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Webster, Massachusetts
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 32m 1s
Overall Rank = 456/1981
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 64/225
Pre-race routine:

We stayed at a motel some 15 min to race site, so we kind of took our time. Got up, ate some cereal, a small cup of crappy coffee, sip water/gatorade, drove to race site. Parked ~1 mile from transition area. Walked our bikes to TA. Looked for Jorge. I tried to save my arms and legs for him to body-mark me. Didn't see him. Saw Nikki, AdCo (Adam) -he taped my BT sign on his car window :)
So many people there, and we arrived sort of late. Racks are almost full. Not easy to find a spot with enough space to put my stuff. Moved both my neighbors' bikes a inch on each side to give myself more space :p
Event warmup:

Jogged from TA to beach and back to TA. Jumped into the lake to do a few strokes. Water is comfortable. I was in wave 14. While waiting for my wave to start, I walked around, and hung out with my coworkers who start at different waves. Ate a CLIF chot 20 min before swim start.
Found out em73 (Monica) and trilinerror (Lin) are in the same wave. Nice to start the race with them.
  • 14m 14s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 54s / 100 meters

Swim start was a chaos. Too many people. Got kicked all the way. For a while I was drafting off someone who suddenly switched from crawl to breaststroke. Got kicked on the chest. A few times I got some heads bumped into my stomach. Went off course for a bit. A swim angle on a surf board told me to get back into the right direction. I think I'm relatively fast as I saw lots of pink caps from the wave before by the time I round the 2nd bouy.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe seeding myself closer to the FOP to avoid being kicked by people?
And not to get off course. Although I don't think I lost too much time there.
Transition 1
  • 05m 2s

Long way from beach to T1. I shaved ~2 min from last year's time by jogging the whole way (walked most of it last year). I put my pair of slippers along the way so that I didn't have to hurt my feet when running on the sandy/pebbbled area. I also placed a bottle of gatorade by the slippers so that I can sip on it while running to my bike.
Rinsed off feet in my plastic bucket and quickly put on socks and bike shoes. helmet on, gloves on, threw a CLIF chot blok into my mouth and started pushing my bike to mount area.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. I'm happy with my time
  • 43m 2s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.73 mile/hr

Started cranking right away. I knew that crazy mile-long hill would be intimidating. Tried to ride fast at the beginning and use momentum to help me up the hill. Thought to myself "I did it last year without getting off the bike, I can do it this year". My avg speed at that hill was some 8 mph. After that hill, I felt I was golden. Except for that broken, bumpy downhill where 20 volunteers stationed to tell racers to go slow, I cranked most of the course, yelling "ON YOUR LEFT!". Even had the energy to say hi to spectators and volunteers.
What would you do differently?:

Should hydrate more. Made the mistake of putting a gatorade bottle with screw cap instead of my bike water bottle. Had to use 2 hands to open screw cap if I want to drink. Ended up not drinking on bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s

I love my Yankz. :)
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 26s
  • 2.8 miles
  • 09m 48s  min/mile

My goal for this race is to run the whole course (walked 1/2 of it last year due to side pain), and I met my goal. A little tight on the quads right off the bike, but I forced myself to move them. Realized I didn't drink at all on the bike so I made sure I stop at every water station. By that time, the temperature was much higher than at race start. Took 2 cups of water at every station, one to drink, the other to pour over my body. Slight uphill right after TA made it harder to run on tight legs. By mile 2, my legs loosen up, but I started to feel tired. Distracted myself by looking for people i know. Saw a couple of TriFury women whose faces I didn't recognized (saw their TriFury uniform). Yelled to them "GO TRIFURY!". 0.5 mile from finish I saw my coworker who started 5 waves after me. Last year, she started 3 waves after me and overtook me at the run. Got back to the park, started sprinting the last 100 yard or so to the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

run faster?
Post race
Warm down:

Got food. Made sure I got ice-cream.
Waited for coworkers by the finish line.
Walked back and forth, went to AdCo's car a few times to see if any BTers are hanging out there. Didn't see anyone.

Event comments:

I'm happy to shave 7:02 minutes off my official time from last year. Met my goal of not walking at the run course, and not getting off my bike at that mile-long hill.

Last updated: 2006-06-02 12:00 AM
00:14:14 | 750 meters | 01m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/225
Overall: 655/1981
Performance: Average
Avg HR = 159
Suit: no
Course: Triangular course from beach to bouys back to beach, counter-clockwise, 2 bouys to round.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:43:02 | 12 miles | 16.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/225
Overall: 391/1981
Performance: Good
Avg HR = 164
Wind: Little
Course: single loop, fairly hilly. From TA to Rte 193 to Rte 16 to some residential area where mile 4 is the mile-long hill, followed by a large downhill with a right turn at the bottom. The downhill was very bumpy. Then went to CT at some point, and back to MA on Rte 193. 80% new pavement.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:26 | 02.8 miles | 09m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/225
Overall: 795/1981
Performance: Good
Avg HR = 162
Course: Opposite direction of the bike course, then turned into some residential area. 1 loop out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2006-07-30 9:30 PM

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2006-07-30 10:16 PM
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Hey—looks like you had a great race too! Shaving 7 minutes off your last year's time is awesome. Congrats on getting up that nasty hill so successfully and getting through the run so well.
Sorry not to be able to hook up with the fellow BTers but there was an overwhelming number of people at this event and I was mostly busy trying to locate my team mates.
2006-07-30 10:17 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Great race DK.  Wish I could have gone down again this year to take pictures.  Sounds like you did everything right.  7 minutes is a lot for a sprint race...congratulations!


Edited by max 2006-07-30 10:18 PM
2006-07-30 10:41 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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DK - you ROCK!!!  Excellent race, given the craziness of the swim.  Sounds like you met most, if not all, of your goals.  Congratulations!!!
2006-07-30 10:58 PM
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2006-07-31 6:22 AM
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Boston, MA
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CONGRATS! you are getting faster and faster

2006-07-31 6:32 AM
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you did a spectacular race!!! great job denise!!

it was great to see you.

(i'll get a race report up later)

2006-07-31 6:54 AM
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2006-07-31 7:40 AM
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South Florida
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Awesome job!  I can't believe you said "run faster" - you were so fast this year!  And you made it up the hill again - I wonder if I'll ever make it up that thing!?  Congratulations on meeting all of your goals.
2006-07-31 7:44 AM
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Great race Denise! Now with my foot in my mouth...did you actually use the term "friendly consolidation" while racking? I find it hard to belive I wouldn't have recognized you later at the swim start, but if you were the person I referred to in my report I hope you noted the part that said despite my worries it wasn't too tight, and was not an issue! I apologize if you were at all offended by my comment, it was my first timer nerves being obsessive about my spot being  "just so". It was great to meet you, you had a great race.  I look forward to seeing your report from Cranberry next month, I'm sure you'll do awesome.  I may have my sights on that race next year....
2006-07-31 10:48 AM
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Boston, MA
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Great race and way to shave over 7 minutes off your time! That is a huge improvement for a sprint.

2006-07-31 10:58 AM
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Plymouth MA
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Hey DK,

Great job on taking all that time off from last years race!   Thats awesome that you didn't have to walk the big hill too!!  At least at cranberry there are no major hills like that.

2006-07-31 11:30 AM
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Awesome race Denise!

What a great improvement even better considering how many women were there racing.

Your hard work all year shows!

Can't wait for Cranberry!

2006-07-31 11:57 AM
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Online or Offline
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WOW 7 minutes!! Great job!
2006-07-31 2:24 PM
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Cambridge, MA
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Well done! Congrats on meeting your goals and on that impressive seven minutes!
2006-07-31 2:39 PM
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A Prairie Home
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Yeah, 7 minutes is a lot. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

2006-07-31 3:47 PM
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Resident Matriarch
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nice race DK 


2006-07-31 6:10 PM
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Woo hoo awesome! Way to go DK
2006-07-31 6:24 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great Job DK   WAy to get FASTER   Hope you had a good time.  I gotta do that race some time as I have tons of family in Webster   Take care -SMO
2006-07-31 6:56 PM
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Worcester, MA
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wow, what a great race!   congrats on the huge improvement.   it was very cool to meet you.  there were an awful lot of random breaststrokers in our wave.

 I finished so far after you...  you were probably already home and showered.     hopefully I can have as big of an improvement for next year.

2006-07-31 7:57 PM
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Frugal Gear Geek
having fun with the kids
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someone is ready for Cranberry

2006-07-31 10:19 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Again, great job DK! No big surprise really, you've been putting in the training time. Were there really nearly 2000 people doing this race? See anybody using those swim noodles or any beach cruiser bikes with front baskets?

Kidding, kidding..don't wanna get lynched by the Danskin team..
2006-08-01 8:54 AM
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YIPPEE!!!!! VERY , VERY nice race, Denise!!!....FAST swim-in that crowd especially..LOVE that "on your left "bike ...!~ And you RAN the whole way- good transitions- 7 minutes off last year- COOL!!!!! CONGRATS on a great race- your training is on track & paying off- !
2006-08-04 5:18 AM
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Manchester, NH
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Great job, DK! 

My cousin's wife did this race as her first triathlon. I think she was a little intimadated by the tough swim start.  Awesome job getting through it, and getting it done!!

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