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Rev3 Williamsburg - Half Course - Triathlon

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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
84F / 29C
Total Time = 5h 32m 45s
Overall Rank = 103/355
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 17/35
Pre-race routine:

Ate oat meal at hotel. Drove to race site and set up transition. Waiting for race to start.
Event warmup:

Took a short swim in the river just to check out the water.
  • 33m 39s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 44s / 100 meters

The swim was very fast and current aided. it was also the grossest swim I have ever done. The water was completely black and smelled badly. There was a sand bar at about 500 meters that required navigating. The last 200 meters the water was about 4 inches deep. The bottom was muck and weeds up to your knees. You could swim or run through it. I ended up lunging forward.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

My bike shoes insert wouldn't lay flat so I had to put shoe on several times.
  • 2h 44m 19s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.45 mile/hr

I had to stop at the first aid station because my aero bottle was loose and in danger of falling off. It took a while to find an opening to return to the course. I lost probably 2 minutes. Otherwise, the bike was good.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure all my equipment is working properly before the race.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s
  • 2h 10m 36s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 58s  min/mile

This is the best run I've had in a half in a while. The time does include a bathroom stop at the start of the run. The second lap was getting hot. I actually ran the first 9+ miles before I had to spend some time walking. It was great seeing so many RTC people on the course.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on improving my run again. This is still over 15 minutes slower than my half runs from a couple years ago.
Post race
Warm down:

I went to hang out in the RTC tent with a large number of RTC people. After collecting myself, I had a burger and a beer and talked to the others.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to keep working on my run.

Event comments:

There are a lot of positives about this race. The swim in very fast. The bike is a good course that is mostly fast with a few ups and downs to keep you honest. I would recommend a new location for the second aid station as it was dangerous to be right around a curve on a downhill. The run course is nice along the Capital Trail. The swim, however, is very gross and in places not swimmable. I'm not sure what the answer is for this, but the swim is a problem.

Last updated: 2017-07-10 12:00 AM
00:33:39 | 1931 meters | 01m 44s / 100meters
Age Group: 16/35
Overall: 109/355
Performance: Good
Suit: tri suit
Course: The course starts in a narrow channel and then heads out towards the main channel of the river. After rounding several buoys, you swim in to a ramp near the bridge.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 30C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:44:19 | 56 miles | 20.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/35
Overall: 101/355
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The course goes over the river and along Route 5. It then turns north for about 30 miles through the country on narrow roads. It ends up on Route 5 again about 20 miles from transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:45
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:10:36 | 13.1 miles | 09m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/35
Overall: 145/355
Performance: Average
Course: The course goes out along the Capital Trail, over the river, and out about 3.2 miles. You take 2 laps of this before returning to the park for the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 3

2017-07-10 10:06 AM


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