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Litchfield Hills Olympic Triathlon - Triathlon


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New Hartford, Connecticut
United States
Hartford Marathon Foundation
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 02m 2s
Overall Rank = 155/273
Age Group = F4044
Age Group Rank = 5/10
Pre-race routine:

Up early, breakfast, pack the door and out
Event warmup:

Seriously - 70 degrees for July? After swimming around a bit I was shivering out of the water because it was so cold!
Swim
  • 32m 5s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 08s / 100 meters
Comments:

Of all my tris, half the time I get in the water and freak out. Today my goal was go get in the water, stay calm, keep away from the fray and just swim. Mission accomplished!! And it was a clockwise course so for a right side only breather it was great. Also it seemed like it was very spread out so there was very little contact (although I heard a different story from the men's wave). I'm very pleased with my swim.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 1
  • 05m 6s
Comments:

T1 inlcudes a .3 mile run up a rocky dirt path - totally unfair LOL Someone gave me the tip to remove the wetsuit at the water's edge and run carrying - great tip! THANKS CHRIS! The run up is so long I made a strava activity of it at packet pickup the day before http://www.strava.com/activities/168078448
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 1h 18m 15s
  • 24 miles
  • 18.40 mile/hr
Comments:

This is favorite part! Still trying to find the perfect saddle but once I'm in race mode I kind of forget about my crotch and just go. Overall extremely pleased with my ride. And it didn't hurt to know that I beat DH by 7 minutes on the bike (and he won the male masters division for the duathlon - same bike course) HEH!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing!
Transition 2
  • 02m 5s
Comments:

This transition also had a rocky run up. Ever try to run with Speedplay cleats on? Not fun. Then in transition I took a little time to fill my handheld. It was overcast for the first 4 miles and then the sun came out. I'm glad I took the time to fill it.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Run
  • 1h 04m 33s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 10m 25s  min/mile
Comments:

I guess I didn't realize I was tracking to be 2 minutes away from my ultimate "under 3 hours" goal. So next time I won't stop to pee and might push the run a little harder even though it was kinda hilly. I certainly didn't push it - but I did have a good time.
What would you do differently?:

Be more aggressive on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, walked around, got PIE!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

inexperience

Event comments:

Overall I was very happy with my performance on my first Oly distance!! 7 weeks to my first HIM! WOOT




Last updated: 2014-06-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:32:05 | 1500 meters | 02m 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/10
Overall: 188/273
Performance: Good
http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/545645648
Suit: Sleevless
Course: Traingle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 05:06
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:18:15 | 24 miles | 18.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/10
Overall: 106/273
Performance: Good
http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/545645662
Wind: Little
Course: My kind of course - trend down for the first 15 miles and trending up for the last 10 with the killer hill RIGHT AT THE END!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:04:33 | 06.2 miles | 10m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/10
Overall: 225/273
Performance: Average
http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/545645680
Course: The first half mile is off road and circles by the lake. Then you have to run up the same rocky incline you ran up for T1 coming out of the water.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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

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2014-07-21 6:07 AM
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Great job! You will be ready for the HIM. Solid result for your first olympic.......CONGRATS!!!!

2014-07-21 6:28 AM
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Wow, what a great race!  I particularly like that you beat your husband - good stuff.  And being able to forget about your crotch is a good thing - I guess!

2014-07-21 7:08 AM
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Haha, nice.  I'll be doing my first Oly in a couple Sundays.  Looking forward to it!

2014-07-21 9:40 AM
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Great race and it sounds like you had fun too!  Way to smoke that bike course!

2014-07-21 10:09 AM
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Way to rock your first Olympic distance race!  Swim goal accomplished!  Strava segment of T1! (that really made me chuckle) Beating DH on the the bike! PIE!!!!!  Lotsa really good stuff going on, congrats!



2014-07-21 11:09 AM
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Good job! It must be nice to come out of this one feeling good and looking forward to the HIM.

2014-07-21 12:21 PM
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Great job!

Nice report...  I will try to do this one next year.

I like the Strava segment.  I will need to start following you on Strava.

Again, Great job and good luck on the HIM.

-Dennis

 

2014-07-21 3:37 PM
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Congrats on a great OLY!!! Nice job smoking the bike... and for forgetting about your crotch

You'll rock the HIM!

2014-07-21 3:47 PM
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Congratulations on a great race! I've done that race a few times (and will probably do so next year again), and understand the challenge of that T1 run. That uphill path is no fun. Great job on the bike and run too.

Again, congrats and good luck on your upcoming HIM.
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Awesome! Way to kill the bike course!


2014-07-24 12:26 PM
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Yay!!  Super job!!  Way to focus on the race instead of getting sidetracked by things like swim freak-outs, rocky and long transition runs, and uncomfy saddles.  You remembered the needed little tricks things to make the race a successful one.  So what if you missed your under-3 hr. goal.  You still FLEW on the bike (and beat DH - nice bonus!) and threw down a very respectable race.  And pie!!  What a way to finish things off!!

You're gonna rock that HIM - you're totally ready.  Can't wait to hear about it!

2014-07-24 12:33 PM
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