Welcome to Derrick B's Website! Find my race reports and photos from my triathlons as I work my way to becoming an Ironman.
My journey started in 2013, when I was looking for a new challenge after excelling on the bike and running. After talking with some of my training partners, I became interested in triathlons. There was one problem, I didn't know how to swim! I could play in the water, and survive for a few seconds in the deep end, but not swim laps or swim in a bottomless lake. So I found my new challenge. I took my first beginner swim lesson in September 2013. By April 2014, I participated in my first triathlon. I ended the season with 4 triathlons! In 2015, I raced in several Olympic distance triathlons (0.9 mi swim, 32 mi bike, 6.2 mi run) and finished with a Half Ironman race in Augusta (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run). 2016 will build off of this success as I attempt the most challenging race in world, the full distance Ironman (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run)! I don't race just to finish, I'm a competitor! One of my goals was to earn a triathlon medal, and finally did that at Sweetwater in 2015. You can read about my other goals, successes and learning moments through reading my training reports, race reports and photos.
I'm proud to be part of the 2016 Zoot Team! Zoot makes the best products for triathlon. I wear Zoot in all my tri races.
I'm also proud to be a Hammer Nutrition Ambassador! I stay fueled properly using Hammer products.
This is an expensive sport. So I'm also proud to be sponsored by TriSports.com, where I get all of my training gear and equipment.
My journey to become an Ironman has arrived!! IM Chattanooga was chosen to be my first Ironman race due to the downriver swim, and it's proximity to my home in Atlanta. It turned out to be one of the hardest Ironman events ever! 2600+ started the race, over 600 didn't finish. That's a 26% DNF rate!! The second highest ever for an Ironman. To make it more challenging, the race is 4 miles longer than a standard IM, and the cutoff time was reduced to 16 hours 15 minutes from the standard 17 hours. The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim down the Tennessee River, 116 mile bike ride through TN & North GA with 4800 ft of climbing, followed by a 26.2 mile run with 14oo feet of climbing through Chattanooga. The extreme late September weather made it a brutal race: Temp: 97°, Heat Index: 107°, Humidity: 80%. My goal for the race: "Don't Suck!" I learned a lot in this race. I hope my readers can learn from experience as well.
Read more: Ironman Chattanooga 2016 Race Report
My third 1/2 Iron distance race was at the Lake Logan Half Triathlon, just outside of Asheville, NC. The swim was wetsuit legal with 72 deg temps, in a very shallow lake. 1.2 mi in 45:21. I try to make up time in transition, had the 14th fastest. The bike had lots of challenging hills. 3,000 ft of climbing over 56 mi. I averaged 18.1 mph, max speed of 40 mph. Finished with the 23rd fastest time, 3:05:22. I blazed through T2 with 4th fastest time!!! Half of the 1/2 marathon run was uphill! I finished 32nd with a time of 2:24:09. Overall, I finished in 28th place, at 6:20:01. Keep reading for the more interesting details.
Read more: 2016 Lake Logan Half
This is my second time racing this event. It is fun, and well organized. My goal was to beat last year’s time of 3:0027. It was much cooler last year, since it stormed the night before. The temperature had been in the mid 90s, and heat remained on race day. This made it very tough to beat my times, and I finished at 3:02:02. My second goal was not to be the slowest swimmer in my age group. I was the 2nd slowest last year. I improved with 11 folks slower than me this year. I still have a ways to go, but I’m making great progress. The bike and the run went well, but the sun and heat slowed me down, so I missed those goals. Overall, I am happy with my race.
Read more: Chattanoga Waterfront Triathlon 2016 Race Report
This was my 2nd 1/2 Ironman race and 2nd race of the season. I entered the race relaxed, and treated it more as a training race for my first full IM in September, also in Chattanooga. This race was very tough and painful. I was disappointed when I finished. In hindsight, I have no reason to be, I had a pretty good race despite the challenges. The 1.2 mile swim down the Tennessee River was congested throughout the race, but I never stopped and stayed calm throughout it. I did have trouble getting out the water, I’ll get to that later. The Bike was very windy. I pushed hard to maintain a fast 19.2 mph pace. I paid the price on the run. Finished in 6:14:17.
Read more: 2016 Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga Race Report
This was my first race in the ocean! An Olympic distance triathlon: 0.9 mi swim, 26 mi bike, 6.2 mi run. I was understandably nervous swimming in unfamiliar conditions. The weather was perfect. The winds and waves were calm. This made the swim very manageable. My goals were to not be last in the swim, and I did that. This was my first race on my new QR PRsix TT-bike. I exceeded my goal on the bike with a 20.8 mph average. On the run, I stayed strong throughout with a sub-9 min pace. Overall, I pleased to finish in the middle of the pack with this very competitive field at 62/106 age group, with a time of 2:53:00.
Read more: 2016 St. Anthony Triathlon Race Report