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Dover - Sherborn, Massachusetts
United States
Dover - Sherborn Boosters Club
65F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 59m 18s
Overall Rank = 189/205
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 14/16
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 4:30, a half hour before planning to. I had a really nervous stomach and went through that horrid ritual of jitters and not wanting to go through with the race, that i thought I left behind last year. I had two other races this past year that I was fine for. I just don't know what got into this ol' noggin. I woke my kids and Peter up at 5:30. Brought a travel mug of coffee and toast with peanut butter for the road. I could barely get 3 bites down, but the coffee was great.

There were two transitions areas to set up. All was very smooth and I can't say enough about how spectacular the race volunteers were, and the organization of the race.
Event warmup:

I went into water for a warm-up swim and felt so stifled, ahead of myself and sort of a panic attack. Not really panic attack, but just couldn't get a groove..as if i've never swam before!!
Swim
  • 12m 51s
  • 425 yards
  • 03m 01s / 100 yards
Comments:

I was in the last wave of the swim. My inability to overcome the jitters came to fruition on the swim. After several attempts of trying to get into a groove and find my breathing, i opted for backstroke. Once I did, it was actually a delight!! I looked up at the sky and the trees and thought...life is grand. My backstroke is not too bad and it is totally effortless. I passed a few people. After rounding the last buoy and coming in for the homestretch, I turned over and did freestyle in.
What would you do differently?:

Get in the water for a longer warm-up to get my groove!!
Transition 1
  • 06m 28s
Comments:

I of course had to stop and kiss my kids and chat alittle to them and friends. I kept moving as I did, but was not really rushing things.
What would you do differently?:

Run to transition from water.
Bike
  • 1h 01m 48s
  • 14.8 miles
  • 14.37 mile/hr
Comments:

The bike course was challenging and kept my mind ticking. I'm getting better at the gears and I felt really good on the bike. This is where I am seeing the most improvement. I actually got to say "On your Left" a few times, very cool. I handled the hills well, albeit sucking wind.
What would you do differently?:

If I had a cadence display, perhaps I would be able to raise the avg pace? Otherwise really, I think I did well.
Transition 2
  • 03m 42s
Comments:

Stopped to kiss the kids again, lol. They are my saviours, I had to!!! Transition was great. I had great spots for my bike in both T1 and T2.
What would you do differently?:

Can't think of anything, except try to talk less.
Run
  • 34m 37s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

I was doing a very slow pace, but I was in the groove and felt great that I never went to a walk. Much room for improvement, but I was happy! Lots of water stops, really nice volunteers, lots of kids involved helping as well. I walked a few steps in the water stops to drink. I can't seem to master the run and drink thing.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe take better advantage of the downhills with a slightly larger stride?
Post race
Warm down:

Great massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The ol' mental game on pre-race and swim. Otherwise overall, I just have to step the training up a few notches.

Event comments:

There were not really any amazing post race activities, but there it was stocked well with gatorade, water, bagels, fruit, and eggs with bacon and sausage (a brunch as it were).

Again, the volunteers were great, the race organized extremely well, the course beautiful and challenging, and really beautiful finishing medals.

If I had to push to find suggestions for improvement? I'd say use the "regular" buoys for the swim, and maybe have a bit more happening post race, but this really isn't necessary. I had a great massage and myself, family and friends lots to eat.




Last updated: 2005-09-18 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:12:51 | 425 yards | 03m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 180/205
Performance: Average
Suit: yes
Course: Easy course in Farm's pond. Clean, great pond in Sherborn. The buoys were mylar balloons and very difficult to see at the start. They almost immediately went down and were just lumps floating in the water. Not a big issue though.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 06:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:01:48 | 14.8 miles | 14.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 175/205
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: The course was beautiful with rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 03:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:34:37 | 03.2 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 193/205
Performance: Good
Course: More rolling hills. Freshly paved beautiful, quiet development of lovely homes.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

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Enjoy the afterglow Nikki- sounds like you had a great time- did well despite tho nasty jitters- good for you! Hope someone took some pix for you- Congrats !!!
2005-09-18 6:07 PM
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Nikki, I'm glad to read that you've overcome your nervousness and did the race, and well done on passing people during the swim and bike!  I thought you said before you were doing this race with a friend. 
2005-09-18 7:14 PM
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Nice race Nikki, way to go!!!  
2005-09-18 8:22 PM
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HEY!!!! you did it!! congrats!!  Overcame your jitters and just enjoy the day!!! Best parts was all the hugs and kisses to the kids. awesome mom!!!

enjoy and revel in the endorphins!
2005-09-18 8:31 PM
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Great Job!!

Super that you overcame  your pre-race jitters at home, lack of swimming grove, to go on and pass people on the swim...then on your left passing people on the bike. I'm glad your kids see you be a strong women and enjoying the challenge of competiting, yet embracing them as you blend family and sport together!!

You Rock Nikki!!



2005-09-18 8:53 PM
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Sounds like a great race, Nikki. Congratulations!
2005-09-19 6:35 AM
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Thanks everyone. Is it silly to say that it was in great part thanks to all of you?

I forgot to mention that I took some gu before my swim. I didn't want to eat the whole packet. Usual adult dosages are too much for me.  I drank some water down with a few gulps of gu. I didn't feel dizzy on the swim, so I think it worked.

Denise, I did have a friend doing the same triathlon, but he was in a diffferent wave and not RIGHT BESIDE ME!! LOL. I was thinking of race buddy, someone who is the same pace the whole way!! Like what Max did with me on the Newport 10K. I need a Max! I know Mel, Chris and Glen were my virtual partners....and i swear i felt them too!

2005-09-19 7:34 AM
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Great job - way to go. It's great that you pushed through the swim and overcame the jitters. Congratulations.

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2005-09-19 7:35 AM
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nikki - 2005-09-19 7:35 AM

Denise, I did have a friend doing the same triathlon, but he was in a diffferent wave and not RIGHT BESIDE ME!! LOL. I was thinking of race buddy, someone who is the same pace the whole way!! Like what Max did with me on the Newport 10K. I need a Max! I know Mel, Chris and Glen were my virtual partners....and i swear i felt them too!

oh... I would have raced with you if had entered this race.  We are about the same pace.  Maybe next year we can do some races together.

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Celeb_ithil - 2005-09-19 7:35 AM

oh... I would have raced with you if had entered this race.  We are about the same pace.  Maybe next year we can do some races together.



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2005-09-19 9:20 AM
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Hey! I rode part of the course yesterday on my training ride. I think it was the run loop. It goes right along my regular morning ride. Isn't it beautiful? I imagine it is the perfect setting for a race. Glad it went well for you and that you saw progress through the year.
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Kisses from the kids at BOTH transitions? What could be better? Sounds like you had a great day!
2005-09-19 8:31 PM
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Hey Nikki,

great race report!  I'm soo glad Chris and I were racing with ya!  kinda means I had a bit of a race as well. hehe (well I'm gonna take it anyway)

I've had a few races with the race nerves and then a few without any nerves at all and I can't figure out the difference between teh two.  Good to hear that you calmed down after doing some backstroke though!

I love the stopping to kiss your kids and have a chat!  haha maybe you can do some transition practice.  Line up the bike and the helmet and then both kids!  helmet on kiss the kids on the bike and off you go.  (I'm sure the kids'll just love it too hahah)

great race Nikki!

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2005-09-21 7:56 AM
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Nice job overcoming those jitters and settling in to a fine race.  You're lucky your kids come to cheer you on and shower you with kisses.

Do they do this tri every year?  Maybe I'll consider it for next year.

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