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Reston, Virginia
United States
Setup Events, Inc.
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 06m 21s
Overall Rank = 34/266
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/16
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30, had a smoothie and a power bar
Event warmup:

Did some stretching, wanted to hop in the pool for a warm-up but didn't get out there in time.
  • 06m 32s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

So pissed I didn't seed myself higher. I knew with 23 people in front of me the chances of someone seeding themselves too high was extremely high. I'm sorry, but if you seed yourself in the top 50, and 200m into a 400m swim you're already doing the breast stroke, PLEASE wait at the end of the lane and let everyone pass you. I passed two people by about 150m in which was fine, but once I caught up to the next group there was someone two people ahead that was doing the breast stroke. There's no way I could pass 3 people so I just set it back in cruise control. Sucks because swimming is my dominant sport, and to have such a slow swim (for me) is INCREDIBLY frustrating.
What would you do differently?:

Seed myself at :45/100. Why not, everyone else apparently does.
Transition 1
  • 02m 3s

Not bad, but not great either. I decided against wearing my tri top in the water because of the drag, but it didn't matter anyway. The zipper popped off when I slipped it on, spent another :10 zipping it up. I think it may be time to invest in tri shoes and try out keeping them clipped in, running and jumping on the bike, I'm losing too much time in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Learn the flying leap for getting on the bike after T1.
  • 32m 23s
  • 12 miles
  • 22.23 mile/hr

Shook off the bad swim and slow T1 and got myself going. I hammered throughout and was pleasantly surprised that I still averaged over 22mph considering a couple hills.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, just continue to work on my bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

Smooth and easy.
What would you do differently?:

This goes back to T1, getting tri shoes so I can take my feet out, ride on top of the pedals and run into transition.
  • 24m 6s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 45s  min/mile

I've been battling a chest cold, so this is really the only place that it hurt. My HR felt higher than normal, I was cramping under my rib cage, but I tried my best to keep a strong cadence. Not my best performance, but considering my workouts over the last two weeks have been weak at best, it's all I could ask for.
What would you do differently?:

Rest more the night before.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Chest cold, traveling 8 hours in the car the day before.

Event comments:

I know it's not Setup's fault, but the swim was a disaster. My wife watched the start of the race, and there was some guy in there seeded within the top 5 who was doing the sidestroke and breast stroke 100m in. I really wish there was some way that they could verify swim times rather than the honor system. Other than that, everything was great. Course was challenging enough for a sprint course, post-race activities and post-race food hit the spot.

Last updated: 2009-01-22 12:00 AM
00:06:32 | 437 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 0/266
Performance: Bad
Course: Pool swim - Reston 50m pool
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:03
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:32:23 | 12 miles | 22.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/266
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 loop lap up Reston Parkway, down Weihle, down Baron Cameron and back up Reston Parkway.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:06 | 03.11 miles | 07m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/266
Performance: Average
Course: Rolling hills through Reston.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-01 8:06 AM

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Subject: Reston Sprint Triathlon

2009-06-01 8:17 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Subject: RE: Reston Sprint Triathlon
Good race, welcome to the snake swim, I think unless you are the first swimmer you are stuck dealing with the folks who don't know what their 100M time is.
2009-06-01 8:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Reston Sprint Triathlon
Yeah I know, I just always set my expectations too high that people will actually know what their swim times are.
2009-06-01 9:52 AM
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Nice race.
2009-06-01 10:47 AM
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Reston, VA
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Nice job out there - put somewhere between 1:00 and 1:05 to get a decent place in the swim start.
2009-06-01 1:43 PM
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Great Race!!!  I hear you on the frustrating swim....
I agree with Doc ^^^ at least the first 20 people in the swim this year entered with a 1:05 or faster as a seed time.

2009-06-01 3:26 PM
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Fairfax, VA
Subject: RE: Reston Sprint Triathlon

re: the breastrokers - amen bro.  That riled me up as well.

Great race though - nice job on the bike

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