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Cranberry Country Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
Total Time = 3h 14m 43s
Overall Rank = 475/522
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 15/16
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:45 and out the door an hour later. Ten minutes down the hwy I realize I had forgotten my gel flask. Called home and hubby met me with it halfway between where I was and home. Nice. Screamed up the highway and the back lot was full when I got there. No problem, drive in the front.

Find TAGP and a bunch of BT'ers in the lot, shoot the sh*t, then go get my packet. Set up transition area and boy is nice to be doing this without any rain! Head to porta potties, then back to transition. Barely make it to the water in time for the start.
Event warmup:

No time to warm up. When I put my still-wet wetsuit on, it caught my timing chip strap and dragged it up to around my knee. I didn't think it would read as I crossed over the mat, so I was trying to get it out as we made our way to the water. I've got the leg of my wetsuit up around my knee when I hear "15 seconds...." Ok, do I even have my goggles?? And we're off.
  • 28m 48s
  • 1408 yards
  • 02m 03s / 100 yards

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was "damn, my shoulders ache!" By the time I was swimming again, I felt fine. That surprised me, so I gave it everything I had left. I spent most of the time side by side with the same guy, and no, it was not Glen. We managed not to slug each other but at times he would change direction and swim into me. Him, not me! LOL At one point I actually swam up some guys back side and ended up with a hand full of butt! Ooops, sorry bout that! Payback was being kicked in the jaw. I definately had it coming.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I am pleased with that swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

(3:30 in 2004) gotta love running up hill from the water, but I did run. Smooth transition. Wasted too much time trying to decide if I should wear sunglasses or not. It hasn't been an issue for me at all this summer. Ended up wearing them after talking to a man on the rack near me.
What would you do differently?:

put the damn glasses on and go.
  • 1h 31m 1s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 16.41 mile/hr

I was hoping to be under 1:30 for the bike. I don't remember being faster in '04. I remember a suffer fest. Oh well. My riding stinks. I gave up almost 100 places from the swim to the bike because of my lousy riding. This will change when I hook up with "Princess Roo."

Dropped my water bottle in the first mile or two. Stopped to pick it up because I didn't want to be without it for another 20-something miles. Remembered to take Endurolytes which kept away the cramping I suffered thru last week, and also drank my Ultima, which helps me to drink enough water.

I was passed by lots of people on the bike leg, but I'm fine with that. Thanks to starting in the first wave, I was never alone, which is more often than not the case. Saw Joanne and Kathy pass me early and then just waited to be reeled in by the other BT'ers. If not on the bike, then later on the run.

I like the changes to the bike course. Did not mind not riding on RT 105, and that stretch of RT 18. These were nice quiet country roads. Traffic was very light. Contemplated an ice coffee when I reached County Rd and saw Dunkin D right in front of me (but not seriously. Ya have to FINISH before you get the reward coffee).

Note to self: BIKE MORE
What would you do differently?:

as above. BIKE MORE
Transition 2
  • 03m 9s

2:53 in 2004) Almost blew by the dismount location. Just kind of off in the ozone, visualing getting thru T2. I ride with no socks so T2 is where I put my now dry feet into socks. Use today's tiny towel to get the grass off and away we go. Cold. I was cold on the bike and am still cold heading out for the run.

Today I chose to run in just my trisuit, no shirt over it. I've never done that in a race before and thought I'd be pretty uncomfortable and self conscious. Never happened. Once I was out running, all thoughts about being damn near nekkid were gone.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. T2 was pretty good I think.
  • 1h 08m 28s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 11m 02s  min/mile

only gave up 20 places from the bike to the run. The bike is what kills me. But oh yeah, this is about the run.

All I could remember is the death march on this course 2 years ago, and last month after TAGP and I rode 2 loops of the bike course. I made up my mind to do a 5/1 run/walk combo and avoid all of that. I went with 5/1 because that was what was set on my watch even tho I don't remember setting that. I figured that would work out to walking about 1 minute out of every mile. It worked out almost exactly that way.

What amazes me the most is that this run was only 2 minutes slower than my stand-alone 10K a month and a half ago. I'd like to do another one of those and see if I can get under an hour....but I digress. I was pleased with the run.

Jorge, thanks for the inspiration on the run course. That came just before I was hunted down by TAGP LOL Just in time my friend, just in time! So this was right around mile 3, and there was May running strong as usual. Looking good my friend, IMLP better watch out!
What would you do differently?:

Keep traiing for the run and not do a run/walk combo for a 10K.
Post race
Warm down:

AWESOME greeting at the finish line. Saw the BT'ers on the side of the finish chute and got the obligatory water spray. RD Eric Averill was personally congratulating every finisher at the finish line. I had a short chat with him and thanked him for putting the Athenas in the first wave. I explained that when I start in the back I am alone for the entire race. When I am up front, even tho I am passed all day, I still get to feel like I am part of the event, and not out on a solo training day. This will always be oone of my favorite races because of that. I think he appreciated the feedback.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hm. I'm getting faster. Need to keep up the speed work for my upcoming marathon, as well as all the other runs.

Event comments:

Had a great time with BT'ers. Stayed for the cookout and awards. We'd probably still be there if it hadn't started raining.

Last updated: 2006-01-15 12:00 AM
00:28:48 | 1408 yards | 02m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 382/522
Performance: Good
(32:07 two years ago)
Suit: yes
Course: don't really know. Never got a chance to look out at it. I was in the back when we started, messing w/ chip and wetsuit, and just heading for that big orange thing.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:31:01 | 24.9 miles | 16.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 467/522
Performance: Below average
(1:26:28 in 2004)
Course: They changed the course YESTERDAY. So glad I went out there and rode it a half dozen times. In the long run it did not matter, the second half was the same so I could guage how far I still had to go.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:08:28 | 06.2 miles | 11m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 488/522
Performance: Average
(1:29:09 in 2004 AKA the Death March)
Course: 6.2 mile loop, relatively flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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 7:46 PM

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2006-08-27 7:54 PM
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Hey you had a great race and a smoking fast run too.  I better get my butt in gear, you were only marginally behind me in run time!  Glad to see you back in the game...keep up the good work!


2006-08-27 7:59 PM
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You did a HIM last weekend, a long swim race yesterday and did this today...I'm in awe!

You look think and in have changed so much this proud!

Your run times are swim will come along with little Roo and you!

Fun times as always!

2006-08-27 8:09 PM
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In my bunk with new shoes and purple sweats.
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Great job. Looks like all the hard work is paying off. You inspire us all.
2006-08-27 8:20 PM
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Hey nice race Ellen! After an HIM a week ago–you did awesome!!

Rest up! We've got work to do at FIRM!
2006-08-27 8:25 PM
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You didn't quote my famous last words!! What, ya didn't hear me?? Wink

Yeah, I told you YOU were kicking this year.

Doing this and PR'ing a WEEK after TMan 1/2!! Oh yeah and then going through with that retarded 5K swim with me yesterday too!! Your body is making all these amazing recoveries after these hard efforts after being out of the game all of last year.

I didn't realize your run was that fast! Just a few min shy of IronGirl 10K is amazing!  You'll be back to those 8 min/mi 10Ks in no time again!

But oh yeah, this is about your triathon....

AWESOME JOB! oh by the way, I almost couldn't recognize you AGAIN when I was looking for keep toning up and disappearing every time I see you.....and YES I was looking for a shirted person.

2006-08-27 8:27 PM
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"....I told you you were kicking this year"?? I said "a$$"! "Kicking a$$!!"


2006-08-27 8:29 PM
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Hey El,
Another finish line. And in the upright postion. I think the smile on your face will come with time..... : ) Sorry I was not there to congratulate you in person, and with a cold DD iced coffee. You've come a loong way, and you certainly are getting svelter and STRONGER! Nice going out there.
Donna a.k.a. YHGF : )
2006-08-27 8:44 PM
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Worcester, MA
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congrats on a great race - sorry we didn't get to meet you. 
2006-08-27 8:53 PM
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Waterboro, Maine
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I am still in awe that you swam yesterday in a race. And now, this long race. You have the endurance thing locked up!
2006-08-27 8:55 PM
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Great race and I think May is right...You were kicking a$$ from the way it sounds!! 

2006-08-27 9:23 PM
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Good job Ellen.  You are really back.


2006-08-27 9:29 PM
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Nice job! Improvement is what it's all about. I don't think I'd have the cojones to race an Oly the week after a 1/2 iron. That's hardcore!

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2006-08-28 12:26 AM
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I said it before, and I will say it again, nice to have you back after last season! Such an improvment and looking good doing it!

Thank you again for the "cookie" I am not sure I was the most deserving BTer there, but I still appreciate it. Also I finaly realized where your "resident matriark" status was. I thought it was in your signature, not under your picture

It sure was nice to finaly meet a fellow BTer that I have been training with for almost 3 full years with. I think May is the only other BTer I go back that far with.

2006-08-28 6:46 AM
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Yeah, thanks for the cookie, too    It was a surprise.  I'm happy to be one tough one. 

I still can't believe you did a HIM and a 5k swim within a week before this, and you did so well! 

You don't know how many times I poked the swimmers butts in the lake.  But hey, they kicked me first!

2006-08-28 6:48 AM
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Great race, you Tough Cookie!

2006-08-28 7:33 AM
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2006-08-28 8:00 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Hey Ellen...awesome Job   Must feel so good to be getting so much faster   Congratulations
2006-08-28 8:02 AM
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Boston, MA
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Awesome job! like Danielle said it is quite impressive to log back to back races. I did it last year and IT IS TOUGH


2006-08-28 8:43 AM
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Wow, that was a wonderful oly, Ellen.  Congratulations!
2006-08-28 9:57 AM
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Boston, MA
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Congrats on the great! Even though you don't want it, you earned the "Tough Cookie" award.

2006-08-28 11:21 AM
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Plymouth MA
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Great job!!       It must have been strange starting so early in the race! more of those early athena starts for you , since you have transformed.  You look amazing. I almost didn't recognize you AGAIN!!

2006-08-28 11:40 AM
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acton, Ma
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Hey Ellen - It was finally great to meet you.  You had a great race and an inspirational "comeback" year.  Three cheers for you!
2006-08-28 12:25 PM
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New City, New York
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Great Race Ellen. it must be some event for all you guys to do it 1 week after TM. Very impresssive!
2006-08-28 1:18 PM
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Virginia Beach, VA
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Great race; especially 1 week after your half iron!!! You rock!
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