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New Bedford, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 134/371
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 14/28
Pre-race routine:

Checking, get tagged, drink a bottle of Nuun and have a GU... that's about it
Event warmup:

  • 10m 57s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 29s / 100 yards

Still suck at swimming... This could've been my worst swim ever in a tri (which says a lot!). Never got really comfortable and felt painfully slow (which I am)
What would you do differently?:

Learn to swim or stick with duathlons?!
Transition 1
  • 02m 47s

Took some extra time in T1 to collect myself after the bad swim. Wet suit got stuck and I really struggled to get out
What would you do differently?:

Thinking it might be time to either get a new wet suit (this one gets stuck), or try to cut legs
  • 34m 46s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.71 mile/hr

Couldn't get in a good rhythm for the first loop... had to deal with lots of slower riders as well (which is of course the end result of being a non-swimmer and painfully slow out of the water). Not my best bike performance (over 1 min. slower than 2011's Whaling City)
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

Although I had a good transition, I did do a few things that was out of norm...
What would you do differently?:

Have a bottle of Nuun available so I don't have two try to drink from the bike bottle... By the time the run started, it was getting very humid, so liquid was necessary.
  • 24m 13s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

Running is usually my strength, but I felt horrible during the entire run! (actually not exactly... the first 1/2 mile was ok). Couldn't stay cool, couldn't get into a rhythm and my posture was horrible. I kind of expected a slowish run (had a stress fracture in my leg that pretty much stopped all training for the entire winter and then has hampered my run ever since).
What would you do differently?:

Simply need to get back into running.
Post race
Warm down:

Felt pretty bad when I finished... Totally overheated, but nothing that a wet towel and a handful of ice in the tri suit couldn't remedy.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm simply out of shape.

Event comments:

Sun Multisport puts on a great race! Fantastic organization, well run, really, really good volunteers. This is why I keep coming back to this race! We live and train in fairly hilly terrain, so flat courses like this is not to my advantage... Highly recommended event though!

Last updated: 2012-07-02 12:00 AM
00:10:57 | 440 yards | 02m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/28
Overall: 28/371
Performance: Bad
Suit: Ironman
Course: Out and back.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:47
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:34:46 | 12 miles | 20.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 82/371
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Two loops of a figure eight. Nice, flat and very easy.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:13 | 03.11 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 98/371
Performance: Below average
Course: Loop in walking paths. Very nice!
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-07-02 7:06 AM

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, New Hampshire
Subject: Whaling City Triathlon

2012-07-02 11:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Whaling City Triathlon

Mark and his team put on great races!

Fun to read a RR of yours as you often chime in with helpful advice on TT threads and I don't see you race often.

Being a slow swimmer means you get to pass a lot of folks on the bike and run

2012-07-02 3:29 PM
in reply to: #4289913

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Subject: RE: Whaling City Triathlon
Great race. I'll take your run over mine any day of the week!
2012-07-03 2:15 PM
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, New Hampshire
Subject: RE: Whaling City Triathlon
Thanks everyone!

@KathyG, I haven't been the best with writing race reports... last year was one of those years that everything went well and than came to a complete crash. Had great training, a few good races, and a marathon planned. Then I got a stress fracture and in a cast for almost 4 months... which of course meant that this year, I'm nowhere near where I was last year....

@trigal38, I know... I've always been a decent runner (guess it just comes naturally for me), but I ran a couple of 5k's last year under 19 minutes and a tri where I managed just over 19... 7:38 looks slow when you know you can do under 6min/mile. But you did put it in perspective... I should be happy with that pace.
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