Cranberry Trifest - TriathlonSprint

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 28m 37s
Overall Rank = 271/378
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 30/36
Pre-race routine:

drove down to the race this morning. Knew the Hurricane Irene was en route, and was looking for a very nice sunrise. I was not disappointed. A beautiful sunrise was coming up as I passed through Boston. I could see the Bunker Hill monument in the foreground as I crossed the bridge into Boston. Very dramatic with the impending storm clouds to the south.

I was able to catch up with Scott, Steve, Sue, and Joanne and others before the race.
  • 09m 55s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 08s / 100 yards

Such a different swim than last year. First I am sure it was short as others were saying the same thing. Plus I can not swim that fast. Second, I could breath this year. Last year, I had just finished up with bronchitis, so breathing was tough last year.

Jockeyed ok up to the first bouy. Caught a pair of fast feet as they went by and was happy with that until I realized this guy was passing me doing the breast stroke :( Oh well, it still helped.
Transition 1
  • 03m 21s

Did not swim with my bike jersey on, and it made for a faster swim. On the other hand, I struggled to get it on in T1. Worth the risk on such a short race without a wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

drop the lake water temps so the suits would be legal (snerk)
  • 39m 43s
  • 12 miles
  • 18.13 mile/hr

I so love the bike. Good form and tactics can make up for being in crappy shape. I was actually able to move up in the field some. Played tag with a few people. I was very happy to be able to push as hard as I did. Any harder, and my legs would have gotten hurt. My calves were screaming by the end of the ride, but I gave it all I had today.

Computrainer helped yet again to make sure I have good mussel memory on my form. That and attacking the hills when it made sense really showed with less experienced riders around. Love blasting past a rider on a short hill using the downhill before it to gain momentum.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Not too shabby here. My legs were jello, and I was not sure how they would respond after pushing so hard on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile

Ok, this route was the same as last year, and somehow I was slower. Not too surprised due to my training, but the rest of the race was such a jump up from last year, I expected to be a little faster here. Either way, to be under 11 minute miles right now is GREAT. I so will take this run.
Post race
Warm down:

Well this year, I did not collapse at the finishing line. That would have been saved for the oly race on Sunday if it had not been canceled. It was nice to be able to go out hard knowing there was no race to have to do tomorrow.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This years training has been unmotivated and very low on volume. I am ashamed at my training numbers, but very proud of what I did in the race today.

Event comments:

I so love this race! I know so many people, and it is kind of like a family reunion each year.

Last updated: 2011-07-05 12:00 AM
00:09:55 | 880 yards | 01m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 232/378
Performance: Average
Suit: not suit legal
Course: triangular course that was very short
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:21
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:39:43 | 12 miles | 18.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 247/378
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Basically a two loop version of the oly distance run course. I am not sure, but I think it was a little shorter than last year, maybe by about a 1/2 mile.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:55 | 03.1 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 312/378
Performance: Average
Course: quick 5k with a decent hill in the middle.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5