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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
76F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 08m 31s
Overall Rank = 578/660
Age Group = F3539
Age Group Rank = 43/52
Pre-race routine:

After 4 years it's standard now. I should write an SOP for for Cranberry pre-race activities.
Arrive race site yesterday, packet pick up, swam (major purpose was to test my new wetsuit, which arrived on Wed). Back to hotel to chill out, then pre race dinner with BTers.
Went to bed early, then got up and have breakfast at the hotel.
Event warmup:

didn't warm up
  • 30m 16s
  • 1500 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

With the rain yesterday (and this year in general), the lake became a lot bigger and at least a foot deeper. No walking in the middle of the lake. No scratching fingers at the lake bottom at shallow area. Water relatively warm. With the new sleeveless wetsuit I know the swim is going to be good.
Navigation was good, can't swim any straighter. Draft off people here and there. Toward the end I felt bloated at the abdomen. Kind of get this feeling quite a bit after swim so I ignored it. Hoped to finish the swim in 1/2 hr and was right on.

2006 = 27:46 (they said course was short)
2007 = 29:49
2008 = 30:31
2009 = 30:18
Transition 1
  • 03m 57s

Ran up the stairs into chute leading to TA. That's when the abdominal cramp started. Managed to run all the way in the chute (and said hi to everyone). As soon as I arrived the TA, at the first bike rack, I had to walked, past the 10-12 racks to my set up. Felt weird. Continued to ignore the the cramp. Did the usual change over to bike gear. Grabbed bike and left.
What would you do differently?:

Not cramp?
  • 1h 29m 18s
  • 25 miles
  • 16.80 mile/hr

The bike section was bad. The first 15 miles I was battling with the abdominal cramp. Wasn't a full blown one, but very irritating. Had to keep myself somewhat upright to minimize the cramping. Ate 1/2 a gel. Didn't feel good. The gatorade I prepared (which is normally fine) felt too sweet for my taste. Struggled somewhat for the first 10 miles feeling lack of energy. Was passed by everyone on the course.

Mile 3-4: saw a biker lying on the ground, bike on the side of the road. Heard ambulance siren coming from behind. Argh.

Mile 6: Tried to distract myself from the cramp by thinking music. Played some imaginary Bach in my mind.

Mile 8: Started raining. Didn't notice at first coz I was busy recounting the wrong notes I played in my mind. Was doing the Cello suite and got frustrated when I lost the tonality...
  • .. where was I, oh, on the bike course...

  • Mile 11: Wished I had mini windshield wiper on my glasses. Glad to have chosen the yellow shades instead of the grey ones.

    Mile 15: managed to finish a bottle of gatorade. Asked for water at exchange station. They gave me HEED. Bleh! But still drank the HEED as my other bottle was also gatorade and it wasn't agreeing with me much today.

    Mile 18: cramp lessened. Right torsal threatened to stitch. Still couldn't get aero much. Noticed the rain had stopped.

    Mile 20: Wanted to get off the bike. Wish it were an aquabike race. Then angry at myself for thinking of quitting. Thought of the guy who crashed the bike earlier, also a Trifury guy who I saw at TA, all ready to race, then pulled out of the race coz he hurt his back. My discomfort is nothing compare to these guys. Told myself to push to the finish.

    2006 = 1:28:43 (16.91 mph)
    2007 = 1:26:58 (17:18 mph)
    2008 = 1:25:25 (17:49 mph)
    2009 = 1:29:18 (16.8 mph)
    What would you do differently?:

    Not cramp
    Transition 2
    • 01m 57s

    Usual stuffs.
    Surprised to see everything stayed dry at TA. Apparently it didn't rain at race site.
    What would you do differently?:

    • 1h 03m 4s
    • 6.2 miles
    • 10m 10s  min/mile

    Told myself to run the first mile, then I can walk if I feel like. Got water at station. Told myself to run for another mile and see what happened.
    Mile 2 station: ab cramp went away. Right plantar threatening. Told myself to run a bit more, and walk if necessary.
    Arrived Mile 3 station. Decided to pushed a bit as the cramp didn't return. Figured I was already 1/2 way and might just finish the race running.
    Mile 4: did some calculation. My PR for this race was last year at 3:07:XX. If I push more, I may still beat it.
    Mile 5: Pushed even more.
    Mile 6: Decided I would be equally happy to level with my last year time.

    Managed to run the whole course. The overcast, somewhat cool weather helped.

    2006 = 1:07:57 (10:58 min/mile)
    2007 = 1:09.05 (11:16 min/mile)
    2008 = 1:05:03 (10:49 min/mile)
    2009 = 1:03:04 (10:10 min/mile)
    What would you do differently?:

    Surprised to see a better than expected run time.
    Consider I had an injured knee earlier in the season, I am happy with the results.
    Post race
    Warm down:

    Went straight to take down transition.

    Event comments:

    I have to say this year my mind affects a large part of my race.
    Guess I am pretty consistent in this course.

    2006 = 3:10:09
    2007 = 3:12:37
    2008 = 3:07:14
    2009 = 3:08:31

    Last updated: 2009-03-24 12:00 AM
    00:30:16 | 1500 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
    Age Group: 0/52
    Overall: 439/660
    Performance: Good
    Course: Counter-clockwise around Loon Pond
    Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
    Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
    200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
    Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
    Waves: Average Navigation: Good
    Rounding: Good
    Time: 03:57
    Performance: Average
    Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
    Suit off:
    Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
    Jump on bike: No
    Getting up to speed: Average
    01:29:18 | 25 miles | 16.80 mile/hr
    Age Group: 0/52
    Overall: 601/660
    Performance: Below average
    Wind: Little
    Course: Around Lakeville / Freetown. Gentle rolling hills. Cracked and uneven roads.
    Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
    Turns: Average Cornering: Average
    Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
    Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
    Time: 01:57
    Overall: Good
    Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
    Jumping off bike Average
    Running with bike Average
    Racking bike Average
    Shoe and helmet removal Average
    01:03:04 | 06.2 miles | 10m 10s  min/mile
    Age Group: 576/52
    Overall: 0/660
    Performance: Good
    mile splits: 9:48, 10:26, 10:30, 10:14, 10:03, (1.2 mile) 12:01
    Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
    Post race
    Weight change: %
    Overall: Good
    Mental exertion [1-5] 4
    Physical exertion [1-5] 3
    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] 3

    2009-08-30 4:58 PM

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    2009-08-30 5:07 PM
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    Weymouth, MA
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    Great run! Darned cramp, you definitely would have PRd! Good to see you as always.
    2009-08-30 5:26 PM
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    Great job, specially with the run considering the start to the season.  Yeah you kinda drifted a little on the bike. 
    2009-08-30 5:45 PM
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    Williamston, Michigan
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    Awesome job out ther DK I can't believe you have teh RR done already!!

    2009-08-30 6:30 PM
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    Medway, MA
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    Congratulations. You did great! I'm impressed that you pushed through to the end.
    2009-08-30 7:31 PM
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    New York, NY
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    great job Denise!!!
    I hate cramps. so not fun.

    lmao at your losing your tonality of Bach in your head.....awesome

    2009-08-30 7:42 PM
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    Darned cramp! But, you had an awesome run! Way to hang in and stay mentally tough on the run! That's what its all about!

    2009-08-30 7:46 PM
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    Orange, Massachusetts
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    Good job Denise!  Unlike me, as you get older you stay consistent instead of slowing down.  You would have a PR if it weren't for the cramp!  Sorry I couldn't make it.  I was feeling guilty about leaving Patti home alone for a second weekend in a row.  She is not doing well enough to come down to the race and be there all day.


    2009-08-30 8:56 PM
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    acton, Ma
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    Way to Go!  Sorry the cramp slowed you down but you definitely picked up time on the run.  I hope you had a good time

    2009-08-31 4:31 AM
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    Nice job at the races. Working through the tough stuff is half the fun   I like the idea of putting all the previous races in the RR, will have to find the time to adjust that later.

    2009-08-31 5:56 AM
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    Excellent race considering your knee injury earlier this year! I think you've also trained less this year, no? ......with returning back to school and more music in your life? Great life balance, and I would bet that you would have PR'd if it weren't for that silly cramp!

    Sorry I missed all the fun!

    2009-08-31 9:17 AM
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    Cambridge, MA
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    Great race, Denise!  Especially considering it seemed tri took a bit of a back seat to other life stuff for you this year and the cramping issues.    Looks like I was on your heels, timewise... but that's only cause you had a tough bike and I had a really-good-for-me one.   I also got the Heed at the bottle exchange.  Nearly gagged cause I was expecting water to wash down some Gu!
    2009-08-31 9:27 AM
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    Norwalk, Connecticut
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    Great job Denise!!!  you did awesome and looked good doing it!!!!

    2009-08-31 10:43 AM
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    DK..aka...'The Quiet Conqueror". You coped and raced well..and finished smiling.

    Always a pleasure to spend time with you.

    Congrats !

    2009-08-31 11:38 AM
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    Waterboro, Maine
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    Good job and good race report.  It is funny that you make mistakes in your mind when you play Bach!
    2009-08-31 9:34 PM
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    East Side of the Bay
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    Great to see you after the race.  Interesting where people's minds go while racing.  Sounds like you had a good time and were able to keep moving forward despite the cramping.  Your previous years data is awesome.  Nice to be so consistent given your injuries and busy life.  Hope to see you next year!

    2009-09-04 2:14 PM
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    wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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    nice race denise!! especially after the lighthouse ride the weekend before!!

    2009-09-04 7:33 PM
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    You came across the finish with such a smile looked effortless. Nice job DK!
    2009-09-04 8:14 PM
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    Glad you were racing with all the NE BTers!

    Great job on the run...cramps suck while racing.
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