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Hammonton Recreation Department Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Hammonton, New Jersey
United States
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Total Time = 1h 13m 9s
Overall Rank = 86/202
Age Group = F55-59
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

I met Linda, Bob and Andrew at the Radisson Hotel on Rt. 1 at 5:25 a.m. and Linda jumped into my car. I followed Bob to Hammonton. Believe it or not, he didn't drive pokey at all. Linda said it was like we were a giant hand pushing him.

We arrived in plenty of time and I got a great spot on the first rack.
  • 07m 17s
  • 402 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

Women 45 and above were in wave 4 so we got to see the first people out from wave 1 while we were waiting. It was quite exciting to see Andrew R. come out first.

There were lots of weeds in the water. You couldn't take a stroke without getting caught in them. I couldn't wait to get out, which is very unusual for me in the swim. I was going to say that this was the most disgusting swim I've ever done, but then I remembered a few other nightmares.

My wetsuit really kept my race outfit clean--well worth the difficulty in getting it off.

I swam into a lot of women from the wave in front of me at the turn buoy.

Transition 1
  • 02m 10s

I had a heck of a time getting out of my wetsuit. I'm usually faster. Oh well.

I decided to go sockless on the bike. That turned out fine.
  • 39m 16s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 19.10 mile/hr

In 31 years of racing tris, this is the first time where the traffic officer stopped the racers and let all of the cars go first. He didn't let us cross until the road was clear. I had to be standing there at least 30 seconds or more but who knows really how long it was. I simply couldn't believe it. There went all of my advantage in the swim!

I drank 3/4 of one half Gatorade/half water bottle and took a GU.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

Stacey entered T2 as I was sitting on my crate (yes, I sit) putting on my socks and shoes. I exited ahead of her. I could hear her yell several times behind me, "Linda, I'm coming after you." For a second I thought, "Should I wait?" and then decided 'nope.' My luck, I'd wait and then she'd take off and leave me in her dust.
  • 23m 9s
  • 2.95 miles
  • 07m 51s  min/mile

I had Stacey breathing down my neck the whole run. I passed 22 people and I think 2 passed me. It was a difficult run. The first tri of the season is always the hardest.

Stacey had a comparable run to mine so she never caught me. Phew!!!!
Post race
Warm down:

I went to the transition area to get my camera.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm older...I'm getting slower

Event comments:

Bob Richey got stopped at the same spot I did. I don't think it's right at all that they make the racers wait. Linda R. said she had the same problem last year. Other than that, it's a great race.

Linda R. was so excited to win a door prize of sunglasses. And it was great to see Paula Smith again.

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Last updated: 2012-05-26 12:00 AM
00:07:17 | 402 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 40/202
Suit: Long sleeve wetsuit
Course: Out to the last buoy and back.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:10
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:39:16 | 12.5 miles | 19.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 120/202
Wind: None
Course: Out and back, mostly flat with a couple of bridges to go over.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:19
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:09 | 02.95 miles | 07m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 73/202
Course: Out and back with quite a few turns.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2012-05-26 5:09 PM

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Subject: Hammonton Recreation Department Sprint Triathlon

2012-05-26 8:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Hammonton Recreation Department Sprint Triathlon

Congratulations on a great race!  Love the DQ events.

2012-05-26 8:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Hammonton Recreation Department Sprint Triathlon
Congrats in your race. I was there too! Yes the weeds were bad, I got tangled up at the turn and freaked out a little. But it is one of the friendliest group of people at any event I've done. Glad you had fun.
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