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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
Total Time = 3h 23m 38s
Overall Rank = 3109/3939
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 413/461
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early and scrambled around the hotel room trying to get out as quickly as possible. Drove down the the race site and then looked for a lot to park in. Then got lost getting to the transition area. Luckily we found some other participants and followed them.

Event warmup:

None really -
  • 42m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 35s / 100 yards

I paniced during the swim and almost quit. It wasn't the open water like a lot of people say, it was because it was hard work, I was struggling and I felt disoriented. My goggles fogged right away and I couldn't tell where I was going. It was just tough. I did a lot of backstroking and just forced myself to keep going.
What would you do differently?:

1) More longer distance swims
2) Open water swimming in groups
3) Spit or dish soap in the goggles
4) More time in the water
Transition 1
  • 06m 1s

Took my time - a brisk walk out of the water that changed into a jog when I got my wits about me. I went slow deliberately. This was my first tri and first transition so I wanted to make sure I didn't do anything dumb. Mission accomplished, slowly
What would you do differently?:

Go a little quicker
Try to go sockless
Flying mounts with shoes on the bike.
  • 1h 31m 47s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.24 mile/hr

I felt slow coming out of the water - it took me a long time to shake off the swim and then I kept telling myself not to blow myself out for the run.
What would you do differently?:

1) Be a little more agressive
2) More time in the saddle
Transition 2
  • 04m 6s

Nothing big here - in, change shoes and out.
What would you do differently?:

Run the bike in a little quicker
Go sockless
  • 59m 21s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

This was my area. I walked some, but kept a decent pace. I eat and drink too much on the run. I run this distance regularly for my workout without water, but when I get to a race, I drink at every stop.
What would you do differently?:

Have an extra gel on the bike in prep for the run
Drink less and eat less on the run.
Push through and walk less
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered around finish line extravaganza - just tried to keep walking slowly

Event comments:

It was much more organized than I thought it would be. I expected chaos, but mostly everything went off without a hitch. Sure there were little problems (they need more organization on swim start), but it was fun and well run.

Last updated: 2009-09-15 12:00 AM
00:42:24 | 1640 yards | 02m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/461
Overall: 3413/3939
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Sleeved
Course: Rectangle - out past the memorial bridge, over a bit and then back to the swim dock
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 06:01
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:31:47 | 24.85 miles | 16.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/461
Overall: 3418/3939
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 04:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:59:21 | 06.21 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/461
Overall: 2454/3939
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2009-09-15 5:45 AM

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2009-09-15 6:11 AM
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NOVA - Ironic for an Endurance Athlete
Subject: RE: Nation's Triathlon
Good job.  Hope that you enjoyed it!
2009-09-18 2:25 AM
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Perth, Australia
Subject: RE: Nation's Triathlon
Hey Bruce, well done on your first tri - sounds like it was a real learning experience.  Good on ya for completing the swim!
2009-09-18 6:16 AM
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San Luis Obispo County, CA
Subject: RE: Nation's Triathlon
Nice job!  I struggled at first on the swim too.
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