain and temperatures any where near feezing, to hell with T1 time and ensure I have my full neoprene booties. The spray from my front tire was hitting the down tube, then spraying to both shoes. I had a gallon of water in each...
Transition 2
  • 03m 27s

Forget all the classic riding with feet on shoes, jumping off a moving bike. It was all I could do to walk when I got off the bike.

Stumbled of sorts to T2 and took off my socks and shoes. No exaggeration here -- there were piles of sleet all around me on other people's gear. My running shoes were under a towel but were soaked -- put my bare feet in the wet shoes (which I couldn't feel anyways so it didn't matter), changed into some cotton construction gloves, and stumbled out of T2. Literally ... stumbled. An aid worker asked if I was all right ... :(

What would you do differently?:

Nada. Nothing I could do.
  • 26m 55s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 39s  min/mile

Couldn't feel my feet for the first 2 miles. Literally. Was absolutely miserable. Finally, somewhere around 2.5 miles, I could feel that my feet were completely pruned and that I had better change how I was landing or they were going to blister more than they already had.

Marker Split (hh:mm:ss) Lap (hh:mm:ss) Distance (mi) Avg Speed (mph) Avg Pace (min/mi) Avg HR
Start 00:00:00 00:00:00 0 0 99:59 126
1 00:08:59 00:08:59 1 6.7 08:59 144
2 00:17:33 00:08:34 2 7 08:34 151
3 00:26:04 00:08:31 3.002 7.1 08:29 154
End 00:28:09 00:02:05 3.18 5.1 11:42 153

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Went to my car and got butt-naked and into dry clothes. I wasn't the only one in various states of undress ... it looked like movie night at a 70's drive-in...

Went to the main tent area and had some delicious (HOT) pork BBQ, potato salad, and gatorade. Got the bike gear back to the car and loaded, then was off to NoVA to catch my son's lacross game

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sleet, rain, temperature, lack of ankle booties, cold hands, cold body.

Last updated: 2008-01-13 12:00 AM
00:25:59 | 03.11 miles | 08m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/
Overall: 161/204
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along a service road on the state park. Crowned in the middle with funky sloped sides which made running tough if you ran on the edges...
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 02:17
Overall: Average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
01:17:39 | 23 miles | 17.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/
Overall: 76/204
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: A loop on the back roads around Surry, VA
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 89
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:26:55 | 03.11 miles | 08m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/
Overall: 83/204
Course: Same as the first leg...
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-03-30 7:44 PM

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Vienna, VA
Subject: Virginia Duathlon

2008-03-31 3:19 PM
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: RE: Virginia Duathlon
That was a tough day to be racing, nice job out there. I was out volunteering at this race and everyone looked cold.
2008-03-31 8:19 PM
in reply to: #1303325

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Herndon VA
Subject: RE: Virginia Duathlon

Hey Paul,

That race sounded like a lot of fun, I'm sorry I missed it.  Isn't amazing what we will pay to do.  Even with the conditions, you did real well in the race.  Congrats!


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