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Make-a-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony - Triathlon


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Bethany Beach, Delaware
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
55F / 13C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 57/178
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at around 5:30 with a really sore neck, so I immediately called for my personal masseuse to come and work on it. I waited around for a couple of minutes, then I remembered that I'm not Lance Armstrong. So, instead, I decided to take an Advil and suck itup.

Roused the family,and got dressed. Had a couple of Clif Builder Bars and a coffee on the way from the hotel to the venue. The lot was full, so we had to park about 1/4 mile from transition. I finally got to transition with not a lot of time to spare. I think this is a good thing, since I usually arrive super early, and spend way too much time getting antsy and bored.
Event warmup:

Didn't have time for much of a warmup. Jogged for about 5 minutes, then walked about 1 mile down the beach to the start.
Swim
  • 13m 27s
  • 1408 yards
  • 58s / 100 yards
Comments:

No, that swim time is not a typo.

Ok, first of all--the waves were pretty huge for Delaware. When my wife walked out the beach, she said she thought, "surely they're not going to make them swim in that?" It was my first run-into-the-water start, and my first real washing machine. Getting out through the waves, which were well over my head, was really tough. I definitely had a couple moments of near-panic, thinking, WTF am I doing out here?
Once I got around the first buoy, the current was incredible. The waves were so high, and there was so much chop, I couldn't see any of the other swimmers, the buoy's or much of anything, and I think I swam a little too far out to sea at one point. Occaisionally, I'd get a look at the pack, and I'd try to get into someone's wake, but I'd usually wind up passing them pretty quickly. Once I got around the last buoy, I bodysurfed onto the beach and climbed out, happy to be done with the whole thing.

I saw my wife and son as I got out. Apparently, my kid had found a pinecone he wanted to give me for luck, and when I ran past, he chased after me, up the ramp and out towards transition, causing some chaos among the volunteers who were trying to keep him from getting run over. I would've stopped if I'd seen him, but it all went on behind me and I had no idea.
What would you do differently?:

Not panic. I don't think it affected my time, but it wasn't fun havnig to fight the voices in my head telling me to quit for the first few minutes. More practice in similar conditions would probably help.
No real complaints, though. I mean, look at the time?
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s
Comments:

I felt like this was a just ok transition. No problems getting out of my suit or anything. THe time reflects a long run from the beach to T1. I didnt' leave my shoes on the bike, but I have gotten better at running while pushing the bike by the seatpost. My rack was right next to bike-out, which was nice.
What would you do differently?:

T1 is still a work in progress. More practice.
Bike
  • 20m 48s
  • 7 miles
  • 20.19 mile/hr
Comments:

Pretty strong headwinds on the way out. I tried to follow Bill's nutrition plan--just Powerade Endurance, with a gel w/ 5 minutes left. Since the course was so short, I really wated to hammer, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't too tired for the run. I also really wanted to bring my HR down. In the end, I was pretty happy with it, although I think I could have gone a little faster. I think I was more or less even in terms of people passed vs people who passed me.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s
Comments:

Almost managed the flying dismount, but dislodged on of my shoes and had to go back and get it. Otherwise fine. My rack was a mess, and the guy on the other side had precariously balanced his tri-bike so that the slightest wiggle of the rack would cause it to tip over. I did the best I could.
What would you do differently?:

Don't lose the shoe.
Run
  • 50m 3s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile
Comments:

Pretty good run. I started with an easy pace just to get my legs, and pushed it a little up the 3-mile long hill. Passed several people in my AG and didn't get passed by any. Had a gel w/caffeine at the 4-mile point, which was great. Played cat & mouse with this guy for most of the way back. I'd pass him, he'd pass me. Whenever I'd try to pass, he'd pick up his pace. Eventually, I decided, "I'm beating this guy." I started to pass him, and made him match my pace, and just kept accelleraring until he couldn't keep up, then I kept it up until he was well behind me, and never saw him again. That was kinda cool.
Got a blister around mile 2, which was pretty painful by mile 4 or so. Can't say whether it affected my pace.
What would you do differently?:

Don't get a blister. Race more. Again, I think I finished with a little more in the tank than I needed to. Probably coulda gone a little faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Went and got a bandaid at the medical tent. Put on warm clothes and walked back to the car to put my stuff away, then went to the picnic with my wife & kid.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mostly inexperience, I think.

Event comments:

I give this race a "2" because of the bike leg. Advertising an Olympic race and delivering a 7-mile bike leg is unacceptable. Otherwise, it was fine, although unremarkable. Post-race picnic was a nice event. Nothing really special about the bike or run course--along a highway. I certainly wouldn't consider the race again until they get the permits sorted out. And even then, it's a long way to travel (5 hrs) for a race that's just ok. I'm glad it was for a good cause, and I'm happy I was able to raise some money for make-a-wish, but, unless I had friends who were participating, or something, I don't think I'd do this race again.






Last updated: 2007-04-12 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:13:27 | 1408 yards | 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/178
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU Comp 2 Full
Course: Point to point along the beach, with the current.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:20:48 | 07 miles | 20.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/178
Performance: Average
HR was sky-high b/c after the swim & long run to T1, so I started a little slower than I would have liked.
Wind: Headwind
Course: 1 short loop. Long, shallow incline on the way out, flat & fast on the way in. Strong headwinds on the out as well as some gusty crosswinds.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:50:03 | 06.2 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/178
Performance: Good
HR averaged around 160-170.
Course: Out and back. Long, shallow climb out.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

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2007-09-17 10:22 AM

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2007-09-17 10:32 AM
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A sub-1:45 oly?  Man, that's smokin'!    Congrats on making the most of the race you were given- all those averages are fast (especially the swim, but we won't talk about that, Mr. Phelps.)  Just imagine how much faster you could have gone if you had had the lucky pinecone....
2007-09-17 10:43 AM
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Great job! Still a bummer that your bike leg was only 7 miles!  But you still went out there an killed it! Awesome!
2007-09-17 1:30 PM
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Great job out there, Jonah.  Don't worry, I'm sure the pinecone story won't come up in therapy that often .  Sorry the race wasn't all it could have been but your times were smokin' fast regardless.  Congratulations on a great race.
2007-09-17 3:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Make-a-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony

congratulations! you killed the uber sprint - or "sproly" as we once called a sorta long sorta short race down in long branch.

too bad you missed the lucky pinecone handoff - but so sweet your son was rooting for you! he is a button!

2007-09-18 3:56 PM
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Sounds like a crazy race. Big ol' waves with a nasty current, a 7 mile bike leg and then a 10k. Nice job getting out there and making the best of it!


2007-09-24 9:31 AM
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Subject: RE: Make-a-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony
Nice job. I go see this race every year, but haven't done it yet. I didn't realize they had shortened the bike leg! What a bummer. I know in years past they've had to change it around because of construction and whatnot, but 7 miles is really short. Still, great times for you!
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