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Marblehead, Massachusetts
United States
JCC of the North Shore
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 19m 33s
Overall Rank = 149/260
Age Group = F3034
Age Group Rank = 12/20
Pre-race routine:

Drove over to race site and pick up a bagel w/ cream cheese and coffee at Dunkin's Donuts.
Remember last year had similar weather - sunny, windy and cool. I had some difficulties putting on a t-shirt on my wet body after the swim, and felt very cold. This time I put a towel and a t-shirt by the pool exit so that I can dry up a bit before exiting the building. Also a pair of slippers.
Event warmup:

Didn't warm up, which was a mistake. Just did some yoga moves to try to loosen my shoulders while waiting for my start by the pool.
Mistake number 2 was forgetting to take Avavert and/or albuterol this morning. Allergy started to flare up in the last couple of days, not too bad, but was sneezing quite a bit.
  • 05m 46s
  • 250 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

The swim time included climbing out of the pool and running out of the building to the TA. No "Olympic Style" dive start this time. Participants had to step on the starting mat, jump into the pool and push off from the wall to start. I was hoping to do 4:55 for 250 yards, which I clocked in my trainings. First lap was fine.
By 75 yard, I felt short of breath. There is NO WAY I would have panicked. Swimming is my strongest and I can regularly do 500 or even 1000 non-stop. I thought it might be due to allergy. Saw the guy in front pulled away.
125y. I could hear my grasping of breath. WTF?? Keep convincing myself it was supposed to be short and easy.
200y. Felt the current from the girl behind me. She didn't touched me, but I knew she was close behind. I was NOT going to let her pass. Sped up.
250y - as I exited the pool, the girl was about one body-length from the end wall. That was close.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up a bit before the start?
I am very disappointed with my swim. The exit with grabbing towels and stuff shouldn't take that long. May be 30 seconds -
mistake #3 here: kept forgetting to press the timer to get exact splits - actual swim time maybe 5:16, 20 seconds slower than I had hoped.
Transition 1
  • 00m

T1 time included in swim time.
Wiped off the moisture while running out of the building. Forgot to remove swim cap/goggles while running - lost 2 seconds here. Still pretty difficult to put on the t-shirt on the semi-dry body. Difficult to put socks on wet feet - lost 5 seconds here.
What would you do differently?:

Forget about the slippers. Didn't help in any way. Spend some time to dry feet, instead of spending time to dry my body.
  • 40m 28s
  • 10 miles
  • 14.83 mile/hr

The course was pretty tough. Lots of up and downs at the "neck" where we had to make 3 loops. There was a strech of the road - half of it was black, apparently newly paved. But it was BUMPIER than the older section. The first time I rode on that black area I was jumping all over the place and thought I had a flat. On the 2nd and 3rd loop I rode on the lighter area and was ok.

DZ and Ontherun: hey I didn't brake when going down hill.

What would you do differently?:

Ride more and need to practice fast turning. The re-entering of the loop was a 300 degree left turn. I had to slow waaayyy down to make that turn.

Was a little disappointed to get less than 16 mph. But bike time includes T2 so I forgive myself.

Transition 2
  • 00m

T2 time was included in the bike time. Dismounted and pushed the bike uphill to rack area. I was slow running on my cleats. And I got to the WRONG ROW of racks. Wasted who knows how long there.
What would you do differently?:

Take off shoes at dismount. Make sure I know where my rack is.
  • 33m 19s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

Somehow I thought it was a 3 mile run. That was how I got to set my goal for 1:15.

Didn't drink enough on the bike and at 1/2 mile I had some side pain. Tried to focus on breathing and relax my diaphram. Got some water at the stations. During the run I was wheezing like a flute. Did a meditation thing - inhale at 4 counts, exhale at 4 counts. By mile 1 I felt more relaxed. Was a bit surprised to realize it was a 3.5 mile course. Added 5 minutes to my goal and tried to shoot for 1:20. Sped up a bit.

At the end of the run, saw lots of TriFurians cheering. Got carried away (seems to happen in every race) and borke into a sprint. Almost ran into the bike exit and heard the TriFurians yelled "left left left!!" Lost 2 seconds here. ;) Finished seeing 1:20 overall time on my watch.
What would you do differently?:

Happy to see I could keep a ~9:30 min/mile pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with the TriFurians. Cheered for them.

Tried to look for BTers. The only BTer I saw was SunnyS, who racked a few places before me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Didn't take the race seriously? ;)

Event comments:

First time completing the course - last year was a relay with Nikki, I did the swim and bike.

Very disappointing swim, OK bike ride, good run. The race got progressively better. :)

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Last updated: 2007-03-28 12:00 AM
00:05:46 | 250 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 158/260
Performance: Bad
Course: "snake swim" of 10 lengths in the pool. One participant jumped in every 20 seconds.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:40:28 | 10 miles | 14.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 135/260
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Out from the community center to a major road (short stretch), then across a dam (where there was cross-wind), to the "Marblehead neck" where bikers are to ride 3 loops, back on the dam, major road and community center. Rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:33:19 | 03.5 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 172/260
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly flat, one incline and a down hill around the residential area. 3 water stations.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-05-13 4:02 PM

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2007-05-13 4:37 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Good race DK...kick run esp with you wheezing!!!!!
2007-05-13 5:08 PM
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Congrats Denise on breaking your time goal and having a great race!

Nice splits all the way around; most impressive run pace at the end with good swim/bike before. It is strange how tri swimming can feel so different than in the pool or ows practice.

Great way to start the season....expect to see an impressive year for you! 

2007-05-13 5:19 PM
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Great job Denise!

Nice warm up for your upcoming season. Jumping into the pool with a low HR is always a challenge I think! You did great!
2007-05-13 5:56 PM
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Waterboro, Maine
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I looked for you too! We probably were next to each other but didn't know it! I loved the course. You did great - having allergy issues on course must be tough!
2007-05-13 6:38 PM
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Nice job Denise! Too bad they can't do splits for the transitions...wassup with that?

It sucks coming out of the water when it's chilly, but you did great! Even though when you plan ahead (re: towel and slippers), sometimes you just plain forget that you tried to make life easier for yourself.

It must have been nice to see the TriFury guys out there cheering for you! It must be nice getting that first race of the season out of the way!

2007-05-13 8:06 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Congrats on a good race.  First one of the season, it's a good time to get all the little bugs worked out before the main events.  Sounds like you still did OK despite the allergies.  Good run pace!!


2007-05-13 9:55 PM
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Yay! love a race that gets progressively better... well done

2007-05-14 10:53 AM
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A Prairie Home
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GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-05-14 10:46 PM
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Plymouth MA
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Great job on your first tri of the season!!
2007-05-15 2:12 PM
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acton, Ma
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Nice job and strong finish!  So, what's next??

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