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Challenge Quassy - Half Course - Triathlon


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Middlebury, Connecticut
United States
Challenge
65F / 18C
Sunny
Total Time = 7h 15m 47s
Overall Rank = 552/657
Age Group = f40-44
Age Group Rank = 136/186
Pre-race routine:

up at 3:30 to drive to cousin's parent's house to go together. Arrived on site about 5:45am.
Event warmup:

Swam a little - water temp warmer than air temp
Swim
  • 47m
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards
Comments:

Made the first turn and BAM I was blinded by the sun. URGH that was an awful feeling to just kinda swim blind. I picked some people to pace off of and hoped they could see. I swam a little crooked.
What would you do differently?:

Guess I better work on my OWS.
Transition 1
  • 04m 9s
Comments:

Not my best transition. I knew I blew the swim so I wasn't really hurrying in transition. I just kinda took my time making sure I had all my stuff.
Bike
  • 3h 47m
  • 56 miles
  • 14.80 mile/hr
Comments:

So the course was hilly - I had ridden it once before and felt like I didn't ride it all that bad but I was ready for it to be over. I dunno I feel like my cycling legs haven't come around yet this year. It's certainly been the most intense training I've done in prep for IMMT - eye on the prize, though, right?

I lost 10 minutes between the 2 pee stops - good, bad or other it is what it is. I have a bunch of people telling me to just pee on the bike. No thanks. LOL



What would you do differently?:

I need to do more training where I watch my heart rate and get a feel for what effort I can really sustain over the longer races. In sprints and olys I just go all out but I know I can't do that here so I probably don't hit it hard enough.
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s
Comments:

Pretty good transition for me :)
Run
  • 2h 35m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 52s  min/mile
Comments:

Did I mention this course was hilly? Right out of the gate, mile 1 was STRAIGHT UP. Oh well....just keep running...just keep running......followed by some rollers and then right into the sun! I will say Challenge had great aid stations - fully stocked and the volunteers were awesome.

Starting out on course 2 (the Oly course from the day before) was a downhill that you would eventually have to run back up. I figured that was the bad hill at mile 10 everyone warned me about. Well it was NOT. I came around the corner at mile 9 and looked up and thought it was a joke. Really? OK here we go!! Just keep moving forward!!

I really try NOT to look at my Garmin during the run unless I'm curious about something specific at a given time like "what's my speed right now?" So I really didn't know how I was doing on the run. I just wanted to finish! When I finished I was pleasantly surprised given the hills - I'll take the 2:35!
Post race
Warm down:

Very pleased that I finished the race feeling pretty good. Definitely not dehydrated LOL and my stomach felt fine.

Event comments:

First (and probably last) time at Quassy but Challenge put on a great event. The staff and volunteers were awesome!




Last updated: 2014-10-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:47:00 | 2112 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/186
Overall: 0/657
Performance:
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/797344391/1
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 04:09
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:47:00 | 56 miles | 14.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/186
Overall: 0/657
Performance:
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/797344391/3
Wind:
Course: Hilly
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:59
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:35:27 | 13.1 miles | 11m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/186
Overall: 0/657
Performance:
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/797344391/5
Course: Hilly. The run was two courses - the 2nd part was the same as the OLY course the day before.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2015-06-09 1:36 PM
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Well done, nice prep work on your way to IMMT!!!

2015-06-09 2:11 PM
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Great job. I think this will help you physically and mentally for IMMT.

Nice job!

 

2015-06-10 4:05 PM
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NIce job, Randee!!  The hills of Quassy are no joke, especially on the run.  Sounds like even though there were a few small (very small) glitches in your race plan, you had a solid race and learned some things to apply at IMMT.  Keep up the good work!

2015-06-11 9:35 AM
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Thanks!

and for no good reason I just signed up for the Pat Griskus Olympic that shares some of the same course on June 20th. OY what am I thinking?!
2015-06-11 11:48 AM
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Originally posted by mtnbikerchk Thanks! and for no good reason I just signed up for the Pat Griskus Olympic that shares some of the same course on June 20th. OY what am I thinking?!

Ah, how we love to torture challenge ourselves!  I predict you will do great at the Olympic now that you know what is in store for you.



2015-06-11 12:22 PM
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Awesome job! Swimming is bad hard enough without the sun in your eyes! Waita' tackle those hills!

2015-06-11 1:56 PM
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Nice work - a solid effort and good confidence builder for IMMT! You got this! 

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