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Middleboro, Massachusetts
United States
Firm Racing
Total Time = 2h 16m 40s
Overall Rank = 49/300
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 9/49
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30 and left by five for the two hour drive
Event warmup:

Did a quick run and then a little stretching. Jumped in the water and swam a little just to make sure the goggles were fine.
  • 25m 28s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 27s / 100 yards

I was really happy with my swim. My goal to stay relaxed and expend as little energy as possible. I did little to no kicking, took really long strokes and sighted pretty well. The whole swim went smooth with very little contact.
What would you do differently?:

I definately need to up my swim training. I would like to be able to race this portion of the race rather than just surviving it.
Transition 1
  • 01m 28s

No problems here. It was a fairly tricky run to the road but managed to not trip on any roots.
  • 1h 02m 35s
  • 24 miles
  • 23.01 mile/hr

The bike was a four loop course on really flat roads. I promised myself I would go easy and never push the pace. I stayed in the aerobars the entire time and was doing a good job just spinning away. About 3/4's of the way through the third loop, the leaders of the race caught (I imagine Jorge was there but I have not met him yet). They weren't going that much faster than me so I stayed with them until they turned into the finish and I went off on my fourth loop. Last loop was pretty uneventful but I went a bit faster than the first three.
What would you do differently?:

It was my game plan to ride conservatively but I might have been a little too conservative. I probably could have pushed harder without much effect on my run but this race was about getting used to the distance so I am fine with that.
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s
What would you do differently?:

  • 46m 12s
  • 6.5 miles
  • 07m 07s  min/mile

It was really hot by the beginning of the run and I do not do well in the heat. My legs were feeling pretty good but I was just really hot. I started off well and picked off about 15 people in the first two miles. However, I think it was around mile 4 (I didn't see any mile marker) were there were some strecthes in the sun and I really started to fade. A couple of people passed me at this point but I was just out of gas. When we got back into the shade, I could pick up the pace but I was pretty spent and was just looking for the run to be over.
What would you do differently?:

First time at this distance so I just need a little adaption to the 6 mile run at the end. A few more bricks will help along with it not being 90 degrees.
Post race
Warm down:

I was so hot I just sought out shade and drank some water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat and inexperience at this distance...not much I can do about the heat.

Event comments:

This was a very well run race (as are most Firm races) and a fun course. Their description of a flat and fast course is spot on. I am very happy with my results and as usual I walk away with a whole bunch of things to work on. This was an experiment race before Cranberry and I think I got out of it exactly what I wanted.

Last updated: 2006-07-17 12:00 AM
00:25:28 | 1760 yards | 01m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/49
Overall: 199/300
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:02:35 | 24 miles | 23.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/49
Overall: 30/300
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: FLAT
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:55
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:12 | 06.5 miles | 07m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/49
Overall: 0/300
Performance: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-07-17 8:52 AM

Subject: Old Colony YMCA Triathlon

2006-07-17 9:28 AM
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Boston, MA
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Good job Mark! the heat made the race very challenging, but certainly it was flat, fast and fun. I think you did a great job and it will be a great race prep for Cranberry. I hope we could have met but I gota ride with a friend and he didn't want to wait for the prices ceremony and I evenmissed my 3rd place price

CONGRATS, you did aowesome in particular since you are now in the most challeging AG

2006-07-17 9:29 AM
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Those are just great numbers. I love the fact that u had a tough run doing low 7's in mid 90's heat! That is just impressive as hell. Enjoy your recovery and I am happy to swim in the lake with you as much as you want. The best part is that you have a personal parking spot at my place. Once again, really great numbers nice work in brutal conditions.

2006-07-17 10:24 AM
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Mark one heck of a Oly for your first one!

You smoked the whole were fading/hot on the run but wow you are fast!

You will be so ready for Cranberry...already are with more out!

Very tough 20% in first Int'l distance!


2006-07-17 11:20 AM
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“I was really happy with my swim.” Hell, a 1:27 / 100y pace for a “guy who can’t swim???” Yeah, I’d be really happy too! NICE!

“The bike was a four loop course on really flat roads. I promised myself I would go easy and never push the pace.” LOL! The guy goes easy and still cranks out damn near a 22.5 mph avg. I give up!

Awesome race, Mark. Nice top-ten AG finish. And you didn’t even have to stop at the walk-in for a few bags on the way home.

Edited by CptnJackSparrow 2006-07-17 11:21 AM
2006-07-17 11:30 AM
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Just to be clear, the swim was certainly short...I still stink at swimming but at least I didn't drown

2006-07-17 2:12 PM
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Awesome Awesome race. Congrat on great times across the board on the hottest day of the summer.
2006-07-17 3:59 PM
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Oak Ridge,
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Great race Mark!!!  You are no longer allowed to dis your swimming abilty.  Shorter distance or not that's one hell of a swim.  Clearly when it's race time you put up some great numbers.   Going easy at 22+ mph.  Can't wait to see what you do when you decide to not go easy.   I'd take your run anyday. 

Will be fun to see you kick butt at Cranberry. 

2006-07-19 12:00 AM
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Boston, MA
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Great race! You smoked the course out there. I'll see you at Cranberry!
2006-07-19 7:51 PM
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Fat run..Faster Bike..Smokin Run..."adjusting to the distance"...and it was So HOT!...
Wish I could have done this one- does sound like you got "exacly" what you wanted out of just keep swimming....
Congrats on a nice race, Mark- See you at Cranberry!
2006-07-20 6:32 AM
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Avon, CT
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I know I'm a little late here, but great race in tough conditions!

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