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Marblehead, Massachusetts
United States
JCC of the North Shore
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 29m 2s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Relay Team
Age Group Rank = 10/10
Pre-race routine:

Swimmer told me yesterday that she wa still sick and won't make it to the race. So I took over the swim leg as well.
Woke up, ate a bagel with peanut butter, drove to race site, pick up BIB and stuffs and talked to lots of people. Hunt down those wearing TriFury uniforms. Introduced myself and forgot most of their names. Squeezed myself into the crowd for photo opportunities.
After setting up T1, saw mlaugustine and DZ getting their bikes ready. Found Nikki and her son. Took pictures.
Found people from work: BigBoss, spin instructor and team Triumphant Girls (the other team from work, with yound and fit people). Team Triumphant Girls also had a drop out and the run leg was replaced by a GUY.
Event warmup:

Run around, hung out with people inside the club house, which is warm. I was # 163 and the swim start was 1 racer jump in every 20s. I was almost an hour after official start until I get in the pool, and I was really busy during the waiting period: took pictures of the swim start, looked for a water fountain to drink, asked if I could borrow a shirt for the bike coz it was windy and I would feel cold when I get out of the indoor pool all wet. BigBoss told me to grab his spare shirt from the TA. Also talked with lots of people (from work, BT and Trifury).
Oh... the surprise of the day was seeing isis45. She looked great, although the cast still in her arm. Left isis when I saw # 100 got in. Found out Jason Hoyt was 2 persons behind. Talked with him. Cheered for BigBoss and Spin guy when they got in the water. Saw BigBoss panicking and grasping for breath after 100 yd. He held onto the pool side to breathe, and by 200 yd, he was walking in the pool when he can touch the botoom. I was yelling "BigBoss you can do it!!" on top of my lung, but he didn't hear me.
  • 05m 24s
  • 250 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Jumped in pool Olympic-style (man I hadn't done that since high school! Felt like I was an elite swimmer!) and started flying. At 25 yr I realized I was going way too fast. Slowed down. The "swimming under lane lines" was new to me, and my swim shorts were a drag. Saw DZ lining up by the poolside and used him as "sighting". Saw him talking and found out he was yelling and cherring for me. :)

What would you do differently?:

Wear regular swimsuit or trisuit for a race. Those 2 pieces are useful for the bike and run but the shorts created a drag. Maybe next time I should try spandex ;)

Took me some time to run from poolside to the timing mat. So I guess my swim time is close to my average training speed.
Transition 1
  • 00m

The scattered 20s dive start makes T1 so much easier. Didn't have to fight for space. Trying to put on my tank top while running out of the club house was difficult. Got to bike rack, put on bike shorts, socks, bike shoes while Nikki took pictures of me. Borrowed Nikki's sweat coz I was freezing.
Almost got DQ here: nikki was holding my bike when I put on her sweat shirt. She told the volunteer that we are a team, and she wasn't really pushing my bike so we were ok.
What would you do differently?:

More practice. This race is a good T1 practice itself.
  • 46m 26s
  • 10 miles
  • 12.92 mile/hr

Another near-DQ incident. When they said 3 loops, I thought they mean 3 loops out and back. Followed those who had aldreay down the 3 loops and were heading back. Realized numbers on bike computer didn't match, so I asked a volunteer. Turned out I missed the turn by almost 0.5 mile. Turned back. Wasted a total of 1 mile, close to 5 min.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention to signs and volunteers.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Got into TA, pulled my chip and handed to Nikki. Glad I was done :)
  • 00m
  • 3.5 miles
  •  min/mile

See Nikki's RR
Post race
Warm down:

Changed to dried clothes, ate 1/2 bagel an orange and a yogurt smoothie. waited for Nikki to come in. BTers all cheering for her when she crossed the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm not really ready for a bike race. Originally I was the runner of the team. Original biker was injured 2 weeks before the race. We recruited Nikki to be our runner and I decided to swith to biking. 2 days before race, swimmer told me that she was sick. I took up the swim leg as well.

Event comments:

I view this race as my trnasition practice :)
Nice to hang around with different groups of people.

The best thing happened was I BEAT BIGBOSS IN THE SWIM!!!!

Last updated: 2006-03-15 12:00 AM
00:05:24 | 250 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/10
Overall: 10/
Performance: Average
Didn't start timer so no splits recorded.
Suit: 2-piece Speedo swim suits
Course: Pool, "snake swim" for 5 laps.
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:46:26 | 10 miles | 12.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/10
Overall: 0/
Wind: Strong
Course: About 1.5 mile out from starting area, across a bridge to Marblehead neck where we have to do 3 loops of ~2.3 miles around, then back at the bridge and back to TA.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 03.5 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-05-07 1:40 PM

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2006-05-07 4:18 PM
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Waterboro, Maine
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Sounds like a fun race. The wind across the causeway can be a killer. I used to bike that a lot when I was a kid. You beat the BIGBOSS - way to go!
2006-05-07 4:20 PM
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DK, you are a great team player!  Having to accomodate so many changes in your line up so close to the race ... .  You did great!  Glad your hand was well enough for the swim!  Sounds like you took some good 'notes' for your next race.  Looking forward to that race report!    And congrats on beating the BigBoss!  Yea!

2006-05-07 4:50 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Yeah, multi-tasking, you get to do the swim too at the last minute!  Great race, sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!


2006-05-07 6:01 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Congrats on beating the big boss!!!  SOunds like agood time and hope your hand is OK
2006-05-07 9:27 PM
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Big Boss was beat by you....awesome job DK!!

Nice way to adjust to changing team....glad you did it even with your hand cut.

Each tri gets a bit easier as the season progresses....I'll have to watch out for you at Cranberry or try to catch you depending on who starts first.

Nice you need to review the route maps before your next tri!


2006-05-08 5:14 AM
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beating big boss. definitely cool. It's great you got good T practice in
2006-05-08 7:43 AM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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excellent teamwork!!!  Great job starting the season!!  lol.... and you beat 'big boss'!!!   

2006-05-08 8:25 AM
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Excellent team triathlon, Denise.  And you did two shares of the work!  Double Wonderful!!  Definitely do look into getting yourself a one piece trisuit.  It is much easier to tri in than  a two piece anything.  Ciao ...
2006-05-08 8:43 AM
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acton, Ma
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Great job!  Sounds like a fun race
2006-05-08 3:30 PM
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South Florida
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Way to go, DK! I bet that was a pretty ride through Marblehead. Congrats on beating the Bigboss!

2006-05-14 1:13 PM
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Great job Denise. It was a blast being your team-mate!!

Running into your open arms at the finish line was the best!

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