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Portland, Oregon
United States
USA Triathlon
58F / 14C
Total Time = 2h 41m 27s
Overall Rank = 674/892
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 56/57
Pre-race routine:

Got up early. Drove out to Lake Hagg. Just set up transition and tried to get rid of butterflies.
Event warmup:

Went for a short run with Matt and swam a little. It was pretty cold, so I didn't do much except stay warm. Watched a couple of heats go off and hung out with my family.
  • 32m 12s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

This was a long, long swim. It seemed to take forever, and I never really felt comfortable. I just kept telling myself that I couldn't quit, having paid so much to get there. :) I was happy to finish this stage, but know I have a better swim in me.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more. This is definitely my weakest event. I have to get better eventually.
Transition 1
  • 02m 35s

I took my time in this area. It was a long climb out of transition. I knew I wasn't going to win the race and wanted to make sure I was ready for the ride. I also wanted to make sure I didn't make mistakes.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 12m 55s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.45 mile/hr

I thought I had a very good ride. I am happy with 509 out of ~900 people. I couldn't have gone much faster.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more. And not lose my water bottle. It bounced out of my holder when I hit a pretty big seam in the road on the first lap. Luckily I was able to conserver my water for later. But I paid for it.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

This was pretty good. I had a long way to go to get to my spot.
What would you do differently?:

  • 52m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 26s  min/mile

Well the first mile I felt ok until I came to the hill before the aid station. There my quads cramped like I have never felt before. I knew I needed water and stuff. So on the hill I downed a gel, and then had gatorade and water at the aid station. I also drenched my legs with the cold water. The legs responded great and loosened right up. I kept a pretty good pace the rest of the way. What was funny was that while I had nothing left strength wise, my lungs and heart felt great. Everyone was panting and I was flying up the hills. :) This was fun and beautiful.
What would you do differently?:

The only bad point was when we ran past the area where the seam in the road was, I saw my launched water bottle on the other side of the road. It looked sad, but I couldn't go get it. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Had some fluids and stood in line to get my finisher jacket. Turned in my bike and headed home to the hotel. We had some friends coming to meet us, so I knew I couldn't just hang around. I don't think I actually sat down for more than a 1/2 hour during this whole trip. Except for sleeping and waiting for the race to start.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am thrilled I got the chance to do this. I knew competing against the fastest athletes from around the Country would be tough, but I also knew I could finish and be happy with my time. I really need to get faster on the swim, and I can improve on the bike and run as well. That is what makes this sport great is there is always room for improvement.

Event comments:

If you ever get the chance to do this race (AG Nationals) do it. It was a blast. The swag was great. We got 2 shirts, a hat, a race belt, a jacket and some other knick knacks. The people were great and it is something I'll never forget.

I do wish I was faster. I do wish I was more competitive. I do know this is a hobby and my family (wife, daughter, parents and in-laws) were all there rooting me on and don't care what place I came in. They and I are just proud I qualified and raced. :)

Last updated: 2008-08-10 12:00 AM
00:32:12 | 1640 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 57/57
Overall: 818/892
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full
Course: This was a loop course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:35
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
01:12:55 | 24.85 miles | 20.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 51/57
Overall: 509/892
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: This was a 2 lap course with some killer hills. I kept thinking, "This is great rip our legs off and have us run a 10k". :) I pushed pretty hard and felt very good. I lost my spare water bottle so I was pretty conservative drinking here. That may have cost me a little but not much.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:24 | 06.21 miles | 08m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 55/57
Overall: 668/892
Performance: Good
Course: Very hilly (extremely Hilly!!!) Out and back. No flat areas at all.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-09-21 8:47 PM

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Centennial, CO
Subject: USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship

2008-09-21 9:11 PM
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Northbrook, IL
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Wow...great perspective/attitude. I also lost my water bottle on the back of the bike course (near the run); what was with the carpet running through the middle of the road? I notice that you live in Centennial. I grew up in Arvada and went to school in Boulder. I now live in Chicago and wish that I had some good Colorado hills to practice on for this race. Great job.
2008-09-21 9:30 PM
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You have a great view of your race and doing it for the right reasons...that is a huge thing and a great thing to teach your kids.

Great race..playing with the big boys and girls...tough stuff!

2008-09-22 8:21 AM
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Parker, CO
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Congratulations on making and finishing nationals!  Some strong competition but you have solid times all around...nice!  Swimming is my weakest event as well.  Something to work on during the off-season.
2008-09-23 9:10 AM
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Awesome job Dan!  And great to see you out there

Hanging tough!!!!!   And yeah, that seam in the road was LITTERED with water bottles!

Great race!

2008-09-23 9:22 AM
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Brambleton, VA
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Great job. Great perspective.

2008-09-23 10:00 AM
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Danno...solid effort! Wish I was there to cheer you on!
2008-09-23 6:04 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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Way to get out there and compete! Good race for ya!
2008-09-25 3:29 PM
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Lake Oswego, OR
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Great race. Don't feel bad about losing your water bottle. So many did they had someone picking them up for awhile. The pot hole at the bridge was so big and wide they had to lay carpet down (that's why). I rode it the day before and bunny hopped the hole, but was concerned that if anyone went down in front of me I wouldn't be able to get around them. I warned a few people ahead of time but I didn't know about the carpet.
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