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Baltimore, Maryland
United States
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76F / 24C
Total Time = 59m 57s
Overall Rank = 46/265
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/12
Pre-race routine:

Had night before meal of pizza, wings and ice cream. Pre-race meal of champions. :-)

Went to bed early...surprisingly slept pretty well. Got up at 4:30 and had coffee and a small bowl of cereal. Left the house at 5:55 and drove the 10ish minutes to the race site. Unpacked all my crap and walked 1/2 mile to transition. Set up my transition, got body marking done and grabbed my timing chip.

Equipment List: Desoto Carrera shorts, MMTC race kit (looked like a bright red sausage). Timex watch for swim, Garmin Edge 800 on bike, FR210 on run. Fuji ACR Roubaix with clip-ons, 11/28 cassette.

Brought my sherpas (wife and daughter, otherwise known as "bad cop" and "good cop" - more on this later).
Event warmup:

Jogged around for maybe 2-3 minutes and did some stretching. They called us down to the pool area around 6:45 so off I went. National Anthem, quick rest room break, jumped in the pool to get wet, and then waited my turn.

We all were joking around about how none of us had any idea how we got seeded where we did. 8
  • 05m 59s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

You would think that when you seed yourself by selecting your anticipated swim time, folks would at least be in the ballpark. I seeded myself to swim around 5:30 for the 300, which I've done easily in the past. First 25y went great, felt awesome. Hit the turn and in about 10y I was already gaining fast on the swimmer in front of me. Got to 75y and passed her after tapping her foot (she did a good job of allowing me to pass). Got to maybe 125y and tried to pass the next guy. He sped up. Then slows down in the dead middle of the lane. He's like a freakin' buoy blocking the entire lane. Now there are about 4-5 swimmers all over each other. So, off the next turn I basically go all out (this is the 175-200 length, I think) and pass the DB. I get to the wall and let the person behind me pass, and then I had to stomp it again to keep ahead of Mr. I'm in the Pool By Myself. The sprint cooked me...I just swam in from there. Final 50 was good. Hit the wall about 5:35.

Solid swim for me, but that redline sprint got my HR way too high this early.
What would you do differently?:

Seed myself higher. I have no problem letting people pass me in the pool. Happens to me all the time in Masters so I'm good at it by now. :-)
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

Long run uphill from the pool to T1 (maybe 200 yards or so?). Wife (bad cop) is yelling at me to hurry the hell up. Daughter is yelling "Go Daddy Go".

HR is WAY too high now, so concentration was tough. Almost fell over twice putting bike shoes on. Transition area was pretty wet, so it was tough getting my socks on.

I'm really slow at his T thing. 117th??? REALLY??
What would you do differently?:

Not have a picnic at T1.
  • 25m 22s
  • 7.67 miles
  • 18.11 mile/hr

Ran out of T1, got to the mount line and tried to clip in my left foot. No go. I just started pedaling as best I could on top of my Speedplays and my right foot clipped in. It was probably a half mile before I could get my left in. Ugh.

I had never ridden the course before so I took the first lap about 90% 1) to learn where everything was, and 2) get my HR down a bit.

2nd loop was faster. Passed maybe 5 people that were ahead of me, plus a bunch of folks in later waves on their first loop. No one passed me, and I crushed the uphills. :-)

Probably only raced a mile in aero due to the technical nature of the course, and my unfamiliarity with it.

24/265 overall...can't complain about that.

Unclipped the bike and run into T2

What would you do differently?:

Know the course ahead of time, but honestly given my need to get my HR under control it probably didn't matter. Drink more; technical course took me off my game a bit on that.
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s

Nothing special. Got in and out. Helmet off, shoes off, bike racked, running shoes on, bib strap on, go.
What would you do differently?:

Practice...way too slow. 169/265. Yeah, you read that right. In a beginner race. Shouda brought a bottle of wine to my picnic.
  • 24m 7s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 51s  min/mile

Started out of the usual good cop/bad cop routine ("Go Daddy Go!!! We're so proud of you!!!" vs. "This is a RACE Harris!!! Get going!!!"). Mi familia...uh!!! :-)

First 75 yards was up a steep wet grass hill so I eased into this, go to the top and then it's two loops around the lake. I wanted to do the first mile just sub-8, but the legs and breathing just weren't liking anything below about 8:10. I started to loosen up maybe a mile or so into and settled into about 7:50. Walked the water stops for 3-4 seconds. Got passed by two runners (none in my AG), passed a gazzillion on the 2nd loop, mostly swim specialists. Gave everyone kudos. Tried to kick at about 2.7 but I was full-on in the Pain Cave at this point. Just maintained pace and finished about 24:07...a little above goal but faster than last week's open 5K.

Ran the tangents perfectly...Garmin read 3.0 or so.
What would you do differently?:

Run a harder first mile, but I just didn't have it in me today.
Post race
Warm down:

Cold towel, water, medal around neck, timing chip removal. The usual stuff. Grabbed T-stuff, walked back to car. Jogged around a stretched a bit. Drove 10 minutes :-) back to house.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim chaos, lousy transitions, not knowing the bike course,

Oh, and absolutely no taper.

Event comments:

Podium, baby!!! Well, sorta. After the top 3 overall and top 3 Masters are pulled out of the mix, and the guy who got DQ'd...3rd in AG M 40-44. First ever...I'll take it. :-) transitions might need some work. Ya think???? Ugh.

Bad cop says "'ve been running your whole life??? You should be sub-22!!!" Tough crowd. :-)

Happy overall with the results...first tri in three years and did well. Oh, and by the way, I seeded my self 89th in the swim and came in 87th. Just sayin'.

Good race overall...great for beginners because it's a pool swim and a flat run course. HILLY bike. Well-run, perfectly on time.

Great for sherpas got to watch my whole swim, bike start/finish, plus a good part of the run.

T-shirt is cool too. It has a giraffe on it. :-)

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Last updated: 2013-08-02 12:00 AM
00:05:59 | 300 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/12
Overall: 89/265
Performance: Good
includes run to end of pool...actual swim time 5:35ish
Course: 300y serpentine swim...10s interval start
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:05
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:25:22 | 07.67 miles | 18.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 24/265
Performance: Good
HR: avg 136 max 143
Wind: None
Course: This is a very technical course, lots of turns and hills. One big descent that ends at really sharp turn so you lose all momentum. It's through a park so there are a bunch of speed bumps too. Just under 8 miles. 3/4 mile out, two 3ish mile loops, 3/4 mile back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:26
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:07 | 03.11 miles | 07m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/12
Overall: 59/265
Performance: Good
HR: avg 142, max 150ish
Course: out of T2 up a little grass hill, then 2 laps around Druid Hill Reservoir Lake...more or less flat but the the part of the loop where the start/finish is, is the top of the hill. So, an uphill finish. My 5K PR (23:06) is more-or-less this course, so I was hoping for a sub-24 result.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-08-12 8:35 AM

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Middle River, Maryland
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Subject: Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon

2013-08-12 9:23 AM
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Englewood, Florida
Subject: RE: Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon

Dude, your picnic comments cracked me up! And that pic is awesome. Take the podium and be happy, but keep on working.

Great job.

2013-08-12 10:35 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
Subject: RE: Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon

Nice race! 

PO DI UM!!!!!!!

2013-08-12 10:40 AM
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Jenison, MI
Subject: RE: Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon
Good work, and congrats on the AG podium!

Go work those transitions, man...can you run and/or bike without socks? I train in socks most of the time, but I race without. A little bit of talcum powder in the shoes and they go right on. Try training first before racing, though, so you don't end up with bad blisters. I do have tri specific shoes for the bike, so my transition is solely just run in, remove the wetsuit (if wearing), put on the helmet, put on the sunglasses, grab the bike and run out. For T2, it's even feet are out of the shoes before I hit the dismount line, I run in, put the bike on the rack, take the helmet off, slip feet into the running shoes, grab my visor and I'm off. Socks would cost me another 20 seconds in that, at least, I think.

Anyway, great job! Hope you had a blast!
2013-08-12 2:12 PM
in reply to: MSU_Brad

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That is an AWESOME RR.  I love the good cop, bad cop routine.  I have those too, except they live in my head and the bad cop always wins;)

Very strong race gets you firmly back in the game.  What's next maestro?

p.s. You take great race pics! 

2013-08-12 2:28 PM
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"Shouda brought a bottle of wine to my picnic."  Bwah ha ha ha ha!!  Funny!!  Hey, you podium-ed, so you couldn't have had THAT great of a picnic!   Congrats on an excellent job seeding yourself in the swim (even if others didn't) and rocking the bike and run.

2013-08-13 8:12 AM
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Washington, DC Metro
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Hey man great race!  Congrats on the podium spot.  I didn't stick around for the awards this year, since I had other commitments... I hope you got some cool award swag!!
2013-08-13 12:50 PM
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Livonia, MI
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Woo-hoo, congrats on the podium!!  And even with a T2 picnic Laughing  Way to rock it out!!
2013-08-13 1:01 PM
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This is a race Harris!!!! Hahahahaha

Awesome. Just awesome. I love your pre race meal very very much btw.

2013-08-13 1:19 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon

Dude, your bad cop is one tough cookie!  Well seeded!  I couldn't pull off a 5:30 swim on a 300 without needing CPR!

Sweet bike & run splits!  That is one fast crowd at your race!


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