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North East Triathlon - International Course - Triathlon

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North East, Maryland
United States
Piranha Sports
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 38m 7s
Overall Rank = 93/212
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 10/17
Pre-race routine:

up at 0330, drive at 0430, arrive 0600. transition close at 0700. Coffee, BB greek yogurt smoothie, gatorade, event smoothie 45 min before...event smoothie to cold, interfered with digestion..burping, etc. next time cliff barr
Event warmup:

walk around, no warm up swim permitted
  • 36m 56s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards

started out to fast. Had to slow it down and catch breath. collided with drift wood halfway through. Cooler than normal temps this summer and rain the night before brought water temps to 78.5. Almost wetsuit legal.
What would you do differently?:

maybe get the swimmers metronome and pace with that to control start
Transition 1
  • 01m 19s

Short t1 to bike. Put shoes on in T1
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 07m 32s
  • 23.2 miles
  • 20.61 mile/hr

came out of water with 75% of field ahead of me. Passed ~30. Didn't get passed but the accomplished cyclists were ahead. Having them in sight may have helped get a faster pace.
What would you do differently?:

This was a club even. The higher level competitors were out.
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

good transition overall.
What would you do differently?:

bodyglide feet or put vasoline in shoes.
  • 51m 11s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 16s  min/mile

bone spur on R. Blister starting mile 4. New shoes with 8 miles on them. Race day was longest run this year. Pleased with sub 8:30's considering.
What would you do differently?:

bodyglide feet, vasoline in shoes (sockless)
Post race
Event comments:

The race venue is scenic esp for swim and transition
  • Northeast hosted the club championships this year bringing out strong competitors. The men's 50-54 AG outnumbered the 45-49..just unusual is all. 3 of my club members flatted. . At mile 18 the pavement was cut out across the road for 5'. PS should have laid a carpet on it and posted a volunteer.
  • The overall would be winner was given a 2 minute penalty for a miss-rack of his bike. PS had poorly marked the racks due mostly to age of stickers. The USAT official was overzealous. Rules are rules but there was enough mitigating evidence not to penalize the winner knocking him back to fourth.
    Post race food is okay at best. Swag is a finishers shirt and medal.
    The intersections were well controlled for the bike.
    The run course was out and back on the shoulder of a straight hilly 272. The organizers had the out runners on the shoulder closest to the drive lane resulting in half of them running on the back runners lane typically resulting in the back runner maneuvering to avoid them. The organizers should have had the out runners closest to the grass and back runners closest to the road where they could see traffic.
    Could have been better organized. That said I wouldn't mind another crack at the course next year.

    Last updated: 2014-07-30 12:00 AM
    00:36:56 | 1640 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
    Age Group: 0/17
    Overall: 144/212
    Performance: Bad
    Suit: no
    Course: skinny rectangle
    Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
    Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
    200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
    Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
    Waves: Navigation: Good
    Rounding: Good
    Time: 01:19
    Performance: Good
    Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
    Suit off:
    Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
    Jump on bike: No
    Getting up to speed: Average
    01:07:32 | 23.2 miles | 20.61 mile/hr
    Age Group: 4/17
    Overall: 42/212
    Performance: Good
    Wind: Little
    Course: long rollers, First 7 miles straight followed by a mix of somewhat technical and straights. Hilly course. Not Savageman, nothing really steep. But some pitchy 1/2 mile climbs.
    Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
    Turns: Good Cornering: Good
    Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
    Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
    Time: 01:07
    Overall: Good
    Riding w/ feet on shoes
    Jumping off bike Below average
    Running with bike Average
    Racking bike Good
    Shoe and helmet removal Average
    00:51:11 | 06.2 miles | 08m 16s  min/mile
    Age Group: 14/17
    Overall: 120/212
    Performance: Average
    Course: out and back on long rollers
    Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
    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: Below average
    Race evaluation [1-5] 3

    2014-08-25 8:46 AM

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    Subject: North East Triathlon - International Course

    2014-08-25 10:23 AM
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    Subject: RE: North East Triathlon - International Course
    good race. I live in the area and avoid this race like the plague. I just don't think its a great course and I hate that slanted run on 272. I have not participated in a PS event in a while and not sure I will again because part of me feels like the put on kind of a cheap race and charge a lot of money. Sorry to hear about everyone flatting, that road is always full of debris.
    2014-08-25 8:48 PM
    in reply to: dmbfan4life20

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    Subject: RE: North East Triathlon - International Course
    Thank you, love the venue but agree about the slanted shoulder run. It torques the body esp on those gradual hills. Definitely agree PS could put forth more effort and pull off a better event. I did the Dragon Fly sprint in Chestertown and that seemed a bit more tightly wound. The food there was worse.
    The few Set-Up events I've done have been good. I did like the Lums Pond race a few years back.thought that was well done.
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