Overall 1:26:04 (2nd AG, 19 AG)
Another great race at a great location. Lake Anna is a wonderful place to have a race, the lake is clean, the roads don’t have a lot of traffic, and the run course was good with some hills thrown in. I also got my first podium spot of the year and another top twenty overall finish.
Swim 13:28 (10th AG, 56th Overall)
The swim was a beach start which I’ve only done once before and I really enjoyed it, I think it makes the start of the race less messy. When everyone is treading water for a deepwater start everyone bunches up and then when the race starts people go to a horizontal position and this can result in a lot of kicking. With the beach start everyone is running into the water before swimming so it thins out the crowd and results in fewer kicks to the face.
I was expecting to swim 12-13 minutes and that’s what I did today which is nice given my disappointing swims from a couple of weeks ago. For this race I took a good line around the course and did a better job of staying in a pack to get a good draft and save some time.
T1 1:22 (1st AG, 4th Overall)
I had a good transition and was able to get my wetsuit off quickly. Of the group I came out of the swim with I beat most of them onto the bike and never saw them again.
Bike 49:16 (2nd AG, 30th Overall)
The bike ride was not a good one for me, I was expecting to be 3 minutes quicker.The bike time includes a run through a gravel parking lot at the start and finish so that was a little bit of lost time but this much. Also, my Garmin didn’t pickup up the power meter so I had to ride on feel instead of having my numbers to look at. I checked it after the race and the powermeter picked up fine, so I’m not sure what the problem was.
The course starts with a short little hill out of transition and then three miles out of the main entrance to the park.
The rest of the course forms a circle on rolling country roads. It was a little bit windy and I found myself getting blown around by a gust once or twice but it wasn’t anything to bad. I would imagine it could have been worse if you are really light.
I had a decent ride and it felt like I was pushing hard the whole time but this was a course that just doesn’t fit me that well. It has lots of little rolling hills which I have trouble keeping my momentum going and lose time. Compared to a course that is flatter like an Eagleman or Giant Acorn where my ability to put out a higher absolute wattage number is just as important as having a high watts per kg ratio, so the extra pounds I’m carrying around compared to others isn’t as big of a deal. Which is one of reasons why Eagleman is my “A” race again this year.
T2 0:28 (3rd AG, 18th Overall)
Was quick one without much wasted time.
Run 21:32 (9th AG, 38th Overall)
I had a good run for me. The course starts with a run through the sidewalks running parallel to the beach.
And then it goes up the same hill and follows the first mile of the bike course towards the park entrance.
This running race was a pleasant change from the Rumpass in Bumpass a couple weeks ago where I got caught on the run and lost a podium spot. This time I caught up with someone in my age group at about the 1 1/2 mile mark and moved up a spot on the podium. After the turnaround point I made the decision to pass him and pickup the pace to see if he would stay with me or not. The pass worked and I put a gap between us over the next half mile and I never had to worry about him again.
The last mile was mostly downhill so I really picked up the pace and I was fairly certain I was in a podium spot so I really did not want to get caught in the last mile. I was running like someone was right behind me (note the little block of sub 6:00 per mile pace) and never peeked back to see if anyone actually was.
Luckily nobody was and I ran it in for another solid race this spring.
After checking the results and seeing that I placed 2nd in the AG that meant I was sticking around to collect my award. They gave out a little plaque, which was nice; but I would have preferred the beer mugs they had a few weeks ago.
So this is the end of racing this spring, I might do the Reston Lake swim at the end of May but now it’s time to buckle down and get another solid month of training in before Eagleman on June 13th.