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East Freetown, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
88F / 31C
Total Time = 6h 38m 21s
Overall Rank = 481/629
Age Group = f40-44
Age Group Rank = 33/52
Pre-race routine:

The more races I do the more I appreciate the ones I can sleep in my own house the night before. This was not one of them.
Event warmup:

I completely blew my warmup (as in I didn't have one) except I did manage to get in the water for 10 minutes or so before we had to line up.
  • 43m 56s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

It was a time trial start with 2 swimmers going off every 5 seconds. I was very surprised to get about halfway to the first turn and hit the washing machine. There must have been boats out there or maybe it was windier than I thought.

I thought I swam pretty good. I had to pee and I know that slowed me down but moving time was much faster than my overall would indicate.
Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

The run from the water to T1 wasn't insignificant. Glad I took the xtra seconds for sunscreen - only wish I had gotten BOTH sides of my back. The next day my left side was FRIED.
  • 3h 19m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.86 mile/hr

This is my first year training with power and I'm struggling to work with it. I really wanted to break 3 hours on this ride but I'm being held to 75-80% of a power number that I'm not even sure is my FTP because I feel like I can do better. I'm doing what I'm told, trusting the process and keeping my eye on the bigger prize, IMMT in August.
Transition 2
  • 03m 53s

The run from the mat to the rack was ridiculously long. Eventually I gave up running and just walked quickly.
  • 2h 28m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 20s  min/mile

It was hot. Really hot.

Mile 4 had no water (only gatorade). After that the rest stops started to run out of cups so they were giving out 24oz bottles of water - of which I'd drink some, and dump the rest on me. Seemed like a waste and I really hope they didn't run out for the 148 people who came through behind me. And while all the volunteers were friendly and well meaning, at a lot of water stations they had everything out on the table for you to pick up like you were out for a stroll and headed to a buffet rather than having people standing there to hand you items.

Overall it was fine and I'm sure they were all hot too.

And thanks to the man and his son sitting outside with the garden hose propped up on their mailbox cheering us on - much appreciated!
Post race
Warm down:

I was pretty disappointed with my time -but hey it was still better than Quassy.

Event comments:

All in all Sun Multisports does a good job with their events and they have decent swag so I would probably do another event.

Last updated: 2016-06-13 12:00 AM
00:43:56 | 2112 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/52
Overall: 0/629
Course: rectangle course.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:49
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:19:18 | 56 miles | 16.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/52
Overall: 0/629
Course: Road surface was average. There was certainly no fresh pavement and some sections were pretty beat up but traffic was relatively quiet so harsh road was easy to avoid.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:53
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:28:27 | 13.1 miles | 11m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/52
Overall: 0/629
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2016-06-27 9:36 AM

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Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: Patriot Half Triathlon

2016-06-27 9:56 AM
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Sorry the race wasn't executed quite like you'd have preferred, but it sounds like the swim went well and you are learning more and more about power which, as you stated, will hopefully serve you well during your big race, IMMT later this year.  Hot runs are seldom good for anyone, so don't beat yourself up about that too much. Congrats on beating your Quassy time and getting through some tough conditions (the run).  Keep your eye on the prize!

2016-07-01 9:00 AM
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Congratulations on the race - even if you were disappointed in the results.  I imagine it is frustrating to feel you had more to give on the bike, but not allowed  to give it.  OTOH, you are working toward a bigger goal, so it's good to keep it in perspective.  Plus, i wonder, had you gone harder on the bike would the run have been even harder.  Either way, way to stick with the plan and yay to the guy with the hose!!

2016-07-05 1:40 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Sorry to see you are disappointed in your time, but it is good to see that your eyes are on the ultimate prize! What is your overall opinion of the PM?

2016-07-05 3:12 PM
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Eye on the prize! I'm sorry you're disappointed in your time, but it sounds like your conservative cycling was a blessing for such a hot run. Onward to IMMT!
2016-07-06 8:52 AM
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Originally posted by cdban66

Sorry to see you are disappointed in your time, but it is good to see that your eyes are on the ultimate prize! What is your overall opinion of the PM?

Interesting question - would I have pedaled faster without it? LOL

The power meter is teaching me I have a crappy pedal stroke and far less power than I thought. So I would say it's an adjustment. I hope I learn to love it.

2016-07-06 12:23 PM
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Great job! As others have said, it sucks be disappointed with your time but any day you can line up to start and finish a HIM is a good one!

On to a great race in IMMT! 

2016-07-06 12:49 PM
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Houston, Texas
Subject: RE: Patriot Half Triathlon

A power meter can be a great tool....or it can be a really expensive metric that gives you little / no additional (useful) information.  You  mentioned that you're being held to 75-80% of an FTP that you don't think is accurate.  How have you estimated your FTP?  Do you have plans to work on dialing in your FTP so that you can feel confident in your IMMT prep?  Keep in mind, though, that if you ever go "too easy" on the bike, you can go a little harder on the run....if you go too hard on the bike, there's no salvaging the run.

I hope you are able to get everything figured out and fall in love with using your power meter as the powerful tool it can be   Wishing you all the best in your IMMT build and race!

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