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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 10m 9s
Overall Rank = 449/510
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 22/31
Pre-race routine:

Good night sleep. So good that I didn't realize the alarm at the hotel didn't go off. Opened my eyes and saw 5:40. Jumped out of bed, quickly brush my teeth and got changed. Called OnTheRun - he's busy having breakfast with Capt. Jack and PollyC, and would be late for 20 min. No problem - took my time to eat some yogurt, a small bagel, and OJ - free from hotel. Coffee was crappy though. Oh... I stayed in a hotel 5 min walk from theirs. Joe and I carpooled.
Saw lots of BTers: besides those who went to kathyG's yesterday, there were JPcan, Joe (BODonuts), Julie from CO, Max, Joanne (tri_again) etc etc. Sorry if I missed your names. Over 20+ BT racers and of course AdCo, em73, Nikki and amiine volunteering, as well as the kids of many racers.
Event warmup:

Hotels are 10 min from race site. Parking spot was perfect. Transition area are marked with names and numbers so there were no confusion and no fighting for space. Heard some numbers were messed up. Mine was ok. Racked bike and set up TA in 5 min. This is my 3rd race in 2 months and I'm getting use to my TA set up routine.
Jogged back and forth the car and helped set up tents for the BT hangouts, as well as the Trifury tent. Went to porta potty. Talked with many people. Was pretty busy.
I was in the 3rd wave, red cap. As soon as wave 0 (the elites) started, I headed to the swim start. Ate a gel.
  • 27m 46s
  • 1408 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Comfortable swim - this is my strongest event. Having swam the course yesterday helped a lot. First couple hundred yards were messy as usual, being kicked and poked by people. Sighting was good, didn't really get off course. Many times I was poking other people's butts. Saw a girl swimming to a kayak shortly after the start. kind of feel bad. Saw a couple green caps struggling. Tried to encourage them. Checked time at 3rd bouy and it was about 8 min - consistent with yesterday's practice. Swimmers spreaded out after a while and I was minding my own business in the calm water, keeping a staight line from bouys to bouys (there are some 10 bouys on the course). All of a sudden I felt some commotion, water got choppy. Looked around and found I was surrounded by white caps, swimming like sharks. OMG... I thought I was doing well! Started to get nervous: am I too slow? Maybe I should push harder. A small voice told me "save energy. You have over 3 hrs of physical torture ahead of you. Swim at your comfortable pace. Save energy for your bike and run". I listened to the little voice, and continued my swim. Relatively uneventful and soon the end approached.

My goggles leaked a bit but it was ok. Guess I had it on a crooked position. Seems to pushed into my eye sockets too much and was squeezing my eyeballs out. Very grateful that I don't wear contacts anymore.
What would you do differently?:

Looks like I haven't been improving much on the swim lately. Should work on the base.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Continued to crawled until my hand touched the lake bottom. Got up and started jogging. Wetsuit peeled down from upper body. Found my TA and took off wetsuit pretty easily. My technique of putting the leg of the wetsuit over the timing chip works. That I didn't have to worry about timming chip get loose (like in Lowell), or it get caught when removing wetsuit.
Partially dried feet, socks on, bike shoes on, helpmet on, sunglasses on. Took ~10 sec to drink gatorade/water. Popped a gel block in my mouth and grabbed bike to the mount area.
  • 1h 28m 43s
  • 25 miles
  • 16.91 mile/hr

The bike portion went by quicker than anticipated. Didn't cranked right away. I knew it'll take me some 1.5 hr to ride the course. Mounted well - I'm getting better at mounting now, though still no jump start.
Most of the time I was enjoying the scene, checking out bikes and cars as they passed. Got passed by too many people. Amused myself by looking at the traffic signs - "speed limit 45" - year right. There were signs saying "Do Not Pass". Heard people said "on your left". I replied "but the sign said 'do not pass'". :)

Ate a gel block every 20 min. Washed down with water or gatorade. Boyfriend lent me his cage so that I can put 2 bottles on my bike. So not use this the one right under my saddle. Was holding the water bottle for almost a mile before I could properly put it back to the cage. A guy dropped his water bottle, which almost hit my front wheel.

Mile 2.5: TypeAGirlPilot overtook me
Mile 5: Sue7013 over took me
Mile 22: a familiar voice from behind "are we done yet?". It was akabak, when she passed me. I overtook her few min later, saying "I thought this course was supposed to be FLAT!". Then she passed me again.
Back toward TA. Saw Capt Jack and Sue starting the run. Cheered for them. Mrs. Jack and Sue's parents, as well as BODonut's dad were cheering for me as I ride toward the TA.
What would you do differently?:

Work on speed/hills
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

Bike shoes off, slipped my feet into the sneakers, helmet off, grabbed baseball cap and race belt. Off! Saw EmilyG and Nick. Got water from them.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Love my yankz!
  • 1h 07m 57s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 10m 58s  min/mile

Legs tired, but not too rubbery. I knew I was slow. Saw Sue ~ mile 1.5. Glad to know her knee's holding up. Somehow my bib number, which I wore at the back, dropped shortly after I passed the 2nd water stop. Some guys told me about it. Went back 6 steps to retrieve it. At that point I so wanted to walk. Said it out loud. Some runners encouraged me to keep running. One of those was a Trifurian. :)

Drank at every water station, both gatorade and water at the first 3, then water only.

Right azz tightened ~ mile 2.5. Shortened my stride. At mile 3.5, right knee started to sore. Slowed down a whole lot. Negotiated with my legs: if you can get me running to the next water stop, I'd let you walk while I drink water. Knees heated up - felt like swelling. Estimated my split to be 11 min/mile. Started to count down. 20 min to go. Distracted myself by drafting up my race report in my head, going through the interesting events in the past couple hours. 15 min to go. Mile 5 marker approached. Walked the water stop and took my time drinking. 10 min to go. 8 min. Man that 8 min was so damn long. At that point I was hoping to make 3:10:00. Was happy to see that I was faster than my goal time of 3:15:00. Didn't think I had the energy to sprint the last 200 yard to the finish line. I'll look like a sick person crawling to finish.

Right turn to finish area. Wow... I'm there. Heard cheering and smell BBQ. Volunteer said "4-10th to finish". Cheering got louder. I so wanted to stop running. AdCo and em73 were at the entracce of the run end and gave me hi-5s. Ok... if I get there faster, I'd stop sooner. Legs, you understand that concept? Now get moving. Legs agreed. Saw spectators on both sides. I'm so relief. Heard my name - oh there are the BTers by finish line cheering for me. Wow... I'm finishing an Oly! Got carried away and instead of heading straight to the finish arc, I side-tracted to hi-5 all the BTers. Few more steps toward the arc. I FINISHED AN OLY!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Train on longer distance run.
Post race
Warm down:

Eat a banana and 1/2 orange. Drank. Got hugs from BTers. Dealt with PITA by stretching out right hamstring. Waited for other BTers.

Saw PollyC coming in. Then Glen. Hey, Glen got is name announced as he come to the finish "approaching the finish line is number XXX Gleeeennnnn Rogerrrrrs". How come I didn't get my name announced? ;)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Don't know. This is my first oly.

Event comments:

It was a fun day. I viewed it a BT outing that started with a swim/bike/run event.
Oh yeah, TriMom217 present me (and OnTheRun) a "Tough Cookie" award. Heh... I'm one tough cookie! Thanks!!!

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Last updated: 2006-03-22 12:00 AM
00:27:46 | 1408 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 341/510
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: Counter-clockwise around Loon Pond
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:28:43 | 25 miles | 16.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 439/510
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Around Lakeville
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:07:57 | 06.2 miles | 10m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 483/510
Performance: Good
Splits: 10:18, 10:13, 11:10, 11:07, 11:43, 13:37 (+ last stretch) Ave HR: 167, 152, 149, 148, 145, 147
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-08-27 4:05 PM

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2006-08-27 4:56 PM
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2006-08-27 4:57 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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amazing amazing amazing   great job on your first oly!!!!!!  Congratulations   It was awesome meeting you too   My dad got a good pic of you..gotta wiat til I get home to upload it tho...have a great week
2006-08-27 5:02 PM
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awesome job today Denise!  I'm so glad you were there 


2006-08-27 5:04 PM
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Preferably on my bike somewhere
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Great job DK!!! I'm so proud of you - you finished an OLY!!!!!

2006-08-27 5:06 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Hey you are one tough cookie!  This is a big improvement since I saw you in the first Danskin race, look how much stronger you are now.  Keep it up.....great race!!


2006-08-27 5:58 PM
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Great job on your first Olympic distance.

It was great to see you!

2006-08-27 6:07 PM
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Congratulations on your first Oly!!!! Awesome job - evil smelling BBQ before you are even finished...I hope you didnt drool

Hope you get the time to recover and most importantly CELEBRATE! Absolutely fantastic!


Edited by kaqphin 2006-08-27 6:08 PM
2006-08-27 6:21 PM
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Congrats Denise!!! Great job on your first Oly!
2006-08-27 6:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Cranberry Country Triathlon did awesome!!

You looked strong finishing...glad I could be there as you did your first International Tri!

Thanks for coming over last night....made the whole weekend better!

Enjoy your rest week and vacation!



2006-08-27 7:29 PM
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You did great Denise! Really glad I got to meet you and it was fun seeing you out on the run course!

Congrats on a really successful first OLY! : )

2006-08-27 8:21 PM
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Worcester, MA
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you looked GREAT when we saw you!  congrats on a seriously awesome first Oly.
2006-08-27 9:45 PM
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Congrats on your 1st oly/int'l!!

I remember thinking "OMG she's coming over to say hello!! LOL" just before the Red Bull finish arch! You looked great finishing, and you are one tough cookie!

2006-08-28 5:04 AM
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Manchester, NH
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Awesome job, and congratulations!! Great race, and RR.  Sounds like you had a lot of fun out there! What a milestone!!!
2006-08-28 6:46 AM
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Woo Hoo... CONGRATS, Denise!

It was great to spend some time chatting in person this weekend! Can't wait to hook up again.

Get some rest/recovery in--you deserve it!
2006-08-28 8:27 AM
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South Florida
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Congratulations!!  Great job - all your hard work paid off!  3 hours is amazing.  I'm glad you guys had so much fun as usual.

2006-08-28 8:28 AM
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Ottawa, Ontario
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WOW ... Denise!  Excellent olympic triathlon, my dear.  I hope that you enjoyed it.
2006-08-28 8:48 AM
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Boston, MA
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Denise, you are my hero! You did it, 1st Oly out of the way and now you can work on your next goal, which is becoming faster as you told me yesterday. It was so cool to hang out with you and all the BT gang before and after the race.

Good job!

2006-08-28 9:04 AM
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A Prairie Home
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2006-08-28 9:47 AM
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Boston, MA
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"Distracted myself by drafting up my race report in my head, going through the interesting events in the past couple hours. "

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who does this.

Great race and you are one tough cookie. I know you where worried about finishing in 3:30, but you did an amazing job and finished in a great time! Congrats!
2006-08-28 11:41 AM
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Plymouth MA
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Great job on your first oly!!   Nice to see you again!

2006-08-28 11:43 AM
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acton, Ma
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Hey Denise!  Nice job on your first Oly!  How's your sore butt today?

Now its time for half-mary training!

2006-08-28 11:49 AM
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Hey Tough Cookie- How's your butt??!! LOL- CONGRATULATIONS!!! HAppy Dance- You DID it- your first OLY..and you did GREAT!!! Know that in the weeks leading up to the race you were having both physical issues & a taste of TRi overlaod- so R& R in order..but I think you will be ready to jump start new season sooner than you think!! Was a bonus to see you racked right near me- and watching you finish- with a smile & high 5 - GREAT! YOu have had a really amzing season- be proud!!
2006-08-28 1:25 PM
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Pound Ridge, NY
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great job on your first Oly!!!  awesome swim time!
2006-08-28 2:23 PM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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What a great day for you DK!!!!! woohoooo!!! look at the swim time!! awesome.


Enjoy your vacation!!  

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