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Washington Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Washington, North Carolina
United States
FS Series
50F / 10C
Total Time = 5h 36m 6s
Overall Rank = 21/48
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/6
Pre-race routine:

Staid over at my parents' house on Friday night. Got up around 5 and fixed a light breakfast (ensure and 1/4 of a waffle). Drove to the site and set up the transition area
Event warmup:

jogged a little bit by myself and then with William. Visited with Carol and other racers
  • 31m 50s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

the wind blew from the west right down the river. probably 10 mph at race start. swam directly into the waves on the long stretch of the swim. not quite white caps but close. amazed that I was this fast.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 32s

not bad. got suit off and arm warmers on. little bit of trouble getting the shoes with the covers on the feet
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 3h 10m 23s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.65 mile/hr

had a tail wind going out at around 10 mph. As the morning went on the wind built closer to 20. by the time you made the turn back west it hit you head on. when you came out of woods into the farms, it was like hitting a wall. Was at the 21 mile mark at 1:05. just spun in from mile 28 trying to save the legs for the run
What would you do differently?:

train more on the bike. get the wind to stop blowing :)
Transition 2
  • 01m 51s

fingers wouldn't work too well because they were cold. I had to help William unclip his helmet because his fingers were so stiff as well.
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 1h 48m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 17s  min/mile

good run. kept the rotation of the feet moving. walked the aid stations at the turn around to get water in. Other than that ran and smiled.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

stretched and walked back out on the run course to cheer William in. He beat 6 hours on his first half. Shivered. a lot. got packed up and went home to sit in a warm tub.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

bike fitness and the wind on the bike

Event comments:

i enjoy this race. it is in it's second year, but FS does a great job of putting this on. The numbers are smaller, but that is not a bad thing. The location is perfect and the community very supportive.

Last updated: 2011-10-30 12:00 AM
00:31:50 | 2112 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 12/48
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: swim out at an outward angle then long straight line then an inward angle to the finish
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:32
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
03:10:23 | 56 miles | 17.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/6
Overall: 36/48
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: one loop out toward the north east, then south, then back in from the east
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:51
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:48:33 | 13.1 miles | 08m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 13/48
Performance: Good
Course: out and back through down town along the river and then across the river to Wichard's Beach Road and turn around x2
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-10-30 6:39 AM

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Kinston, NC
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2011-10-30 8:35 AM
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Great race! It was good to see a friendly face. Great swim and run in such lousy conditions.
2011-10-30 4:53 PM
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Congrats on your great performance in those tough conditions! You rocked it! I bet you are so proud of William, too

Great seeing you , as always!
2011-10-30 8:14 PM
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On my Bike or SUP, west of OBX
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Congrats on a great race!
2011-10-31 8:44 AM
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Great race! I can't prove it, but I think the wind kept getting stronger too. Near the end gusts hit me so hard I thought I was going to swerve into traffic.

It was nice meeting you and thanks for the advice. My feet froze anyway, but the toe covers were worth the little extra effort.

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