The Lowell Mill City Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lowell, Massachusetts
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 44m 3s
Overall Rank = 64/110
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/11
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, ate 1/2 bagel w/ cream cheese, drank coffee, water, gatorade. Took an Advil. Drove to race site. Signed up. Set up transition area. Put my frozen water bottle on the bike, figured by the time I ride, it'd still be cold. Saw Joanne (Tri_again) and chatted with her. Talked with some TriFury people.
Event warmup:

Jogged a bit, went in water to test temp, which was pretty warm.
  • 15m 5s
  • 550 yards
  • 02m 44s / 100 yards

Followed OnTheRun's suggestion and wore the wetsuit to save some energy up stream. Felt too warm. Wave started every 3 minutes. We were the 2nd wave. While waiting for the start, heard the announcement of "no punching and no kicking to fellow swimmers". I said "how's about head butting?". A guy in front of me answered "that's like in soccer".

Race started. Timing chip got loose. Took some time to fasten it properly. Choked on water. Water was muddy and difficult to navigate. Sighting by looking at the shoreline. Start noticing some yellow caps (1st waves) around and was happy. Then saw some orange caps (3rd wave). Began to think I might be swimming too slowly. Tried to pull harder. Reminded myself I was swimming against the current for the 1st half. Rounded bouy and started to flow down stream. Saw swim end, got up, unzipped wetsuit while running. Official time showed 18:xx, minus 3 min and my swim time was a bit more than 15 min.
What would you do differently?:

Try to draft more. People were all over the place. Got hit/kicked on the head, shoulder, arms, legs and feet.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Ran from beach, across Rte 113 (with police directing traffic) to the TA. Pulled out wetsuit, wiped feet, socks on, shoes on, sunglasses on, helmet on. Swollowed some Gu while walking the bike to the mount area. Mounted. Off we go.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to use the new HRM to get splits.
Need to learn how to jump onto a moving bike and start riding.
  • 43m 20s
  • 13 miles
  • 18.00 mile/hr

Passed a few people on mountain bikes at the very beginning. For about 1.5 mile I was the only biker on the road. The idea of taking the wrong turn haunted me. The bike course overlapped with the run course. Asked a volunteer (age 10?) if I'm in the right palce and she said yes. Then got passed by some people, and saw volunteers at turns. Guess I was ok. Focused on maintaining cadance at 85+ on the flat. Didn't really hit the brake at downhills :) Ate the remaining of the Gu at around 30 min of the ride, and drank some water, which was still pretty cool. Passed 6 people. Passed BY 12 people.
What would you do differently?:

I'm very happy with my pace. Bike computer showed 43:20 over 12.5 mi. PB here at 17.3 mph.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Love my yankz :)
What would you do differently?:

Need to learn how to jump off a moving bike.
  • 43m 33s
  • 4 miles
  • 10m 53s  min/mile

Tried to keep my pace despite jelly legs/butt. Felt very slow. Saw Melissa (ms09873) on the course. She recognized my BT tri shorts. :) Ran with her for a short while.
The course felt long, as it was a 4 mi run, not the usual 3 mi for sprints. Had to run on the grass for a while, even though it makes me slower, so that I get some shades. Also it's softer for my lower back (due to certain monthly routine) A guy who passed me said he wished there was a "run current" like those in the swim. Ran the whole course, only to take a few steps at (every) water stations. Did I say it was hot?
What would you do differently?:

Practice the bike/run brick more.
Learn how to use the new HRM to get splits.
Post race
Warm down:

Stayed by the TriFury tent to get some cover from the sun. Took my time to clean up the TA and walked my bike back to car. Grabbed some orange, watermelon and 1/2 bagel with peanut butter. Hung out with more TriFury people. Got a TriFury t-shirt. Oh.. didn't get the race t-shirt! Coz I sign up this morning. Never mind.
Waited to see my overall time and headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My certain monthly routine that gives me cramp and lower back soreness. Or should I say being a female?
Longer run course. Felt like it would never end.

Event comments:

A relatively small race. Nice.

Last updated: 2006-07-06 12:00 AM
00:15:05 | 550 yards | 02m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 43/110
Performance: Average
10:31 to turning point (against current), some 5 min back.
Suit: yes
Course: On Merrimack River along the shore line
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:43:20 | 13 miles | 18.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 64/110
Performance: Good
official time including T1 and T2 = 45:26
Wind: Little
Course: Followed Rte 113. Rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:33 | 04 miles | 10m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 78/110
Course: On Rte 113. Hot. Virtually no shade.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 3