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Culpeper International Triathlon - Triathlon

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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
77F / 25C
Total Time = 2h 20m 27s
Overall Rank = 12/223
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/20
Pre-race routine:

5 egg omelet, a few berries, Ensure and two cups of tea. Left house at 5.15 a.m.
Event warmup:

Swam around for about 10 minutes. Lots of stretching of legs and lower back.
  • 22m 5s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 28s / 100 meters

First open water swim in about a year where I really felt like I was on -- I was just doing it right. I was pushing, but not out of control fast and leading to blow up. I had good extension. I didn't run into or over anyone from the first wave. I found all the buoys. It was just a nice, fast swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 33s

I thought that I had a good transition. Compared to everyone else -- it stunk! I had the 10th fastest for my age group and 61st for the whole race. Obviously I'm doing it wrong and spending time on something I don't need to do. (I ran the whole way.)
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure. I found the bike quickly. I got out of the suit well enough. I need to just grab and dash.
  • 1h 06m 57s
  • 24 miles
  • 21.51 mile/hr

I got passed a 150 meters into the bike on a steep uphill. I kept that guy in sight for 19 miles then repassed him for good. At 20 miles I got passed by Mike Stevenson from Ignite. We yo-yoed a couple times but he came in to T2 ahead of me. Other than that, I caught about half a dozen people and had the roads to myself.
What would you do differently?:

Don't do a brick the day before. I had no spark for the uphills and was consistently dropped -- the elastic stretched extremely far -- on the uphill sections.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

I think I futzed a bit too long with my socks. Speed laces helped. Did much better running with visor/belt in hand. Did not wear glasses because I didn't want to mess with them and that worked out well.
What would you do differently?:

Every movement has to be faster. I was 9th for my AG but 77th overall with this time.
  • 48m 37s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 52s  min/km

After about two miles I was pretty much in damage control. There were out and backs and the people in front kept stretching out further and further away -- I couldn't get myself up the hills. I actually felt pretty good on mile six -- it was mostly downhill or flat. Ate a Roctane at mile 3. Only drank water on course...about 3 times.
What would you do differently?:

I kept running and working the whole way, but it was not an intense "I'm racing" driving type of work. When I started to feel really bad -- my mind went to triage instead of pushing.
Like the bike, I didn't have much spark in my legs.
Post race
Warm down:

A little stretching, a lot of fluids and then I went for a 2.5 mile run at 9:50 min/mile pace.

Event comments:

The organization was well done. There was a 15 minute delay at the start to let some more lake haze burn off -- good decision. There were bike support/referees on the bike course and sheriffs out helping with intersections. All in all, good all around with a friendly low-key atmosphere.
Pretty lake too.

Last updated: 2014-07-31 12:00 AM
00:22:05 | 1500 meters | 01m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 2/223
Performance: Good
Suit: Roka Viper
Course: Counterclockwise -- three left hand turns, then 100 meters to a right hand turn then 100 meters to the finish.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:33
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:06:57 | 24 miles | 21.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 9/223
Performance: Good
Forgot hrm at my desk at work. I was aiming for an NP of 263. I ended up with average power of 239 and normalized power of 250. My max was in the first minute going uphill out of transition at 558 watts. I rode fairly even with an intensity factor of .901. I was aiming for about .94 or .95. Mike Stevenson from Ignite Endurance passed me as we approached the 20 mile mark. I gave him a shout and then chased. It was really good to have a carrot in front for the last four miles.
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills with only one that was really "big" of any sort.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:18
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:48:37 | 10 kms | 04m 52s  min/km
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 48/223
Performance: Below average
7:47, 7:55, 7:49, 8:30, 8:02, 7:34, :42. No HRM.
Course: Hilly, two loops, 2-3 right hand turns that take you to an out/back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2014-08-04 1:21 PM

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2014-08-04 1:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Culpeper International Triathlon
nice race report - I did the sprint last year for it and wish I had raced this year
2014-08-04 2:19 PM
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Falls Church
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Congrats!!!  Didn't know you were a BT'er.  So am I!! (as hoffsquared).

Great to see you yesterday and quite an inspiring performance given your heavy training the day before.

Melanie aka hoffsquared.

2014-08-05 1:29 PM
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South Windsor, CT
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Nice race!
Fix that transition lag and taper a bit more to help with the R/B sections...and keep up the fine training.

you just ROCK, Kent!!
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