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East Freetown, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 30m 52s
Overall Rank = 134/559
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/43
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3am, had a PB&J. Slept for another hour, and woke up for good at 4am. Ate a bowl of applesauce, a cliff bar and my usual daily vitamins in addition to plenty of water and powerade.
Event warmup:

I must have been running behind this year as they moved everyone from the swim exit before I was able to get in for some warm-up. So, my only warm-up consisted of some stretching and getting myself into my wetsuit.
  • 41m 48s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

I did better than last year by 2:25 so it's tough to complain, but I felt there's plenty of room for improvement here. My sighting was very poor. When I got to the 1st turn buoy, I was way to the right of it. I'm assuming I added 100-200 yards just to get back to the buoy. I started in one of the later swim waves, and felt like there was not a lot of congestion. However, that could have been due to my poor sighting. My hamstrings felt tight for much of the swim, and cramped up almost immediately upon trying to stand up.
What would you do differently?:

My training was mostly 2 days a week at Masters Class. I needed to get more open water swims in. I had just 2 under my belt this season before this race. Also, I need to make sure to make the time for from pre-race swimming.
Transition 1
  • 03m 8s

My wet suit came off with relative ease. What really slowed me down here was my very tight hamstrings. I battled the cramping especially when getting my shoes on. Once I got my shoes on, things went much easier. I grabbed a few sport beans, a sip of powerade and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Not cramp up ;)
  • 2h 46m 31s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.15 mile/hr

I felt really good once I got on the bike. I rode this course last year and practiced it a couple times this year so I knew what to expect. For some reason, the number 58 stuck in my head towards the end, and I thought I was going slower than I actually was. This is my first triathlon ever where my overall bike split was ranked higher than my run split. I went through about a bottle and 3/4 on the bike and had a nearly a full bag of sport beans. This ride was a big improvement from last year (11:41), but it may have cost me on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Remember that a half is 56 miles and not go as hard on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 12s

I grabbed another pack of sport beans, ate a couple and grabbed a sip of the powerade I had left from the bike ride. Unlike last year, I didn't have to hit the porta-potty, I remembered my race belt with my number, and everything went pretty smooth.
What would you do differently?:

Not much differently ... except maybe switch to non-caffeinated sport beans.
  • 1h 56m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

This was the only damper on the day, as I succumbed to a cramp/side-stitch at mile 7. The run was the only leg I didn't improve on from last year as I was 1:45 off of last years' time. My run plan to grab something at every odd mile water stop was going well until then, and my pacing was good. After the cramp, the wheels fell off and it was a struggle to finish. While it's hard to attribute everything to the cramping since my quads felt spent at the last couple miles either due to pushing it too hard on the bike or a lack of proper training.
What would you do differently?:

I was using caffeinated sport beans on all my long training runs, but all the caffeine from both the bike and the run may have dehydrated me for the run. I also didn't get enough longer bricks in during my training.
Post race
Warm down:

I put the cold towel they give you at the finish right under my hat, and the cold water hit the spot. Then, I cooled down under shade of the BSTT tent.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My first major side stitch in over a year. I haven't had to walk in a race in a long time. Otherwise, improving my sighting is the only other area I can think of for easy improvement. Overall, it was a nice race for me and an improvement of 16:44 over last year.

Event comments:

There are a ton of great volunteers at this race, and Sun Multisport does a great job with the organization. My only criticism was that the mile 5 water stop wasn't ready for me. I called out for water ahead of time, got to the table, and all the volunteers were just staring at empty cups. I wasn't sure how long things would take, So, I just continued on and hit the mile 6 stop instead. It was just a small damper on an otherwise great event.

Last updated: 2013-06-19 12:00 AM
00:41:48 | 2112 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/43
Overall: 254/559
Performance: Average
Course: Long Pond in East Freetown
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Time: 03:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:46:31 | 56 miles | 20.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/43
Overall: 142/559
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: A mostly flat double-loop course through East Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough and Rochester.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:56:13 | 13.1 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/43
Overall: 150/559
Performance: Below average
Course: A flat first couple miles followed up by what seems to be a never ending set of rolling hills.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-06-19 12:34 PM


Subject: Patriot Half Triathlon

2013-06-20 9:43 AM
in reply to: #4781198

South Shore, MA
Subject: RE: Patriot Half Triathlon
Nice report! Ha!
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