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Vincentown, New Jersey
United States
DQ Events
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 28m 6s
Overall Rank = 82/150
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 5/7
Pre-race routine:

PopTart and coffee for breakfast then drive to race site. Close to the house, only about 30 minutes away.
Event warmup:

Just a quick swim in the lake to work on my breathing and relaxing.
  • 10m 17s
  • 440 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

I am not a strong swimmer yet. This is my first season of actually learning to swim; stroke, putting my face in the water, etc. Last year I swam all my races using the "Tarzan" style.
What would you do differently?:

Keep learning and don't panic that you are last. Capitalize on your comfort in the open water and RELAX.
Transition 1
  • 00m 56s

Knowing that my swim was slow I came out of the water like a water buffalo! I always make up time getting in and out of transition, as it seems like easy time savings (compared to swimming faster!)
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 39s
  • 15 miles
  • 20.59 mile/hr

Maybe I pushed too hard??? It's hard to balance the way I usually ride (like an animal) with the heat that day. I most likely did push too hard for the weather conditions but I always ride hard.
What would you do differently?:

Perhaps take it a little easier on the bike. Perhaps.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

Fell off bike at dismount line. Yup. I'm that person.
What would you do differently?:

LEARN TO MOUNT/DISMOUNT WITH SHOES ATTACHED TO BIKE. Already practicing that this week for next week's race.
  • 32m 6s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 31s  min/km

SUCKED. SUCKED. SUCKED. My run pace was my "easy" run pace on training days. After the fact I know it was the heat but I still am angry that I couldn't just push through the discomfort.
What would you do differently?:

Pace myself a little bit better on the bike and "ease" into the run off the bike.???? Or not race when it is so hot and I am a wildebeest...???
Post race
Warm down:

Almost puked and would sell my soul for water. Coach Booger pointed me directly to the fire hose where I stood until my brain cells stopped sizzling.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The fact that I am a novice (at best) swimmer and the heat.

Event comments:

I love DQ's events and I do as many of them as I can fit into my schedule each year. I find them to be very down to earth and cool folks. Last year at this race I flatted on the bike course so this was my revenge. Next year I avenge the run course!!!!

Last updated: 2013-07-10 12:00 AM
00:10:17 | 440 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 111/150
Performance: Good
Suit: no
Course: Out and back swim in very still lake. Water was cleaner this year than last year. Apparently was wetsuit legal though I am very surprised because it felt warm. A lot of people did wear suits.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:43:39 | 15 miles | 20.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 50/150
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat and good turns though the turn through the parking lot early on in the loop slows a lot of people down. I pushed through it like we were racing.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:10
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:06 | 05 kms | 06m 31s  min/km
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 113/150
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat but first 2/3rds in the sun. Oh WOW it was hot as soon as I got out of transition it hit me and I knew it was gonna get REAL. Woman 62 and 48 passed me like I was a wounded wildebeest about 1/8th mile into the run. UGH crushed my mental game. Allowed myself about a minute of pity at mile 1 marker then said it was only gonna take longer to get home if I walked so I sucked it up and worked on my (nonexistent) form.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-07-10 9:06 AM

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Subject: DQ Triathlon at Vincentown

2013-07-10 7:20 PM
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Subject: RE: DQ Triathlon at Vincentown
Very good and funny race report. Keep at it. Sounds like you are making great progress.
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