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New Jersey State Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic


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West Windsor, New Jersey
United States
CGI Racing
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 56m 33s
Overall Rank = 458/743
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 4/14
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:20, oatmeal and coffee. Left home at 5:45 and made it down in 1 hr. flat. Did almost forget my water bottles but somehow was coherent enough to remember at 5:45am.
Event warmup:

Stretched a bit. Chatted w/ folks for the 2+ hr wait.
Swim
  • 30m 46s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards
Comments:

Wasnt' nervous at all for the swim. Only thing was that when I went to zip up, my wetsuit felt a bit different for some reason. That reason would be that I grabbed Mike's at 10PM last night while packing my bag. It actually felt really good in the water. I wore my rashguard underneath just to prevent chaffing. I usually do that in races. Dunno where my wave went but for a while I was swimming w/ pink caps then there were none around me. There were plenty of them ahead of me in the start but it seemed like the faster ones just flew by me and out of sight. Caught up w/ a bunch of women from the wave before. Sighted pretty well for a change. Stuck with the ol every 5th stroke and it mostly worked.
What would you do differently?:

Bring my wetsuit instead.
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s
Comments:

Seems as though I had a little party in T1. Could not for the life of me get my wetsuit off! Sat and tugged and pulled forever!!! Finally got it off, shoes on, running along w/ bike when I notice a few folks kinda staring at me funny. Damn. Forgot to take rashguard off. Thanks to the folks for staring! Took it off and threw it at the end of a rack on the way out.
What would you do differently?:

Take off rashguard, have easier time w/ wetsuit.
Bike
  • 1h 11m 14s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.93 mile/hr
Comments:

Bike seemed like there was a bit of a headwind for a lot of the time. I was familiar w/ most of the course from doing the sprint 2x. Mostly flat w/ a few rollers. Surprisingly, the course had thinned out by the time I got on it. I really tried to push the bike as much as possible b/c of the bike disaster in Rhode Island. Wanted to know where my bike fitness was. I felt great on the bike and when I felt myself easing off, I was able to give a little more and get back where I wanted to be. Had 2 gels, a bottle of water and one of gatorade and could have used more to drink. It was getting pretty hot out there. Saw someone w/ BT gear on and gave a shout out but sorry, don't know who you were! Saw the father pushing his son - reminded me of Team Hoyt. What a great motivator!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Pushed when I could. Im happy w/ my bike split.
Transition 2
  • 03m 9s
Comments:

La, la, la, la...ran in, grabbed rashguard off the ground, meandered around trying to find rack. Looked some more. A-ha. There it is. Sat down and put some warm and semi gooey body glide on my feeties before the socks. Don't want any blisters! Race belt, gu, visor and we're off. Finally.
What would you do differently?:

Not get lost.
Run
  • 1h 07m 57s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile
Comments:

Uggh. As always, I start w/ high expectations for the run w/ a definite plan. It didn't quite work. I was very hot and thirsty getting off the bike. The good news is, there are plenty of water stations along the way and I took full advantage of all of them. I wound up walking a bit just to get my HR down, then b/c it was too hot, then b/c my feet were getting blisters. Around mile 4.5 I was breathing really hard on the run, not barely moving and all I did was focus on my breathing pattern and was able to get it under control. It was kind of odd how much it helped by just relaxing and breathing 1,2,1,2,1,2 instead of gasping for breath. I was able to run more during the end than in the beginning.
What would you do differently?:

Stick to the plan!
Post race
Warm down:

AAAHHHHH They had a shower tent! Heaven! Great call by CGI! Woohoo!!!! Went from being hot and miserable to chilly and wonderful :) Grabbed some food and soda and sat by myself for a bit. Ran into Bob in the shower - saw him out on the run course too. Nice race, Bob!
I had looked up the top Athena times from last year and thought I may have made the top 3. Once Larry said "Wow, we've got some blazing athena times this year" I knew I was out! Oh, well. I wanted to go sub 3 which I did. This is a challenging distance for me but I really liked it!

Event comments:

CGI puts on a great race. It's getting very big and popular which makes the Oly folks wait around a long time before we swim. Lots of fun, great volunteers, cool vibes and tunes while waiting, pretty venue. Only negative is the late start. Maybe we could have a BT wave and we could all get a priority start being that CGI's a sponsor here :)




Last updated: 2008-10-08 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:30:46 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/743
Performance: Good
Suit: Mike's QR
Course: Swim diagonally left for a bit, then straight to a turnaround, go back about 1/2 way then make a right and head to the beach.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:38
Performance:
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:11:14 | 24.85 miles | 20.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/743
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Not sure actually. 2 loops in a college, then just countryish roads around the area. Pretty.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 03:09
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:07:57 | 06.21 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/743
Performance: Below average
Course: The first 1/2 was a loop, an out and back then another loop. On the way home, I wondered if it looked phalic on the run map. Gotta go check. Second half was just an out and back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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

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2009-07-26 8:00 PM

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2009-07-26 8:14 PM
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Sub 3 is awesome!  Nice race!

2009-07-26 8:17 PM
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I LOVE the idea of a BT wave! Let's talk to Michele and Larry and get that going!

I live about an hour north of Trenton, are you North or South of there? (saw you were about an hour away)

Looked around but didn't see any BT peeps
2009-07-26 8:19 PM
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Great race!  I like your bike time!  You did fly past me on the bike!  How did you manage the college area?  Slowed me down sooo much!  That run was HOT.
2009-07-26 8:37 PM
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Congratulations on a great race and finishing sub-3:00! That's funny about taking your husband's wetsuit...at least it is because it didn't seem to affect your race. The run was brutal by the time we got there (I was in the last wave too). Congrats again!
2009-07-27 8:56 AM
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Good time and congrats! The run was HOT. Where was all that shade?



2009-07-27 9:40 AM
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Nice job on the sub 3! Damn, I missed the shower tent
2009-07-27 1:15 PM
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wwlani - 2009-07-26 9:17 PM I LOVE the idea of a BT wave! Let's talk to Michele and Larry and get that going! I live about an hour north of Trenton, are you North or South of there? (saw you were about an hour away) Looked around but didn't see any BT peeps

Im an hour north of there - not too bad when there's zero traffic on the T'Pike but Sat. was a parking lot. More like 2 hrs. then!

2009-07-27 4:33 PM
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Congrats!

Sub 3 rocks...rocking fast bike split...you are a biker chick

You overcame little bumps in the road..rash guard & wrong wetsuit but did great.

I want to know why running in tris always seems so hard?
2009-07-27 10:58 PM
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Great race!! Well done and sub 3 hours. I'm so jealous of the shower tent idea. I think every race should have one.
2009-07-28 1:06 PM
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Great race!!  Sub 3:00 and practically 21mph on the bike...just a smoking ride!  Next year I'll join ya' for the Olympic distance.


2009-07-28 8:40 PM
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Great race.  Must be nice to know that RI70.3 was just a flukey ride. Your bike split was amazing and everything else looks damn good as well. Strong work!
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