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Richmond, Virginia
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 20m 8s
Overall Rank = 84/182
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 10/21
Pre-race routine:

Stayed with Judi (QueenZipp) on Saturday night. Got up early, had bagel with pb, stretched, etc.
Event warmup:

Got to the race kinda late, since we didn't leave the house until close to 6. Threw my stuff in transition, managed to get in a quick swim. Swim time was 7:33:10, but the pool closed at 6:40, since the race started at 7 am. Chatted with Kristen (EndersShadow) and a couple Team Z'ers that were there.
  • 05m 47s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

I always do well in the swim, obviously. 5th out of 21 in my AG, top 50 overall. I wasn't feeling as warmed up as I would have liked and as much of a baby as I am about the cold pool we train in, warm water is like swimming through pudding. But I got better as I went along - didn't get passed, passed a young girl and caught up with the girl ahead of me towards the end. Time also includes hauling myself out of the pool, probably took a few seconds for that.
What would you do differently?:

I was bad and have skipped a couple of practices lately. Might have made a difference, but I still improved my time from last year.
Transition 1
  • 01m 44s

Executed fairly well - kind of a long run from the pool to transition. 3rd in my AG for T1. And that's with regular road bike shoes with 2 straps and a ratchet each. Had no problems mounting my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 44m
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.95 mile/hr

Knocked a little over a minute off of my time from last year. :-P Still not fantastic on the bike, but I'm moving up in the world! Beat my time from last year by a smidge, and would have beaten it by more if I hadn't ended up behind a GIANT SEMI TRUCK! The stupid thing caught up to a long string of us, and didn't have room to pass (2 lane roads), so I figured, good, it will just stay there and we can lose it at the next turn. Then the road widened up in a spot and it passed about half of us. But it was going slow so it wouldn't hit the front of the string. So I held back a bit trying not to catch up with it, should it slam on its breaks. Eventually, we hit a turn and it went straight - phew!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really - I felt pretty great on the bike, aside from the stupid truck.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

Dismounted without crashing - yahoo! Felt good coming out of T2. 5th in my AG in this one.
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

Didn't do as well as I'd hoped on this one. Started out strong, but forgot that parts of it are very gently rolling. So after awhile, my legs started to get heavy. Heart rate was up a bit high too and I was getting a side stitch, so slowed down to control them. Not as solid as I'd wanted.
What would you do differently?:

Not have taken 3 of the last 7 weeks off from running due to various injuries :( The ankle felt good during the run, though a little tweaked afterwards due to not having the orthotic in. There is definitely something wrong with my left shin - and it's not shin splints. As long as I kept good form (quick cadence, high knees, solid kick in the back), it didn't bother me, but the dull ache was noticeable...:(
Post race
Warm down:

Judi, who was volunteering, removed my chip. Went and got some cookies and water, then waited in line to get a complimentary massage from the ART tent - holy cow, I need to get that done more often! She poked and prodded me in places I didn't even know I could feel before and it helped. Then got my complimentary Chipotle taco, watched the other couple Team Z'ers come in, listened to some of the awards. Went back to Judi's, showered and then drove home in lovely I-95 traffic.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mostly my run suffered - having to take 2 weeks off mid-June, and this whole past week from land-running did not help. Plus, because of marathon training, I haven't been doing any speedwork - don't need it for 26.2, but I do for 3.1!!

Event comments:

Fun race, as always. Low-key, lots of locals (many from RTC and this group called Endorphin Fitness), not an uber-competitive field, but still some talented folks. Including an 81 year old guy, and the 84 year old woman I saw at my first race ever, back at Luray in 2007! Freakin' crazy. Aside from my less-than-awesome run, I had a good race, it was fun. This is a good "tradition" race. Maybe next year, I'll actually ride my bike some more and do better!

Last updated: 2009-07-19 12:00 AM
00:05:47 | 328 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/21
Overall: 47/182
Performance: Good
Suit: tri suit
Course: Pool swim - up and back 6 lanes. Gross, salty, warm water - ick.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:44:00 | 12.43 miles | 16.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/21
Overall: 118/182
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Big loop around Richmond - very gently rolling country roads. Nicely paved - great course!
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:49 | 03.11 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/21
Overall: 75/182
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back along sidewalk
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-07-19 3:45 PM

Subject: 3Sports Triathlon

2009-07-19 4:30 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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You graciously skipped my missing the exit off 64 and having to come in to the Y the back way

You rocked this one....even with the issues on the run.  Improvements in the swim and bike are great work.  You placed well in the AG overall.

Endorphin Fitness is the elite crowd here....Nice peoplw with lots of $$$ to put into a coach (the guy who was first overall is their coach)

2009-07-20 7:51 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Great job.

Seems like you did well in all 3, can't ask for much more than that.
2009-07-20 8:36 AM
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the alamo city, Texas
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great race, maybe this will keep you tri-ing after all   wish i could have raced you (but you would have smoked me because of your run time!)
2009-07-20 9:18 AM
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Northern VA
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Great race wurkit!
2009-07-20 2:48 PM
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You did an awesome job yesterday! It was a very fun race and the weather was perfect! Improvements are always good, even if they are small. Great chatting with you as well!

2009-07-20 3:20 PM
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Toledo, Ohio
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Sounds like you did pretty good.  I understand the foot/leg issues, I've been dealing with them too.  I would have gone looking for you after you won your swim cap but Chipotle was calling and then you disappeared.  Good day all around. 

2009-07-20 4:43 PM
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Slower Than You
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Nice jorb, Christina! Good to see you're getting better on the bike.
2009-07-20 9:57 PM
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Davenport, IA
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Nice race!  The ART is great, isn't it?
2009-07-24 3:44 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Great job on the race!  Sorry to hear that you are still having problems with your shin. 
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