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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 05m 10s
Overall Rank = 3/627
Age Group = M Elite/Open
Age Group Rank = 1/13
Pre-race routine:

Got up, could not find wallet, found wallet, Ally and I drove to the race.

24 oz gatorade and 2 cliff bars
Event warmup:

Rode the first mile of the bike and swam for 10 minutes. Felt good in the water.
  • 10m 50s
  • 875 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

First time in the open/elite division so I was a bit nervous to start this race as I wanted to show I belonged. Included in the elite wave was the 15-19, 20-24, 25-29 waves so it was pretty crowded.

Started off up front with a few guys I swim/compete with.

Horn sounded and we were off. Dave and I started off together but I turned it on and purposely moved out front as I wanted the lead for this race. Rounded the first buoy but quickly realized that I was off course as I could not see the next buoy and when I looked back no one was behind me. Saw the group off to my left and angled to meet them. Cost me a few seconds but I jumped out in front again.

Clear shot from there and I felt the best I ever had coming out of the swim. At no point did I push this yet I had a pretty decent lead coming into T1.
What would you do differently?:

Site better coming around the first turn - but realistically this only cost me a few seconds.
Transition 1
  • 00m 59s

Good T1, in/out quick, 8th fastest overall
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m 5s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 22.54 mile/hr

Out of transition and had the leader vehicle with me which was fun. Noticed my speed was not what I was expecting (low 21ish though HR was sky high (high 180's) but figured maybe I was going up a false flat.

At mile 3 I saw my friend, training partner Dave go by me. I knew I had a 25 or so second lead out of transition on Dave so I could not figure out why he was passing me. Tried to keep him in sight but by mile 6 he was out of site.

Reassessed the situation, realized I was only averaging 21 on a flat course and knew something had to be wrong with my bike. Opened the front break and just like that I was moving faster. By mile 10 I had a caught Dave again and from there, the two of us went back and forth the next 2 miles into transition. I was happy to be back in the lead but not excited as I new I had blown a lot of time. I expected to average 24ish on this course and place top 10 on the bike.

After the race I checked my back wheel and it was rubbing a lot too. Not sure when this happened as I had checked both wheels prior to the race. Crap.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my wheels are not rubbing and open up both breaks earlier in the race if I notice I am not going as fast as I think I should.
Transition 2
  • 00m 44s

Good T1, 19th overall
What would you do differently?:

  • 19m 35s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 18s  min/mile

Came out of T2 right behind Dave, with another competitor just entering T2 as we were getting out.

Passed Dave about 200 yards out and had the leader bike with me. It was unbelievable to hear how many people say something nice as you are in the lead. I tried to say something positive back but was huffing and puffing as I did not want to get run down.

Around mile one, I looked over my shoulder and Dave was still right on my butt. Surged hard at this point to get away. Got to the turn around and saw that Dave had fallen off but another guy was coming hard and had a team USA jersey on with his name on it. At this point I started pressing hard and by mile 2 no one was in site. Saw Ally and she was having a great race. She was in 7th for the womans OA - go Ally!

Focused on form and by the last half mile, I knew I had it won as no one was in site. Cruised in, heard my name announced and was shocked to be the first person to cross the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Did not know it at the time, but should have pushed the run harder as I had more to give. Still a very nice time for me.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, talked with the other finishers, realized the race was also a college race which explained the team USA, Virginia Tech and other college race suits I saw.

They posted the results later and it turns out that 2 AG's had better times than I did so I ended up first elite/open but 3rd overall.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wheels rubbing.

Event comments:

Really a perfect course, crystal clear lake, beautiful bike course through the woods and over multiple bridges, and pretty run course. The race is well run and the post race food was good.

Last updated: 2008-08-27 12:00 AM
00:10:50 | 875 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/13
Overall: 2/627
Performance: Good
1 lap loop, course was likely longer than listed
Suit: Xterra full
Course: One loop, well marked with buoys every 100 meters
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 00:59
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:33:05 | 12.43 miles | 22.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/13
Overall: 33/627
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Course: One loop, very pretty, road surface smooth in some places and rougher in others
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:19:35 | 03.11 miles | 06m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/13
Overall: 24/627
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with 3 water stops
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-10-05 6:20 PM

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Reston, VA
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2008-10-05 6:53 PM
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2008-10-05 6:56 PM
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wow you rocked it!
2008-10-05 7:45 PM
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Herndon VA
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Smoking fast time, Dan!  Congrats on a great race.  I didn't know that you had moved up to the elite wave.  That's awesome.  It must have been cool to be first across the finish line.


2008-10-05 7:49 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Kick azz race!  Sucks about the brake rub.  Probably would have had 1st overall without that crap.  Congrats on the hardware though!
2008-10-05 8:02 PM
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King George, VA
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Nice race dude; I keep telling Justin he needs to be in EM division.  Maybe next year, and you guys can duke it out.

2008-10-05 9:22 PM
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Nice race bro; that sucks about the wheels, I guess you learn one more thing every time out.


2008-10-06 5:41 AM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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Quite the way to wrap up the season, Dan!!  Nice job out there, wheels and all.
2008-10-06 7:42 AM
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Northern Virginia
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you are a monster. believe me, you belong in the elite wave.
2008-10-06 8:08 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
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FANTASTIC RACE.  Coming across the line first must be such a rush.  Congrats on a job well done and getting the hardware!!
2008-10-06 8:22 AM
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Wow, very impressive win as an Elite. You do belong in this group.

2008-10-06 12:43 PM
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sweet race!
2008-10-06 12:57 PM
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Great race!! And you definitely belong in the elite group.  Nice job of "recovering" mentally about the brake.
2008-10-08 2:53 PM
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Reston, VA
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GREAT RACE, DAN! Way to finish the season.
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