Monday, September 14, 2009

Nations Triathlon Race Report

The logistics for this race are a pain in the ass but on race day you forget about it.
I woke up at 4 AM drice down and at 5 am I was at DC getting a parking everything went pretty quick. I set up the transition say hello to a lot of people chill out and went to swim area to wait. There was a tons of people. I chill out with some DC tri people while waiting. I thought about the amount of bike on the course. Finally time to get in the clean water of the Potomac for the 2nd day in a row. I did the practice swim on Saturday to try figure out the river currents. Was a great Idea.

The swim as I enter the water I knew that I have to go the out side and look for the second tunnel left wall as the current was going to push me to the inside. This turn out to be a great move as I didn't get any body on my way I had a good clear Path. Going to the turn around was nice and smooth but coming back was a little bit of trouble because of people from the front wave the sun and the current pushing you the opposite way. Yes was something like that. The time was 27:39 23 seconds better than the ITU race that have the same swim course.

T1 was long imagine 4500 bike that's a lot. Time 2:59 what I consider not bad considering the size

Bike: The bike course is fast nice not to technical and some unexpected minor climbs. To my bad luck my HR monitor didn't work neither my speed so I was riding base on cadence effort everything went good until the last 7 miles that my cycling legs decide to turn off.I just survived the rest of the bike.I think the missing work outs because of my move had something to do with my turn off. Time a good but not what I was looking for 1:10:43 avg 21 MPH

T2 a lot of bike coming out while I was coming in. A little bit of trouble getting through the bikes coming out but ok shoes and to roll. Time 1:53

The run is mostly flat through Hains Point. My run has not been there the last month and a 1/2 so this was going to be a good test to see where I was. I was rocking for the first 4 1/2 mile as I was on a 7:14 pace but then I hit the wall and the last mile and 1/2 was slower I just enjoy the last 400 meters and enter the finish line dancing to the music of Eminem 8 mile song to pump the crowd. time 45:26 7:20 mile Pace.

Total: 27:39 t1 2:59 bike 1:10:43 T2 1:53 run 45:26 total 2:28:39 51 out of 350+
Overall was a good race to know where I am standing for my 1/2 in 2 weeks. I was a little disappointed on the bike because I was expecting to be around the 1:07's or 1:08's.The run was good I am just 1 minute under what I was on June. So not bad. The swim was ok I improve but came to the conclusion that the river for some reason makes you go slow. Overall was a good race but not great

Finally the race is well run and organize. If you are looking for a city race this one is really good fun and with all levels of competition. The crowds cheering on the swim and the run turn out to be good more than I expected considering the fact that a lot of people in DC only care about drinking and partying in their free time. So thanks for those who came out to volunteer and cheer.
This Race will become a classic so I recommend it to anybody.

Have a great week


Shannon said...

Awesome race report....sorry we missed each other. I did pretty good except for the swim, check out my race report later in the week. Congratulations!

Lacey Nicole said...

WOW that is a big race!!!! congrats! you did a really great job recapping this. 1:10 on the bike isn't that far off from 1:07-1:08, you are right there. and that was a great idea, very smart, to test the water ahead of time. and you rocked the run! even for hitting a wall you really kept up your pace. i like how you use your races as a measure, and forward looking to the next thing, look at what you should work on for it. nice job!!

irotante said...

Enhorabuena por ser un Finisher con el traductor de Google me entere algo de como te fue animo y a por la proxima
Un abrazo

Rainmaker said...

Very nicely done - major congrats!