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Merrimack, New Hampshire
United States
Total Time = 1h 39m 52s
Overall Rank = 156/383
Age Group = F30-39
Age Group Rank = 13/48
Pre-race routine:

Got to the site and set up transition, hoping I was doing it right as it was the first time.
Event warmup:

I went for a brief swim in the lake; just enough to test the water.
  • 12m 41s
  • 580 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

This went worse than I thought. The deep water start was no problem; waves were nice and small. And at first, things were fine. Then I got to a shaded area and the water was black and I freaked out. I kept swallowing water and trying to force my head down into position and I couldn't do it. I actually stopped and tread water for a few seconds and tried again and still couldn't. I swam with my head up for a little bit, but it was too tiring. It finally occurred to me to breast stroke, so I did until I was back in sunlight, then I was fine. Weeds were no problem, passing/being passed was no problem.
What would you do differently?:

Practice OWS way more.
Transition 1
  • 05m 3s

Transition was no problem. I opted not to rinse my feet, which was probably a mistake but didn't cost me in this race. Fast laces in my cycling shoes was a real bonus.
What would you do differently?:

Rinse my feet.
  • 52m 36s
  • 16 miles
  • 18.25 mile/hr

I pushed it because it felt good. Not straining horribly, but definitely a step up from normal. There was one bad road, but most were nearly perfect dry pavement.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I probably could have pushed harder, but I'm not sorry I didn't.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s

I nearly forgot my race belt, but remembered in time.
What would you do differently?:

  • 28m 4s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 03s  min/mile

At about halfway, I had a momentary worry because I got goosebumps, but I looked at my arms and I was still sweating, so I figured I must be fine. I was shocked to PR! My fastest 5k prior (training, not race) was 28:52.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked, drank water, stretched a little.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of familiarity with OWS; it's possible having my heart rate monitor or at least a watch may have helped, but I've done my best without them.

Event comments:

Excellent race; well-run, well-organized, plenty of volunteers, logical set-up, easy access. Beyond closing the roads, I can't imagine what they could have done better.

Last updated: 2012-02-05 12:00 AM
00:12:41 | 580 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 201/383
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: Shallow lake--kind of a warped square course.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 05:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:52:36 | 16 miles | 18.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 146/383
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat and fast; only a couple rolling/gradual inclines.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 98
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:04 | 03.1 miles | 09m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 141/383
Performance: Good
Course: Flat loop. Shoulder running most of the way due to traffic.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-06-10 4:52 PM

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Subject: Greater Nashua Y Tri

2012-06-10 5:52 PM
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Bedford, MA
Subject: RE: Greater Nashua Y Tri
Nice job! It was a fun race and the weather was great. Awesome to PR the 5k in a tri as well!
2012-06-10 8:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Greater Nashua Y Tri
Why thank you, Oh Great Top-Of-The-Results-List One   Seriously, congratulations!  It WAS a fun race.  A very good morning.
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