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Luray, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 35m 37s
Overall Rank = 45/204
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 6/28
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15, packed car and headed down. Had a gatorade, 12 oz water and 2 cliff bars on the way
Event warmup:

Ran with Dave (guy I swim with, he is freaking good, 6 time kona qualifier) for about a half mile. Light stretching and it was time to race!
  • 22m 54s
  • 1750 yards
  • 01m 19s / 100 yards

No wetsuits allowed = perfect. Since this was my first Olympic of the year and I saw a guy I raced at Culpepper and knew was fast, I decided to lay back a little and drag. This worked out really well as the big guy (he is 6'6ish or so) took off right from the beginning and I simply sat on his feet the entire course. Our wave was set up so it was all M 34 and under.

My swim was very relaxed and I did not feel at any point other than the first 200 yards or so that I pushed this. I was able to put over 3 minutes of time on the 2nd place person in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - I went a little off course at the end but overall my pace was ok and the effort level was cruise control.
Transition 1
  • 02m 47s

This was a disaster. Everything was fine until I tried to put on my tri suit - it took 3 attempts and at least a full minute to get it one - first time inside out, next time upside down and then finally on right. I lost 1.5 minutes on all the top guys.
What would you do differently?:

Next time I am either wearing my full tri suit or not putting on a shirt at all and going topless. This is what the top people all did.
  • 1h 21m 11s
  • 27.1 miles
  • 20.03 mile/hr

This course was really hilly and really fun. After about a quarter mile you start on a roller coaster like downhill. It is the biggest hill I have ever been on and my top speed was 43 mph - whoohooo - fun stuff. Climbing the hill was not so fun (as in 7mph not so fun) but oh well. This was a very challenging course but it was still a very pretty ride and the drops were amazing. There was a little loose gravel around some of the turns so if anyone is doing the sprint tomorrow - be careful.

The actual course was listed at 25 but a bunch of my friends bike computers showed this was 27.1
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice hills - downhill and straightaways I can somewhat keep up with the fast people...uphill I get smoked.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

Had some trouble with my shoelaces - need to get those speedlaces.
  • 47m 44s
  • 5.8 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

The course description said 6.2 miles but peoples GPS's said 5.8. The winning times seemed to confirm this.

My legs were toast from the last hill and this was a struggle. Running is my weakest event anyway so throw in a hard bike and a rolling course and ouch. I kept a steady pace the whole way through and made it in. Time was better than I expected even using 5.8 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more and ask my father why he could not pass his running genes to me. He wins his AG in all the events he does.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate and drank a lot. The food was phenom - pizza, burgers, hot dogs, pbj, gatorade, water, cookies, pretzels, all types of fruits, chips, etc....worth it just for the food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need more practice on the run - I always get caught on the run.

I was happy with my performance as this race had a ton of depth at the top (My time would have placed me 18 overall and 2 or 3 AG last year) and was maybe the most competitive field I have faced to date.

Event comments:

Really fun race - course is beautiful. Saw a bunch of people I train with and met Shelly from BT who is way cool. :)

Last updated: 2007-02-06 12:00 AM
00:22:54 | 1750 yards | 01m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/28
Overall: 3/204
Performance: Good
2 times around course
Suit: Desoto tri bottom
Course: 2 times around the course in a small lake
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:47
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:21:11 | 27.1 miles | 20.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/28
Overall: 60/204
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:47:44 | 05.8 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/28
Overall: 84/204
Performance: Average
Course: Rolling
Keeping cool Average 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

2007-08-18 6:05 PM

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Reston, VA
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2007-08-19 9:57 AM
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King George, VA
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Good race!  Wish I could have done it, too.  Your swimming too fast, man!


2007-08-19 3:17 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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really impressive showing for your first Olympic!  great race, Dan!!  North Carolina awaits, I'm sure...
2007-08-19 5:50 PM
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Sweet race, Dan. The bar has been set HIGH! Congrats ~ Joe
2007-08-20 7:19 AM
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great job on your first Olympic!  awesome swim.  just remember, don't put on anything in Transition.  What you start the race wearing is what you should end the race wearing (sans wetsuit or course).

2007-08-20 7:31 AM
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Great job! I did the sprint yesterday - a couple of people seriously wiped out on the bike course. I was petrified and walked down that first hill - where I saw a dude go shoulder over shoulder (someone cut him off), losing a layer of skin on his one arm. And I'm sorry to report that miraculously, it rained on Saturday night, causing the lake to drop to the wetsuit-legal temp of 76 - odd

2007-08-20 8:52 AM
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Reston VA
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Awesome race and awesome report!

I need to find you at the next race and draft off of you

It was nice meeting you too

2007-08-20 3:15 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Great race and you kicked butt. That was a great day for the race the weather could not have been better and it was a nice course.

2007-08-21 7:30 AM
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Doc Rocks! WHAT AN AWESOME RACE! Your hard work training has clearly paid off. As always, also, your swim AMAZZZZZEEEESSS me! Maybe I can get in a doc's swim workout when I come down that way. By the way, do WE get to vote on whether you go shirtless? Hmm... Great showing, Doc - be proud.
2008-12-18 12:59 PM
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