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Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
The Columbia Triathlon Association Inc.
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 15m 13s
Overall Rank = 60/1722
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 9/143
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:20, ate 2 cliff bars and a gatorade, packed up the Xterra and Ally and I drove to the racesite. Was so pumped for the race - 22 pros including Macca, Leito, Yoder, Lovato, Shapiro, Desiree, Corbin and 38 Elites meant this field was stacked.

Talked with Turtle and Slake before the swim.
Event warmup:

Walked from the transition area over to the swim start, swam about 50 yards, water was much colder than advertised.
  • 20m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 13s / 100 yards

I was worried about the swim going in - normally it is my strength but I had only been in the water 2x the past few weeks.

Swim started good and three of us broke away from the rest of the pack. It was much rougher than normal but I just held my line and eventually broke free of the pack. At the third cone, the three of us turned, sited the next cone and started to swim towards it. After about 50-75 ft, a volunteer swatted us with his paddle and told us we missed a cone and had to go back. I headed back but the other two swimmers just cut the course and headed towards the next cone. WTF?

I was so pissed off that the other two did not turn around with me. I really wanted to keep going with them but knew I could not cheat. Headed back, went around the cone and then finished off the rest of the course.

Navigation was excellent the rest of the course and I ran into almost no problems passing people from the earlier waves.
What would you do differently?:

Don't rely on others to navigate for me, don't miss a cone.
Transition 1
  • 02m 3s

Good T1. The norm - no socks, wetsuit off, helmet, sunglasses, shoes on, get bike and am off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 08m 56s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 22.18 mile/hr

My best ride to date. This is a challenging course (most of the pros only averaged 23 or 24) but I decided to attack it. I was up out of my saddle on the hills, pounding the downhills and passing lots of people. Passed hundreds and was only passed by 5.

Went back and forth with a few guys from my AG - I would pass them downhill and they would catch up uphill.

I have never attacked a course like I did this and it worked out as biking is usually my weakeness but I had a good ride.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - had everthing going right - people in my AG to race, good temps, little wind.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

Uhh...this sucked - could not tie my shoes bc hands were not working and had to turn around because I left my sunglasses on.
What would you do differently?:

  • 42m 45s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

This was an ok run - started off with tired legs but they came around a mile or so in. I think I had a little too much fun yelling at the volunteers (one aid station had everyone dressed as Dolly Parton = awesome) and probably should have concentrated a little harder on running and not on socializing. Focused well the last 2 miles and realy picked up the pace then and caught some people that had passed me earlier in the run.

Passed by 5 people, caught 2 of the 5 later in the race and passed a lot more from earlier waves.

Good time/pace considering how hard this run is.
What would you do differently?:

Concentrate more in the middle few miles.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate food, ate more food.

Talked with Penn State, who has 2 really cute kids and a few other guys in my AG. Ally was awesome and I heard her over everyone at each transition. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not a great month of training for me, experience doing tri's, missing the cone.

Event comments:

Fun race, well run, good competition, pretty course.

Last updated: 2007-10-16 12:00 AM
00:20:03 | 1640 yards | 01m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/143
Overall: 52/1722
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Xterra
Course: 3/4 of a loop
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:08:56 | 25.48 miles | 22.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/143
Overall: 74/1722
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:42:45 | 06.21 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/143
Overall: 105/1722
Performance: Average
Course: Hilly - they dont call this one of the most challenging Olympic courses around for nothing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0.5
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-05-19 7:36 AM

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Reston, VA
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2008-05-19 7:44 AM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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Pretty impressive that you were able to attack the bike on this course.  And good job staying true to yourself and going back for that buoy.  Great race!
2008-05-19 7:47 AM
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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Great job and good on 'ya for doubling back to take the marker on the swim. Excellent ride as well. For better T2....get some Yankz or Speelaces stat!
2008-05-19 7:47 AM
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2008-05-19 7:54 AM
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Great job, Dan!!! Looks like you kicked some serious a$$!
2008-05-19 8:25 AM
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Great job out there and clearly being an example to the sport.

2008-05-19 9:58 AM
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Not a Coach
Media, PA
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That's a blistering time on that course--especially with a side-track on the swim!  But what are you doing tying your shoes in a race? 

Awesome job!  Expect to see more great results from you in the future!

2008-05-19 10:13 AM
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Great job Dan.  That's a really solid AG performance.  You are definitely headed in the right direction with LP upcoming.
2008-05-19 10:16 AM
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Finally north of the Mason-Dixon Line
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WOW... very impressive times!  Good job!
2008-05-19 10:38 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Great race!  I think there is a little bit of irony there when you call your swim performance "bad" and still bust out a 20 ...... my relay swimmer just barely broke 20 and had a near perfect one!

Kick azz bike and run and top 10 in your AG is really impressive!  Keep up the great work and you will kill LP!

Edited by Daremo 2008-05-19 10:39 AM
2008-05-19 1:44 PM
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Reston VA
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Great race Dan!

2008-05-19 1:48 PM
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Reston, VA
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shelly123 - 2008-05-19 2:44 PM Great race Dan!


2008-05-19 1:49 PM
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Olney, MD
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Wow!! Really nice job   Congrats!
2008-05-19 1:50 PM
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Northern VA
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Great race, Dan! You were smoking fast on the entire course. You were one of the guys that just went screaming past me on the bike.

I will trade you my Yankz for some of your bike speed.

2008-05-19 8:23 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Millersville, MD
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Wow. Wonderful times. That's an impressive result on a really hard course.
2008-05-19 9:58 PM
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next time we'll see you on the rack of elites.  

2008-05-20 1:55 PM
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Northern Virginia
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What a race for you.  Of course, I'm just basking in your general aura of greatness on the bike.  Er, and the swim... and the run.  Yeah, you totally rocked it!  Congrats!! 
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