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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprise
68F / 20C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = DNF/694
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45 am, got ready, had PBJ/water/coffee as breakfast. On my way to race site, sipped on gatorade. Bike was racked at TA yesterday, inside the WTC of Boston (they have security there). Set up TA. Wide space. Munched on 1/2 a balance bar, sipped more gatorade.
Saw Jorge (Amiine) at TA. Can't believe he decided to race, when yesterday he was still sticking with his coach's idea of resting. Chatted with him a little. Also saw Jim, a TriFury guy with whom I do OW swim a few times. He helped me in practicing getting out of a wetsuit the past Friday.
Event warmup:

Ran back and forth TA and my car. Discovered that I forgot my slippers. No big deal. Not gonna affect my race :)
Didn't have a chance to warm up in the water.
Swim
  • 17m 27s
  • 805 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters
Comments:

Sucked at the beginning. Cool water (~68F) didn't bother me, but choked on salt water big times when people are around. Spent the first 1/3 of the course breast-stroking, head-up most of the time. Panic mode on. WTF? Swimming is my strength, and I grew up swimming in the sea! Mad at myself. after some 6 min, did the first turn, started to free-style. Felt better. Free-styled all the way to end.
2 discoveries: I can breast-stroke faster than some free-stylers. The Boston Harbor is much cleaner than I thought.
What would you do differently?:

GET OVER THAT PANIC THING AND SWIM FREE-STYLE ALL THE WAY!!
So Mad. I guess I'll have to test drive the water before racing next time. Jorge said it helps big time.
Transition 1
  • 00m
Comments:

At the end of swim, we got pulled out of water by volunteers at the pier, ran back into WTC. Much better transition than last race, considered I have a wetsuit on this time. Distance from swim end to TA is shorter with carpeted floor in the WTC. Bikes more spread out. No sand on feet so it was easy wiped off. Put everything on in sequence: bike shorts/socks/shoes/race belt/helmet/sunglasses. Took a few second to hydrate myself. Unracked bike easily.
What would you do differently?:

In the future if I still race with wetsuit, I hope to take it off even quicker. Good for first time.
Bike
  • 43m 56s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.39 mile/hr
Comments:

Instrument failure here. My CatEye bike computer wasn't working, so I had no idea of my cadence and speed. Checked all bike components yesterday but forgot about the electronic stuff.
Passed a few people. Got passed by tons of others.
Didn't drink at all on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Check all bike stuffs, mechanical and electronic.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

Biked with running shoes so there is no change of shoes needed. Threw down my helmet, grabbed the baseball cap and ran while putting it on.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Run
  • 00m
  • 3.11 miles
  •  min/mile
Comments:

Managed to run the whole course! Though slow.

Edit: Fuxked up. Lost track and didn't realized it was a 2-loops course. DISQUALIFIED!
What would you do differently?:

Run faster. Will work on it this during off season.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, stretching calves and thigh while on the phone with parents. Watched the pro women start. Wiped down myself with those no-rinse wipes, and changed into clean clothes. kept myself moving by taking bike back to car. Drank more water and finished gatorade. walked around more, talked to people.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Still relatively new to the sport. This is my 2nd race.

Event comments:

Good race overall. My chest strap of the HRM re-appeared.... though I had lost it at the Y, but turned out it was in my tri back pack.


I messed up.... I DNF'd :(


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Swimming
00:17:27 | 805 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 458/694
Performance: Below average
Suit: on
Course: counter-clockwise, around the 3 sides of WTC of Boston.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:43:56 | 12 miles | 16.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 535/694
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Out of Seaport Ave toward I93, past exit and Big Dig construction mess continued to downtown Boston, Charlestown, Cambridge, past the Esplanard. Turned onto Mem Dr., along Charles River and MIT. Had to bike through a couple bridges with metal surface. Volunteers were helpful in pointing out holes and bumps. Make a U-turn in the middle of Mem Dr and headed back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:00:00 | 03.11 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/694
Performance: Average
Course: A loop out of WTC toward the industrial park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1.2
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2005-09-04 12:28 PM

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2005-09-04 12:38 PM
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Nice race!!

You overcame your initial blip in the water and freestyled home well...great mental toughness...think of all you are learning...watch out next year. Wow your  breaststroke is faster than lots of people's freestyle...looks like you'll be flying through the water in your tris!

Great job of running the whole way...passing people on the bike.!! Nice time....congrats on your second tri!! Any more this year? I'm doing Try the Tri in Bristol RI on the 17th...short easy no hills course with less than 200 people...maybe you can do it too!!

Cool your HRM strap showed up!!

2005-09-04 2:08 PM
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Absolutely FABULOUS race!  I can't believe Boston Harbor is cleaner than you think it is...I would think it was filthy!  Don't worry about the initial panic...that can happen in a race with so many people.

NO drinking on the bike?  Shame on you!  HYDRATE!

Can't wait to see the official results so we know how you faired!

2005-09-04 2:25 PM
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Nice race and fantastic time...gld you had a great time -SMO
2005-09-04 3:31 PM
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CONGRATS! It was a fun race and it was very nice seeing you.

BTW, about the swim, it happens to all of us. (Last year I almost quit during the swim). Also, don't worry about speed, for your 1st year you are doing awesome (you are beating friends who had been racing for a few years). If you are done for the season, take a few easy weeks with light training as a resting period and then you can start planning your next year. We can talk more about it later but you should work on developing your aerobic engine and the speed will come    A great way to develop running endurance/speed is by training for a 10K, half or a full marathon during the winter. (just an idea)

GREAT JOB!

ps. I couldn't find you on the results 

2005-09-04 3:31 PM
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2005-09-04 4:46 PM
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Awesome race! Very proud of you. I hear ya on the swim! I freestyled teh whole way in my race and only kept pace with some breaststrokers.
2005-09-04 6:50 PM
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1:17:49 -- are you kidding me?! You're gonna turn pro on us! Great race. Very impressive. Don't worry about the swim start -- I have a feeling it takes a bunch of those starts before it begins to feel relatively normal. Other than that - great job on the run, and on the bike too -- lack of computer doesn't seem to have hurt your speed. You must be in a natural groove.

I'm so glad it went well!
2005-09-04 8:27 PM
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I messed up my run!!!       Official results as follow:

Place Div/Tot  Div     Name                       Age  S  City/state                 Bib#  Rank  Swim    Rank Bike/tr    Rank Run   Time   Penalty  

672   48/49     F3034  DENISE KWOK       31    F   ARLINGTON MA    422     458  17:27     535   43:56

It was supposed to be a 2-loop.  I followed the fast crowd and go so excited to see the finish line and went straight ahead....  Argh! I so hate myself! 

Edited by Celeb_ithil 2005-09-04 8:51 PM
2005-09-04 8:51 PM
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Nice race!! I too need to learn to drink while I drive, um, I mean, bike.

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2005-09-04 9:21 PM
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Good job keeping on in the water! I did some back stroke in my first race earlier this year..I think almost all of us have had that experience one time or another! You'll know to do both loops of the run next year, eh?


2005-09-05 8:06 AM
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Dissapointing that you missed the running loop. Chalk it up to inexperience, and you will do better next time. Still, you were doing awesome up to that point. You got a great workout and had fun, it cannot get much better! (well, ....)
2005-09-05 8:27 PM
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Agree with all said- you did well- and yes, you missed out for the run- but chalk it up to a "learning experience" - The swim alone would freak out LOTS of people - good for you for doing this race as only your 2nd tri !
2005-09-12 8:48 PM
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Celeb_ithil - 2005-09-04 9:27 PM

I messed up my run!!! Official results as follow:

Place Div/Tot Div Name Age S City/state Bib# Rank Swim Rank Bike/tr Rank Run Time Penalty

672 48/49 F3034 DENISE KWOK 31 F ARLINGTON MA 422 458 17:27 535 43:56

It was supposed to be a 2-loop. I followed the fast crowd and go so excited to see the finish line and went straight ahead.... Argh! I so hate myself!


A bad day at a triathlon is still better than a good day nearly anywhere else.

So you messed up.  So what?  You trained, you showed up, you moved your body over and over again until you passed the finish line.  Looks like a good day to me!
2005-09-14 10:48 AM
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Hey, great job! I am with you on the run - I came SO close to missing the second loop as well. Fortunately, I had my lap timer on my watch so I knew there was no way I was done. Otherwise, I would have done the same thing. Keep at it!!
2005-10-14 5:35 PM
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...noticed your post, and was heartened that you had the exact same swim problem I had in my first tri.  I thought my swim would be the easiest, and 200m in, I started hyper-ventilating with all of the chaos in the start and did breast stroke the rest of the way - still ended up 27th out of 98 out of the water, but, lesson learned for me! Relax...

Anway- good luck in the future.. and by the way, I visited Boston for the first time last year during the world series - beautiful city, great bars



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