I cannot believe we are less than a week away from race day! Here are a list of those who I know are racing. Help out if I missed anyone.
Justin Nunez #201
Phil Schmidtt #485
Andy MacDonald #771
Mike Teubner #917
Dirk Smith #1056
Hugh Harris #1214
Chris Vaughan #1536
Doug Hartman #1810
Kelzie Beebe #2090
Liz Tuebner #2125
Good luck to all competitors and good luck to everyone heading up to Philly this weekend. GO DC TRI!
Okay, I was checking the 10-day forecast and the other day I was a bit worried because it called for showers. Now, I see it's partly cloudy with a high of 72. Gosh, I'll do anything to get away from this heat...even do an Ironman.
Some of our best and brightest on that list and new legends will be carved into the fabric of DC Tri Club. Good Luck!
Honored to be in the company of all these veterans. I'll be getting in early Thursday and staying at the Holiday Inn two miles from the race site. Shoot me an email if anyone from the DC crew wants to meet up for a workout or meal. justinnunez AT gmail
It's gonna be a doozy. Looking forward to it. I hope we do DCTri proud out there in them hillz.
Awesome group heading to IM CdA! I see some Kona slots being earned.
Edited my posts today - I was just messing around but can understand that there are a lot more people nowadays reading this forum and sensitivity is key. Probably in bad taste - just an attempt at humor. Go crush that course!
Everyone, Justin and I are meeting on Friday, probably around 8:30am for a swim. Gotta test out both of my wetsuits. The weather is looking up. And if the lake is cold, then all of those Sandy Point swims in April will pay off.
And they're out of the water!
Phil Schmidt - 56:50
Chris Vaughan - 1:03:40
Kelzie Beebe - 1:05:08
Hugh Harris - 1:11:59
Justin Nunez - 1:13:13
Lis Teubner - 1:20:15
Mike Teubner - 1:29:21
Andy Macdonald - 1:32:25
Dirk Smith - 1:34:55
Just got a text from Doug Hartman #1810's wife. He's out of the water and on the bike. The athlete tracker is a little bit behind and not showing his time though.
Bike splits are coming in slowly, but everyone seems to be moving along. Who is this Matty Shryock (M18-24) in first place? Is he for real? 31:37 swim (who does that?!?!), 4:55:39 bike (22.73avg), and his first run split at 0.9miles is a 6:44 pace. And he's only 24. Amazing!
I doubt that his swim is that fast. He either went only one loop or the timing mat missed his second loop exit or more likely he lost his chip during the second loop and picked up another chip in the transition area.
He must have only done one loop because that would be a 50 sec/100meters which is a few seconds slower than the world record for just 100 meters. He still crushed the bike and run.
Phil is in number 28!!! Yes Phil, you make us VERY PROUD!!!
Go DC TRI!
Phil's in at 9:41, 6th in div and 28th overall as Amanda said.
Kelzie's in at 10:51, 2d in div.
Holy cow! Kona.
Rest are on the run course. Soon to be Ironmen (well, again for most of em).
Matt Shryock is an almost-pro triathlete who lives in Montana and trains with Linsey Corbin, who today ran a 3:04 marathon and broke both the IM CDA run and course records. Don't be fooled, he knows what's up with training and racing. All he needed was to place top-3 amateur in a domestic IM to get his pro card. Today he did that by less than one minute.
Anywho, over and out from CDA. This course is a deceptive doozy. A funny yet insightful race report to follow...when I can walk again.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT, DCTRI!!!
I'm curious about the run course for this race now. Virtually all the pros and really fast people are cruising for the first 22 miles (averaging like 6-7 minute mile paces, if not faster), but then after the 4th run split, their pace drops way down to 9-10 minute mile. Looking at the elevation profile, there doesn't seem to be a steep uphill. I'm curious to know why this happened.
But to all who competed: Congratulations! You all did awesome out there.
Hmmm. Looking at results I can definitely see the trend. I was thinking "that can't be right, I ran 9-10 min miles the whole time!" but you are right, even the pros did it.
The course is two loops, but the start/finish is much much closer (like 1 mile) to one end than to the other. So it essentially feels like two out-and-backs. You twist-and-turn through town and some neighborhoods, with one long gradual climb and a few short kickers, but the worse part is that it's broken up: 1 block, turn, 2 blocks, turn... Eventually you are spit out onto CDA Lake Drive, and it's a long drag to the turn-around. These 5-6 miles are notable for two reasons: 1) there are several gradual climbs and descents per trip and 2) it's a VERY CANTED bike/run path. Even the big climb that leads up to the turn around is canted right and twisting right like a spiral staircase. Feels like an inclined race car turn: fun in a car, not on legs. And then you run back with your left leg downhill for 3 miles and back through the neighborhoods with all their pace-and-chugging-interrupting turns.
Thinking back, now I understand why both my outer hamstrings and lateral gastrocnemeus heads were freaking out. The things that hurt on me today are all those little supporting muscles, especially around my right knee which spent more of the time downhill, that never usually hurt.
So...my guess as to the pace discrepancies is the wear-and-tear of running slanted, but also the mental battle of having to keep turning and not just put your head down and chug at the pace you have been battling to hold creates the effect. 21.75 miles is probably one mile back toward town from the last big hill climb to the turn around.
Then again you are also less than 5 miles from the end of an Ironman. No one looks good at that point.
Looking at your time and result, I bet you looked good in those last 5 miles! Congratulations on a great race.
Congrats to all you IM-CDA finisher and especially to Phil and Kelzie for qualifying for Kona! Everyone did an awesome job!