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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
Total Time = 3h 17m 52s
Overall Rank = 610/660
Age Group = CLYDE
Age Group Rank = 28/33
Pre-race routine:

Got to the race site on Saturday afternoon. Picked up my number, checked into the hotel and then hung out by the pool with my kids and my girlfriend. Met a bunch of BTers for dinner, then hit the sack early.

Woke up on race day at 5:00, was supposed to meet Rudy (RudeDog55) in the lobby at 5:30. We left a bit early, got the race site around 5:45. Hung out until the body markers were ready, then set up my transition area. Went back to our team tent and hung out until 7:30 when it was time to finish getting ready.
Event warmup:

Got my wetsuit on, went down to the water and did a quick swim to get warmed up and get acclimated to the water temperature.
  • 30m 56s
  • 1408 yards
  • 02m 12s / 100 yards

Swim was pretty uneventful, a bit crowded going into the first turn but after that it thinned out pretty quick. I was able to keep a comfortable pace and did great with my sighting and navigation, which I was glad for.
What would you do differently?:

Given how little I swam this year, I'm pleased. Other than training more, I'm not sure what I would do differently.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

T1 went well, although I did pull my suit down too soon after coming out of the water. It's a decent run to the transition area, and my suit was falling down past my waist so I had to hold it up as I ran. Got the suit off okay, got my glasses and helmet on, then ran with my bike to the mounting area. My shoes were already clipped into my pedals, so it was easy to run and get on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Wait a bit longer to pull my suit down to my waist.
  • 1h 21m 15s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 18.39 mile/hr

Bike leg went pretty well, although a bit of showers mid-way through made me nervous as I thought the road might get slippery. Having ridden the course a number of times, I was very comfortable with it and didn't struggle at all. I probably could have pushed a bit harder, but I wanted to save some juice for the run.
What would you do differently?:

At the beginning of the ride I had trouble getting one of my shoes tight, because in setting up my transition area I had opened it up too much once it was clipped in. Next time I won't open it up quite so far.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s

T2 went very well, no issues at all.
  • 1h 21m 30s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 13m 09s  min/mile

I started out feeling good on the run, but by mile 2 my complete lack of training caught up to me and I started running out of gas. I started doing telephone-pole intervals, running one and then walking one. One of my teammates caught up to me, and we ran/walked together for the next few miles. By mile 4 my feet were starting to hurt from blisters so I had to slow up a bit, and at mile 5 I had to stop for a nature break so I let her go on ahead of me. After the nature break I felt good and ran most of the last mile into the finish.
What would you do differently?:

I've heard that some people actually train for these events, I might give that a shot! :-)

Also, the blisters were caused by running sockless. I've always done triathlons without socks, but my lack of running this season left my feet a bit on the tender side. So, I guess my options are to wear socks and/or run more!
Post race
Warm down:

Took my bloody sneakers off (that's not an expression, they actually were bloody) and walked around a bit to cool off. Grabbed some food, hung out with my teammates for a bit and then packed up my stuff. I was in the last wave and I was one of the slower folks on my team, so some folks started clearing out soon after I finished.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, pure and simple.

Event comments:

Based on my complete lack of training this year, I'm pleased that I was only 9 minutes off last year's time and I beat my time from two years ago when I had trained all summer. But, it's still disappointing to finish so far back in the field so I really need to get my butt in gear and get back to training. I also need to focus during the off-season on my running, which is by far my weakest discipline.

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Last updated: 2009-01-30 12:00 AM
00:30:56 | 1408 yards | 02m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 465/660
Performance: Good
Course: One loop of the pond, pretty simple.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:21:15 | 24.9 miles | 18.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 478/660
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:21:30 | 06.2 miles | 13m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 649/660
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-09-01 7:51 AM

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Framingham, MA
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Subject: Cranberry Country Triathlon

2009-09-01 7:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Cranberry Country Triathlon

so you pulled a Kurt Shillings on the run? 
I always wear socks.  5-10 seconds of putting on socks is work any blishter. 
Nice job on the swim and bike!
And great to see you in the weekend. 

2009-09-01 7:06 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Subject: RE: Cranberry Country Triathlon

nice Job Scott   Our bike legs were almost exactly the same   as are our bikes

2009-09-04 2:12 PM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Cranberry Country Triathlon

Great to see you out there scott!! stay in the game..2010 is just around the corner!

2009-09-04 7:40 PM
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Nice job Scott.. it was a fun day
2009-09-04 8:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Cranberry Country Triathlon
Nice job!

Fun race with so many BTers there...I missed you guys!

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