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Xterra French River, Oxford, MA - Triathlon

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Oxford, Massachusetts
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 10m 24s
Overall Rank = 22/31
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Race was about an hour and 20 minutes from home. Drove East and picked up a friend who sherpa'd for me.
Event warmup:

short swim. Swam into someone - so that was fun.
  • 09m 17s
  • 450 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

The guy I started the time trial with started breast stroking - which is fine but steer clear of me - I don't want to get kicked in the ribs!

then I got caught behind a pack of slow moving guys.
What would you do differently?:

start further up in the line
Transition 1
  • 04m 9s

The run from the water up to transition was significant so that could have been better - also got my wetsuit stuck on my timing chip.
  • 1h 09m 30s
  • 9 miles
  • 7.77 mile/hr

The big challenge and the reason I came - the MTB portion.

I started mountain biking when I got out of college 20 some odd years ago - but didn't get any good at it until I started road riding 15 years ago and then doing tris about 6 - and by that time there just wasn't enough time in the week to do it all. It's still my first love and I really want to do more of it. Although my first tri was an off road, the trails were cross country ski trails - fast and smooth. This here was the real New England deal with roots and rocks, short steep ups and fast bumpy downs.

My big fear was getting onto the course and having the faster guys from the long course breathing down my neck trying to pass. And yep, that happened. For the most part they were polite -there was 1 guy who wanted to pass in a very narrow section and I told him he was going to have to wait. He yelled something at me when he finally passed but I couldn't hear him at all. MEH.

After the first mile of being chased, I couldn't breathe anymore so I did pull over to let them pass and catch my breath. Once I did that and hopped back on, I was all alone. This wasn't great either because I no longer had any reason to hurry! So I puttered along until I caught up to my cousin and started signing behind her. We rode together for a few miles but again, probably caused me to go slower than I otherwise would have.

The course was very muddy because they had just gotten rain - so as I was saying, lots of mud, no blood, I'll take that as a win.
Transition 2
  • 02m 30s

my left mtb shoe buckle got stuck. OMG
  • 45m
  • 3.5 miles
  • 12m 52s  min/mile

the course went from single track, to double track, to road, to a legit river crossing back to single track and done. It was all fun (and exhausting) except for the double track. The jeep trail wasn't wide enough for two feet and it was in the sun along the power lines.

The river crossing was fun - but made me realize I need shoes that shed water a little better :)
Post race
Warm down:

Very low key - but good atmosphere. We went and sat in the lake to cool down and get the mud off.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

first time!

Event comments:

First Xterra race - it was fun and I'm sure I'll be back next year.

Last updated: 2019-07-15 12:00 AM
00:09:17 | 450 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/31
Performance: Average
Suit: Yep
Course: Triangle
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:09
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:09:30 | 09 miles | 7.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/31
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:30
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:45:00 | 03.5 miles | 12m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/31
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]

2019-07-15 2:13 PM

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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2019-07-15 2:21 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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It sounds like a lot of fun! Way to go!

2019-07-15 3:23 PM
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Congratulations on your first xterra!! No blood, just mud sounds like a win to me. I've always thought an xterra race would be fun, but since i don't mountain bike much (like once in a blue moon on vacation), don't think it will be happening for me!  

2019-07-16 4:31 AM
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2019-07-17 6:18 AM
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Xterra French River, Oxford, MA
Sounds like a good race. I've never heard of anything quite like this before. Hope the heat wasn't too bad.
2019-07-17 10:47 AM
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Englewood, Florida
Subject: RE: Xterra French River, Oxford, MA

Good job!!!!  Nice to see something a bit different that is fun like that.

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