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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Set-up, Inc.
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 35m 9s
Overall Rank = 123/324
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 10/34
  • 15m 49s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Decent swim considering it was the first OWS without a wetsuit. It took about 30 sec to actually find water deep enough to swim in. I went relatively easy out to the first mark so as not to get caught in the washing machine. After the first mark, I got into my typical pace and started passing a lot of people in my age group and one or two from the previous start. Sighting was right on it except for the final leg, which I think I took too wide. A chick did swim over top of me on that last leg, which I thought was kind of funny considering I was a little off course. That girl was frickn fast though.
What would you do differently?:

Need to be more aggressive at the start. Sucks passing people that revert to frog style kicking. They make too wide of an obstruction. And when I go to pass, they get back in freestyle. Be faster at the start and draft off the fast dudes.
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s

Decent T1. Put my cycling shoes on in transition. No wetsuit.
  • 50m 21s
  • 15.8 miles
  • 18.83 mile/hr

Hammered the flats and downhills! If it was flat, I was going 24+. Climbing still sucks ass in a major way. Not too much to say about this one. I pretty much held my ground on the bike. Had a gel with about 3 miles to go. The last turn into the park was a tight downhill; I thought for sure someone was going to wipeout. I made up a lot of ground on the downhills and turns and was able to pass people that passed me on the hills. The little climb to the dismount line cause a little bit of a jam-up, but I managed not to stop.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course. The course was mostly rolling; should have known which hills to power over and which ones to sit back and spin. At least I knew where the big ones were from the map on BT. I can't complain, but I probably could have come up with another .25 mph. Heard course lengths from 15.6 to 16.2. I had 16.2, which included the ~.1 mi to the line from the rack, so my comp is still slightly off. But it was definitely more than 15.5.
Order my tri shoes sooner so I can wear them and learn that fancy trick all the cool kids do.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Stupid me racked the bike from the wrong side and had to run to the other to get to my stuff. Good T2 though. I did feel a slight cramp in my right calf, which was a little concern. I ended up being nothing; probably just a little tight from hammering that last little hill to the dismount line.
  • 26m 14s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 26s  min/mile

Sucked ASS! Not too bad really considering I can't run a 5k at a decent clip anyway. The first two miles were awful. I mean just shuffle jogging really. Made sure to give props to Riddle, Scott, and the Richmond Tri Members that I saw on the way to the finish during my first mile. I was basically in "defend my position" at this point. I had to let a few age groupers go. I was hoping that I had put enough time between most of them on the bike. I was at 18' at mile 2. The worst of the hills were behind me so I was able to pick it up a bit. I told myself that I could do that last mile in 8 min and managed to get on it. So the last 1.1 mile was in 8 min, which wasn't too bad for me. Good thing since the next age grouper was 20 sec behind me. There was an overall dude 3 sec behind me in the standings too! Just goes to show that you should always finish strong even if someone is not on your tail.
What would you do differently?:

Duh! Run more! Suck it up at the start and RUN! Stop being a pansy, who cares if you can't feel your legs moving! I was hoping to push myself at the start of the run, but that damn hill sapped my determination. I was surprised to see my HR avg was only 181. I think I could have pushed that closer to 185 for most of the 5k.
Post race
Warm down:

water and gator-aid, cookies. stretched a little. praying my knee didn't start hurting.
Got to Fredericksburg, and drank some beer.

Last updated: 2007-05-25 12:00 AM
00:15:49 | 820 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/34
Overall: 112/324
Performance: Average
Avg: 160 Max: 188
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:50:21 | 15.8 miles | 18.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/34
Overall: 116/324
Performance: Good
Avg: 180 Max: 189
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:26:14 | 03.11 miles | 08m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/34
Overall: 209/324
Performance: Good
Avg: 181 Max: 190
Course: hilly! The first 2 miles, basically up, the last one was down.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2007-08-06 8:01 AM

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King George, VA
Subject: Culpeper Sprint

2007-08-06 9:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Culpeper Sprint
Nice race, David.  I think I heard you yell "BT!" on the run course, but I was in my own little world trying to run down the two guys in front of me.  Hoepfully the knee pain stayed away.  Good job!
2007-08-06 12:05 PM
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Reston, VA
Subject: RE: Culpeper Sprint
Nice job - way to place top 10 in the AG. I have heard that this bike course is tough and everyone's rr seems to confirm.

Again - way to go and nice race!
2007-08-06 12:39 PM
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Awesome job!! Way to push through and break the top 10 in your AG!! (What is that...the 19-24 yrs olds?)  Doing more bike/run bricks in your training will help you with the jell-o leg running too.  Glad to see you made an appt to get your knee checked out!!  Don't want to keep muckin it up and making it worse!!!  Great job! You rocked it!

2007-08-07 8:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Culpeper Sprint
Great race! Seems like everyone agreed that run was really tough, even those of you running fast and without cramps! See you at Naylor's Beach perhaps... I hear the swim can be interesting there. Have you done it before?
2007-08-07 9:02 AM
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shenandoah valley
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Great job. It was good to meet you. Knock out a few bricks at race pace and you'll do fine.

Have a great day.

2007-08-07 10:13 AM
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great work! looks like you had a great overall race out there! and hit some of those goals. good work. hope the knee is okay.
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