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Race Report: Assateague Assault

This past weekend, I competed in the Assateague Assault Sprint Triathlon with a 1/2 mile swim, 13 mile bike, and 5k run.  In some ways, this race was better than TriRock, but in other ways, not so much.

I arrived at the Assateague State Park Campgrounds on Saturday to meet up with a couple friends who had come out Friday night.  It was sunny and hot and windy, which made it pretty challenging to set up my tent.  I watched my two friends compete in a 1 mile swim race Saturday evening, after which we went back to the campsite to make some dinner.  Then the storm rolled in. I think it rains every time I go camping.  After spending a good 30 minutes getting the campsite cleaned up and putting everything away before the storm, we had about 5 minutes to eat dinner.  Then, our tents started to blow away.  Literally. Stakes came out of the ground and the tent came off the ground and into the wind.  We ended up throwing everything in the cars and leaving.  It was that bad, for about 20 minutes.  Then it seemed to clear up.  After a brief stop at a Walmart parking lot, where we sorted through the tents that still had stuff inside of them and repacked the cars, we went to my friend’s parent’s house to crash.  Got to bed at around 11:30 and was up at 4:30 to head to the race.


I started the race in Wave 1. We swam perpendicular to the beach to the first buoy, then parallel to the beach, and then perpendicular back in.  I thought it would be harder to get around that first buoy, but I actually didn’t find it too bad.  I swam pretty far out to avoid running into people, and every time I sighted the final buoy, I tried to swim towards it.  Despite this, every time I sighted, I felt like I was farther away from shore.  Maybe that’s just because I’ve never done an ocean swim before. Could just be in my head.  Who knows.  I finally made it to the final buoy after what seemed like forever.  But then I had no energy left to swim to shore.  I ended up letting the waves push me most of the way in.  Getting out of the water and running to transition was hard.  I ran to the top of the dune, and then walked the rest of the way to transition.

Bike (Course)

My friends gave me a lot of crap for how slow my transition was.  In my defense, I’d like to say 3 things: 1) I was exhausted 2) I’m not a triathlete and 3) I was exhausted!  But apparently, you’re not supposed to put on bike gloves or a bandanna for a 13 mile bike ride.  Who knew? Maybe I’ll try to work on this at my next triathlon (an Olympic distance in July), but probably not. 🙂

The bike course was pretty much an out and back except for the turn around which went through a neighborhood.  They removed another out and back section that took a mile off the course.  So I think the course was supposed to be 13 miles.  I didn’t do 13 miles because they didn’t mark the turns in the neighborhood very well and I’m sure I missed something.  I came out with 12.6 miles averaging 20.4 mph.  Not bad. But not great.

Run (Course)

The run course was also a pretty standard out and back with a few loops through the State Camp Grounds for good measure.  Actually, the loops through the camp sites were my favorite part because there were lots of campers cheering us on.  This helped a lot because I was feeling tired and slow.  I still averaged a 9:30 pace, but I felt like I was running 11 or 12 minutes per mile.


Swim Time


Swim Rate


Swim Rank


Transition One


Bike Time


Bike Rate


Bike Rank


Transition Two


Run Time


Run Rate


Run Rank


Overall Time


Overall Rank


Age Group Rank


Mike got some pics at the event:

Finishing the Swim
Finishing the Swim
Running to Transition
Running to Transition
Leaving Transition
Leaving Transition
Finished Bike
Finished Bike
Sprint to the Finish
Sprint to the Finish
Sprint to the Finish
Sprint to the Finish

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