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  • #32980
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    The Club is already on it with Training Peaks! We discussed the same scenario at this month’s Board meeting on Monday. The TrainingPeaks coordinator from the Club has it on his to-do list for this week.

    This are very unusual times, thank goodness we have an exercise outlet 🙂

    Cindy

     

    #28295
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    Brady Nelson – Kelly Lefler, always with a smile, cheer and cowbell

    Member – Bryan Frank, does all the jobs when no one else volunteers

    Rookie – Jules Bilowich, wins a clock first race

    Veteran – John Chambers, just shows up and goes at any distance

    Veteran – Courtney Benedict, KONA!!! After 10 years of trying

     

    #25522
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    I will start since I just did PR. On the bike, I used Honey Stinger gels every 40 minutes, starting with non-caffeine for the first 2 and caffeinated for the last 2. Since it was hot and the run was going to be brutally hot, I also took a SaltStick tablet in between the gels (ie 20 minutes after a gel). For fluids I used Osmo and carried a bottle of water to wash down the gels/tablets. Personally, I can’t chew when I am racing so that rules out a lot of options for me.

     

    #25489
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    I am more than happy to share my lessons learned!  Ideally you want to train in the conditions that you will be racing.  Since I live in DC, none of that was an option.  No heat acclimation, no open water swims, no outdoor riding but I did run outside 🙂  Also there are some things that you just can’t plan on, like getting a nasty cold a few days before the race.

    I had to toss all my race plans out the window with a new goal of finishing. “Strong and steady” became my mantra. I also knew I had to be flexible and pay attention to how my body was reacting. I had the confidence that my training had prepared me but with my foggy head I had been forgetting things. So I really tried to keep the race plan simple – swim, bike, run while eating/drinking on a set schedule.

    Swim – I am swimmer by nature, so my initial goal was to take it easy and relaxed. I lined up in the 2nd row of my wave which is not typical for me. As I am looking around, I realize I was going to be kicked in the body and/or head as soon as the gun went off. So at the last minute, I moved up to the front row. And lucky me, I am next to gal who ended up swimming at my pace.  I was able to draft off of her for 2/3 of the 1.2 miles. I knew she was sighting often and could trust her lead, so I settled into nice smooth strokes and just watched her feet as she threaded us through the traffic of swimmers ahead of us. I always try to find someone to draft off in the swim, but it only seems to last for a few strokes.  The benefits of drafting can be gained by swimming next to a swimmer just below their hips or directly behind them. I was 1st out of the water in my AG and 2nd in my wave, which was a complete surprise given my reduced effort.

    Bike – I really had to throw away my race goals on the 56 mile bike. Thanks to DC Tri’s Off Season and TrainerRoad programs, I was hitting new power number records and looking forward to see the improvements.  Instead I focused on my cadence and newly revised and lower RPE, rate of perceived effort. I kept my nutrition simple to avoid mistakes, every 20 minutes I alternated between a gel and salt tablet while sipping non-stop from my Osmo bottle. I washed down the nutrition with water. Towards the end of the bike, I could feel the leg fatigue so I scaled back the power and upped my cadence to try to spin out my legs for the run.

    Run – I was 1st off the bike in my AG and knew immediately I was in trouble on the run. I was lightheaded and extremely hot in spite of ridiculous amounts of ice packed everywhere. The cold had made lightheaded and foggy prior to the race so this was not a surprise but one mile in, I really did not see how I could finish another 12 without passing out especially in the brutal heat. I focused on putting one foot in front of the other, staying on my nutrition even though I wanted none of it and packing the ice in. At mile 4 and my 4th aid station, the volunteer gave me a bag of ice to carry as I was leaving since I was fully packed already. This small move ended up being a game/race changer for me. As I rotated the bag of ice between my hands, my head cleared and now I knew I could finish. It wasn’t pretty, I was cramping and did a lot of walking while struggling with the heat. I think I took 7 salt tablets during the run, initially on a schedule then every time I felt a cramp coming on. I wasn’t even disappointed when I was finally passed at the 9 mile mark since I knew I could finish it out. I also knew my age group had 3 spots for Worlds, which was my main goal to earn one. The run course was 2 out and backs, that was fully lined with cheering spectators which was huge for motivation. Several had hoses out and were thankfully spraying us. At the finish line, I was whisked away to medical to get my temperature down. I passed the glucose test with flying colors – bonus, thank you nutrition! I ended up 2nd in my age group, earned my spot for Worlds along with my teammate Kelly Lefler so it was a successful day.

    Looking back, there is only one major thing I would change (besides getting sick) and I knew this from my Eagleman races but forgot – T2. In T2, I should have taken more time to re-hydrate and re-group and get my body temperature down. Once the wind from the bike stops, the heat just descends on you. If you start overheated, it makes it that much more difficult to get it back down. Also learned on the run, carry a bag of ice in your hands in addition to the usual spots (hat, front/back of bra and shorts).

    Happy training everyone and I will see you out there once it stops being cold!

    #24986
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    Chain Bridge Road in Palisades – 1 mile long of torture

    #24538
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    I am looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow night and helping Coach AJ.  See everyone at 6:30 at Tenleytown Library!

    Cindy

    #24537
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    I am looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow night and helping Coach AJ.  See everyone at 6:30 at Tenleytown Library!

    Cindy

    #24536
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    I am looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow night and helping Coach AJ.  See everyone at 6:30 at Tenleytown Library!

    Cindy

    #24079
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    I have the Garmin Forerunner 735XT and have been very happy.  I switched from the Garmin Forerunner 920XT a few years ago because of the built-in HR sensor (no more HR straps cutting into my skin) and the smaller profile watch face. I use the watch for my run training and triathlon racing. I don’t use for my bike training since my bike computer is easier to read while biking. It can also be used to monitor your sleep but I found I don’t like having anything on my wrist while I sleep. I have used it a couple of times for pool swimming but it doesn’t like it when I swim non-freestyle and will miscount my laps. It is easier for me to see the pool clock on deck, so this is not an issue for me. I have been very pleased with the watch and recommend it.

    #23455
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    As someone also in the 55+ age group and a member with the club ~10 years, I also was hesitant to participate in club activities initially.  I joined the club for the discounts which more than covered my membership cost.  Everyone was younger and faster.  I was passed so many times on River Rd, there was no way I was joining the Saturday ride. But I kept running into DC Tri folks at the races who were very friendly and encouraging.  So I made an effort to get involved.  Evening activities were a challenge due to family issues so I volunteered with the training programs.  I learned that age is a non-issue and you can always find someone at your pace.  I am now a regular on the Saturday rides who happily let the fast folks drop me like a rock and I ride with folks at my speed.  And the friendships I have made are priceless!

    #21822
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    Absolutely!

    Cindy

    #21730
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    Mike,

    I did Alcatraz this year and it is an epic race.  It didn’t hurt that we had beautiful weather.  Briefly, here is some information and I am happy to provide deeper detail, especially if you decide to race it.

    Swim – the temperature was a non-issue by race day, which was my 3rd time in the water.  I jumped in briefly on the day we arrived (it was cold).  Swam a little longer on Saturday and found it more manageable.  And didn’t even notice it on race day.  Currents and wave swells were a challenge.  Disclaimer – I am a swimmer and comfortable in the water.

    Bike – was a sh!t show.  The course was crowded, very hilly and roads were in horrible condition for the most part.  Water bottles were flying everywhere.  Because I am a swimmer, I was in the first 3rd of the racers on the course.  The debris was so much worse as I came back in the out/back course.  Normally I am a fearless downhiller/racer, but I had fear on this course.  As hill prep, I did some training around Deep Creek lake and Mt. Weather and found the course “relatively” easier (ie the steep sections were shorter).  It was beautiful when I was brave enough to glance around.

    Run – beautiful vistas every time you turn a corner. All on crushed gravel except the beach section (ie quicksand) and sand ladder. There were several areas of stairs, which were all manageable except for inability to pass.

    I can’t speak to cost since I won a free entry via Nations Tri.  We stayed near the race venue so we didn’t have to deal with the buses on race morning.  There are not any really nice hotels, just some motels in the area and I would stay there again.  Also very convenient to the Presido (shake out ride) and beach (practice swims) and easily walkable to Ghiradelli Square (did post race).

    If you decide to race it, I can give some more specific information to help you on race day.

    Cindy

    #21437
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    Summer!  We can switch with standard time as we have in the past.

    #21164
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    Fyi the tent is by the Swim in and Bike in. It will be there for both the Olympic and Sprint races.

    #21107
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    Getting excited for AG Nats!!

    The Club tent is making the trip with us, so look for it.  We will try to set it up near transition/run course on the grass.  We do not have an event coordinator so bring your own chair/snacks/drinks, etc.  All racers and spectators are welcomed.  Come keep me company on Saturday while I wait for my late wave start!

    Cindy

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