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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 5h 30m 45s
Overall Rank = 763/2141
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 81/161
Pre-race routine:

Drove up to Gunstock on Friday. Got in setup camp. Ate. Registered, checked out the sparse expo. On a note there was way too much m-Dot merchandise for my liking there. Went back to Camp ate more, had some wine/marshmallows and went to bed.

Woke up at 4:30am. Ate drank some water and drove over to volunteer on the bike course for Timberman Sprint. Cold morning, and a cold night. Had fun, directed the athletes at the2nd turn out of the park where I told them to go straight out, and on the way back to make a right. Did some light hiking. Got in quick S/B/R ate food and went to Walmart to buy socks for cheap arm warmers just in case.

Ate more, had wine and went to bed.
Event warmup:

Woke up at 3:30am, it was raining. Had to take down and pack the tent in the rain since 'checkout' was 11am, and we were headed to Portland, ME after the race. Got to Ellacoya pretty early, got some great parking. Setup transition went back to the car and got a quick 30min nap in.

Waited around forever using the bathroom more times than normal. Eventually got some swimming in before heading out at 8am vs the 7am Pro start.
  • 38m 6s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

Waves went every 5min. I Started at 8am. Race started at 7am. I honestly thought I put down a much faster time. I started right at the front and immediately started swimming. Problem was everyone else started walking.

Swim was mayhem. The entire way out and back was crowded. Tons of people from earlier waves still in the water. Tons of people floating or breast stroking.
What would you do differently?:

Be more aggressive.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

A bit slow. The day before was a good 10degrees cooler, so I had gone to Walmart bought long socks and cut the tips for homemade arm warmers. I had not thought to bring any and rarely wear the pairs I own. $5 vs $50 at the expo. Ended up not wearing them.

So guy stopped in transition right in front of me running out. I almost took both of us out.
What would you do differently?:

Hustle more. Long transition run.
  • 2h 57m 21s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.95 mile/hr

I crashed pretty bad last year, so I took it very easy on the course. Once I got past the point where I crashed I picked up the pace some. Course reminds me of riding close to home, except out descents are more straight forward.

I definitely got passed on the descents a few times. Very busy out on the course.

Had it been dry I probably would have pushed more. Only stood on a single climb. Truly not a difficult bike course.
What would you do differently?:

Ride harder. Get more outdoor riding in. Practice high speed descents in the rain?
Transition 2
  • 02m 17s

Long run with the bike. Perfect flying dismount.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 50m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 26s  min/mile

Great run. Cruised the first lap. Started pushing on the 2nd but had my 2nd bathroom stop, pretty long but was flying after. Race nutrition was perfect, I blame food from the 2 days prior.

While the bike has a few good hills, the run course should be described as rolling. Really 1 long hill and 1 steep hill, overall a pretty easy run.

What would you do differently?:

Not visit the bathroom twice? Pickup the speed a bit earlier on.
Post race
Warm down:

It was raining. Long massage line, so I walked around a bit, got somefood, had a beer, but I was cold by then so I changed, hung out for a bit and hit the road after a while to drive on to Portland.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wine the day before.
Waking up at 330am, because it was raining and we were camping. Had to take down the tent in the rain. However we got to the race site early and I got to get an almost 30min nap in the car prerace.

I was pretty burned out 2 weeks ago. I realized this was not an A race, I wanted to have a good time.

Event comments:

Great race. Claimed numbers for the weekend were 4000 athletes total, with 2700 for the 70.3. Results show just under 2200 starters. It was packed. Good race overall. My goal was to have a great swim but that failed.

Last updated: 2010-03-12 12:00 AM
00:38:06 | 2112 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 84/161
Overall: 889/2141
Performance: Average
Suit: DeSoto T1
Course: Large U shape. Low chop. A bit of motorboat diesel smell on the way back in. Waistish deep start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:57:21 | 56 miles | 18.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 95/161
Overall: 1056/2141
Performance: Below average
Work: 1624kJ --> Easy NP=172watts -->easy cruise BIKE SPLIT 1: 28 mi 28 mi (1:24:59) 19.77 mph BIKE SPLIT 2: 56 mi 28 mi (1:32:22) 18.19 mph
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Giant loopish. Someout and back. It was pretty rough in a few sections. Overall a fairly straight forward course. 3 hills, lots of flat sections. Big descents with hard turns.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:50:27 | 13.1 miles | 08m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 74/161
Overall: 626/2141
Performance: Good
RUN SPLIT 1: 3.275 mi 3.275 mi (27:44) 8:28/mi -->Bathroom RUN SPLIT 2: 6.55 mi 3.275 mi (27:54) 8:31/mi RUN SPLIT 3: 9.8 mi 3.275 mi (29:23) 8:58/mi -->Bathroom RUN SPLIT 4: 13.1 mi 3.275 mi (25:26) 7:45/mi
Course: Two laps. Rolling hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2010-08-26 9:39 AM

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2010-08-26 10:38 AM
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Quebec, Canada
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Good job Aaron

Sometime we gotta go to the bathroom sadly :p 
2010-08-26 11:22 AM
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Midcoast Maine
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Great job Aaron...glad you made it through the place you crashed last year - that's got to clear some demons. You did really well on the run, despite the breaks! Congratulations.
2010-08-26 3:09 PM
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Great race Aaron!  It was fun following you online for the run leg!
2010-08-26 6:37 PM
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Nice job Aaron.  Good solid run!
2010-08-31 8:03 AM
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Great job Aaron, demons gone and a great run despite nature calling.

2010-08-31 7:00 PM
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Great job Aaron!!!  Killer run!!!!!!!
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