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Montclair, Virginia
United States
Setup Events
Total Time = 2h 07m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This was a long sprint or short OLY depending on which source you were reading. It's a nice race and I would highly recommend it.

Got up at 3:00. That's normal for me. Standard cup of coffee and breakfast about 3:30. Got it all together and went to the school where the parking for this beast was.

Met up with a few people I met during a tri class earlier this year, including two of the coaches. That was fun too.
Event warmup:

The 2 mile bike from the school with the parking to the transition area was a good warm up.
  • 22m 34s
  • 1094 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

The beginning of my wave (wave 3) was a washing machine. It was pretty bad for the first couple hundred yards. I found me some feet to draft off of and stayed with them for the whole swim. I do believe I'm a shade faster a swimmer than the feet I was on and I realized I probably wanted to either go on my own or find someone a bit faster to draft off of.

Great swim. Stayed within the group this time until I passed the feet I was drafting off. I went on my own with about 300-400 yds left to swim and I ended up inbetween groups. Wow did it get empty fast. Lots of people in front of me by 10-20 yards, lots of people behind me by 10-20 yards but all by myself where I was.

There was no current, there were no waves, there was precious little wind and the sun stayed behind light clouds until just before the end of my swim. If there are better conditions available I've not seen them.

What would you do differently?:

Find faster feet to draft off of or go on my own and see if I could get a couple, literally, minutes cut off that time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 43s

T-1 was interesting. It was grass and on a mild hill. Wet feet, grass, hill... I'm guessing there was more than one person that kathumped on their butts this day.

Threw on a Halo sweat band, helmet and took my bike to the mount point.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 55m 6s
  • 18.64 miles
  • 20.30 mile/hr

Holy COW that uphill to get out of the transition area was a bear. Then you had about 9% hill for the first 1/2 mile to get up to the road we were to ride on.

I had an aero bottle filled with 2 scoops of HEED and water. It started getting warm (75-80) towards the end so I went ahead and took a couple endurolytes and was pleased at the lack of cramping the whole race.

Three loops on the Waterway road. About half of it or close to that was newly paved and the other half was not.

There were only a couple spots during loop three that there was much of any congestion for me. I didn't get caught behind anyone that didn't move almost immediately and everyone was staying somewhat right. The pavement that was weathered had spiderweb cracks all over the tire indentations and people were staying more towards the center during that part but even then there was enough road to pass.

Once again I was getting passed by 404s, 808s and death star sounding wheels almost exclusively. I'm happy about that, not many standard road or tri bikes pass me any more.
What would you do differently?:

Not a lot. I liked that ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Good transition. Had to put socks on for this one as I'm still working on the HIM schedule and am doing all my running with socks this year. That slowed me down some but I'm not going to podium anyway so what the heck.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 46m 39s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 09m 23s  min/mile

Two loops. Same billy goat climb to get out of transition as you had for the bike. What sadist thought that up? Then to come back around, see the finish line and make you do a trail run only to go back to the billy goat climb for the second loop!

The trail part of this run was amusing. If you've ever seen run away truck ramps on the interstate, that's what kind of hills there were in the 200-300 yards of trail. I warned the girl in front of me that if my brakes failed I was gonna take her with me because I would have no choice. She wisely slid to the uphill side of the path. Then you break out to daylight only to find the hill out of transition and you know what's in store for you for the next 1/2 mile.

I took the water offered. There was one of the places that actually had ice water and that was wonderful.

I actually picked up the pace in the last mile and was surprised to find I still had some left in the tank at the finish line. Wow, that's a shock. I know I went out as hard or harder than I have on other sprints where I couldn't think at the end and wouldn't bend over to take my chip off. This was nothing like that. Nothing was sore, nothing hurt, no dizziness. I might have to reevaluate what I've got left on other short course tris and push a lot harder.
What would you do differently?:

ummm run faster? Not whimper when trying to go up that bloody slope from transition?
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Got a couple pieces of pizza. Waited around for the "Slower than arthritic water buffalo" results as that was the first one I was on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm not a runner. Never have been and probably never will be. I'm shooting for about 9 minute miles by sometime next year but this year I'm happy where I am.

Event comments:

Good race! I need to push myself more and harder on these and see what I can actually do.

Last updated: 2009-04-04 12:00 AM
00:22:34 | 1094 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: N/A
Course: Long rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:43
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:55:06 | 18.64 miles | 20.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 3X loop. Mild hills with some nice hammer potential :)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:39 | 04.97 miles | 09m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Two loops.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2009-06-29 12:43 PM

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Subject: Montclair Triathlon

2009-06-29 2:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Montclair Triathlon

Good job!  You had a solid all-around race

2009-06-30 8:08 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great job out there!

That hill sounds like a MONSTER!  (maybe I need to ride it a few times before  heading to NY next month!)

Edited by QueenZipp 2009-06-30 8:09 PM
2009-06-30 8:11 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Subject: RE: Montclair Triathlon
Good job, that trail run down hill was some fun stuff : )
2009-06-30 8:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Montclair Triathlon
QueenZipp - 2009-06-30 9:08 PM

Great job out there!

That hill sounds like a MONSTER!  (maybe I need to ride it a few times before  heading to NY next month!)

It's a bit steep but it's short. Probably about 1/2 mi long. Pain in the tucas, especially on the second go-round of the run after all that

If you want a hill to practice on, go to Prince William Forest Park and ride that 7 Mi loop. It's got a couple doozies that would be great training for a hilly ride.

Edited by DanielG 2009-06-30 8:21 PM
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