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Washington Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Washington, North Carolina
United States
FS Series
50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 6h 30m 58s
Overall Rank = 39/?
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 2/4
Pre-race routine:

Woke up many times during the night. Got up for good @ 5:30AM and ate breakfast. Headed to the site and was setting up transition around 6AM.
Event warmup:

Only swam about 50 yards as a warm up as I had to go back and switch goggle. Tinted goggles were a no go.
Swim
  • 43m 6s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards
Comments:

Toughest swim of my life. THe wind was 10-20 mph and made for lots of chop. Fog made sighting hard. We had one single wave for everyone. After 300 yards I was seriously wondering why I was doing this and contemplating DNF'ing. Did not learn until later that they were pulling people from the course.

After the first turn bouy we had to swim the longest length against the strong current. I found a sort-of-groove here. Swallowed more water than I can ever remember during a swim and coughed a great deal.

I figure I would get through it and kept going. Happy I toughed it out.
What would you do differently?:

Pray for better weather!
Transition 1
  • 03m 45s
Comments:

Was pretty good at this considering I was taking off booties and wetsuit, putting on socks and arm warmers (THANK GOD for those!)
Bike
  • 3h 01m 9s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.55 mile/hr
Comments:

This started well. I ws passed i by 2 guys early and then no one else the rest of the way. After 10 miles I had a 20.2 mph average. After 20 I was up to 20.4, and 20.59 at 25 miles. However right about mile 28 turned into a headwind that would tear the nipples off a witch! Average speed dropped dramatically. Was doing 15-17 for quite a while. There were open fields all over and no shield from the wind. My back tighted up trying to maintain pace.

Beacause my hands were cold, at mile 49 I dropped a water bottle that held flat soda. I stopped a turned around for it as I really needed it.

I ate a gel every 40 minutes or so and drank water and soda regularly.

Despite my socks, my feet were freezing by the time I got to T2.

I have to admit that the wind tore in to me again for this last 28 miles that I thought about DNF'ing, but figure worse case I could walk 13.1 miles.
Transition 2
  • 02m 38s
Comments:

Since I had not sweated through my socks I did not change them. Kept the arm warmers on too. Grabbed some gels and my salt stick and was off.
Run
  • 2h 40m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

The wind and my stiff back made this a run from hell. (At least one of the circles of Dante's Inferno). Saw a buddy Scottie at the aide station right outside T2. He asked How I was doing. I told him I was in a world of pain and could not feel my left foot. He told me lots of racers had the same lack of feeling in their feet.

I did a regular run/walk. It was better than Augusta! My back made the first lap hard. I had to walk and stretch it regularly.

The second lap my right calf knotted up with the effort to deal with my lower right back. I could run for 5 cones then walk one. Then 4/1, then 3/1. It was brutal. Knew I would finish, but kept thinking what would this be like on a day with no wind (like 2 days earlier).

On the bright side I had no achillies pain during the run and my left knee held up well.

This course was very open, went along the water and crossed a bridge 4 times. As a result there was very little protection from the never ending wind.
What would you do differently?:

Drive!
Post race
Warm down:

Froze! Got a medal and packed up as I hobbled to my car. my teeth were chattering for the first 50 miles home despite having the heat on and the seat warmer on high.

I have the typical sore muscles, but added to that I have irritaitons to my under arms, neck upper quads and privates. The post-race shower at home hurt so bad I thought that if the GErmans or Japanese used this as torture during WWII I would tell them anything. I pray to feel better tomorrow.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weather and my weight.

Event comments:

FS series knocked it out of the park. There were volunteers and police everywhere and the swag was top notch. I have never seen so many racers wearing the free clothing (Cool Hoodies).




Last updated: 2011-06-16 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:43:06 | 2112 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 37/?
Performance: Below average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Clockwise triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 03:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
03:01:09 | 56 miles | 18.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 27/?
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 02:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:40:21 | 13.1 miles | 12m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 40/?
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 lap out-and-back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2011-10-29 9:36 PM

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2011-10-29 10:26 PM
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I like that swim!
2011-10-29 10:36 PM
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Doug, congrats on persevering! A witch nipple ripper of a wind did not deter you one minutae! Way to go, way to keep your head in the game. No one said it would be easy. Excellent podium! Now, go rest and recover.
2011-10-29 10:45 PM
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Way to tough it out under the crazy conditions, your assessments are spot on! That water and wind was really something else, and I was doing the run/walk too!  Congrats on an awesome finish!
2011-10-29 11:53 PM
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Great race, but gotta be honest.... THATS SOUNDS TERRIBLE!!! TOUGH CONDITIONS?  YUCK!
2011-10-30 12:09 AM
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Yowza!!! That race is super hard-core!!! Way to persevere! Every inch of it sounds brutal! Congratulations. Hope you are warming up now!!


2011-10-30 6:49 AM
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that was a great description of the wind at mile 28   I also agree that I was well hydrated after that swim

Great job!

2011-10-30 9:06 AM
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Way to get it done, Doug! I was just vol'ing out there and I was frozen, I couldn't image being on that bike after the brutal swim! You still threw up impressive numbers and a podium! 
2011-10-30 10:39 AM
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take your skirt off sally...  no socks next time!  ha.

great job hanging in there is sh+tty conditions.  faster and a tougher course that augusta.  great job man.  and very happy to hear no achilles issues.

2011-10-30 12:24 PM
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Great job hanging tough out there.  Brutal and ouch is all I can say.

I really oved your determination out there....help me along.

2011-10-30 3:06 PM
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Great job sticking it out! I think the tough conditions just made it a cooler race. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



2011-10-30 4:41 PM
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Can I just copy and paste your race report into mine? That swim was tough. I didn't realize they were pulling people out. I usually enjoy tough swims, but this one was just really hard. I didn't get into a groove until about 3/4 of the way through it. And it was devastating to hit that headwind on the bike and then see the sign "Washington, 22 miles", knowing that's what the rest of the ride was going to be! You did great out there despite the back pain, way to HTFU!

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2011-10-30 4:56 PM
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Awesome way to tough it out Doug. Hey what doesn't kill you makes you tougher.
2011-10-30 5:31 PM
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Great mental toughness out there yesterday!  You held it together and finished after contemplating DNFing multiple times.  Smart and gutsy!
2011-10-30 6:03 PM
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BTW, Doug got 2nd place in his age group, beating out 3rd place by 4 minutes. Those 4 minutes could easily have been lost by not toughing it out thru the back pain as you did on the run. I saw you out there and you were doing great keeping up a solid run/walk pace and it paid off. Nice work! Did you realize it and get your mug?
2011-10-30 6:13 PM
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Mug? I had no idea. I can't even find my medal now.


2011-10-30 8:00 PM
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Great job Doug!  I'll remember this RR next time I think the weather is bad for an event....

2011-10-30 8:04 PM
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Awesome job Doug, way to fight through the elements. 
2011-10-30 8:06 PM
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Great Job!!  I remember both of us fighting cramps there at the end..  Way to battle through it. 
2011-10-31 3:08 AM
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Way to fight through it Doug.   Sounds like it was really, really brutal out there.
2011-10-31 4:29 AM
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Well done! Sounds a bit like a torture march but as my wife always reminds me: "you paid to do that!" so I suppose there's a definite sense of achievement in completing a race like that which most of us won't achieve. Great effort Doug!


2011-10-31 12:36 PM
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Love all the metaphors!! :-)

WTG to tough out the tough course!! I'm sure you ain't the only one feeling this way. Reading your RR makes ME feel cold all the way in Vegas! 

 

Great job Doug!!!!

2011-10-31 2:47 PM
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Great job Doug!
2011-10-31 7:50 PM
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Well done, Doug! Sounds like a super tough day, but you persevered!
2011-10-31 8:54 PM
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Man, tough day but you came out good.  Winds and cold make for hard times, way to keep positive man.
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