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Race Result

Racer: Shawn Clark
Race: Culpeper Triathlon
Date: Sunday, August 5, 2007
Location: Culpeper, VA
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Male 30 - 34
Time: 1:26:39
Overall Place: 58 / 529
Age Group Place: 1 / 29
Comment: Like swimming in a dirty hot tub

Race Report:

This race was a late addition to my calendar. Julie, my wife, had signed up for and had been training for the SheRoxx women's tri in Philadelphia. (man I love women only tris) Unfortunately during training she ended up with a stress fracture in her foot making it impossible for her to compete. We talked and she said I should sign up for Culpepper since it wasn't full yet, so I did.

We went down the night before to stay at our friendsí home. We could have easily driven down in the morning but it's nice to visit with friends when the opportunity presents itself. The night was definitely NOT a pre race evening but it was fun and we got a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning.

Anyway the race

Swim: 15:28 6/29 (maybe my worst ever)

I lined up with the big boys in the water and realized too late that I was in trouble starting this far in the back. I never did get into a swimming rhythm because every time I started to I ran into someone and to make matters worse the water was so warm it felt like I was swimming in a dirty bathtub. In short it was a horrible, horrible swim. I will make sure to start farther up in the pack from now on.

Bike: 45:32 2/29 (not bad but should be faster)

I had a hard time getting going on the bike. My legs felt like lead. I'm not sure what it was but thankfully after a few miles I was riding pretty well. 1 guy passed me but didn't get too far ahead by the end so I was pretty happy with my ride. I have been doing a lot of slow, social riding lately and it definitely showed as I didn't seem to have the speed I expected. I'm fine with that though since each of my social rides has paid dividends else where in life. You know when not in triathlon...

Run: 22:40 1/29

This was the best run I've had in a race to date. I felt good the whole time and more importantly I felt almost fast too. I hope I can sustain the pace for distance. We'll find out in September at the Patriot's half.

Overall: I had a great time the swim aside and as always Greg from Setupevents had a great race. If the calendar allows I may find myself in the lineup for next year as well.