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Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
The Columbia Triathlon Association Inc.
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 16m 38s
Overall Rank = 1164/1587
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 175/218
Pre-race routine:

Up 5:15, banana and yogurt w/ gatorade for pre-race meal. Arrived at the park entrance around 6am thinking I had an hour to spare before transition closed. I didn't expect to have to park way down 108 at the intersection with Rt 29! Parked and walked into the park, I barely had time to set up in the transition area before they closed it. I went over to the boathouse to get my wetsuit on, then made my way over to the swim start where I had to wait for a long time for the Blue caps wave to begin.
  • 25m 12s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

I was least concerned with the swim portion of the race and I lined up in an aggressive position. In the first 500 yards I had trouble in the crowd - I'm used to swimming in a crowd but seemed to have trouble compensating. I swallowed that tasty lake water a couple times and had to stop once, which never happens to me. Finally as we rounded the first turn at the dam I went wide and found clear water and settled into my rhythm. From that point it was a nice uneventful swim. I tended to be a bit too wide and probably swam a few extra yards to get clear water, but I didn't feel much like jockeying for position anymore. In the last leg of the swim I found I was swimming through lots of long lake grasses. Underwater it gave a really cool effect of speed, kind of like a simulated flight through a star field. Except this was green brown water and goose poop. Ended up finishing 31/218 in my age group. The only respectable part of my race, really.
Transition 1
  • 06m 9s

I set a personal record here. Not a good one. Longest T1 Ever. Probably a world record. I did not approach transitions today with any sense of urgency, instead I focused on what I needed to avoid a DNF. So, I had a gel, drank some gatorade, took care to get dry socks on, even stretched a little bit, knowing I was woefully unprepared for the upcoming ride and future 10K run. Ended up 191/218 in the AG ranking! OUCH.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing, under the same circumstances. Everything if I was better trained and prepared to race.

  • 1h 34m 8s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 16.24 mile/hr

A quick look at my logs and you'll notice that this ride officially increased my mileage by nearly 200% for the year. Broken bike, bad weather, a minor injury, and my schedule all converged into a perfect storm of keeping me off the bike this spring. So my approach was to simply ride to enjoy the ride, and try to conserve enough that I can make the 10K run that follows. And that's exactly what I did. I was just happy to be riding again! I stayed right, thanked those who called out 'on your left' (there were many), and just rode at whatever pace I could manage while keeping my HR steady.

I did find that the bike was more crowded this year than in the past - lots of groups riding and I could have issued more than a few penalties for drafting, passing on the right, and side-by-side riding.

More troubling was some of the carnage I witnessed; a horrible wreck at tridelphia reservoir that required EMT assistance, lots of people with blown tires, and one guy w/ a chain that snapped while he was out of the saddle on a steep climb sending him tumbling off the road. The wet roads were not safe and I found myself riding conservatively on the downhills and in the traffic circles.

I did find myself running out of gas toward the end. The last climb on Folly Q to 108 I actually dropped into my lowest chain (I ride a triple) which I haven't done since riding the Savageman course 3 years ago.
What would you do differently?:

Hmmmm. Don't know. Any suggestions :-)
Transition 2
  • 05m 34s

Again, focus was to simply survive the day, so I took time to change to dry socks, stretch my hamstring out, eat gel & drink a bit, then move out. Time and AG rank were even worse than T1.
  • 1h 05m 37s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 34s  min/mile

I fully expected to come off the bike ready to call it quits, but I felt better than I thought. I was dreading the first hill at the 0.5 mark (on the park trail) since once before I had a major cramp in my hamstring on that hill. Once I made it to the top without any walking, I knew I was going to pull this run off. Still running conservatively, I allowed myself to walk briefly (20-25 paces only) at water stops and/or mile markers. I was running slowly, but I was running (and many others around me were walking a lot). I just kept plodding along all the way to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Hmmmmm. Don't know. Any suggestions?
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hmmmmm. Don't know. Any suggestions?

Event comments:

So it really was an interesting experiment; could I complete this race with a bare minimum of training? I suppose the answer is yes. I'm happy that I did it, because I always enjoy this race, but I'm not particularly proud of my performance. It's my 5th time doing this race, I finished 30 min slower than last time, 36 min from my PR on the course. I'm quite lucky I didn't injure myself, but I was aware of my limitations this year and didn't push it.

Last updated: 2010-04-22 12:00 AM
00:25:12 | 1640 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 31/218
Overall: 0/1587
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Rectangle course lake swim
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:09
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:34:08 | 25.48 miles | 16.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 184/218
Overall: 0/1587
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:34
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:05:37 | 06.21 miles | 10m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/218
Overall: 0/1587
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-05-24 4:41 PM

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Subject: Columbia Triathlon

2010-05-24 8:14 PM
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Gloucestershire, England
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Great job to push on through .... especially with so little bike preparation.

Guess there is no substitute for putting in the miles on the bike and running more.   
2010-05-24 11:00 PM
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Thanks. It certainly makes a difference - a 2:40 in 2007 with proper training, a 3:16 this year with very little.
2010-05-25 7:32 AM
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Fulton, MD
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Really a good job considering your self-professed lack of training.  I'd certainly take your swim split.  And it was nice getting to holler at a fellow BT'er before the race.
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