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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
85F / 29C
Total Time = 3h 12m 37s
Overall Rank = 472/562
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 37/46
Pre-race routine:

Had some breakfast at the hotel, drove over to race site, got body-marked, set up TA, hauled 2 tents with May to some open area for the BT hang out, back to TA multiple times coz I kept forgetting things. Broke up a cliff bar and placed in my bike bento box for later use. Took 2 electrolyte pills. Put on wetsuit when the National Anthem was being sung. Hung out with BTers.
Event warmup:

Walked around, talked with people. Did a short swim for about 5 minutes. Then stood around with the BT women waiting for our starts.
  • 29m 49s
  • 1500 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

Did the same course yesterday, without wetsuit, in 36 min. Today, my watch says 30:16. Not bad, consider my left shoulder had a pinched muscle.

We white caps were the 7th (2nd to last) wave. At the start, I stayed in the MOP. First 200 yd I swam leisurely, waiting for the crowd to disperse. Didn't happen until the 4th buoy. Swam INTO the 2nd buoy. Had the urge to pee, but couldn't do it while pushing through a crowd in the water. Tried very hard to relax when the mass thinned out. It helps the swim, as I usually tense up a lot. By the 5th buoy, felt the release, ah.....

In between the 5th and 6th bouys, I passed a blue cap (wave 6). Started drafting a gal in front of me. By the turn around, the watch showed that I was 2 min faster than yesterday. Not bad. Water level was lower due to the lack of rain, and at certain points it was so shallow that it was impossible to do the front crawl without hitting your hands to the bottom.
Shortly after the turn-around, I got passed by some orange caps (last wave). Pushed a bit harder until the finish.
What would you do differently?:

2006 = 27:46
I am suffering from the swim for the whole season. I do well in the pool, but my OWS had been much slower than last year's. I have problem with my shoulders and neck and I can't rotate my arms well. Need to find a way to fix that.

Also it was kind of warm for a full suit. May need to invest in a sleeveless. Meaning I'm I need to buy more lottery, go to the casino and day trade.
Transition 1
  • 04m 6s

Ran with wetsuit half off - I had my sleeves partially covering my watch which made pulling out sleeves much easier. Wetsuit still got stuck at my (right) ankle. Maybe I should just sit down when removing it.

Wiped off feet, put on my running socks which is a bit thincker than my bike socks. My bike shoes are slightly larger and I found that it's more comfortable wearing thicker socks. Wore race belt with number facing back.

Took a couple of electrolyte pills, pop a piece of Cliff bar into my mouth and headed out while chewing.

Forgot to apply sunblock. :(
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Bike exit was close to my rack.

Maybe put on sunblock to avoid burning.
  • 1h 26m 58s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 17.18 mile/hr

First mile I took a relatively easy gear to get my legs use to the spinning, then put on the big chain ring and try to keep a 85 rmp most of the time. During the entire course I and 2 other Trifury women kept passing one another.

The roads in mile 5-7 was all patched up. My body absorbed so much shocks that irritated my left shoulder (don't know how i did it, but woke up Friday morning not able to raise my left arm and had difficulties turning my head. A muscle by the shoulder blade was pinched, according to my PT. It's still irritating the time I am typing this).

Mile 10 - Ontherun harrassed me from behind, saying something about me riding so slowly. We talked a bit about the swim, and he took off, chasing down the 2 Trifury ladies in front. Here I want to point out that Joe and I were like twins - Trifury top and BT shorts. Earlier I had reminded Max and Nick (Tri_Again's son) not to mistake us as we look exactly alike :)

Mile 12 - bottle exchange. Planned to drink 2 bottles of diluted diluted gatorade on the course, and by then, I had finished one bottle. Right on. It was hot, and I had to remind myself to keep drinking. Didn't drink as much on the 1/2 half, partly due to the 2nd bottle on the back cage where I still had some difficulties grabbing. Ate some clif bar.

Mind my own business holding onto the drop of the handle bar, and riding on the right side of the road most of the time. Almost ran into a photographer. Was riding too close to the road edge to avoid cars and almost skidded on the sand. Managed to control the bike alright. I am gaining confidence on the bike, thanks to the Walden rides.

Mile 20 - Starting to feel tired. Felt it especially on the uphills toward the end. There were several places with a right turn uphill. The Mooseman fall still haunted me, and I slowed down quite a bit and made big turns.

Entering bike dismount, my watch showed exactly 2 hours. Off the bike and felt a pinch on my right piriformis - pain in the ass returned. Damn!
What would you do differently?:

2006 = 1:28:43, about 2 miles longer. I was slower this year.
Need to practice cornering.

May consider getting aerobars just for having an aero bottle - easier to drink.
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

Took some time applying sunblock as my shoulders and back were burning. Swallowed 2 electrolyte pills. Run out was relatively long from my rack. Grabbed a gel and 1/2 a bottle of water. Adjusted race belt to have numbers facing front.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 09m 50s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 11m 16s  min/mile

Running out of T2 was long. There is no way I could run 6.2 miles within 57 minutes (my avg pace is 10 min/mile). Saw Max and May and told them I wouldn't be able to break 3 hours. At that time I still hoped to break 3:10.

Once I started running, I knew somthing was wrong. Besdies the piriformis, my legs felt heavy. Not the typical jelly legs after a bike ride, but difficult to pick up the legs. Ate the gel and washed down with water, hoping gain back some energy. It was very hot. By the mile 1 station, I knew I wouldn't be able to break my old time. One of the Trifury ladies whom I passed on the bike over took me there.

At every drink station, I drank and pour water over my body to cool down. My strides were short. Tried to keep up a higher cadence to make up for the short strides.

Shortly before mile 3, saw Ontherun and MATriMom walking. Heard Joe's voice 10 yd from behind. THought it might be his knee that made him walk, coz he usually runs pretty fast. Pluck up and ran toward them, saying "Joe, if you're not talking, you'd have the energy to RUN". With that, Laura threatened not to give me muffins. :p Saw water station. Decided to walk - walked for about 3 min.

Starting running and legs felt worse. 5 min after my right hamstring threatened to cramp up. Did some brisk walk. Found that long strides of walking without the boucing motion helped loosening up the hammy, and I actually go faster doing that. When legs were loose enough, I started running again.

After mile 4, I had to do more occassional walking - 5 min running, walked 50 steps. Saw Sue there, told her I wasn't going to make it in 3:10.

Tried to run the last mile, but couldn't help to slow down to a walk again after crossing the road right before mile 6. Turned the corner into the camp site, and I was determined to run to the finish. A girl was in front of me. With my pace, I could pass her. Decided to pass her before getting in the finishing chute so that I don't block her finisher photo.

In the finishing chute, saw a siluoette of a tall guy coming from behind. It was Ontherun, harrassing my photo opportunity. I picked up my pace, he followed. I knew he can run fast. I pulled further. We both broke into a sprint. Spectators must have found it interesting seeing 2 racers with the same outfit sprinting toward the finish. Heard loud cheers - must be very entertaining for both BT and Trifury. I crossed the line 2 seconds ahead of Joe. :) :)
What would you do differently?:

2006 = 1:07:57
Dont' cramp.
Post race
Warm down:

Cool with a wet towel, ate some oranges. Joe almost collapsed after the finish line. Brought him some oranges. Laura came in shortly after, brought her some oranges. I had to keep moving or I would collapse too. c2fd was right outside the finish area. Went over to talk to him. Then headed to the pond with Joe to cool down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat and humidity.

Event comments:

2nd time doing this course. last year was cold - everyone had to wear a jacket afterward, but was great while racing. This year, it was hot and muggy. I wasn't able to beat my old time, and I wasn't in perfect health. Still a great race, and I had a blast. The best part of the dueling with Joe. Didn't expect I still have the energy to sprint that 0.2 mile.

Last updated: 2007-03-28 12:00 AM
00:29:49 | 1500 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/46
Overall: 395/562
Performance: Below average
Suit: Ironman full suit
Course: Counter-clockwise around Loon Pond Many racers felt the course was longer than expected
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:26:58 | 24.9 miles | 17.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/46
Overall: 490/562
Performance: Good
Course: Around Lakeville, Rochester and Freetown. Overlaps the Patriot HIM course. Gentle rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:09:50 | 06.2 miles | 11m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/46
Overall: 475/562
Performance: Below average
10:29, 11:55, 11:20, 11:22, 12:13, 11:38
Course: 6.2 mile loop. Gentle rolling hills.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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] 4

2007-08-27 9:18 AM

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2007-08-27 9:42 AM
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Nutmeg State
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Good job out there (especially considering the heat).  Kathy says the swim was long, so wickedwicked good swim.
2007-08-27 10:04 AM
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Plymouth MA
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Nice job Denise! Thats funny about you sprinting with Joe. I hope someone got a picture of that.

It seems like you did very well. Isn't the bike course the same as last year? The last part of the bike is harder as it has a lot of uphills. 

2007-08-27 10:18 AM
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Portland, ME
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Great job Denise!! way to kick it up for the sprint to the end. It sounds like a fun race. I might have to put it on next year's calendar.


2007-08-27 10:29 AM
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Awesome race!!  You had a big smile on afterwards, regardless of not beating last year.  You did excellent on such a HOT day!!! 


2007-08-27 10:31 AM
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Funny you and Joe were wearing matching outfits and finishing at the same I think it is easy to tell you to apart though

The swim course was longer this year; injuries...I know...effect our performance. Weather was nasty hot, you had fun and it was a great day!

Congrats on doing well~ 


2007-08-27 11:01 AM
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Manchester, NH
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Great job, DK!

Hot day, and an excellent result!  Sorry for the nagging injuries, but you kept at it despite many reasons to give in. Congrats, and great job!

2007-08-27 11:17 AM
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Great job Denise! It was tough conditions to race in, but you had fun and hung tough on the run. Lots to be proud of and a nice strong sprint to the finish! Great to see you again
2007-08-27 11:51 AM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Watching you sprint it out with Joe at the finish was the highlight of the day!!! 


2007-08-27 1:07 PM
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Framingham, MA
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I missed the sprint finish!  In matching outfits, no less.

Now, you just need the folks at TriFury to change the clubs colors so that they match the BT colors better! 

Great job yesterday!  It was great to see you again.

2007-08-27 2:41 PM
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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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  Great race and great meeting you.  It was just to hot out there this year!!



2007-08-27 6:04 PM
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SF-Bay Area
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Good job, Denise!  Way to hang in there and grit it out! 
2007-08-27 6:40 PM
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Waterboro, Maine
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Nice race report. Glad you got some release on the swim leg. Hope nobody was drafting off you at the time!
2007-08-29 10:56 AM
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I just joined BT..but, I have to say that I remember seeing you finish at Cranberry. It was great seeing the two of you racing to the finish. Great race and really impressive finish!
2007-08-29 11:58 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great Job DK :0 I know the heat got to you all
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