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South Berwick, Maine
United States
Pumpkinman Triathlon
72F / 22C
Total Time = 6h 58m 51s
Overall Rank = 375/400
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 37/38
Pre-race routine:

This was a difficult one for me. My parents arrived the day before and meeting them while getting ready... Well, I forgot my floor pump and sunscreen. I was a little later than I intended and barely had time to pick up my timing chip, stop at the porta-potty, get marked and set up transition before I needed to put on my wetsuit and get down to the water.
Event warmup:

I intended to swim, but as I was wading in, they were calling all athletes to exit the water. I swam about 2 strokes. I bounced a few times, swung my arms a few times and decided I would just start my swim easy.
  • 40m 5s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

I was very pleased. I was planning on 40 minutes and I got it.
What would you do differently?:

Perhaps calm down at the start, but it didn't seem to do harm, so I'm ok with a few minutes of worry.
Transition 1
  • 09m 49s

Because of the giant hill, which I opted to walk up rather than run and because this was my first transition with a wetsuit, I didn't rush. I also made my only porta-potty stop during the race.
What would you do differently?:

I need a routine--I wasted time going back and forth between helmet and gloves and shoes, etc. I was inefficient.
  • 3h 34m 47s
  • 54.9 miles
  • 15.34 mile/hr

I took a Gatorade hand-up and ate 2.5 Powerbars. It kept me going.
What would you do differently?:

I made the right choices for the day. I picked up my bottle and I stopped once to ask a photographer to call assistance for another cyclist with a broken pedal. I went easier than I could have. But I was right to do so today.
Transition 2
  • 03m 7s

This went quicker. More smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

NOT put on someone else's race belt and then have to take it off and put mine on!
  • 2h 31m 1s
  • 12.9 miles
  • 11m 43s  min/mile

I managed. And though I wasn't pleased with my speed, I was quite pleased with my persistence. Met a fellow BT-er and we slapped hands and encouraged each other when we crossed paths at the turnarounds. That helped!
What would you do differently?:

I'm pretty sure my hydration and nutrition were off for the run, but I don't know how to fix that. I had one gel. I didn't feel like eating any of the pretzels or bananas they offered and I was convinced another gel would make me thirstier, but I didn't want to drink any more than I already was, so I made do with flat Coke, cold water, and my Gatorade. It got me through, but wasn't optimal.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked for a little way, then sat down by the med tent with a bag of ice on my knees.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The run was my longest of the year (longest prior was 11.5 and that was a standalone, not a brick). Sleep patterns were difficult/disturbed for the past couple weeks. Stress.

Event comments:

The atmosphere and activities were a major reason I chose this race in the first place and I wasn't disappointed. Goody bag was great, easily-spotted volunteers all over the place, pumpkin man sculptures lined the finish chute, Pumpkinhead Ale freebie at the end, good harvest dinner. I was pleased. I'd like to go back at some point and improve my time :)

Last updated: 2011-12-30 12:00 AM
00:40:05 | 2112 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/38
Overall: 212/400
Performance: Good
I was a little twitchy at first; hadn't done a wetsuit OWS in several weeks and the swim was cancelled at my last tri. I got paddled a few times (and did a little foot-grabbing myself). But I got into an easy rhythm and just kept going. Someone grabbed my head going around the next-to-last buoy on the first lap, which pulled my right goggle eye really tight, but I was afraid of leaks, so I just left it.
Suit: Xterra fullsleeve
Course: .6 counterclockwise triangle in a pond.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:49
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:34:47 | 54.9 miles | 15.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 36/38
Overall: 383/400
Performance: Good
The bike portion went slower than I'd hoped, but much better than my botched practice run a couple months ago. I dropped my chain once and dropped a water bottle once (and retrieved it). But mostly, I chose not to push. After my disastrous Olympic run, I wanted to make sure I had enough left after the bike.
Wind: None
Course: Rolling. Beautiful. Really rough pavement in places. Brand new pavement in others. There were always volunteers and cops to stop traffic and flag us in the right direction. Also, because of the near-crash in the Olympic, I was paranoid careful and slow on turns to stay as far right as possible.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:07
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:31:01 | 12.9 miles | 11m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 33/38
Overall: 360/400
Performance: Average
My plan was 11 min. miles. When I didn't hit that for the second mile, I hoped that I would settle in and speed up, but it didn't happen. I walked through aid stations and walked for 30-60 seconds at about the halfway point due to a really bad stitch, which then left. Otherwise, I was running...ok, jogging!
Course: Rolling. More hills than I'd expected, which kept me slow as well. But an out-and-back repeat with a cul-de-sac "Oasis" as the turnaround point. Aid stations about a mile and a half apart (I carried a bottle of Gatorade).
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-09-09 8:04 PM

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Subject: Pumpkinman Half Iron Triathlon

2012-09-10 12:06 PM
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Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Half Iron Triathlon
Great job Lisa. Wish we had met up.
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