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Patriot Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Freetown, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Sport Events
85F / 29C
Total Time = 5h 35m 21s
Overall Rank = 103/417
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 13/20
Pre-race routine:

Saturday race was awkward. Worked Friday, drove up, ate, got to bed a bit after 10pm. Up just after 4pm.

My daughter has been congested the past week or so, for me the last 2-3 days coughing up some solid phlegm. Otherwise felt good.
Event warmup:

Sitting. Waiting. Quick swim.

Not the ideal breakfast but got in my calories.
  • 40m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

I started timidly yet again, and got caught behind a slow group. Eventually someone broke free and I drafted. Slow going on the way out. After the first turn I took off. At some point on the way in a few fish from the group behind me, tried to draft but could not keep up. Eventually the front of the main pack caught up and I fell in with them.

Some boat was a bit to close to the swimmers as there was a nice diesel smell.
What would you do differently?:

Be more aggressive. I thought I had a pretty good swim past the first 1/3. Need to have more confidence in my ability to swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 58s

Nothing special.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 2h 56m 15s
  • 58 miles
  • 19.74 mile/hr

I would say that the course was poorly marked. Basically keep going unless you saw someone. I think that drafting was high. For the first half of the 1st loop I saw people every 5-10min either passing or being passed always in a group of 2-3.

On the second lap however a few guys riding solo in skisuits and TT booties went flying past.

All of the intersections were police controlled, one of them was backed up with traffic that was blocking on the left. 15 cars deep, so I slowly rode past on the left on the yellow line and when I got close to the intersection I was waved across by a police officer. On the 2nd lap I knew what to do there.

Saw people killing themselves, not killing hills out there. Standing and swaying all around just to barely hang over the top of their bars at the top. I did not stand once, sat a few times.
What would you do differently?:

Push more?
Transition 2
  • 01m 47s
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 1h 54m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 45s  min/mile

Weird. First two miles I passed 20+ people. People were walking within the first 10min. I had one lady run past me early on and some 'kid' sprint past he was flying. From 55min to 1:22 into the run, I ran alone with not a person in front of me. Continued passing until I started to fade at the end.

I got passed by 2-3 people after mile 11.

I was also surprised that towards the end people were running on both sides of the road.

Up until mile 8-9 I felt awesome.
What would you do differently?:

Get in another long run or two.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat. Drank some juice. Laid down. Drank water. Sat in an ice bath. Got some stretching performed by people who I thought were giving massages.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat towards the end of the swim. Lack of bike endurance.

Event comments:

Aid stations were plentiful, but they could have used more volunteers at them. Another 2-3 people would have been nice. Thankfully on the run I was alone and could yell what I wanted as I approached.

Good race, but stretch vs massage? Ice bath was nice.

Race Results:

Last updated: 2010-06-10 12:00 AM
00:40:45 | 2112 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 171/417
Performance: Average
Suit: DeSoto T1
Course: Supposedly long at 1.4mi. Giant U-shape.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:56:15 | 58 miles | 19.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 143/417
Performance: Good
Work: 1587kJ
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: Two laps. One real rough section, and a second rough section. Other wise pretty good.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:54:38 | 13.1 miles | 08m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 92/417
Performance: Average
Garmin picked up someone else's HR monitor maybe? AS I did not wear one. Splits at aid stations or there about. I had autolap turned off and hit the lap button at each aid station. 7:40 8:10 8:10 8:37 8:57 8:35 8:42 8:27 9:11 9:44 9:19
Course: Rolling. Giant loop, pretty good conditions.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %5
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-06-21 4:52 PM

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2010-06-21 6:54 PM
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Orange, CA
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nice race...well done!
2010-06-22 8:36 PM
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Solid Race Aaron.  But it didn't sound as challenging or as much fun as THE REVOLUTION!!!

2010-06-23 12:13 AM
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Great job Aaron!  That bike split is pretty darn FAST!
2010-06-23 9:10 AM
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Pauls Valley, OK
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Looks like a solid race to me.  I'd love to have that bike split.

2010-06-24 10:36 AM
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Nice race on a pretty challenging course on a hot day.  And for those who don't know the bike is actually 58 so that split is even better than it looks.  Great job.

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