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Columbia, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 08m 43s
Overall Rank = 21/1569
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/147
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00, had 2 cliff bars and a Gatorade, drove the hour to race site and chatted with some BT and other friends.
Event warmup:

Not much - watched the pro's finish the swim, walked down to the swim start and got in 2-3 minutes of swim warm up (waves go off every 8 minutes)
  • 19m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 10s / 100 yards

Placed myself near the shore as I know this course hooks back to the right. A bunch of people went out way to hard and I sat behind 3 or 4 guys for the first 200 but they quickly faded and I had the water to myself. I was hoping and expecting to find someone to draft off of but no one was there so I just swam my own race. May have been my best swim to date as I was on cruise control, never pushing it and seemed to have open water the whole race. I could tell I was moving well, came out of the swim and heard I was the first in the Silver Wave (M30-34, M20-24) to exit.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - went out smooth and felt easy.
Transition 1
  • 02m 30s

T1 estimate as timing system was messed up.

Disaster - Got to my bike and could not get it off the rack as all the bikes were pushed together. Tried one side - did not work, tried the other side - stuck. Had to lift the entire rack up to slide my bike out. This is really my only complaint about Columbia - they put 7 transition places where only 5 should be and the racks they use are low.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure what to do here - racks not wide enough to rack by aerobars and racking by your seat makes it hard to get your bike out.
  • 1h 05m 45s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 23.25 mile/hr

Came out of T1 and a guy in my age group was ahead of me due to my slow T1.

He did a flying mount (looked pretty cool) and I clipped in and then tried to catch him. Passed him early, he passed me back and we went back and forth like this for a bunch of the race. Even though he probably outweighed me by 30-40lbs (dude looked like a pro body builder) I would catch him on the downhills and he would drop me on the uphills, even when I was out of the saddle and he was spinning.

My aerobic base is still ahead of my cycling strength as I was fading a bit power wise at the end even though aerobically I was fine (HR dropped from 180 early to 160s).

Even though this course is always up and down, I love it and this was the first time that my swim and bike placings were close at a big race. Besides the guy in my AG (he beat me by a few seconds) that I was racing, no one passed me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - I hammered this as hard as I could and was hurting by the end.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

Nothing to report here - had a good spot and this went smooth.
What would you do differently?:

  • 40m 26s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 31s  min/mile

Started off right behind the guy I was racing on the bike and made sure to surge hard to drop him at the half mile mark. Cadence was good and everything felt fine until around 5 (right before the gravel uphill) when my right hamstring seized hard. I tried to keep running but it cramped hard again. Had to stop and stretch for little bit and was worried about being caught as I know running is my weakness. Struggled up the hill and my hamstring started loosening up which allowed me to run hard again.

Asked a volunteer how much farther the finish line was and he said 1/2 mile. Suddenly my hamstring felt 100% better. :)

Was not passed on the run.

Was really surprised to finish and think I won my AG - I thought I had an outside shot of top 5 going in.
What would you do differently?:

I need to train hills - my training runs are almost all flat and I suffered for it on this run.
Post race
Warm down:

Limped around - talked with some people that came out to cheer our BT crew on - thanks 3558, Luna, team FeXY, etc!

Watched Ally, Shelly, Ernie and the other BTers finish up - everyone did awesome and it was so cool to see our local training group come into a big race and do this well.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Best I could do with what I had.

Event comments:

One of my favorite races - tough hilly course, great pro (Chrissie Wellington, Bozzone, Lovatos, Wasners, Shapiro, etc) and amateur turnout and fantastic support.

Last updated: 2008-09-16 12:00 AM
00:19:03 | 1640 yards | 01m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/147
Overall: 16/1569
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Full
Course: 3/4 loop around Centennial Lake. Lake was a little dark but water temp was perfect
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:30
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:05:45 | 25.48 miles | 23.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/147
Overall: 18/1569
Performance: Good
HR 171 Cad 92 L/R 51/49 PE 19 Pwr 272 (lost reading a few times)
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Raining, wet and always up and down
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:40:26 | 06.21 miles | 06m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/147
Overall: 51/1569
Performance: Good
Course: I forgot just how hilly this is.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %3.1%
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-05-17 8:35 PM

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Reston, VA
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2009-05-17 8:38 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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Rockstar.... the sky's the limit for you, man.  Nothing else to say here except awesome, awesome job.
2009-05-17 10:08 PM
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Way to rock it out today!! Awesome race!
Congrats on the OA AG win!! Whoo-hoo!!
2009-05-18 6:18 AM
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2009-05-18 6:33 AM
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Awesome race - congrats on the AG win at such a big race!
2009-05-18 7:00 AM
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Great race.  Perfect execution too.  Way to go.

2009-05-18 7:01 AM
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Reston, VA
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dan, those are some silly results.  awesome job!!!

2009-05-18 7:05 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Great job man, congrats on the AG win, especially at a great race like Columbia.

2009-05-18 7:30 AM
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2009-05-18 7:52 AM
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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Greta job, Dan! Really loving your run split!
2009-05-18 7:54 AM
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Extreme Veteran
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Incredible job out there man; I'd make a formal complaint about the bike racks with hopes of them fixing it by next year.


2009-05-18 8:09 AM
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Wow nice run after a super fast bike!

2009-05-18 8:16 AM
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Southeast, PA
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If you slowed down in the swim a bit maybe some of those other bikes woulda been out of T1 by the time you got there :P.  Seriously though, fabulous race.  Congrats.

2009-05-18 8:21 AM
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Northern VA
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Awesome race Dan, that's an incredible accomplishment! I'm with you on the bike racks, there were a lot of people frustrated pulling their bikes out.

2009-05-18 8:21 AM
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Reston VA
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Great job! Especially considering that you were out with the dental issue this week! Kick a!
2009-05-18 8:23 AM
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FANTASTIC job, Dan! Now I'm sad that I didn't come to watch! Super-duper congrats on the AG win!!!

2009-05-18 9:58 AM
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Reston, VA
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2009-05-18 10:55 AM
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King George, VA
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congratulations.  yeah, your running is terrible   Great job!

2009-05-18 11:12 AM
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Fulton, MD
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That's crazy fast.  Nice job!
2009-05-18 11:24 AM
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Not a Coach
Media, PA
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Nothing "weak" about a 6:30/mi pace on that run course except for when you have to stack it up against your swim & bike pacing! 
2009-05-18 11:26 AM
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Canandaigua NY
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Incredible race Dan!!!

Congratulations on the AG win!!!

2009-05-18 1:20 PM
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you crushed it. i almost didn't get your picture because I didn't expect to see you cross the line for at least another 3-4 minutes.

hilly training runs? i'm your guy. hunter station on wednesday?
2009-05-18 1:47 PM
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Olney, MD
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Kick a$$ job Dan   Congrats on winning your age group.  You rock!!

2009-05-18 2:48 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Holy crap, nice work Dan!
2009-05-18 2:56 PM
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Philly 'burbs
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Was that you knifing through all us red cappers? Nice work. You were really moving.
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