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Fort Ritchie Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Fort Ritchie, Maryland
United States
Racine Multisports
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 23m 19s
Overall Rank = 3/113
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/16
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early and kept tradition alive by being one of the first there. Sat down in transition and ate my breakfast until I was ready to start getting everything in order.
Event warmup:

Ran the 5K course with J.
  • 23m 31s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

Wetsuit optional of course I opted for the suit. I always reap the benefits from a suit so it was no-brainer for me. I ended up with one of my better swims to date. It's hard to judge the actual results compared to others because most people didn't wear them. So not comparing the actual results, the most important thing was I felt great. The stroke felt fine which is good considering I haven't trained very well in the pool this past month or so.

Each turn buoy I opened up the top of my suit to get in some water to cool my body down from the warm water and it made a huge difference. About 200M into the swim after rounding the first buoy we hit a bunch of growth that was in the lake and it was a nuisance to swim in. Lasted for about 100M or so and then went away.

The actual time of 23:31 includes a run from the end of the first loop onto the grass and onto the pier and jumping back in. It also includes a run from the water to the transition area. So I was probably sub-23 minutes of in-water time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
Transition 1
  • 00m 58s

Even with a wetsuit I was still one of the faster transition splits. Had to put the race number on for the bike, so that added a few seconds too.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 11m 13s
  • 23.8 miles
  • 20.05 mile/hr

Leaving the Fort was a nice uphill to get the legs firing. Then it rolled for a bit before hitting a screaming downhill. Back to rolling for a bit before hitting the same hill coming back. All uphill for most of the last 5 miles.

Bike felt Ok. Since I led out of the water in my wave I was out in front for about 7 miles until I got a nice pat on the back from J. I stayed with him for about a few miles and then once the hill came my time started slipping back a bit. The last hill was tough. A looooong, gradual climb back to the Fort. Had to keep positive mental thoughts knowing I had a 10K to run!

What would you do differently?:

Get stronger on the bike...period! Weights, hill training, and whatever else it takes to compete on the bike. I hate seeing bike splits after each race knowing that is where I lose most of my time.
Transition 2
  • 00m 49s

In and out fairly quick. I put socks on so that added a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

  • 46m 51s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Negative split which was nice. Felt Ok the first loop, but didn't find my rhythm until the 2nd loop. I was getting faster and more confident. At mile marker 5 I pushed a really strong pace to the finish and felt good at the end. Was hoping for a better run, but I'll take it.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep working on my run form and technique, especially going uphill.
Post race
Warm down:

Enjoyed time with family, friends, and fellow triathletes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike strength on the hills.

Event comments:

Including the 10 males in the Elite/Open division, I would have finished 11th out of a total of 123 males. Not too bad! I'd do this race again next year if my schedule permits. Always like to compare year after year to assess my improvements!

Last updated: 2010-05-24 12:00 AM
00:23:31 | 1640 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/16
Overall: 2/113
Performance: Good
Suit: Synergy Adrenaline
Course: Counter clockwise rectangular 2-loop course.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:58
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
01:11:13 | 23.8 miles | 20.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 7/113
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Downhill and rolling going out, mostly uphill coming back.
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:51 | 06.21 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/16
Overall: 13/113
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loop rolling course within Fort Ritchie.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-08-09 8:34 AM

Subject: Fort Ritchie Triathlon

2010-08-09 10:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Fort Ritchie Triathlon
Wow, you had a really great race! Not many people were able to run a negative split after riding back up 491!  Nice race and congrats on a very strong finish time!
2010-08-09 10:12 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Subject: RE: Fort Ritchie Triathlon
Awesome time!

Congrats on the podium.
2010-08-15 7:53 AM
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Lancaster, PA
Subject: RE: Fort Ritchie Triathlon
Great race!
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