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Washington, DC, District of Columbia
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 41m 32s
Overall Rank = 80/490
Age Group = M55-59
Age Group Rank = 5/20
Pre-race routine:

Even though this is sort of a huge event, I only tripped over it online a few days ago, and had to sign up just because of the image of the Lincoln Memorial in the background of the swim, and even though I'm totally out of shape.

We in the sprint got kicked out of transition and waited about for an hour and a half. I sort of wandered around and looked at the sights for an hour.
Event warmup:

  • 17m 34s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

There was a good self-seeded start, with groups of 8 jumping feet first off the dock every 15 or 20 seconds. This made the course not too crowded.

The sleeveless wet suit and one cap were perfect. This was advertised as an 80F swim, and half or more of the field went polar.

Unlike a SoCal race, much of the field was inexperienced with a lot of casual athletes. I seeded myself in the second corral out of about 8, and swam through a lot of rookie open water swimmers.

For me, there were few surprises. It was a fun, easy swim. My sighting was on, and I rounded the corners well. The only challenge was how spread apart the field was, so I couldn't go on autopilot and follow people. One guy who was almost as fast as I was obnoxiously swam breast stroke the whole way. I should turn him in to Slowtwitch ;) When the field was clear near the exit, I swam a few strokes of fly for fun.
What would you do differently?:

Nada. I was a smidge slow from not swimming for months.
Transition 1
  • 02m 57s

Speedy. 28 overall, about 6% back.

This was efficient enough. I was lucky to have an end spot, so the bike was easy to find. I rubber-banded the shoes, and although I wasn't fast and efficient, it worked.

The Neosport practically fell off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 54m 7s
  • 26.5 kms
  • 29.38 km/hr

An easy cruise, only 150W. My swim and run felt better than the bike, and I hardly put any effort into it, but did best in the field on the bike. Shrug.

The course was amazing, past the Watergate to Rock Creek Park, back toward toward the Mall, and south of downtown. A surprise was looking up and being next to the Pentagon - I had no idea it was on the Potomac.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

89 overall. Sort of speedy.

I'd hoped for countdown signs into T2, but was caught totally by surprise, and only had one foot out when I was dismount.

Again, efficient enough. I racked, grabbed my hat and number belt and trotted off.
  • 25m 32s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 07s  min/km

This is my slowest run in years, but it was more or less an easy jog. Gorgeous sights.
Post race
Warm down:

Since I knew I probably didn't podium, I didn't even check the timing table. I grabbed a water and a snack, packed up, and rolled to the Foggy Bottom Metro. The train ride back was painless.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My results.

Event comments:

The race is very well produced, and I appreciate the security at transition, even though my race got kicked out an hour and a half early.

It was challenging to have sign-in the previous day, three miles from transition, but, hey, it's a complex metropolitan area.

Last updated: 2017-09-12 12:00 AM
00:17:34 | 750 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/20
Overall: 132/490
Performance: Average
Suit: Neosport sleeveless
Course: A rectangle in the Potomac
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:54:07 | 26.5 kms | 29.38 km/hr
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 99/490
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: All over DC. They shut down the town for this.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:23
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:32 | 05 kms | 05m 07s  min/km
Age Group: 8/20
Overall: 132/490
Performance: Below average
Course: A loop below the Jefferson Memorial.
Keeping cool 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] 4

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