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Whitney Point, New York
United States
Broome County Parks
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 13m
Overall Rank = 3/140
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 1/13
Pre-race routine:

Got up and ate a bowl of oatmeal and a banana. Hopped on the bike and rode 15 miles to the race site. Rode right into the transition area and set my bike up. Nice to be the first one there. Helped set-up the BCTC tent and chatted with folks as they started to arrive.
Event warmup:

I decided to go with the speedsuit so I can wear my tri top under it and not fuss with putting a dry shirt on a wet body. Hopped in the water and swam out to the first buoy to get an idea of what to sight during the second leg.
  • 11m 22s
  • 800 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

I came into this race with no expectations and there are usually a bunch of HS swimmers that are part of relays that jump out in front. My plan was to start up in front and go wide and let the HS swimmers go by. I went wide after the first 50 yds or so and saw one swimmer go by so I jumped on his feet and figured I'll let him pull me around. I got into a nice easy groove and as we approached the first buoy I did a couple strokes on my back and saw that we were 20 yds in front of the pack. Hmmmm, back to drafting. I stayed on his feet until I started tapping his toes every 3 strokes and figured I'd let him draft me the rest of the way. I went around him about 1/2 way to the 2nd buoy and didn't feel him hit my feet at all. As I rounded the 2nd buoy I turned over and saw that he wasn't even near me. Well, at least the swim leg of this race will look good. I swam until my forearms were touching the sand and stood up and ran up the beach as the announcer said "Our defending champion, Bob Stocks, is out of the water first!". I veered off my path a bit and said to him "It's a damn good thing that fat floats!"
What would you do differently?:

Train more and swim faster but no complaints with this swim. It may have been a bit longer than 800 yds.
Transition 1
  • 01m 10s

This was a pretty good T1 for me. The speedsuit stuck on my heels a little and I decided to put my shoes on rather than race to get them on before the hill leading out of the park.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions more. Otherwise nothing.
  • 36m 19s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.83 mile/hr

It's never a good feeling to feel the burning of lactic acid on the first hill climbing out of the park. I came into the race with a good plan of just having fun and make it a training day. Coming out of the water in first must have triggered the competitive side of me but that side wasn't listening to the rational side that knew how little training has been going on. My HR was in the 170's and I was hammering way too hard for how slow I was going. Jason, the eventual winner, passed me just before the descent into the first turnaround. I passed him going down the hill and as we turned around I said "This will be the last time I see you so enjoy the motorcycle escort." After that, he was gone. The next guy passed me going up the climb and I told him that I was gravity challenged going uphill but watch out on the downhills. The first downhill I went by him as I patted my belly and smiled. He passed me again going up the next big climb, as he passed I was singing "What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheels, got to go 'round...." :-) He crested the hill a ways ahead of me but I noticed he was pedaling down the hill. I hammered up to about 35 mph and just got into a tuck and closed the gap. As we approached the bottom of the hill I was approaching him at a pretty high rate so I threw it in high gear and pedaled past him probably 12-15 mph faster than he was going. The speed carried me up the next hill to the turnaround and I never saw him get very close after that. I settled into a comfortable cadence heading up the biggest climb and as soon as I crested the hill I was gone. Took my feet out of my shoes, had a great dismount and there I was in T2.
What would you do differently?:

Train more. Settle in to a comfortable cadence, I wasn't in shape enough to really push the bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m 49s

Nothing special. Not great but not bad.
What would you do differently?:

  • 23m 20s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Going back to the fact that I haven't been training much I didn't expect anything out of this run. My plan was to hold a steady pace throughout the entire run. People in T2 were shouting that the leader was only a few seconds ahead and I can catch him. I asked if I could borrow their legs to catch him but they wouldn"t go for it. As I approached the inlet that we had to run around I saw Jason across the water and I shouted to him "JASON!! WAIT UP!!!" He didn't listen. I got to the damn dam and stood to the side and waited for the escalator. I told the worker there that I had asked them to put an escalator in last year and he replied "Budget cuts!". Up I went. Poured some water over me after taking a quick sip and headed across the top. I saw Jason coming back and he looked good. At the turnaround I saw Larry gaining and knew I wasn't going to hold him off. Next I saw JC Colling and he was gaining. There's my challenge! I knew JC had a good kick at the end of his runs and if he was going to catch me I was going to make him run a sub 6 min mile to do it. Larry passed be at about the 2 mile mark. He looked back a few times with about 1/4 mile to go and I said "I'm not going to try anything, don't worry!" I was actually thinking about trying something when he looked back but decided against it. In hindsight .......... hmmmm ......anyways. :-) Came across the finish in 3rd place, 4 minutes off last years time. Ugh!!
What would you do differently?:

Train more!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, congratulating everyone. There were a lot of club members doing this as their first race and I wanted to see them all come in. We were definitely in force out there!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.

Event comments:

This a great venue that is run by the county parks dept. Unfortunately, there were no volunteers and the park employees just didn't have the same enthusiasm as volunteers do. They do a fine job, don't get me wrong. I think this race will get bigger and much more competitive in the next few years. I predict the Sled Dog (Tim Andrus) will win this race next year, I hope to give him a little run for his money though!

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Last updated: 2009-11-22 12:00 AM
00:11:22 | 800 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/13
Overall: 1/140
Performance: Good
Suit: Rocket Science Speedsuit
Course: CCW triangular course
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:10
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
00:36:19 | 12 miles | 19.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/13
Overall: 4/140
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Very hilly course for a 12 mile sprint race. There's a hill right out of the park and 3 large climbs throughout the course. Over 1000' of climbing in 12 miles! The killer is the first turnaround is 3/4 of the way down a steep descent. You go from 45 mph to 0, turn around and climb back up a big hill. This course definitely has "character"!!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:20 | 03.1 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/13
Overall: 17/140
Performance: Average
Course: Very nice course with the exception of a damn dam that you have to climb up just before mile 1 and down just after mile 2. Otherwise a flat run with a nice breeze on top of the damn dam.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-07-28 3:58 PM

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