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Reston, Virginia
United States
Setup Events, Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 58m 12s
Overall Rank = 2/417
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/23
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45, had 2 Cliff bars and 20 oz of gatorade. Dom, Ally and I packed up and made the 1.5 mile drive to the race site. Set up transition and talked with a bunch of BTers, RMST and other people racing and volunteering.

I was ready to race and new I had a chance at placing well OA as there were only 4-5 guys I knew that would be in contention for the top overall spots (2 KQ, 2 elites and 1-2 other guys). Though there were 10-15 male elites signed up, I did not think that many of them would be in contention.
Event warmup:

Rode a few miles to make sure I would know what gears to hit to start the race, ran a mile to see the start and finish of the run and swam 350 meters practicing flip turns under the lane line.
  • 05m 13s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 11s / 100 yards

What a crappy swim - even though I seeded myself with a 1:01 there were still a bunch of people in front of me that clearly had no business being there. People doing breastroke, holding onto lane lines after a 50, etc. I passed 5 people in the first 100 included a cluster of 4 people at the 100 mark that looked like were just hanging around on the wall.

2 open turns during the race did not help my time and I knew I was losing time to the top guys as they signed up as elites and therefore went first and had open water to swim in.

Next 300 meters was uneventful and I had a fair amount of open water.
What would you do differently?:

Seed myself faster.
Transition 1
  • 01m 15s

Good solid T1 - everything went smooth - wetsuit, goggles off, shoes, helmet on. Setup, who ran the race messed up and gave the first 50 people 1:00 T1 times so this is an estimate.
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 43s
  • 12 miles
  • 24.23 mile/hr

This is where I had decided I was going to push the race - I knew the course and had been feeling good on the bike recently. Bike was stripped down - no nutrition, no repair kit, no cages.

Started off on the bike and saw my HR was 179 (Z5 for me). Was up out of the saddle immediately up the first little hill and around the corner, hammered the downhill and passed a few people. Up the bigger hill on Baron Cameron I turned around a noticed a guy gaining on me - crap. Spun up the hill and my HR was still really high (over 180 at this point). Kept pushing and checked over my shoulder - the guy who was gaining on me was no where in sight. Nice. Lap 2 saw Slake who looked like he was passing a bunch of people and having a good ride, then Z.

Lap 3 was uneventful and I just kept pushing - HR stayed in the 170s and 180s the entire ride and I was really damaging my legs but knew I just had a 5K to run.

Exited into transition and only 2 bikes were there. Was never passed the entire ride. Hell yeah.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

Quickly into tranisition and was told the Dave C and Dave O (two guys I swim with) were 4 minutes ahead which was perfect bc they started the swim 4 minutes ahead of me.

Lace locks were much faster than tying my shoes. :)
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 56s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 44s  min/mile

Starting running downhill which always loosens up my legs and is the way I like to start a race. I was alone for the first 2 miles and did not see a single person until the way back on the course. It was a weird feeling and did not even feel like I was in a race. Drank a little water at mile 1 & 2.

Around mile 1.5-1.75 I started to get that sick to my stomach feeling. I knew I had been redlining the race for a good 45-50 minutes by this point and I was starting to hit some uphills. Tried to work on form and push as hard as I could without making myself sick.

The last 1/2 mile is brutal - all uphill. About 150 ft out I dry heaved and then 50 ft out I dry heaved again - a volunteer and one of my friends asked why I was slowing down so much, saw me almost get sick and then said "oh!" and backed away. Last 1/4 mile pace was probably around 10/minute mile - I was shot.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure I would do much different - I went hard and was happy with my overall race time.
Post race
Warm down:

Spoke with Dave C and Dave O - Dave C had broken last years course record by 1.5 minutes so I know he had won the race unless someone from the later swim times had a killer race. Watched Ally come in - she did awesome - her first tri ever and she was 10/197 for the woman and 2nd in her AG!

Saw the rest of the Bters coming in looking strong and Dom finish - he had a really strong race and will be ready to PR at the Olympic distance this September.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Seeding on the swim was a little off but that only cost me 10-15 seconds at most. Really I just need more training & experience. The guy who won this is a 9 time KQ and has been doing triathlons for 20 years. I have been doing this for 14 months now and dont do nearly the volume of training he does every week.

Event comments:

Nice course, great volunteers but it really lacked in the aid station dept (ran out of water on the run late in the race) and the post race food was poor (bagels, oranges, heed and water only).

Last updated: 2008-04-01 12:00 AM
00:05:13 | 437 yards | 01m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/23
Overall: 1/417
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Xterra
Course: 8x50 meter pool swim, up and back in the same lane, flip under the lane lines.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:29:43 | 12 miles | 24.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/23
Overall: 4/417
Performance: Good
Avg 177, Max 184
Wind: None
Course: 3 loops - 2 hills on each loop and sharp left (causing you to slow down) on the only major downhill on the course. About 700-750 ft of Climbing. Course was likely shorter than the 12 miles listed.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 97
Turns: Good Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:20:56 | 03.11 miles | 06m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/23
Overall: 4/417
Performance: Average
Course: Rolling the entire time - about 275 feet of climbing. Course was likely longer than the 3.11 listed.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0.0
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-06-03 8:24 PM

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Reston, VA
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2008-06-03 8:29 PM
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Do I even have to tell you "Great Race"?
2008-06-03 8:30 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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Really impressive performance, Dan.  Must be a weird feeling to run the first two miles alone.  A feeling with which most of us are unfamiliar.  The bike was 11.3, so you were probably right around a 25 MPH bike split.  Great job!
2008-06-03 8:54 PM
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Fantastic Race!!  All your hard work is definetly paying off!  Just wish I had been able to see you cross the finish line!
2008-06-03 9:28 PM
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2008-06-03 10:15 PM
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Reston, VA
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2008-06-04 7:42 AM
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great race! that's a smokin' bike split!
2008-06-04 8:30 AM
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Reston VA
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Awesome race!! And the fastest swim split with those other guys racing was awesome! I think the wetsuit was a difference maker(I wore one too).

Next year it's time to go for the win!!

2008-06-04 8:37 AM
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Northern VA
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I knew that you had done well at this race, but you didn't mention in your logs that you had done this well. You crushed this race. Congrats on 2nd overall, 1st in age group, breaking an hour, etc.!
2008-06-04 9:39 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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"If you didn't puke you didn't go hard enough!"

Dude, you went hard enough!!

Great race and way to keep up the killer season you've been having!!

2008-06-04 12:04 PM
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Great race out there.. I want to be your speed on the the bike (and run and swim) .. smokin times

2008-06-04 12:57 PM
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King George, VA
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2008-06-04 2:57 PM
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Cornfields of Illinois
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great performance especially after the swim frustration
2008-06-04 8:38 PM
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nice job!  i heard on race day that they had computer problems so some people weren't seeded correctly for the swim.  that probably contributed to those people in front of you.
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