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XTERRA EX2 Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon - Triathlon

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Flintstone, Maryland
United States
EX2 Adventures
82F / 28C
Total Time = 4h 11m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/2
Pre-race routine:

Drove from Illinois to Maryland on Friday, stayed in Cumberland on Saturday before the race. Prerode the mtb course Saturday morning and was intimidated, even though I enjoyed the course. Went to bed early. This is a 9:00 a.m. start, so had pretty good breakfast at 6 a.m. At 8, had a lara bar, and just before the race started, had a GU.
Event warmup:

Got set up in transition and then waited around, chatting with other participants. Steve was volunteering at check in so we were on site pretty early. An hour before, I swam a bit in Lake Habeeb. Felt nervous.
  • 33m 30s
  • 1500 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

I'm overly cautious in open water, and since this was a two lap course, didn't want to get pounded by the fast people on their last lap. Started wide and stayed wide for most of the swim. At one point I thought I might have swam off course. There is a dam in this lake and I had the sense that there might be a very slight current pushing the swimmers. But overall this was a pretty decent swim for me. Longest ows without a wetsuit and I didn't panic or have to breast stroke.
What would you do differently?:

Just swim more and get faster
Transition 1
  • 00m

We did not receive T1 and T2 times for this event, it's all lumped in.
  • 2h 11m
  • 14 miles
  • 6.41 mile/hr

Tough course. Felt like I rode all right considering my lack of experience with rocky climbs and technical descents. The ability to preride the mtb course is definitely a plus for the local riders. I really enjoyed the course and passed a couple of people. Took my time and kept my sh*t together and tried not to get freaked out on the rock gardens.
What would you do differently?:

Probably should have ridden the course one more time, but didn't want to wear out my legs.
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 1h 26m
  • 5 miles
  • 17m 12s  min/mile

I botched this, my legs were tired and I had several near misses tripping over rocks. After that, I decided to just jog the non-sketchy areas. Which were few and far between. Found another racer who was walking most of the run and we encouraged each other. I did enjoy this course, it is very very beautiful, just would have liked to run more.
What would you do differently?:

More trail running would be helpful. I also think that stair climbing would be helpful in preparation for this race.
Post race
Warm down:

Found Steve and got a piece of pizza and a Gatorade. Everything tasted really good. Hung around and watched the awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need more trail running and practice climbing.

Event comments:

EX2 Adventures is a first class organization and it is obvious that they take great pride in their events. They also hold several mountain bike races and trail runs during the year. The director was very organized and patient. Seemed like the race went off without a hitch.

Last updated: 2014-03-14 12:00 AM
00:33:30 | 1500 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Two laps in a clean mountain lake. You start on a sandy beach and wade out to almost waist-deep water. The lake was shallow for a while. You can see the bottom for a long time, and then there is a lot of underwater vegetation that grows quite close to the surface. This kind of freaked me out.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:11:00 | 14 miles | 6.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
My cyclometer read 15.2 miles
Wind: None
Course: Two laps of a 7 mile mtb course. The first part goes around a park road, so you can garner speed there. You then cross the dam and go up some steps, cyclocross style, into the singletrack. Trail is a mix of fun, twisty singletrack; rock gardens, fire roads and one major climb up Evitt's Mountain. ONly a few really hardcore mtb guys were actually riding up the mountain, everyone else walked it. There is a two mile technical descent that was quite exciting.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:26:00 | 05 miles | 17m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Singletrack and fire roads through teh woods with a lot of rocks and roots. At mile 3 there is a big climb up Evitt's Mountain, then you go off to the left and go down into a sort of grotto with boulders. Cross a "flexible" bridge and then climb out of the grotto. It's more of a scramble at that point than a run.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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