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The Great Atlantic Ocean Triathlon - TriathlonSprint


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Seaside Heights, New Jersey
United States
Jersey Shore multisport
65F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 26m
Overall Rank = 68/140
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/4
Pre-race routine:

Slept in :) Race was 2 blocks away from our beach house. Actually felt like garbage when I woke - many tummy troubles...possibly from hot dogs, smore's and birthday cake the day before?
Event warmup:

Stretched and that's all folks.
Swim
  • 10m 34s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 12s / 100 yards
Comments:

That was a tough swim. There were big swells and lotsa chop and tons of little bitty jellies all over. Good thing was, the jellies weren't even on my radar bc I was concentrating on breathing and not getting crushed by the waves. Current was strong on the way back in and it kept sucking me back out. I thought I'd just try to cruise in on a big ol wave but it didn't happen. The RD isn't shy about his hatred of breast stroke in the middle of the field but apparently the chick next to me didn't hear that b/c she breaststroked the whole time and she kicked me a bunch of times. We've got the whooole ocean but I couldn't get away from her.
What would you do differently?:

Considering the conditions, not much. Since the swim was shortened I didn't wear my wetsuit. Glad about that - it wouldn't have helped too much and would've been a time suck at T1.
Transition 1
  • 01m 13s
Comments:

pretty swift for me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - moved to an empty rack right before T closed. Very good decision.
Bike
  • 42m 29s
  • 14 miles
  • 19.77 mile/hr
Comments:

Felt great on the bike. Pushed the whole time and stayed focused. Total lack of saddle time showed tho. Nobody passed me, I passed 2 girls quick out of transition and a bunch of guys the first lap. Second lap was more crowded from the super sprint but definitely plenty of room. Passed more folks on lap 2. Headwind going south, nice tailwind heading north.
What would you do differently?:

More bike time but given this summers events, it wasn't really in the cards.
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s
Comments:

Wahoo!! Speedy :)
What would you do differently?:

tighten my left shoe better to avoid the massive blister I now have.
Run
  • 30m 54s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 08m 50s  min/mile
Comments:

Thought about what Mike told me yesterday - go out strong and uncomfortable for hte first mile till you warm up. Then once you're warm, hold on to that pace. Usually I take it easy the first mile but then Im used to an easier pace and never push it. The wierdest thing happened on the run. At the turnaround I was like 6 f oa! wtf?? me? huh? I saw 3 girls flying up behind me and I knew they'd catch me but other than that there wasn't anyone too close and if I kept my pace, I'd be good for top 10!
I did get passed by the gazelle girls but nobody else. I'm very happy sub 9's! There were no ages on calves so it was just a guessing game.
What would you do differently?:

dig deeper. THere's always deeper, right?
Post race
Warm down:

Found my inlaws and the girls who had meandered up to watch us finish :) Mike took 3rd male in his AG and our friend took 4th oa m in the supersprint. Great day!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Brain surgery exactly 2 months ago today. Had a pituatary aedenoma removed so there wasn't much training going on. I've got a lot to be thankful for.

Event comments:

Great bang for the buck. Great crowd support, organized and fun.




Last updated: 2010-09-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:10:34 | 880 yards | 01m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 100/140
Performance:
Suit:
Course: Choppy swells from a stiff ESE wind caused the RD to shorten the swim (thankfully) to a little counterclockwise rectangle. Maybe about 1/4 mile? Dunno.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 01:13
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:42:29 | 14 miles | 19.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 40/140
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: out and back along the ocean, cut over to bay, ride along the bay and back to transition. x2.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 00:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:30:54 | 03.5 miles | 08m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 99/140
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along the boards.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2010-09-12 7:20 PM

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Master
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2010-09-12 9:42 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: The Great Atlantic Ocean Triathlon
Great race especially with the surgery 2 months ago. Awesome job!
2010-09-13 5:36 AM
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Fantastic!

Awesome to see you racing again too

You have the whole ocean and get stuck with a breast stroker whip kicking youthe entire swim.  Man that part had to stink!

2010-09-13 5:06 PM
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wow, a really great job, congrats. Oh, and I do see that you have used me as a role model for a pre-race meal. You make me blush.
2010-09-15 7:52 AM
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BigDH - 2010-09-13 6:06 PM wow, a really great job, congrats. Oh, and I do see that you have used me as a role model for a pre-race meal. You make me blush.

^^LOL...Don't know how u do it!  Maybe I just have to run an additional 17 hrs...

 

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