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Mystic, Connecticut
United States
Total Time = 1h 21m 49s
Overall Rank = 46/250?
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 5/25
Pre-race routine:

I was the first one there or close to it. I set-up my transition area. I had eaten a cliff bar and a banana on the drive up and drank a bunch of water.
Event warmup:

Does putting a wetsuit on count? I jumped in and swam about 100 meters or so and was just shooting the sh*t with a bunch of people. I was talking to Brian who was training at the same gym as me alot about how he's going to hammer the swim but I'll see him on mile 8 or 9 on the bike.....on to the race.
  • 16m 28s
  • 876 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

First real open water swim ever (longer than 100 meters or so) and during a race. Needless to say, there is room for improvement. I've never practiced sighting and found myself off course a little bit here and there. Nothing huge, but just enough to add needless distance. I also got tangled up a few times and reset. I had a groove going for certain stretches but was sort of trapped behind and in between alot of people and I could feel my heart rate and excitement getting too high so sort of settled in and coasted in. I saw the clock when I crossed the mat and was pissed off, but it actually wasn't so bad when you look at the overall times on the swim. There were still alot of bikes racked which is good. I saw Aaron Davidson from BT literally steps behind me going into T1 and he smoked through T1 and passed me never to be seen again. I actually thought I had a good transition too for my first one. Nothing fancy. I guess I could be a little quicker but am happy with it.
What would you do differently?:

Practice OWS and sighting and be more aggressive pushing by slower people.
Transition 1
  • 01m 28s

It was fine. I could hurry more but I'm fine with it.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, just be faster running maybe to the bike and ripping the wetsuit down off my ankles.
  • 39m 30s
  • 14.4 miles
  • 21.87 mile/hr

felt ok starting out and then quickly realized I was faster than alot of the people who got out of the water in front of me. The first 5 or 6 miles were sort of hilly...nothing major but just enough to slow down this 193 pounder. I passed my buddy Brian at mile 6 going up a hill who was 2nd out of the water (one of those x-college swimmers who finished in 12:xx). I was passing alot of people up until this point and realized hey we are almost half way through this short bike and I need to drop the hammer a little bit, so at mile 7 or so I just dropped it and started flying by people. I felt really good and was only passed by one guy on the bike I think which I was kind of surprised by. It had me thinking that wow, the fast people must be way up there and already in front of me because I really had no idea where I stood at this point. Then with about 4 miles to go my seat became loose and started hinging up and down and sliding up and back. I'm thinking you've got to be freaking kidding me. I just kept going and actually went out of the saddle a little bit to finish it up. I was thinking going in that it'd be cool to go sub 40 minutes and was pretty happy with my bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

Damn running shoes took awhile to get on. I didn't end up using the yankz which was a mistake.
  • 23m 2s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

Onto the run. I was flustered after my horrible T2 as people were just burning me in transition. I started out and the first 1/2 mile I had some jello legs but a decent pace nonetheless as people cheered me on turning the corner. I did what I could here. I think I may have had a little more, but I'm really just not a good runner. I don't think it has to do with me going to hard on the bike. I'm too fat and haven't been putting the miles in and was sort of beating myself up as I ran thinking ya your paying for it now slacker. All that weight lifting is really helping you out right now isn't it. Half joking. Overall, just a little frustrated because a decent 21:xx here would have put me up another dozen spots or so. Anyway, I had to experience the poor run. Lesson learned. I need to drop 10 and up the mileage. I was frustrated to be that close to 22:xx...If I had been paying attention and looking at my watch...

I can't complain though, because when I set out to do this in January I was targeting a sub 24 and I did hit that. Only better things from here on out.
What would you do differently?:

Run more and lose a few pounds to get faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing really. Drank some water talked to a couple people and packed up. Then headed out with the wife and baby to the diner down the road with our cousins who were in town. I didn't stick around too long.

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Last updated: 2009-01-26 12:00 AM
00:16:28 | 876 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 79/250?
Performance: Average
I'm going by the distance quoted on the map they had there. It was just a little longer then a 1/2 mile I think, which makes sense based on some of the times I saw from the FOPers too.
Suit: Helix
Course: Triangle - out, over and back.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:39:30 | 14.4 miles | 21.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 21/250?
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:21
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:02 | 03 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 104/250?
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2009-06-07 4:05 PM

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Guilford, CT
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2009-06-07 5:44 PM
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WTG!  great pictures too!  be sure to pay the photographer well!
2009-06-07 6:38 PM
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Great job out there!  It was a beautiful day to race.  x2 on the pictures.  Nice!
2009-06-08 7:08 AM
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Awesome first race. Great pictures. Nice to meet you out there.

2009-06-08 7:25 AM
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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Great first race. Sounds like you're hooked now.
2009-06-08 8:31 AM
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Guilford, CT
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Thanks all.  Aaron, I actually have a couple pictures of you getting out of the water too and then sitting down with your daughter after you finished as I ran by to finish up.  They're on my iMac at home and I don't remember if they were good or not but I'll check.  If they are I'll send them to you.

2009-06-08 8:59 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Sooper first race!!!  Congrats on some great times and a great finish!!!


2009-06-08 9:46 AM
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Oh man it was a great day for a race. Congrats on an awesome race!
2009-06-10 1:21 PM
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Great job on the race. The pics are awesome too - I always like the ones when they catch you with both feet off the ground.  So cool. 
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