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Webster, Massachusetts
United States
Total Time = 1h 40m 16s
Overall Rank = 590/1549
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 39/113
Pre-race routine:

MAV kindly let me stay at her house on Saturday night so I would have a shorter drive to the race site. Still stayed up a little late watching the TdF. Rise & not so shiny at 4:45. Bagel w/peanut butter washed down with black coffee. Out of the house in about 30 minutes.
Event warmup:

Found a place to park on a side street and biked over to transition. Set up transiton and then the waiting began. Not much warm-up except standing in Porta-Potty lines. Swam in wave 18 so over an hour to wait. Should have brought water as it got hot and I was feeling a little lightheaded before my wave started.
  • 13m 55s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

Very hard to get around slower swimmers even though I was on the outside. Ended up swimming about 2/3-3/4 breaststroke in part so I could see what was going on up ahead. Came upon a virtual flotilla of folks on noodles about half way through. Totally blocking the way. Nearly had to go outside of the kayakers to get around them.
What would you do differently?:

Start more to the front and outside.
Transition 1
  • 04m 50s

I was about as far away as could be from the swim, took a few seconds to find my bike which was a lane over from where I was looking. Double back to bike exit.
What would you do differently?:

Take a spot closer to the entrance/exit even if its crowded. No set spots in transition just zones so kinda messy
  • 47m 25s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 15.69 mile/hr

Interesting my overall rank on the bike was higher than on the S/R but lower in my AG. Lots of speedy 50+ ladies out there (yes, I mean you MAV!!)

I bought a tribike this spring which I love. Unfortunately it was recalled due to failures of the front fork several days before my race. I rode my old Bianci. No aero, no drops but still an okay bike. Felt good on the big hill but HEAVY traffic and no one stayed to the right. Very messy trying to pass. I also had no data since my bike computer was on my recalled Felt and I left my Garmin in the car. Seeing numbers helps me to push myself more. I was a little disappointed with my ride pace but the crowded conditions didn't help any either.
What would you do differently?:

Ride my new bike. Maybe an air horn so people moved to the right? Ride more hills in training!!!
Transition 2
  • 03m 16s

Big transition area
What would you do differently?:

Same as T1-move closer. Run faster?!
  • 30m 50s
  • 2.9 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

Very crowded again as there were bikers coming in and runners in both directions "sharing" the lane. Not pretty. Saw one biker hit a road cone and go down due to crowding. She was back on her bike before I got to her. Didn't really feel good until half way through. Took a lot of walk breaks but less on the return. Poured water down my back at the water stops which was a little refreshing.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks before the race to get used to running after biking. Learn to get out of my comfort zone and push harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Found MAV and hung with her mentees a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It was very hot and very crowded. Although this is fairly well organized and very friendly event I do not think I will do this race again. It is too crowded to really enjoy it (and expensive!).

Event comments:

The last time I raced this course was in 2003. I was 45 years old and 10 minutes slower. A colleague teased me that I was now a "full deck" on my most recent birthday. I do feel like I have come into "fullness" as an athlete somewhat. I am still slow in all 3 events but can now do them all with some degree of competence. 2009 was my first full year of tri training in many years. I am happy to still be making forward progress and still be training regularly since returning to work this fall. BT has helped me tremendously in this regard.

Racing is hard. I have not developed the mental toughness needed to push harder in a race than when training. I guess this is partly what distinguishes one athlete from another. It is something I will continue to work on. I also find myself getting discouraged after the event is over. Even comparing myself to my AG doesn't seem to help. I need to let this go. I race because it gives me a goal and a focus for my training. Without a race looming I don't think I would train as much and I just need to be happy with finishing to the best of my ability. I also race as an example to my daughters, family, friends and patients. I think I am dong pretty well in this regard and need to keep this in mind when I am feeling down after a race. Any one can be active. It takes no special skills and believe me I am an example of that!

Last updated: 2010-07-01 12:00 AM
00:13:55 | 880 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 27/113
Overall: 438/1549
Performance: Average
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:50
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:47:25 | 12.4 miles | 15.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/113
Overall: 364/1549
Performance: Below average
Course: Big loop and hilly
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:16
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:50 | 02.9 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 54/113
Overall: 877/1549
Performance: Below average
Course: Ugly out and back loop
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-07-27 9:49 AM

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East Side of the Bay
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2010-07-27 10:10 AM
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Hingham, Ma
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Very nice job, especially given the fact you had to switch bikes out a couple of days before the race.  Don't be too hard on yourself.  Think about all the women in your age group or younger who can't do what you did this weekend.  Sounds like you are doing this sport for the right reasons, so enjoy yourself.  

2010-07-27 10:55 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Great job!  Nice improvement from the last time you did the race.  You'll be even faster with your tri bike!
2010-07-27 11:27 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great improvement! 
Yeah, seeing data on the bike computer helps me push harder too.
2010-07-27 2:49 PM
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Congrats again - any completed race is an accomplishment!!!
You have such a great attitude so you are always a winner
2010-07-27 7:40 PM
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Great job Kathy!  How frustrating to have had your bike recalled before the race! 

2010-07-27 7:54 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome awesome job Kathy!!  You have come a long way in the last year.  I'm glad BT helps   You can only race against yourself and the clock.  Be happy that you did the best you could with what you had on that day. 

2010-07-27 8:10 PM
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So fun to race with you!!!!! This is NOT really a race...more like a tactical avoidance of disaster on the bike. Your "trusty" old Bianchi did you proud. So glad you are part of BT too. Congrats on a great race!!!!

2010-07-27 9:08 PM
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Robbinsville NJ
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Great race Kathy! No just what you mean about being kind of disappointed after a race. I still fight myself on that but we do this to stay active and test ourselves. I can't control those fast SOB's in my AG :-)
2010-07-28 1:53 PM
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Great job Kathy!!..remind me not to ever do that race..hate crowded sprints..and a flotilla?? noodlers should be put behind everyone for obvious reasons!! You have a smoking fast breaststroke!!
2010-07-29 10:02 AM
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Liverpool, New York
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Great report and an awesome job!

how much fun that you were faster than  you were 5 years ago!

2010-07-29 3:15 PM
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Great race!!  Really impressive improvement too!

2010-07-30 8:26 AM
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West Grove, PA
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Congrats, Kathy... great race all around.  And great RR.
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