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Cranberry Trifest - TriathlonOlympic

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
Total Time = 3h 19m 28s
Overall Rank = 517/636
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 13/20
Pre-race routine:

After a yummy meal of BBQ'ed chicken pizza and a cosmo I managed to get a good night's sleep. I often sleep poorly before a race so this was a welcome change. Packed my stuff and setup the coffee maker for a 5 am wake-up. Usual breakfast of steel cut oats, blueberries and walnuts. Hubby got up at 5:30 and we were on the road by 6.
Event warmup:

Set up transition and wandered a bit. Did some dynamic stretches before the swim but really no special warm up.
  • 33m 32s
  • 1584 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

I still haven't invested in a wet suit. Was very comfortable swimming in my tri shorts and top and the water temp was perfect. Stayed out of traffic given I breaststroke about 1/2- 2/3 of the time. Men's 45+ wave came streaming past about 2/3rds of the way through but thankfully not much contact. Last bit of race was very hard to sight as we were right into the sun. Welcomed ashore by a smiling RedSoxChick and "watch your step" MAV. Great to see them both.
What would you do differently?:

More swim training! I need to get my a$$ out of bed in the morning so I can swim at my local beach when other folks are there. Afternoon swimming has been hit or miss due to T-storms and heavy chop. I was within 5 seconds of last year's swim but I think it was longer this year. Given my lack of training not too bad a swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 50s

As one of the last swim waves out of the water the long grassy stretch to transition was very wet and slick. I took it slow to avoid a slip and fall. That said I'm not sure I could have run much faster anyway.
What would you do differently?:

Hmmm, just speed up I guess
  • 1h 27m 58s
  • 26.3 miles
  • 17.94 mile/hr

I finally was able to ride my new felt in a race. Very comfortable. Thanks to MAV who loaned me her aerobottle I actually stayed hydrated while riding. Passed quite a few folks and not too many my age passed me.
What would you do differently?:

More time in the saddle and more longer rides before next year's race.
Transition 2
  • 02m 33s

Wasn't quite sure where exit was. High fives with AL and MAV on the way out and smiled for photo op with hubby.
What would you do differently?:

Just hurry up.
  • 1h 11m 37s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 11m 33s  min/mile

It got hot! Had some cramping in my quads when started out that mostly abated as a ran. Ended up doing run 4 min and walk 1 min. I kept my run paces between 11 to 10:40 min miles but just didn't have it in me to skip the walk breaks. I think it was 75% mental and only 25% physical.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Eating and wandering

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It was probably close to 90 during my run. Only found one sprinkler to run into while out there and kept forgetting ice at the water stops. Overall I'd give my race peformance a B but given my less than stellar training I am happy enough with my result.

Currently within my age group my run is my worst event. I have put some time into improving this and have done better on stand alone runs but tri running is another whole issue. If I could improve here I would be very happy and will make run speed more of a focus in the off season. Longer swim sessions wouldn't hurt either.

I mostly enjoy this race for it's fun atmosphere. Very nice picnic after and a live band playing all my old college songs. Volunteers were wonderful and the course was well marked. I know folks from many areas of my life who race and it is great to see them all in one place. I plan to continue doing this race until there are only 3 folks in my AG and I can finally get a podium spot!

Last updated: 2010-07-01 12:00 AM
00:33:32 | 1584 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/20
Overall: 518/636
Performance: Average
Course: perimeter of Loon Lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:50
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:27:58 | 26.3 miles | 17.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/20
Overall: 449/636
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Big Loop through pretty scenery. Few areas with crumbling pavement but mostly smooth and fast
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:33
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:11:37 | 06.2 miles | 11m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/20
Overall: 558/636
Performance: Below average
Course: Thankfully mostly shaded route through neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-08-30 10:50 AM

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2010-08-30 12:23 PM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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Great racing! that run was HOT for sure! Keep hanging in there for that podium spot! nice seeing you.

2010-08-30 3:46 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great job out there Kathy.  You have a lot going on last week so I am glad you were able to kick back a bit!!  Congrats   I'll mail you my old wetsuit

2010-08-30 7:28 PM
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Medway, MA
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Hey Kathy, good job... I also think you got unlucky with the heat on the run. It certainly did heat up significantly - the earlier waves had it easier.
2010-08-30 7:40 PM
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Congrats Kathy!

Super you were able to sleep well before the race.

Clear you have a blast out there racing....glad you were able to ride the Felt in a race.

So glad to see you there racing, and enjoying yourself.

Looking forward to seeing you at more long until will it be until only 3 left in our AG? I'm joining your AG next year.
2010-08-30 8:31 PM
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Great Race Kathy!!!! It was great to be able to cheer you on!!!!!  You looked like you were having a blast!!!Our AG is not going to get smaller...were just going to have to get faster!!LOL

2010-08-30 8:35 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great job out there, Kathy!  You have had a lot going on pulling off a great race is sweet!
2010-08-31 10:44 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Awesome job Kathy!

2010-09-01 4:22 PM
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good job!
2010-09-01 9:13 PM
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Hingham, Ma
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Nice job Kathy.  It was great seeing you.  We had almost the same time across the board.  You did way better in transition though  I hope you have a good rest of the season.  

2010-09-03 10:31 AM
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West Grove, PA
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Great job, Kathy!  I'm very impressed with your speed on the bike... well done!  Congrats on a very strong race.

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