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Elizabethtown, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 23m 33s
Overall Rank = 11/310
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/44
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:15am. Had some coffee and 4 eggo waffles. Packed up and left home at 6am for the 70min drive to race.
Event warmup:

None really. Swam a few strokes prior to gun
  • 31m 37s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Very choppy for a lake swim. I had tried to change from the open wave to the ag wave about a week ago in the hopes that I would just swim with people of similar ability and maybe I could get on some feet as opposed to being at the back of the open wave. Well b/c I started the NC series in open I have to stay there for the duration so open wave it was. Going into the race I really was looking to swim low 27 and if I had a good one I thought just under 27 was still somewhat realistic. Once I saw the water I knew I would not go that quick, but I would still think I should be at least 29 mid. Waiting for the start I did a few strokes and it felt ok and I thought I would go well, but once we start it was like I was not swimming. Not sure if I get worked up b/c everybody swims away from me so quick and then I stress out and flap around and take on water etc etc. I have never been freaked in ows before. Besides the fact that I was swimming like I was wearing concrete flippers I also had some extra distance to work with. I was basically going from sight buoy to sight buoy. After the final turn I locked onto the next buoy and started heading towards it. I sighted and I was like crap this thing is still miles away, kept going. Sighted again and it still seemed far away for being spaced every 100yds. I thought maybe they skipped a buoy. I then heard a noise in the water and it was a boat engine. I look up and the buoy I was sighting on had broken loose and was drifting away and the boat was coming to save it. I look to my right and the course buoy line is about 150yds to my right. So I have been swimming in a direction that is like 120deg off from the finish. Having a crap swim and heading in the wrong direction does not make for a very fast swim.
What would you do differently?:

take up duathlons
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

T1 was not very fast. A problem with the bad swim is that it got me really down and deflated. While swimming I actually thought to myself that screw this I am not even going to get on the bike. Needless to say I did not come sprinting up the dock. I also struggled a bit with the suit and sat down to pull it off.
What would you do differently?:

Not lose focus on race and not let the swim get m eso down
  • 1h 11m 48s
  • 27.96 miles
  • 23.36 mile/hr

I obv got over feeling sorry for myself and got on the bike. Starting out my legs were tired. The quads were feeling it. I hoped it was just from a long swim and trying to get up to power a little to quick and that they would come around. They never really got to a point that I felt good on the bike, but they did not really get any worse than when I started. Big headwind for the 1st 12mi. At about 6mi I just had my head down trying to grind it out and I rode straight off the shoulder of the road into the long grass. Got myself back on the asphalt and my powermeter went dead. So no data on this ride. For that first 6mi I was not hitting the power number I wanted so I am pretty certain that I never got it up there for this ride. I am thinking this was more along the lines of what I hope to do Raleigh 70.3 at. 10th OA bike split, so at the end of the day it was not a awful ride, but it was most definitely not what I had hoped for. By the end of the ride I was tired and I had worked really hard. I just did not have good sensations today on the bike. I guess if I was to find a silver lining it would be that I can sort of ride based on RPE and not 100% have to rely on power data. I do think that seeing data helps me b/c as a newer cyclist I tend to slip into a comfy zone on the bike where I am not working as hard as I should. This happened today after I lost power. at around 10mi I got passed by a guy I know is very strong on the bike and it sort of gave me a kick in the pants and woke me up that I was just going along and I was not really working hard enough.
What would you do differently?:

nothng on day
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s
  • 36m 39s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 05m 54s  min/mile

Coming in off the bike I was a little iffy about the run. I felt I had worked hard on the 2nd half of the bike and I was feeling it. I felt tired.

Knew I had to go out relaxed but not too easy. Got going and felt in control but felt like I was going pretty fast. Saw 6:37 at 1mi and thought it felt way quicker than that. I did not think it was to fast but I thought it was way faster than 6:37. Had people spaced out every 200yds or so ahead of me so I was always working on passing the next one. Got to the turnaround just past 3mi and I felt like I was going well and that it was sustainable for the duration. Saw that the guy who passed me on the bike was about 300yds ahead so I worked on catching him. Got him with just less than a mile to run and I went by hard and just kept it going. so I split 19:01 and by my calculation 17:38 coming back.

I had gone into the race with the goal of going sub 38, so I had a very good run. Overall I had 3rd fastest run so not to bad to be out running the whole field as a master, even with a very limited running year behind me.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

sat on a wall

What limited your ability to perform faster:

swim was awful

Last updated: 2012-12-27 12:00 AM
00:31:37 | 1640 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/44
Overall: 53/310
Performance: Bad
Suit: Vortex Full
Course: clockwise triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:19
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:11:48 | 27.96 miles | 23.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/44
Overall: 10/310
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: single loop
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:13
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:36:39 | 06.21 miles | 05m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/44
Overall: 3/310
Performance: Good
Course: flat out and back
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

2013-05-05 5:57 PM

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Wilmington, NC
Subject: Spring White Lake International Triathlon

2013-05-05 6:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Spring White Lake International Triathlon
No more bla bla bla swim was slow bla bla bla. That is an impressive race! Many things didn't go your way on the swim and despite your lack of good sensations on the bike you hammered along pretty well, and the run was just crazy fast! Maybe this relative lack of training is good for you - haha See you at the start and finish of between I figure you will just be a blur going in the opposite direction!
2013-05-05 6:22 PM
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Apex, NC
Subject: RE: Spring White Lake International Triathlon
Dude.  You are insane.  Balls of steel you have.  Well done Daryn, see you in a few weeks!
2013-05-05 9:36 PM
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N Carolina
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Congrats, Daryn!!!
2013-05-05 10:01 PM
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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Spring White Lake International Triathlon

Killer race, bro!

Man, hate it when something like the buoy gets unlodged...can throw off your whole race...looks like you recovered well, though, topping that fast bike split with a fast run...

Nice job!

Edited by d00d 2013-05-05 10:05 PM
2013-05-06 5:11 AM
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Wilmington, NC
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Thanks guys.

@japarker  Congrats on your finishes.  You are braver than I to do both.

@d00d The dislodged buoy  added insult to injury but did not throw my whole race. The swim is what threw the whole race. I think I am going to write to USAT and ask that they really work on promoting duathlons.


2013-05-06 6:19 AM
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University Park, MD
Subject: RE: Spring White Lake International Triathlon
Impressive. That's a darn strong finish after a cluster of a swim experience.
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