Sounds like Andy answered all the questions quite well! Only tid bit I'll add is take the 2nd to last turn easy. It's a hard, less than 90 deg, turn from Greens Corner Rd onto Eastham Rd. I was around the over 34 fast guys and slowed down just before it. A couple guys collided, no serious wrecks but it could've been ugly.
See you out there Sunday!!
I'm doing the Sprint & would love to meet up with folks!
I'm doing the sprint and am headed down the morning of. I can take two others with bikes in my car. Any takers?
What does the total drive time take from Arlington? about 1 hour?
I think it is more like 1.5 hours. I'd be up for sharing a ride but have to jet after to get back on a plane to Italy! I am down for meeting up before the race down there. It's my first tri so I'll be taking any pointers.
i'm worried about the swim...even though I know it's only 15 minutes or so. my wetsuit is sleeveless and i can't bring myself to buy a second wetsuit just for a sprint when most of my tris thsi yr will be later in the summer. does anyone have any suggestions for, um, supplementing my wetsuit? have folks worn sleeves or thermal caps, or booties? or do they just deal with it usually, knowing it'll be over soon? i'm a little worried i might hyperventilate since that's happened to me before in cold water.
any advice from you seasoned members would be welcome!
I have a sleeveless suit and was just planning to suck it up for the olympic swim. Caveat: I did a polar bear plunge in January and attempted to swim in only a speedo a few days ago when I got all the way out to Sandy Point and realized I forgot my wetsuit.
If you think you'll be uncomfortable and/or hyperventilate, spend the $35 and rent a full-sleeved suit.
Another tip I heard from a Richmond triathlete: take a cup of warm (not hot) water and pour it into the front of your suit before you enter the cold water. I've never tried this and have no idea if it works or not.
Warm water works... Or you could just pee in your wetsuit
well that's a given.
warm cup of water easily translates to pee in your wetsuit. While warming yourself in a cocoon of your own bodily fluids might not sound agreeable right now, if you're cold enough, it's an easy decision! Plus you won't ever need to look for a port-a-lou in T1. :)
Yeah, before I became a triathlete, I never considered that I'd pee on myself on a regular basis. ;)
Speak for yourself...
It's a good DC Tri forum day when people are talking about peeing on themselves!
That saves precious minutes in transition going to the porta-john.
I swam an ocean swim last year in a sleeveless wetsuit, and the water was 67 deg. and I was fine. I'm also the world's wussiest cold water swimmer.
Cold water can definitely give you "brain freeze," so I'd recommend at least 2 swimcaps (if you don't want to invest in the neoprene cap, which can run you about $30), and silicone earplugs - very malleable and keeps the water out.
Then just focus on controlled breathing, and know in about 4 minutes, your body will adjust.
I'll be relaying at both races this weekend (wearing Team Z green). I'll be cheering for my DC Tri peeps, too.
If anyone would like to stay in a house about 30 minutes from the race site, I have an extra room in the house I've rented. Let me know if you're interested and I'll provide all of the details
If you are doing the sprint tomorrow, Carrie Cambell, myself and a couple others are meeting up near the packet pick-up area at 7:45am. Look for a Fairfax Four Miler sweatshirt or an orange bike jersey.
Did anyone who raced today get the actual water temp at race time?
Upper 60's...really quite nice once you got in and swam a bit.
Now those rogue waves, on the other hand...
Did the intl today. Swim temp was fine, choppy but will not be as bad tomorrow. Very easy to spot buoys. Be careful on the last leg - final turn buoy not in line with finish area.
Has anybody seen results yet?
Bike was fine, well marked. Same for run but crowded - two loops with people going in both directions.
Biggest pain was check - in. Two lines for all 600+ people. Hopefully fixed tomorrow.
Sunday night now...anybody seen results?