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East Freetown, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
79?F / 0C
Total Time = 7h 05m 46s
Overall Rank = 496/559
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 9/11
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:30 to drive to event.
Event warmup:

Sat and watched the going ons. I didn't know anybody. I didn't warm up or stretch. Drank a bit. Ate a cliff bar.
  • 35h 33m
  • 2112 yards
  • 1h 40m 59s / 100 yards

Took the swim nice and easy. No trouble at the start. Quickly cleared my wave and swam alone most of the race.
Transition 1
  • 00m 4s
  • 3h 39m 23s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.30 mile/hr

I knew this would be my weak place and I just let everyone fly past me as I told myself to race my own race. At least 2000 people passed my in the first 20 miles. I was like a rock in the river!

Two flats. Well, one flat that I just filled and it lasted about 8 miles. Then a tube change and refill and that held. I've never had a flat, never changed a tube, etc. I got help from someone not in the race, who was awesome I hope I didn't ruin his day. His other biking buddies ditched him as he helped me.

At this point I also realized my 2nd water bottle was full of pond water. Not sure if this was a joke or what. I didn't know anyone at this race. I don't know if drinking some of this is what caused the later problems.

By mile 40 I knew my stomach was off. I wished I'd had some nuun. Mile 50 I started to vomit. I hoped this might help.
What would you do differently?:

Keeping slow was smart. I felt like I knew my limits. I'll practice changing the tubes until I get it down. I'll stop drinking sh*&ty water sooner and not just assume it is fine.
Transition 2
  • 04m 2s

I felt awful. I stopped at the porta john, but no relief.
What would you do differently?:

Leave a bottle at transition, just in case.
  • 2h 43m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 26s  min/mile

I had the dry heaves for the first 3 miles. At the first aid station I saw someone ask for salt tabs. I don't even know what they are but I got some. And some coke. As I sipped and walked I started to heave less frequently. I took more coke at the next two aid stations. I started to feel better and was able to run longer and longer without walking. Then the aid stations started to run dry and I could feel the difference as my energy went down and my stomach started to feel worse.
What would you do differently?:

The awfulness was all related to my gi issues. I thought I had it nailed but, clearly, I don't.
Post race
Warm down:

Cooled off a bit in the kiddie pool, found a place to fart for a while then got some food. Food wasn't good (to me, I'm sure if was actually just fine).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My stomach was the weak link here.

Event comments:

Great volunteers, and tons of volunteers. You couldn't walk 8 feet without someone offering to help.

Lots of aid stations, but not stocked well. They should know how many cups they'll need! Plenty of port a johns.

Last updated: 2013-06-17 12:00 AM
35:33:00 | 2112 yards | 1h 40m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/11
Overall: 85/559
Performance: Good
Course: Easy rectangle.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:04
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:39:23 | 56 miles | 15.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/11
Overall: 531/559
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: Well marked. Mostly flat.
Road: Rough  Cadence: 13?
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 04:02
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:43:00 | 13.1 miles | 12m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/11
Overall: 496/559
Performance: Below average
Course: road. mixed sun and shade. Aid stations every mile, but being at the bop they were out of cups, ice, etc. Nothing like sharing a water bottle with 500 strangers, especially since I knew I'd been puking.
Keeping cool Average 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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-06-17 9:52 AM

Subject: Patriot Half Triathlon

2013-06-17 9:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Patriot Half Triathlon
The swim was 35 minutes. Not hours. I didn't take it *that* easy!

This was my first half.
2013-06-17 10:51 AM
in reply to: #4778418

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Subject: RE: Patriot Half Triathlon
Great job finishing and toughing out the stomach issues. Pond water in your bottle??? Ewwwwww. I also had a slow day and think I saw you out there. Congrats on getting it done.
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