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2005 Danskin Women's Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Webster, MA
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 39m 3s
Overall Rank = 747/1747
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 105/191
Pre-race routine:

Had BPJ, a tiny cup of coffee, gatorade and plenty of water before leaving the hotel. Drove to race site, met up with bunch of friends. Set up transition area and found that there were 2 other bikes that are axactly like mine within 5 numbers of my bib number. One was right next to me.
Event warmup:

Walked around with MomX3. She was in the same wave with me. Jumped into the water for a few nimutes.
  • 13m 10s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 46s / 100 meters

Never swam with that many people before. Got swam over by several people and breathing was messed up for a bit. Did a mix of breast and free, 50%. Found myself grasping for breath at some point, probably due to nervousness. I thought I was slow with all the breaststroke, but official time showed only 13 min 10 sec -- personal best! I'm not complaining :)
What would you do differently?:

Try to do freestyle for the whole course.
Transition 1
  • 07m 1s

Long distance from beach to transition area and had to put on slippers. path was rough with little stones and stuffs. Had to run for a few minutes to transition area, still grasping for breath. Bro ran beside me at the spectator area, telling me to relax.
Made the mistake of putting on socks and shoes before putting on bike shorts. Luckily I didn't tie my shoe laces (I'm wearing runing shoes. Don't have cleats) so I can easily pull my feet out. I'm in the middle of the entire transtion area (2000+ racers). Took me a while to get out. And I took some time drinking.
What would you do differently?:

Better planning: put on bike shorts first.
  • 46m 58s
  • 12 miles
  • 15.33 mile/hr

It's also a personal best for my riding. Used my gears more effectly, thanks to the tips from Gwendal when we practiced last week, when I clocked 55 min for the 12 mile. I am 8 min faster today!
Slowed down a bit to drink more gatorade. I'm not good at steering with one hand. Only started biking in April. Still afraid of height/speed. Clocked 4.5 mph going up "The Hill" and 32 mph going downhill. Was very nervous, and kept breaking.
What would you do differently?:

Practice eating and drinking on bike. Get over the fear of speed and height.
Transition 2
  • 02m 57s

Not much to do as I was riding with my running shoes. Went to the wrong numbers and wasted some 20 sec looking for my stuffs. Spend another 20 sec hydrating.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention to my own bib number.
  • 28m 55s
  • 2.9 miles
  • 09m 58s  min/mile

My legs felt so heavy after the bike and I thought I was moving very slowly, and had to walked a bit due to side stitches. I was thinking "sh!t! It's going to take me 40 min to do it". Turned out official time is the same as my average speed. Again, no complain :)
Saw most of the people I know (both coworkers, their friend, MomX3). One coworker started 2-3 waves after mine and overtook me at around mile 1.5 during running.
What would you do differently?:

Run the whole course.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Ate some watermelon and 1/2 banana.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Very good first triathlon experience. Will do it again. Also considering vonlunteering in other races.

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Last updated: 2005-04-14 12:00 AM
00:13:10 | 750 meters | 01m 46s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/191
Overall: 387/1747
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: Triangular loop
Start type: Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:01
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:46:58 | 12 miles | 15.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/191
Overall: 746/1747
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 12 miles loop with a steep hill at mile 4-5, followed by a big down hill on rough surface and an immediate 90 degree right turn at the bottom of the hill. The rest of the course is gental rolling and scenic. Some nicely paved area and some very rough surface.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:57
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:55 | 02.9 miles | 09m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/191
Overall: 994/1747
Performance: Average
Course: Out of the beach area to major road, took a left to some residential area. Followed same route back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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

2005-07-31 6:15 PM

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Subject: 2005 Danskin Women's Triathlon

2005-07-31 6:24 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Half the fun for me was going there and meeting everyone. Glad I brought the sign, otherwise I would have missed you all! Congrats on a great race. Nervous? You looked pretty calm to me!

Edited by max 2005-07-31 6:24 PM
2005-07-31 7:47 PM
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DK you ROCKED!!! Way to go. You finished better than 1/2 way in the field in your first race! You are officialy a Hoss Chick now! Nice job with the race report.
2005-07-31 8:00 PM
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Congratulations and good race! Now you'll have to practice that hill without the brakes so you can go 40 next time! (I love speed, can you tell?)
2005-08-01 8:56 AM
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South Florida
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I can't believe you had your personal best on that bike course - that is amazing! You must have kept telling yourself, "I am a stupendous racer!" It was fun to walk around and warm up with you. Congrats on a great race!
2005-08-01 11:23 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome job   I knew you would do great.  Congrats on the PB on the bike. too.  Congratulations triathlete.   Welcome to the addicition...take care -SMO

2005-08-01 11:30 AM
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Congratulations Triathlete!!

Awesome race..glad you enjoyed it and did super!

Hope to see you around at another MA Tri sometime soon...which one are you going to do next?

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