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Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
The Columbia Triathlon Association Inc.
Total Time = 2h 54m 12s
Overall Rank = 789/1722
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 125/221
  • 27m 22s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

The water felt a lot colder than I was expecting, but we were given a good 5 minutes to get into the water before our wave started. I was one of the first in the water and quickly got some water in my wet suit and swam around and warmed up. The water temp felt perfect during the swim.

This was the wildest start I have been involved in yet in a tri. There were 200+ people in my wave. The swim course start is pretty wide, but quickly narrows as you approach the first buoy. There was a good 5 minutes of pretty rough contact. This used to really bother me, but now I can swim pretty aggressively in this type of mess and do just fine. I did get one good kick to the face on my left eye, but no damage done.

Once we got past the first buoy, things opened up and became pretty uneventful. I felt great in the water and tried to draft as much as possible. My sighting was dead on except for a wide turn around one buoy. I really enjoyed this swim and was kind of disappointed when it ended.
What would you do differently?:

I should have started in the front of the pack and possibly avoided some of the contact.
Transition 1
  • 05m 4s

My rack space was as far back from the main pathways through transition as possible. This cost me some time. But I also spent way too much time getting my wet suit off. I was just out of practice and fumbled around too much.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice getting the wet suit off. I also need to get a pair of tri shoes for the bike and learn to start with them attached to the pedals. It is way past time for me to learn to do that.
  • 1h 26m 36s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 17.65 mile/hr

I was most worried about the bike segment as I have really under-trained on the bike this year. Overall I felt pretty good. The hills were challenging, but not terrible. I rediscovered how much I enjoy going downhill really, really fast.

I passed the pros coming in as I was heading out, which was fun to see.

I connected pretty early on with two other guys that also had the age 42 on their calves. We went back in forth for several miles. We then caught someone else in our age group and the four of us passed and repassed each other for some time. One guy eventually pulled ahead and another one dropped back. I was back and forth with the remaining guy the rest of the bike.

The bike course was very pretty. Traffic was not bad at first, but was really picking up towards the end. I saw 2 or 3 really dangerous moments with cars trying to get around bikes. I was one of three bikes that were almost run over by a car (official race car?) that was video taping the race. They were paying attention to the bikes behind them with someone hanging out the back filming, crossed the center line and just missed the three of us.
What would you do differently?:

I could have pushed harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 47s

I got off the bike and felt great. I still felt really strong and ran through transition as fast as possible. I was slowed down a couple of times by the crowds with their bikes moving slowly. I pulled on my running shoes, threw on a hat and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to dismount my bike more quickly.
  • 53m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 36s  min/mile

I started the run feeling great. But we quickly hit that first hill and I was "uh oh." At the top of the hill I caught the one guy that I had been battling on the bike until the end of the bike course. I thought that this would make the run more fun, but when I caught him, he was breathing way too heavily and sounded horrible. He peeled off and stopped on the side of the trail within minutes.

The rain started just a little at this point, but it was light and felt pretty good. I did feel sorry for the spectators with children along the trail at this point, there were several crying kids that did not want to be out in the rain. The rain ended after only a few minutes.

Around mile 2, we were directly across the lake from the finish line and heard the announcer saying that the food tent was now open. From this point on, I could not get the thought of the food waiting for me at the finish line out of my head. This was great motivation.

I knew that this was a really challenging run course with all of the hills, but was not prepared for the number of them. Once we left the park and entered the neighborhood on the second half of the course, the hills just started killing me, especially my right knee. I ended up walking probably 5-6 of the hills.

On the last hill leaving that damn neighborhood, I was walking and a group of girls started yelling at me to start running. I started running and they ran along side cheering me on and kept yelling at me to keep running. I think that if I could just arrange for women to follow me around the run course in every race and yell at me, I would perform much better.
What would you do differently?:

Suck it up and attack the hills a bit more aggresively. Or at least not walk them.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around, stretched and grabbed one of everything in the food tent. I sat on the hill overlooking the finish line and enjoyed the food and the sun for a while. I walked around and talked to some people. I tracked down the 82 year old man that had raced the run leg as part of a relay team and talked to him for a few minutes. He is twice my age and in amazing shape. We can all only hope to be that healthy in our 80's.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training

Event comments:

This is a great race, I will definitely be back. The course is challenging, but also beautiful.

Last updated: 2008-05-19 12:00 AM
00:27:22 | 1500 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 86/221
Overall: 724/1722
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:04
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:26:36 | 25.48 miles | 17.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 151/221
Overall: 909/1722
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:53:24 | 06.21 miles | 08m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 113/221
Overall: 680/1722
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2008-05-19 9:11 AM

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2008-05-19 9:25 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Congrats on the finish!  It was a great day for the race and it was nice to meet you.

Sorry I had to be quick about it, but I had to get back to the car as the wife and the other two little guys were all waiting to go to dinner!

2008-05-19 9:36 AM
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Reston, VA
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Great job out there today - nice time in all three sports!
2008-05-19 9:54 AM
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Not a Coach
Media, PA
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Nice job! 

The hills in that neighborhood are brutal.  I like your race plan for addressing them though.  How can I arrange for that at all my races? 

2008-05-19 12:23 PM
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Lexington, SC
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It sounds like you're a natural in the open water. Great job!
2008-05-19 1:38 PM
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Reston VA
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Congrats on a great race! Especially impressive is your bike split (and overall time) after dealing with all the sickness this year I plan on making this race an annual event (if there are no more weddings sked for the same weekend of course)

2008-05-19 9:48 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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Really impressive, especially given how sick you've been over the past couple of months.  I loved the comment about the food tent being open.  Well done!!
2008-05-19 10:03 PM
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Fishers, Indiana
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WOOHOO! You really came out to play for this race and despite the different bugs you've battled these past few months you did really fantastic!!
2008-05-20 2:35 PM
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Reston, VA
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2008-05-20 5:26 PM
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2008-05-20 5:31 PM
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King George, VA
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Congrats on a great race!  I was wondering if it might have been me who stopped after that first hill on the run - but you were out of T2 two minutes ahead of me. 

2008-05-20 7:51 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Millersville, MD
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Nice race on a really tough course.
2008-05-20 10:09 PM
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hee hee hee I love that you ran for a group of know, the smart people walk that first hill.  I think ya did awesome!
2008-05-22 8:19 AM
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Northern Virginia
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Wow, Bill!  You really rocked this race!  Macca would've been in trouble if you'd been healthy and training full speed for the last couple of months.  Awesome job out there. 
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