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Mystic, Connecticut
United States
Mystic YMCA
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 31m 19s
Overall Rank = 148/214
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 15/20
Pre-race routine:

Got to the site at 6:30 and it was already busy. Went to pick up my packet, back to change clothes and then to set up transition. Got a great spot on the outside rack.
Event warmup:

Went for a short jog, then to get wet.
  • 15m 26s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

One HUGE problem! The tide was out and very low. The water was about 9" deep for greater than 70% of the course. It became a mucky mud run and we only swam for <1/3 of the course through the boat channel. It was exhuasting.
What would you do differently?:

Have water and actually swim instead of running through black muck.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

No issues. I've taken to making sure I step through T1 logically and not to panic about it. Just get it done in an orderly fashion.
What would you do differently?:

No changes
  • 49m 36s
  • 14.4 miles
  • 17.42 mile/hr

OK, here's the bad part. I simply couldn't get going. I was working like mad, quads were killing me, breathing was through the roof (no HR monitor today) and I was being passed like mad. I simply couldn't ride worth a damn. I though it was fatigue from the muck-run, but.....
What would you do differently?:

Yesterday, when I went over the bike, I went through the barrel adjusters. Got everything tweaked nice and responsive. When cleaning up after the race and putting the bike on the car, I found the problem. I overtightened the rear brake pads and the brake was closed against the rim No wonder I couldn't make any steam. This probably cost me a good 15-20% in the bike alone, set aside the extra fatigue.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Again, step through the process in logical fashion and you're through just like that. NP.
  • 31m 23s
  • 3 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile

Well, I was cooked from the start. I did pick off my pace group with ~1/4 mile to go and picked up 5 much needed places. It was really tough. That and I've only been cleared by the doc to run for 3 weeks now, so overall, I'm not too disappointed with this.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of head rush. Laid down in the shade for about 15 min. Found some ice and rubbed down

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too soon after starting running again. Stupid bike mechanic (me). Not an actual swim.

Event comments:

I missed the food too. Music was good. Lots of volunteers made the day flow smoothly.


Last updated: 2008-06-08 12:00 AM
00:15:26 | 880 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 149/214
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full T1 DeSoto
Course: A triangular course with buoys on your right. Water wasn't as cold as I expected.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:48
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:49:36 | 14.4 miles | 17.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 161/214
Performance: Bad
Wind: None
Course: An out and back with the first 1/2 climbing and the second half descending. I know the roads so it helps a lot.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:23 | 03 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 194/214
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back with some cul-de-scas on dead end roads added fro distance. Largely flat save the hill out of T2 and a small one back to the venue.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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] 4

2008-06-08 7:03 PM

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2008-06-08 7:06 PM
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Nice job out there today in the heat!
2008-06-08 7:14 PM
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Nice job today despite all the issues you had to deal with.  I was out running along the river early this morning and the water level seemed to be way down even for the tide being out.  Too nasty hot a day to work that hard running the swim and then having to pedal against the brakes on the bike.   Don't forget to tweak the barrel adjusters and adjust your breaks before the Pfizer tri. Smile  Nice run pace for someone only back running x3 weeks.   

2008-06-09 5:48 AM
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Weird about the low tide.  Wading in black muck doesn't sound very nice. 

Aw man, bummer about the bike.  That must have been very psychologically defeating to be spending so much effort and not understanding why.   I could have kicked myself for not doing a better prerace check when I had the wobbly seat at the du last year, but best to just accept the lesson-learned and move on.  There will always be more races.

Nice job that you still had something for the run!

Whew! Hot day for a race. Good thing it was early in the morning. 

2008-06-09 9:07 AM
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wow! that swim sounds just nasty! that would be enough to suck the life out of my race too! good job getting through it and getting to the finish!
2008-06-24 1:03 PM
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you went 17.42mph on a rubbing rear tire?????  wow, i am in awe

thanks for your kind comments on my RR .   

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