Monthly Archives: May 2010

Home Stretch

This was my last big training week for Ealgeman and my two week taper started today. Thursday I went out for a long trail run, since I hurt my ankle this winter I haven’t been trail running much so this was a nice change of pace. It was scorching hot out and when I got done my shorts were so soaked with so much sweat it looked like I had hopped in the pool.

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Saturday I had a “race rehearsal” work out which is a 56 mile bike ride at race pace followed by a six mile run. I wanted to go back to Cambridge and ride the course like I did a few weeks ago but the weather was predicted to be thunderstorms so I decided it would be better to stay at home and ride instead of driving for two hours just to get caught in a thunderstorm.

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The problem with riding at home is that the terrain is very different so it isn’t a great simulation of what I’ll see on race day, which just miles and miles of flat. But this where the powermeter comes in handy, I just ride to the watts I need to and don’t worry about the speed because it will obviously be less then on race day. I had a good ride, hitting all my watts and I had a solid run afterwards. The bad news was the weather was perfect all day. That’s not really bad news, but it means I could have gone out to Cambridge and rode the Eagleman course again without getting rained on.

Sunday I got another bike ride done at a good pace.

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Looking back at my training for Eagleman this spring I been much more consistent with my long runs and bikes compared to last year and I’m about 15 pounds lighter. Based on my training and race performance this year if I get good weather I should be capable of sub 5 hours and a 4:50:00 race is the goal.

Joint Services Open House 2010

I went to the Airshow at Andrew’s Air Force Base last week. I’ve been really busy these week so I haven’t had a chance to go over all my photos but here are the ones from in flight that I like. I should have the ones from the static display’s done sometime at the end of this week.

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Quick Air Show Pics

A couple of pictures from the air show today. I have many more to go over and clean up.

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Kinetic Sprint Triathlon

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.

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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.

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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. 

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T1 1:22 (1st AG, 4th Overall)

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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And then it goes up the same hill and follows the first mile of the bike course towards the park entrance.

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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.

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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.

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Luckily nobody was and I ran it in for another solid race this spring.

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Post Race

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.

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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.

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Another Big Weekend

My buildup towards the Eagleman race in June is progressing well and I had another weekend of training.

Thursday

I got off a a cross country flight and then went for my long. I was expecting it to be a complete disaster but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t. Last week’s long run was a mess so it’s nice to see a good one this week.

Friday

I had a short ran and swim. The swim went well with most of 100 times in the 1:30’s which is fairly good for me. Plus, I had a dentist appointment and didn’t have any cavities!

Saturday

I wanted to go to Cambridge and ride the area around the Eagleman course for my long ride but the Six Pillars century ride was going on so I switched my weekend rides and did my 2 hour ride and 30 min run today.

I also went and put some money on the Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately I lost. I got the #2 horse correct, but the #1 horse got boxed in on the home stretch and wasn’t able to get to the front.

Sunday

Today I went out to Cambridge for my long ride and I had a really good one. I needed to ride longer then the Eagleman route so I did one loop of the Chesapeakeman course.

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It’s reassuring to know that I can go 3+ hours riding in the aerobars for most of the ride. I also get an idea of what kind of time I’m going to able to do for the race plus it gives me an idea of how to handle different weather conditions.

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Unlike last time when it was cold and calm, today was hot and windy. So I had some sections where I was putting out 290 watts with a 16 mph and others where I was coasting with 100 watts and going 21 mph.

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I found this intersection interesting. It’s my first and which way is the road? Do both of them have the same name?

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After the ride I found an AWESOME Pig place in Easton MD. Which I plan on going to whenever I go out to Cambridge for a bike ride.

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Then it was time to come home and pack for another work trip this week.

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