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Reston, Virginia
United States
Reston Triathlon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 18m 50s
Overall Rank = 36/
Age Group = W30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/20
Pre-race routine:

shot of efs gel w/ pre-race 25 min prior to swim start.
Event warmup:

nothing. just tried to stay warm. it was pouring rain leading up to this.
  • 29m 20s
  • 1609 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

i really focused on form, staying relaxed and keeping up a good kick. i was really hoping for better than this. it's a PR. I'll take it for now. i knew that i'd need to be faster to have a chance in a competitive age group. i just give up too much time in olys on the swim.
i really have a suspicion that my siting and line sucks. i'm not sure how to work on this. might be spending a lot of time at the quarry next year.
What would you do differently?:

i need to swim more. plain and simple.
Transition 1
  • 01m 32s

i just felt completely out of it in t1. i usually do some good visualization of transitions prior to a race. i didn't do that here. i felt a little spacey as a result. i had to to take my chip and my garmin off to get my wetsuit off and then i wanted to make sure i got my wetsuit in the bag they provided. it's expensive enough that i didn't want to just hope that they'd do it for me. the ground was really slippery running in my cycling shoes also.
What would you do differently?:

if this had been an A race, i would have put more thought in my transitions. in the future, i might opt to not wear my garmin if i wear my LS wetsuit. it is just too much of a pain in the A to get my wetsuit over. i'm curious how other people counter this.
  • 1h 01m 25s
  • 22.3 miles
  • 21.79 mile/hr

i felt really fast on this from the beginning. i was passing people like they were standing still. about 3 miles in I saw Bailey on the side of the road. I stopped to give him my extra tubular and we struggled a bit to get my sack off to give to him. Not sure how long it took.

it was raining pretty decently for much of this ride. there was a lot of spray from other bikes. the course was very wet. i took the corners really easy. the time gained by pushing the corners was not worth it to me. I did come out of the saddle for almost all the hills. I wanted to try to push this bike.
I was really happy to see that this was the top female bike split. i got off not feeling too spent, and i stopped in the middle. i feel like i can take this a lot further. i'm excited.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 2s

again, not a great transition, but the conditions were challenging. i was pretty conservative heading to dismount because the roads were so wet. i almost slipped a few times running in my shoes again, and i had left all my stuff in a plastic bag because it was pouring when i set up in the morning. all in all, this was fine. also, as a point of fact, i went sockless on this run.
What would you do differently?:

  • 45m 35s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 20s  min/mile

i really just held on for this run. didn't feel great from the beginning, but i kept telling myself just don't choke. I knew that most of the women in my AG that were competitive were in the first wave. i had been in the second. I was curious to see when i would see them all. I hit the turn around in a pace that would be a PR if I could hold on. I willed myself to do so. Almost tossed my cookies a few times.
What would you do differently?:

i need to add a few training rides where i push the pace on the bike, push the climbs, etc and then brick off of them. i think i can really push the intensity higher on the bike then i have been doing and still have a solid run.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

doing an IM two weeks prior and not really training much at all for the last 3 weeks.

Event comments:

they really needed more sentries on the run. there were a few intersections that were unmanned and it become a matter of looking for the old, painted arrows. I know of a competitor who took a wrong turn, got lost and DNFed. this should not have happened. otherwise, great race.

Last updated: 2009-12-01 12:00 AM
00:29:20 | 1609 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/20
Overall: 99/
Performance: Average
Suit: long sleeve orca
Course: 1 loop out and back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:32
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:01:25 | 22.3 miles | 21.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 35/
Wind: None
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 84
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:02
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:45:35 | 06.21 miles | 07m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 40/
Performance: Good
7:36 7:41 7:32 7:36 7:16 7:17 6:03 for the last .2
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-09-13 8:15 PM

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Reston, VA
Subject: Reston Triathlon

2010-09-14 7:52 AM
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NOVA - Ironic for an Endurance Athlete
Subject: RE: Reston Triathlon
Congrats on a great race.  It WAS nice meeting you.  I may have been a little out of sorts at the finish.  I had redlined the last mile of the run.

I felt the same way about T1.  Loopy and unfocused.

You kicked butt on the bike.  I struggled to get into my shoes, and had to the first climb on top   You obviously had no such problems.

Congrats again
2010-09-16 2:54 PM
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Fairfax, VA
Subject: RE: Reston Triathlon
Kick- race - great job! 

Sorry to have weirded you out when I introduced myself as we were getting coffee...

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