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Reston Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Reston, Virginia
United States
Setup Events, Inc.
Total Time = 1h 17m
Overall Rank = 23/197
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 9/25
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5 AM, ate some oatmeal and coffe, and was on my way to the race site 2 miles down the road.
Event warmup:

tested out the wetsuit for about 200 meters, practiced underline flip turns.
  • 06m 47s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 42s / 100 meters

Pretty good swim considering it was clockwise for us- add numbers. I'm so not used to swimming this way that i hit someone head on on my 3rd lap. Ouch! I passed a guy in front of me and got some clear water. I also had to do an open turn because of passing. Got passed by some other guy after 4th lap and drafted off him the rest of the way. The wetsuit did not greatly improved my speed, but I definitely felt less tired at the end of my swim. I liked it!
What would you do differently?:

Swim on my side of the lane, duh!
Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

My slow transitions always cost me. If I improve my transition times I will place higher. I have no clue what I do in transition for such long time!
  • 37h 30m
  • 11.4 miles
  • 0.30 mile/hr

Overall happy with my bike leg. Most of the time , except on the darn Baron Cameron hill I stayed over 20 MPH, on the BC hill I tried to stay above 10 and I did. I still sucked at turns; on my first loop I did not shift gears in timely manner going into the turn and my foot flew off the pedal. Good times! It was my first race in a large ring, with only switching into smaller gear on the BC hill. I had no women passing me this time, I passed many, and got passed by some guys including Doc, Slakey, Kevin K. Passed Wurkit going downhill, said "good job, Chrissy"
What would you do differently?:

Just need more time riding hills, practicing turns and gear changes going into the turn.
Transition 2
  • 02m

What is up with 2 minutes transitions?
What would you do differently?:

Be faster
  • 28m 40s
  • 3.18 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

Oh, here is where I do not like myself. I had no legs whatsoever going into this run. In fact, I never found my legs. One would think I was running a marathon or something... I was walking through the water stations and walked 2 hills allowing myself to make 30 steps and then run again. I never felt so bad running 5 k in my entire so called "tri career." to be perfectly honest I suck when it hurts, I'm not very good pain taker. I know it is all mental, I have to work on that. Actually I was surprised that my run time wast at sub-nine m/pm pace. I was mentally preparing myself for something much slower.
What would you do differently?:

I wish I could men up on that run.
Post race
Warm down:

Suffered in pain for couple of minutes, looked at the times and hung with my friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Slow transitions and run melt down.

Event comments:

Well, to me this race was all about the improvement. It was my very firs race last year when i had 40 miles of biking all together under my belt and 10 min mile was a "fast" running pace for me. I improved a lot ;)

2007 Reston Sprint time - 01:34:50 Gender 61/101

2008 Reston Sprint time - 01:17:00 Gender 23/197

Last updated: 2008-01-29 12:00 AM
00:06:47 | 400 meters | 01m 42s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/25
Overall: 9/197
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: 50 m pool snake swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:05
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
37:30:00 | 11.4 miles | 0.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/25
Overall: 34/197
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 loops on local roads
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 02:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:40 | 03.18 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/25
Overall: 42/197
Performance: Below average
Course: Up and down, mostly up...
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-06-04 10:07 AM

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Reston, VA
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Subject: Reston Sprint Triathlon

2008-06-04 10:13 AM
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Reston, VA
Subject: RE: Reston Sprint Triathlon
Great job Z - your biking has really improved over the past year and that is a huge time drop compared to last year.
2008-06-04 10:13 AM
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Great race, Z! It was fun to see you at various parts of the course And don't feel bad about the run - it was a hilly s.o.b. and seemingly a crappy run for a lot of us.
2008-06-04 10:15 AM
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Reston VA
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Hey... You need to stop being so hard on yourself.. Look at that improvement! You rock! I am so proud of you

2008-06-04 10:26 AM
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great race and nice improvement!  hopefully i can see something similar next year.  funny thing is that i heard your name when you crossed the finish line, i was in T1. 
2008-06-04 10:54 AM
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Great race Z!  If you improve that much again in the next year, you could win the whole thing! 

2008-06-04 12:49 PM
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All I see is a 16 minute improvement.. good job out there Z
2008-06-04 1:40 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
Subject: RE: Reston Sprint Triathlon
16 minutes off a sprint, and a short sprint like this one, isn't too shabby.  And to think, what?  A month ago you were afraid of the bike, and now you're out there racing in the big ring!  Awesome.  Great job. 
2008-06-04 4:50 PM
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Northern Virginia
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Z!  16 minutes off your time from last year is huge in a sprint race.  You should be patting yourself on the back saying 'I ROCK!'  I hear ya, though - running after riding tough hills really hurts!  Awesome job Z!
2008-06-04 5:34 PM
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Herndon VA
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Great job Z! Congrats on the huge improvement from last year.


2008-06-05 2:16 PM
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burlington, vt
Subject: RE: Reston Sprint Triathlon
Awesome race Z

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