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Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Grantham, New Hampshire
United States
Eastman Recreation
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 39m 34s
Overall Rank = 115/184
Age Group = W30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/11
Pre-race routine:

Oatmeal, applesauce, small coffee,water. Arrived in plenty of time, set up transition, said hello to the team.
Event warmup:

Leg stretches, short swim.
  • 10m 58s
  • 587 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Man...I just went for an open water swim on Thursday. Today however, my goggles decided to leak, the entire time. Stopped twice quickly to adjust. After turning the last big bouy, I headed straight for shore, only to find that I had to make a big correction to the right to keep one more random buoy on my left. (?) This didn't make a whole lot of sense, but I rolled with the punches. When I reached shore, there were three large men just standing there. I had to push past them (politely) and run up the mat.
What would you do differently?:

New goggles, more OWS training (starting a group next week).
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s

A little slow for me. Skipped sunglasses b/c my face was still so wet they were fogging up - maybe put them in my pocket for later?
  • 49m 30s
  • 12 miles
  • 14.55 mile/hr

Never felt I got my groove on today. My shoes are too small and I think I need either new cleats or to have them adjusted; my heels flipped around the whole time - lost power. Had a good attitude despite that I HATE getting passed. When did all the women decide to get triples again?
What would you do differently?:

Practice, new shoes/cleats. Muscles felt good, but lacked overall power.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

OUch...charlie horse coming off the bike...needed a good 15 seconds to let it relax.
What would you do differently?:

More salt on the ride.
  • 36m 5s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 36s  min/mile

Ran with my handheld bottle - I need to learn to ditch this thing! Felt horrid the first .5 mile, then settled in to a mostly running pace, walked a few times during mile 2 b/c of another charlie horse cramp. Mile 3 was picking up speed and feeling positive (why does it always take me this long to feel good in my runs?
What would you do differently?:

Practice, practice, practice. More salt, learn to ditch the water bottle.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretch, see friends, should have gone swimming, but ended up hanging out, watching the kids' race and getting food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training...I've been pretty distracted and making excuses. : (

Event comments:

Excellently organized (again)...Nice work, Charlie! The volunteers are always so helpful and friendly. I love the scale of this race, but I wonder if it should be capped at either a smaller number or feel good about its popularity and grow a bit (more transition racks?). The food was great, and I always love the raffle. The commemorative hat was blue this year - very nice! Random suggestions: more trashcans near transition, recycling!, one more healthy dish option - more veggies like corn on the cob or fruit salad, and lastly, considering permitting us to rack our bikes via the seat (I think you can actually fit more per rack this way!).

Last updated: 2008-03-26 12:00 AM
00:10:58 | 587 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 58/184
Performance: Average
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: In-water start, long line of girls. Counter-clockwise swim around buoys.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:30 | 12 miles | 14.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 121/184
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Steep hill out of transition, then nice long downhill out of Eastman. Right on Rt. 10 for about 4 more miles - very steady uphill on way out, nice downhill time on the way back, faced with a good grind coming back into Eastman. Felt out of energy on the last mile.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:18
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:36:05 | 03.11 miles | 11m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/184
Performance: Average
Course: Trail run with several rolling hills, few stumps/rocks for 1 mile, 2nd mile on unpaved fire road through Eastman neighborhood, includes a nice view of a covered bridge. 2 water stops this year. Someone said there would be electrolytes, but I didn't find them. Maybe they ran out before I got there?
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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

2008-06-21 12:51 PM

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Haddam, CT
Subject: Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash Sprint Triathlon

2008-06-21 1:58 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash Sprint Triathlon
Great job out there today!
2008-06-21 6:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash Sprint Triathlon
Great job! I'm impressed you were able to be polite with the morons blocking the swim exit .
2008-06-21 8:15 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash Sprint Triathlon
Great job on the race today!!
2008-06-28 1:44 PM
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Lafayette, CA
Subject: RE: Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash Sprint Triathlon

Nice race.  I hate the hand bottles too.  I use a belt that keeps my hands free and more relaxed.

You should be proud.

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