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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 02m 59s
Overall Rank = 689/1508
Age Group = W25-29
Age Group Rank = 22/61
Pre-race routine:

Camped with the BTers the night before the race. I think we all got up around 4:45. Had some bread, a banana, and water and headed over to the shuttle pickup.
Event warmup:

  • 59m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 50s / 100 yards

Seriously?!? Seriously 59 out of 61!!! WTF?!? I NEVER swim this slow! I don't know what happened because it felt okay but I was playing around with my stroke during the swim.. doing what "felt" faster.. which I guess was a bad idea.
What would you do differently?:

Everything! I need to do drills and swim more. Lots, and lots, and lots of drill and figure out what the heck is wrong with my stroke. I have the build of a swimmer so I should be faster in the water. Again, just embarrassing swim time! The worst part is I *thought* it was going well. Last year's time was 39:06... 2:
Transition 1
  • 01m 46s

Mastered the get-on-and-pedal-then-worry-about-clipping-in. Left the brain out of it and just when through the motions trusting that I had everything. 16/61
  • 2h 47m 58s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.00 mile/hr

I wanted to break 20 on this bike and I just hit it. I have to admit that having race wheels on the new Felt and having logged a lot of bike miles so far this year, I thought my time would be faster than this. I spent the first 5-10 miles freaking out that I wasn't going to make the swim cut-off at IM Kentucky in August after seeing this race's swim time, then told myself to let it go and race. Held 21-22 with the wind and 18-19 into the wind. Barely deserve to be racing on race wheels...

Nutrition - 2 bottles of accelerade w/2 scoops powder and 2 endurolytes. Grabbed water at every bottle stop, chugged some, squirted some on my head, and kept going.
What would you do differently?:

More quality miles.. if you want to race fast on the bike, you have to train fast. So, push harder on training rides and do more long flat tempo rides leading up to this race.
Transition 2
  • 02m 39s

Bike shoes off, socks and running shoes on, hat on, and go. Not too speedy (I wasn't running in these transitions) 20/61
What would you do differently?:

Probably start running through transition.
  • 2h 10m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile

This was insanely hot. During my entire run, the heat index was 105. It was all I could do to keep running. First mile was 8:48 (oops!) then I settled into a 10 minute mile pace. I had one of those endurolyte squisshy things up my shorts and ended up taking about 8-10 of them during the run. Walked through every aid station, grabbing gatorade, water, ice, drinking, pouring ice water in under my hat, then ran to the next aid station. It really was about going aid station to aid station and just not giving up.
What would you do differently?:

My HR average was actually pretty low which makes me wonder if I really gave it my all...
Post race
Warm down:

Unfortunately, I had to get out of there as soon as possible. I hung out with Shane at the finish for a while and hit up the FeXY tent saying hi to all my soon-to-be teammates :) Then I had to hit the road (see next section).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It probably didn't help knowing that I was going to be driving 5 hours up to PA after this race for a software deployment early Monday morning. I really couldn't "die" out there on the course because I had lots of driving and work responsibilities and pressures coming up.

The weekend was enjoyable though; seeing all my friends out there on the course, sitting around the "campfire" drinking gatorade and water on the school grounds the night before the race. Good times!

Last updated: 2009-08-11 12:00 AM
00:59:45 | 2112 yards | 02m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 59/61
Overall: 1592/1508
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: This had to have been long...
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:47:58 | 56 miles | 20.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/61
Overall: 736/1508
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:10:51 | 13.1 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/61
Overall: 0/1508
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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

2010-06-28 1:25 PM

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2010-06-28 7:41 PM
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