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Dan Fiduccia Spring Biathlon 2007 - Biathlon (swim/run)

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Mclean, Virginia
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 43m 9s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

The event took place at 300+ acres of woods ands trails that belong to a private boarding school. The morning of the race I found out that the run will be taking place at very hilly horse trails. Wow! A lot of people who do this event every year shared stories of this "excruciating" run, then the race official told us that it is "ok to mention his name in not such polite manner when we start the hills"... I was in for something I did not expect.
Event warmup:

I did not warm up in a pool because i was in a wave C so I did not want to get cold. I just did some typical "swimmer" warm up exercises.
  • 09m 40s
  • 525 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

I started having some "worry" breathing problems right away. I'm one of those people who get race jitters. It took me about 50 m to regain my pace. I got tired pretty quickly because to date my longest non-stop swim was 500m, so swimming it at a faster pace wore me out. At one point I inhaled some water so i had to race my head and swim to couple of breast strokes to breathe. I was glad to finish!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing i guess... I wish I had more time to train. If I train harder I can improve my event time by 10 minutes next year.
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s

It was my first real T1. I approximate my time here because I felt somewhat disoriented after the swim so I did nither hit a split button on my watch nor did I sit down on my towel right away which i should have done because i wobbled a lot getting my shirt and pants on (it was cold and windy out so extra layer was a must)
What would you do differently?:

Sit down to get my stuff on!!!
  • 31m 10s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

It was really hard course. At the beginning of the race I thought this event was a best thing because there was no biking portion. What I learned when I started my run that there was no way to reset my longs from burning. From a difficult swim I had to go straight for a hilly run. I managed to position myself in between waves so I ran alone half the course. At one point I made a wrong turn and lost about a minute looking for my way out. The hills started one I turned to the woody part of the course. It literally went up all the way there and half of the way back if it is at all possible... to make matter worst it was a horse trail covered with gravel so i kept sliding on all those little rocks. I switched to walking twice for 20 steps. I was really happy when the volunteer told me that I only had 350 yards to go. It was the best news on the entire day. My husband and my baby sprinted last 100 yards with me ;-)
What would you do differently?:

Run more hills.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a little, drank a little

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough sprint training. My longs were burning!

Event comments:

Swim Run events are HARDER then Tri's.

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Last updated: 2007-01-12 12:00 AM
00:09:40 | 525 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: IronMan Tri
Course: Shared pool lane
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time:  02:20
Overall: Average
Removing cap, goggles and wetsuit: Good
Getting into shoes: Average
00:31:10 | 03.11 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly, 70% off road
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2007-05-07 9:35 AM

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Reston, VA
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Subject: Dan Fiduccia Spring Biathlon 2007

2007-05-07 8:54 PM
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Bay Area, CA
Subject: RE: Dan Fiduccia Spring Biathlon 2007

And now you know... sometimes those RD's are very sadistic.

Great job out there!

2007-05-07 9:16 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: Dan Fiduccia Spring Biathlon 2007
Awesome job Z!  Love the pictures too   You really kicked butt!
2007-05-07 10:30 PM
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Fort Worth, Texas
Subject: RE: Dan Fiduccia Spring Biathlon 2007
Great race! You certainly had a good time for a race you thought was too challenging for you. Way to go, I like the pics!
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