Monthly Archives: June 2008

Manassas Mini Tri Race Report


This was a really short race that I wanted to use to test out my ankle it was a 250 yard swim, 4 mile bike, and 1.4 mile run. I was 13th out of ~330 and 3rd in 20-24 Age group in a time of 27:18. I found this race on-line and based on last years times I thought I might have a chance to win. My time was 30 seconds faster then lasts years winner but I guess 12 other people had the same idea I did. This makes it 3 straight top 3 age group finishes for me.



The race was at the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. It’s a nice little campus. We got there about a half hour before the start and went and got the body marking numbers done without much hassle. I got to the transition area to rack my bike and was surprised to see how low the racks were. It should look like this.

 But the race director didn’t set them up correctly so could rack the bike by the seat. What I had to do was use a piece of string and tie my on by the stem. This would cost me some trying to put it back after the bike leg.

Swim (250 yards 4:24, 63th)

This picture sums up the swim well. I haven’t race a 250 but I probably should have been able to swim this in about 3:50 or 3:45. Since it was a pool swim they started everyone 5 seconds apart and you went up one lane and back down the next. Since I signed up after on-line registration was closed they had already seeded everyone by swim time so instead of being the 20th or so person in the pool there were only about 10 people after me. There was a lot of doggy paddling and breast stroking going on in this speed of swimmer and I had to do a lot of passing. I felt kinda bad bumping into a lot of people who you could tell it was their first race and they hadn’ been in the pool in a really long time. I lost time and wasted a lot of energy passing people I was disappointed I had to go off the back of the race but that’s what I get for signing up late.

Bike (13:24, 7th, included both transitions with long run from pool to bike so actual bike time was about 10-11 minutes)

Thetransition was a long run from the pool out to the bikes. I got on my bike and got going. It was a 4 mile race so I just hammered it the entire way. This was the first race with my new bike and it felt great. The course made a 1/2 star like shape and had 3 U-Turns so there was a lot of slowing and picking back up speed. There was a slightly downhill section were kept up 30 mph for a long time. I was worried about safety on the course because I was one of the last one out but it turned out to be alright. I average about 24-25 mph and given the slowdown for the turnarounds I am happy with that.

there’s me running back in to transition with my bike. My brother is in the blue. I had trouble getting my bike racked and actually had to lie it down on it’s side, that cost a couple more seconds.

Run (9:31, 28th)

Not a whole lot going on with the run It was an out and turnaround route. I was trying to break ten minutes so I’m happy with that. Just the like the bike I sprinted from the start and tried to hold on. I tried to turn it up a notch the last quarter mile but just didn’t have it today.



Stuck around to pick up my award. Before the awards ceremony They had two kids (probably 4-8 years old) duathlons were they ran around the parking lot, biked and then ran again. It was really funny to see becasue they had to do the run with helmets on and some these kids were getting competitive. 

As a note the kid that won broke 25 minutes which is fast. He was total ringer though. He competed in the ITU Junior World Championships a couple weeks and I think he was in town to visit family this weekend and did the race.   

Overall this was a fun race and is a good way for lots of people to get into triathlons and see how much fun it can be. I was a little disappointed with the swim but that’s my fault, if it fits in my schedule I would probably do this race again next year.

Nike Ads and Tiger Woods at the US Open

I really like what Nike has done with their ads lately. The SPARQ ads are really fun to watch, it’s essentially I work as my ass and I’m gonna kick yours so you better watch out.

The other thing they do a good job of is the timing of their ads. This ran last night when I was watching the US Open.

What makes the timing great is the fact Tiger  is coming back from a knee injury and this is his first tournament since surgery, he hasn’t competed in about 3 months. You could clearly see since the first day that his knee was bothering him. Then halfway though his third round he makes a swing and you can see it buckle and he is extraordinary pain.

Tiger regroups mentally and has an amazing birdie, eagle finish to take the lead at the end of the third round. He is clearly favoring his knee and adjusts his swing to try and ease the pain but you can see the discomfort on his face after every swing. 

Where you really see the mental toughness is the in the post round press conference. Quotes from his competitors where mostly “I’ve got to play my best round tomorrow to have a chance” and others along that line. It’s almost like everyone else has decided they are playing for second place.  

Here’s a sportscenter highlight that summarizes everything.

The difference was Tiger Woods attitude. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes and could make some better decisions.” When asked about his knee hurting during the swing he was honest in saying yes it’s getting worse, “It hurts but not when I’m making the swing only after I’ve hit the ball so I just need to block it out and make swing. I don’t know if it will be after a wedge or a driver so I just need to block it out.” 

He just keeps competing making adjusts and there’s no doubt in his mind he is going to get it done. If he holds on to win, the end of last night’s round will go down golf history and you will be seeing these clips over and over again.

By the way he’s 13 for 13 going into the final round of a major when leading or tied for the lead. 

I am officially an idiot

I think I gave myself heat exhaustion this weekend. I am not very bright.

As you probably know it’s been really hot  all weekend and early this week.

These were my workouts Saturday through this morning.

Saturday: 5 mile run, mid 90’s

Sunday: 45 mile bike including climb of Sugarloaf mountain. I tried get out really early to beat the heat but didn’t get going until abut 7:30 so it was going to be hot. The gas station we were going to stop at halfway through the ride did not open until 9 am so I only had half a water bottle for the last 20 miles, not much fun.

Monday: Hard swim in the AM. Afternoon hard 15 mile bike ride in high 90’s degree weather. I got to the end of ride and realized I hadn’t drank anything. Not a good thing.

Tuesday: AM run of ~4 miles, somewhere in the 80’s didn’t bring a water bottle, again not a smart choice.

After I got my coffer this morning and drove to work. I got to work and at about 10:00 I had some cracker for a snack and 10 minutes later I started feeling horrible.  I was really dehydrated and felt like I was getting ready to just pass out from exhaustion, not kind from being tired from lack of sleep but just no energy.

I wasn’t feeling good all morning and felt like I had a knot in my stomach. I went over to wholefoods to get Tums like medicine. I also picked up some lunch and brought that back to eat. I started taking a bite or two of sandwich and had to stop. I waited a couple more minutes and then tried to eat some more because I thought it might help give me some energy with no success.

After a quick dash to see my lunch again I figured it was time to go home. At least I got to the bathroom and didn’t have to use my trash can. I got home and slept for about 3 hours.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy Sweating (Check)
  • Paleness (Check)
  • Muscle Cramps (Not full blown but a little bit of stomach cramps)
  • Tiredness (Check)
  •  Weakness (Check)
  • Dizziness (Check)
  • Headache (Check)
  • Nausea or Vomiting (Check)
  • Fainting (Nope)

8 1/2 out of 10 is not bad. I think I got it nailed down what it is. I still have a really bad headache, and feel dehydrated and exhausted but I am feeling better.

Weekly Summary

Swim: 7,550 Yards

Bike: 87 miles

Run: 12 miles

I found my new swimming location Ida Lee park. What I think I am going to start doing is swimming M,W,F morning and then running T,Th mornings as part of the marathon plan I am going to start shortly.

I did a 45 mile ride on Sunday that included a climb of Sugarloaf and was a good ride. I went out really early to avoid the heat and worked out alright. The only problem was the gas station at the half way point wasn’t open yet so I was running out of water on the second half of the ride.

I started doing a little bit of running this week. I was pain free the entire time. I still need the brace, I could feel it wasn’t 100% yet. I did a couple of 2-3 mile runs and a 4 miler. This week I am going to try and do some 6 mile runs and see how it feels.

I am trying to figure out what I am going to for the rest of year with races because if I put a light brace on after the swim I could do some sprint triathlons now. I think I am going to do several events on this Virginia Triathlon Series.  


This was my first week of work so I have been really busy and trying to figure out how to fit in triathlon workouts within my day. So observations and random updates

  • I have a lot less free time when you work
  • My triple crown horse racing prediction is right so far
  • I love my new triathlon bike (I biked 130 miles last week)
  • I might do a spring triathlon on Sunday
  • I started running again and have ran abut 10 miles this week without pain
  • This makes my think I should do the rhode island 70.3 race bu I have to remind myself I’m not prepared and could hurt myself again
  • I wake up at 4:45 in the morning to go swimming, I wondering how long I can keep that up
  • We didn’t have power for two days, it just came back like 10 minutes ago
  • And Lou still thinks executable architectures are the answer to everything