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Virgin Active London Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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London, Greater London
United Kingdom
Challenger World Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 37m 51s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 192/432
Pre-race routine:

My wave didn't start until 1455 (255pm) so I went over to see Monica finish her Olympic Plus race (Oly but with a 90K bike). We milled about for a while, met up with another friend and did some expo shopping, bike gawking and enjoyed some pace booty.
Event warmup:

Nothing really. Drank some Red Bull and the 5-Hour Energy and was hopped up and ready to rumble.
  • 36m 13s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards

The water never cleared for me. There were redcoats everywhere. I managed to look up at the clocktower as we approached the harbor and saw two lamps, knowing that meant they were coming by sea.
Transition 1
  • 04m 40s

Longest, limeyest transition ever. Seriuosly had to run out of the water, take off the wetsuit and bag it, run up a ramp, up a flight of limey stairs, down an aisle, about six blocks through the Limey ExCel Center, to my row, down that row and then I was able to finally put on my shoes and helmet and glasses and was off.
  • 1h 07m 24s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.12 mile/hr

Well that went well. Way better than I expected. For some reason the limeys don't like to ride their bikes fast down a hill. So I managed to pass about half of the pack when going through the Limehouse Tunnel (I think that's which tunnel it was) topping out at about 55KPH (35mph) on barely a hill.

But let's be honest here, I'm not that good a cyclist even on this side of the pond. The course was about 2K-3K short, according to my bike computer.
Transition 2
  • 02m 50s

Got caught by the Redcoats after unclipping my helmet before racking my bike. They held me but my guise was good enough (and my helmet clicked enough) that they let me go! I was worried I would be tortured with television shows about historical British politicians. Alas, I made my escape and was off on the run.
  • 46m 47s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Out along the docks and back. To the left, a parking lot. To the right, beautiful City Airport! Very scenic and peaceful. Saw the infamous chicken man running, though I think he was trying to be British Big Bird. And some dude in a dog costume carrying a flag. The limeys do like their fancy dress. Pretty easy course that a few of us pegged at 10.2K ... oh noesers! Maybe that made up for the short bike course. Whatevs.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, found my friend Alan, grabbed my stuff out of tranny and rode home. Met him at the rail station by my house (he took the train) and we went and got knackered with a few pints over a nice chinwag. And such.

Event comments:

Fun race, good times, PERFECT weather and well-organized considering it's the biggest triathlon in the world. London doesn't do much right, but it does know how to throw a pretty darned good triathlon!!!

Last updated: 2011-08-03 12:00 AM
00:36:13 | 1640 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/432
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Full sleeve wetsuit
Course: A nice swim in the Thames. The water tasted quite limey. It was the limeyest water I'd ever swam in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:40
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:07:24 | 24.85 miles | 22.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/432
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back along the Limey Highway. Redcoats everywhere.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:47 | 06.21 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/432
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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]

2011-08-03 5:05 AM

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Subject: Virgin Active London Triathlon

2011-08-04 10:15 AM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: Virgin Active London Triathlon

Nicely done babe! 

Next year... Oly plus! 

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