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Richmond, Virginia
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 02m 37s
Overall Rank = 50/265
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 7/44
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30, ate 2 cliff bars, 12 oz of gatorade, 12 oz of water. Drove 2 hours to Richmond, checked in, got set up and waited to jump into the water.
Event warmup:

Light stretching and chatting with the other swimmers
  • 04m 1s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 13s / 100 yards

This was a 25 M snake swim in a 6 lane pool at the YMCA. I seeded myself faster than last years winning time with the hopes that I would be close to the front. Unfortuanetly so did a lot of other people. Some members of the VMI swim team were there and were not happy to be seeded so low (they were between 15-30, including 22 - right ahead of me). The guy ahead of me said don't worry I would not pass him, which was instant motivation to make sure I went by him (I caught him at the 200 mark). Though I passed a bunch of people everyone stayed next to the lane line and really the walls were the only problem.
What would you do differently?:

Seed myself higher. I heard 15 people seeded themselves at a 1:00 per 100M (:50 seconds per 100 yds).
Transition 1
  • 01m 37s

Very long run from transition to get to your bike. Transition was fine. I stayed with the people I came out with.
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m
  • 12.43 miles
  • 22.60 mile/hr

Jumped on the bike and started pedaling - nothing happened. Looked down and my chain had fallen off. A spectator told me that my race was done and my heart just dropped. Thank goodness another guy told me that it was easy to fix (I had never had a chain fall off). He told me what to do and I fixed it and was off. 5 people passed me while I was messing with the chain and it probably cost me a minute. I was so mad that it happened that I tracked down all five people and were by them within the first 3 miles. From there I was cruising. I did not get passed once the entire time (way different then my other races) and was around 23 - 23.5 the entire rest of the race. Taking out a minute for my chain falling off, I avg'd 23.25 mph - way way faster than I ever have.

I thought this was a possibility this race. My last 2-3 weeks biking have been really good and I don't get passed very often on the W&OD trail. I used to get passed by everyone.
What would you do differently?:

Not have my chain fall off
Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

Fine transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 22m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 20s  min/mile

Overall good run - legs felt a little tired off the bike but I stuck with it and after the first mile I started to feel good. I did not pass anyone and was passed by 4 people but could tell I was smooth and moving well for me.

I did not realize we were turning into the finish until the very end. I would have pushed a little more if I had known the race was almost over.

This is a great course to see what you can do on a flat run.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank powerade and ate 4 huge chocolate chip cookies - the food was really good (Bagels, Oranges, Bananas, Water, Powerade, Cookies, etc)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike chain falling off

Event comments:

Great race to see what you can do or try out your first tri

Last updated: 2007-06-18 12:00 AM
00:04:01 | 328 yards | 01m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/44
Overall: 6/265
Performance: Average
Suit: One piece tri suit
Course: 6x25 meters snake swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:33:00 | 12.43 miles | 22.60 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/44
Overall: 50/265
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Relatively flat with a few small hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:22
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:22:49 | 03.11 miles | 07m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/44
Overall: 90/265
Course: Flat and fast
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-07-22 3:08 PM

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Reston, VA
Subject: Three Sports Triathlon

2007-07-22 4:54 PM
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South Jersey
Subject: RE: Three Sports Triathlon

Great job out there today. YOu looked pretty fast to me .

Sorry to hear about your chain, but you handled it well. And, nothing beats chocolate chip cookies after a race. I usually consume a few of them before heading to the "real" food .

Take care.

2007-07-22 6:15 PM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: RE: Three Sports Triathlon
Nice job - I was there today & since I didn't start my swim until nearly 8:30, I'm pretty sure I saw you fixing your chain - way cool that you did so well considering that! I would have freaked out.

It's tough with the pool swim - you almost have to lie to be in a position to swim...if you don't lie, you end up swimming up people the whole way. Sounds like yours ended up just right.

Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you!

2007-07-22 7:38 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
Subject: RE: Three Sports Triathlon
Nice race Dan!!  Amazing bike time, especially with the chain and all.  23 MPH... that new yellow bike is doing the trick.  And your swim time is just silly.  Great job.
2007-07-22 8:55 PM
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Great are really fast!  Thanks for the kind words and support this past week...
2007-07-23 9:07 PM
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we enjoyed watching the early swim waves go off---you all were fast! great race!

2007-07-24 7:12 AM
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Great Race - Of course, the spectator that told you were done that was hoping you would lose heart because they saw you were ahead of their racer. Good job again.

2007-07-24 9:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Three Sports Triathlon
SSSMMMOKKIN! GREAT bike leg, and the swim, was, well, in true docswim style. When are we going to start training for IMLP? I think I could use some of your good biking vibes! Anyway, sweet race - sounds like you really had fun with it! ~ Joe
2007-07-26 6:30 AM
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King George, VA
Subject: RE: Three Sports Triathlon
Pretty darn fast, dude!  Awesome!  Great job on the run especially after the 22+ pace on the bike.
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