Lowell Mill City (sprint) - TriathlonSprint

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Lowell, Massachusetts
United States
Double C Racing
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 45m 47s
Overall Rank = 54/60
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 7/7
Pre-race routine:

This race is about fun. Got there about 5:30 and helped set up transition. It was slow at first, but I think we came up with a good layout in the end.
Event warmup:

This is where it got fun. I went and registered for the race today. This is the first time I have done a race day sign up.
  • 13m 12s
  • 540 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards

I was holding back just a little here. Was not sure how much would be in the tank with the training I have been having. Caught some decent feet early and often on the way up stream. Different story on the way back, but not as important
What would you do differently?:

Not much, held my own in the field as a quick look shows me in about the top 1/2 of the field overall in the sprint distance. Very happy with this.
Transition 1
  • 00m

I had not been on the bike in over a week due to a minor injury, so I held back here. No running getting to the bike, and just not in too much of a hurry.
  • 45m 57s
  • 13 miles
  • 16.97 mile/hr

This was quite fun. For starters, the time includes T1 and the bike. I again was holding back, just because I could. Got passed multiple times, but ended up doing the tag game with a woman who could not quite drop me. She had me on overall speed and climbs, but was missing some technique on transitioning from down to up hills and cornering. I made up a bunch of time on her with the technical part of the ride. Ended up setting up a final pass on the last turn of the bike. I knew she would go slow and tight and I blew right past her. Just felt good to actually race someone for something.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Nothing great here. Well out of practice, and just enjoying the day
  • 46m 47s
  • 4 miles
  • 11m 42s  min/mile

The T2 Times are in this section of time. I went into this race with walking planned. I have not been able to push off my right foot for almost 2 weeks, so this was all about the USAT points. Broke into a light run out of transition. Got a rhythm going for the first mile. Felt quite strong on mile two and was faster than mile one. Not quite sure why, but distances could be messed up with a possible false flat or two mixed in.
What would you do differently?:

I am very proud of this effort as I never walked any of it. I was even able to pull together a sprint to the line as I got chicked by an oly distance runner about 30 feet from the finish.
Post race
Event comments:

This race had a little added bonus for me. Sen. Scott Brown was racing today. I could really care less about the fame factor. A lot of my team mates posed for pictures. I was interested in how good he was, what kind of gear he used, and how he treated people on the whole. He is a very good triathlete, finishing 3rd overall in the sprint. Rides a trek which is good in my book, and was very friendly to everyone. Ok, so now I can say I have taken a beating from a US senator in a triathlon. Never thought that would be something I could say. I guess it is more fun to say I raced with him though ;)

Last updated: 2011-07-10 12:00 AM
00:13:12 | 540 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/60
Performance: Good
Suit: QR sleeveless
Course: Up and back on the Merrimack River.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:45:57 | 13 miles | 16.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/60
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Nice rolling course. Some good flats the first 4 miles
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:46:47 | 04 miles | 11m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/60
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back, quite flat along the river.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4