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Hammonton, New Jersey
United States
DQ Events
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 10m 43s
Overall Rank = 64/202
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 4/11
Pre-race routine:

Got up early to beat shore traffic, loaded the bike on the car, grabbed a bagel and coffee and ate on the way there.
Event warmup:

Just some walking around and talking to people.
  • 10m 21s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 21s / 100 yards

I'm slow. Not much else to say about that, except last year this was my first tri ever and it took me 13:04.

The weeds were incredibly thick. After rounding the turn I swam into a mat of them and it freaked me out a little. I stopped to get them off. This lake is so small there was quite a lot of thumping. That part I'm now comfortable with, but I still don't like dirty lakes!
What would you do differently?:

I'd have started swimming as a kid! The weeds messed me up a little mentally, but I doubt it had that great an impact on my time. So given where my ability is right now, this was a decent swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

My wetsuit zipper got stuck! Our club trisuits were misprinted and have the zipper on the back, so they added a string to help get them on and off. And it caught in the wetsuit zipper and I couldn't get it unstuck.

Luckily someone was able to help me and I didn't get penalized. Otherwise I would have had to DNF, that sucker was seriously stuck!
What would you do differently?:

Take the string off and let someone zip me up until the replacement suits arrive. The rest of transition went very well, and this is something I've been working on. You just can't account for everything, so I rate this as average.
  • 34m
  • 12 miles
  • 21.18 mile/hr

After the wetsuit debacle it felt great to be on the bike. I had a new fitter adjust the bike last week and this was the first race since then. Seems like he did a good job, it all felt good.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, happy with the bile leg.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Been working on transitions so it was better than last time.
What would you do differently?:

Remember the Garmin.
  • 22m 20s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 12s  min/mile

I really felt the humidity and heat coming out of T2 and it took me a while to settle into a decent pace. I wasn't the only one, the guy in front of me grabbed two cups of water from a volunteer and poured them on his head. I did the same and it helped.

Back half of the run was fine and I passed one guy in my AG near the end, which is all that really matters!
What would you do differently?:

I need to run more in the heat to get acclimated.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit more, drank some water. Was not hungry at all.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim skills, weeds, zippers, and heat.

Otherwise I am pretty happy. This was my 5th triathlon and the second time I did this one. Last year it took me 1:23, this year 1:10. Next year??

Event comments:

I think they had a tough time with getting volunteers because of the holiday weekend. But this remains one of the friendliest races around, and I had a great time. Smaller races are fun.

Last updated: 2012-05-27 12:00 AM
00:10:21 | 440 yards | 02m 21s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 151/202
Performance: Average
Suit: Full
Course: Out and back, one turn.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:00 | 12 miles | 21.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 32/202
Performance: Good
Averaged 186 watts, NP 192.
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back. Fairly flat, couple bridges. Open roads, traffic was NOT handled well as others have pointed out. How the heck do you stop a race to let cars through? And I almost got hit at the turnaround by some woman who could not figure out what was going on.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:22:20 | 03.1 miles | 07m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 54/202
Performance: Average
Course: Gravel, fields, sidewalks, and a neighborhood. Very much a local tri run and kind of fun.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-05-27 8:01 AM

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