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Race Result

Racer: David Dundas
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 25 - 29
Time: 2:57:30
Overall Place: 787 / 1633
Comment: Run got me again



Race Report:

Swim 25:14 (1:32/100)
Swim was great, though this is usually my strong suit. I sat myself in the middle/front and quickly found some open space within the first 200 yards. From there it was following the buoys and the occasional orange cap who I could draft off of before I moved around them. I had a great rhythm and felt comfortable, shoulders started to tighten up a little towards the end. I could probably do some more long yardage sessions to mitigate that though

T1 2:39

Bike 1:22:06 (18.62 mph)
I felt pretty good on the bike, took me a mile or two to get my legs under me and that first hill got my hear rate up. After that I was flying on the downhills and flats comfortably. I believe I can improve on my climbing ability which I don't think is terrible, but that’s where I lose a lot of my momentum and takes me a moment to recover.

T2 1:43

Run 1:05:50 (10:36 min/mile)
Yuck. I had come into Columbia with high hopes for my run as I have felt very comfortable and had been putting down good times the past few months. The first 5k went well, getting my legs under me and moving at a strong pace. Right around the halfway point I started to cramp up so I popped a salt tab, that seemed to help but it completely took my momentum away right as I was about to start hitting the hills. I felt like I was getting overheated and my hips began too cramp as well on the hills. I'd like to find a way to translate my short course runs into these longer distances, I'm not big on failing.