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Niantic, Connecticut
United States
Hartford Marathon Foundation
73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 07m 22s
Overall Rank = 13/398
Age Group = M3034
Age Group Rank = 1/19
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:20, made breakfast, got ready and hit the road at 6:10. Stopped at Dunkin Donuts for Danielle and got to race site at 6:50. I set up my transition area, pulled on my wetsuit and walked towards the water. They changed the swim to the opposite of previous years and was confused for a moment when there was no one where I thought the race was supposed to start. Did I miss the start? Someone yelled that the start was on the next beach and I sprinted over there.
Event warmup:

Went down to water, got my suit wet and did some stretching while the race instructions were given. They warned us that there were a lot of jellyfish and offered full refunds to anyone that was afraid of getting stung and didn't want to swim.
  • 11m 58s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards

Started behind a guy that looked fast and did a few dolphin dives to get started. Swam hard until I was clear of the pack and then concentrated on maintaining a mederatly hard effort while staying behind other swimmers. After the turn, I had a pair of guys swimming side by side in front of me and I worked hard to keep up with them. I wasn't staying close enough to get much of a drafting benefit, but they did keep me motivated to keep my exertion level up. In the last 200 yards, I finally saw and felt the jellyfish. I felt a stinging on my chin and neck and saw them all around. I tried to ignore them and increased my effort to get out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

I had a good start and that gave me good drafting opportunities. I could have gotten more benefit if I stayed closer.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s

The new swim course makes for a longer run up to transition, but now you don't have to climb over rocks, which makes it better overall. Transition went ok. My suit came off with only a moderate struggle and I got my socks and shoes on and ran with my bike to the road to mount. I had some trouble getting clipped in on the incline.
  • 31m 17s
  • 11.3 miles
  • 21.67 mile/hr

My goal was to ride hard and that's what I did. I passed a couple guys towards the beginning and I was passed by one guy on Bridebrook. I slowly reeled in another rider up Bridebrook road and passed him on the turn after the downhill on Rt 1. I saw no one else for the rest of the ride, even on Rt 161 when there is a long stretch of road. I drank half of my aero bottle of HEED during the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I rode hard and felt good the whole way. My speed wasn't as fast as I thought it would be, but I'll blame the course for that.
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

I did a flying dismount and skated on my cycling cleats to a stop by the mats. Ran in, racked my bike and changed shoes, grabbed my race belt and Garmin from my bike and took off. I didn't bring my Garmin strap, so I just held it in my hand during the run.
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 28s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 06m 24s  min/mile

I saw nobody until I was overtaken by a guy about a mile in. I tried to keep him with him, but couldn't. I counted myself in 10th place at the mile 2 turnaround, but two guys passed me between there and the bluff path. I don't know if I faded or if I was just beaten by better runners.
What would you do differently?:

More speed work to raise my tolerance for pain and to train my feet to move faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Took my water and popsicle and looked around to see if I knew anyone. I saw my Dad was just starting his run and I ran over to cheer him on. Stretched my hamstrings out and talked with my Mom while waiting for Danielle and then my Dad to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I took over a minute and half of my previous year's time and I am happy with that result. To get faster at this distance, it would require more high intensity training in all disciplines and working on transitioning skills. I don't think I'll be doing those for next year since I plan to go back to iron distance racing. My age group was not very competitive this year and the next person in my age group was over two minutes behind me.

Event comments:

It is nice to see the little tweaks this year with the reversed swim course and the relocation of the post-race pinic and awards up on the grass and in the shade. The t-shirt this year is a terrible neon green with orange and blue graphics. It is an unfortunate departure from the usually attractive shirts they give at this race.

Last updated: 2008-07-15 12:00 AM
00:11:58 | 880 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 15/398
Performance: Good
Suit: Blueseventy Reaction
Course: Backwards from previous years, we started at cresent beach, swam out 400 or 500 yards, turned right and swam into McCook's beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:31:17 | 11.3 miles | 21.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 16/398
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Same as always - a mixture of short, gently rolling to steep hills and downhills that all end with sharp turns. Surfaces are mostly good with some bumpy parts by the Society Road exit.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:28 | 03.2 miles | 06m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/19
Overall: 20/398
Performance: Good
Course: Fast, flat course through Niantic neighborhoods. The course ends with a run on the sand through the finish. Because the transition in high on the hill, the course has a net loss of elevation.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-08-04 10:28 AM

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Subject: Niantic Bay Triathlon

2008-08-04 4:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Niantic Bay Triathlon

Nice job, as usual!  And you thought you were getting slower this year.  My bike sincerely apologizes to you for causing us to miss out on the matching AG awards.  We'll have to do this one again next year.


2008-08-04 7:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Niantic Bay Triathlon
Awesome race. Any idea what the actual distances were? My Garmin was messed up, and I have heard conflicting distances. The bike was between 11 and 12miles while the run was 3.2-3.5miles
2008-08-04 8:28 PM
in reply to: #1579876

Subject: RE: Niantic Bay Triathlon
hey aaron, I put the courses up in my blog if you want to take a look.  They're also in the public courses section on the site if you want to download them.  I got 3.18 miles for the run and 11.06 miles for the bike on my Garmin.  Steve got 11.1 for the bike on his Garmin, but he didn't start properly for the run so it's way short.
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