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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Set-up, Inc.
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 50m 52s
Overall Rank = 258/360
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 27/34
Pre-race routine:

Banana, Cliff Bar, Infinit drink
Event warmup:

Light stretching, 10 min. jog, 10 min. bike, 10 min. swim
  • 22m 46s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 47s / 100 yards

Started too far right, then got a little too excited at the start and it cost me with a sucky swim. Started feeling tired midway and caught myself losing focus and swimming sloppy. Did not sight regularly like I should have, started zig zagging. Was DFL in my AG among finishers.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to KEEP CALM at the beginning, start slow and efficient, GRADUALLY build speed.
Transition 1
  • 01m 30s

Managed well even though I had some trouble getting the bike shoes on (glad I decided to run with the bike one-handed, it's faster). Mount line was tricky (immediate steep downhill) and grass was wet (I spun the back wheel during practice, so I decided not to do a flying mount). (102 overall, 13 in AG)
What would you do differently?:

Figure out different ways to do a flying mount given different conditions
  • 57m 34s
  • 16.85 miles
  • 17.56 mile/hr

The rain definitely was a factor: made roads slick. Decided to be conservative on the turns and the fast downhill runs. Did not drink enough during the ride (didn't feel like reaching for the bottle).
What would you do differently?:

Considering the wet conditions, nothing. Need to remember to drink more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

Steep hill to the dismount, so I decided to stop then dismount and not risk a fall. Got in and out of T2 well. (148 overall, 13th in AG)
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 54s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 58s  min/mile

One word describes that hill: pain. Still, I kept jogging and passed some people. Lost some strength at the end, couldn't do long strides at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Work more on long strides for the finish.
Post race
Warm down:

eat, eat, eat Yeah Subway!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited swim technique and poor swim management.

Event comments:

Great race organization, although they need to keep better control of the cars on the course. I gotta spend more time swimming to get my technique down. Still, considering last year's Culpeper was my first (Swim=28:19; Bike=1:07:29; Run=31:48), progress is being made.

Last updated: 2009-04-22 12:00 AM
00:22:46 | 820 yards | 02m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/34
Overall: 336/360
Performance: Below average
Course: Triangular Counter-clockwise
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:30
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:57:34 | 16.85 miles | 17.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 22/34
Overall: 211/360
Performance: Good
Fastest speed 33.9 mph, Avg. HR 175, Max HR 190 (after the big hill the first mile). Avg. cadence 90, fastest cadence 132.
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills w/ a few big ones, technical turns. A pickup truck on the bike course was a bit annoying on the uphill part: could not pass.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:19
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:54 | 03.11 miles | 08m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/34
Overall: 250/360
Performance: Good
Course: Short uphill climb out of T2, 200 yd. run along leve, then ugly hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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] 4

2009-08-04 8:34 PM

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Northern Virginia
Subject: Culpeper Sprint

2009-08-05 7:24 AM
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Culpeper, VA
Subject: RE: Culpeper Sprint
A 10 minute improvement on a "short" course like this is pretty substancial.  Good job!
2009-08-06 2:30 PM
in reply to: #2328436

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Alexandria, VA
Subject: RE: Culpeper Sprint
Good to see you out there, neighbor. Great job cutting major chunks off of your time - keep it up!
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