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Madison, Connecticut
United States
Madison Jaycees
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 26m 11s
Overall Rank = 118/362
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 4/25
Pre-race routine:

Early 7:00AM start to the race. Lessens the impact of the race on traffic and synchs with high tide. Tough leaving the house at 5:00. After geting my race package, set up the transition (nice spot right near the exit and close to the aisle), I go back to the car to change and get ready.
Event warmup:

Take a jog, take a quick ride. Come back to find someone commandeered my transition spot and was setting up. She claims "Your bike wasn't there" as she's moving my towel. After I firmly show her the towel and explain the absence of my bike from the rack and I had been there for over an hour, she moves. I go swim and my goggles simply wouldn't cooperate. I go without and toss them aside.
  • 16m 44s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

Man the surf was big!! 2-3 foot waves. Made navigation, current management, etc. really tough. You'd have to accomodate it when sighting, breathing and sometimes, you'd drop an arm to pull and you were in air! I took a longer approach to buoy 1 than I would have liked. Plus I had no goggles because they wouldn't stay sealed and thought it better just to ditch them. In retrospect, an OK swim, but I should be pulling a better time.
What would you do differently?:

I think I need to get comfortable in a wetsuit and start using one. My first experience wasn't good, but intellectually, they're supposed to be an advantage.
Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

Had trouble today with putting on a shirt over a wet body. Couldn't pull the back of the shirt down. Otherwise, an OK T1. Time includes a fair bit of running.
What would you do differently?:

Use a tri suit (on order) and race belt rather than wearing a bike jersey.
  • 40m 30s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.26 mile/hr

While racing, I didn't feel like I was doing well. Didn't pick up places and was just holding my own. Looking at the time and rank, not bad! The average pace didn't come over 20mph like I would want it, but the course had some long-ish hills; not my strength. I did gain some advantage descending and am getting more comfortable cornering with the new bike.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on sustained longer hills.
Transition 2
  • 00m 53s

A quick shot of Albuterol here
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Tough to know how to improve such a short segment
  • 25m 53s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

Nice to see everyone on the out and back course. I often get into "no man's land" and am running alone which makes it tough to keep up the pace. I felt good today; the time shows that. To most of you, it's pretty awful; for me, that's a good tri-5K. I'm working on it!
What would you do differently?:

Keep training; it's paying off!
Post race
Warm down:

Eat lots of freebie fruit, drink and hang out for awards. My friend won her age group! I thought I had third in Clydesdale from the taped up sheets; that was disappointing :-(

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Below average swim

Event comments:

I love the venue. 20 years ago, they had a team "relay" there which included a canoe segment out to and around the island along with the three triathlon disciplines. It brought back good memories of those.

Last updated: 2007-09-08 12:00 AM
00:16:44 | 880 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/25
Overall: 216/362
Performance: Below average
Maxed at 170 when I exit the water
Suit: Speedo
Course: Diamond shaped keeping buoys on your right. Seemed long.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:11
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:40:30 | 13 miles | 19.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/25
Overall: 59/362
Performance: Good
160 where I wanted it
Wind: Some
Course: A sort of circular meandering course with way too many tight turns. 50 yard segments stitched together in spots.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:53
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:53 | 03 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/25
Overall: 154/362
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along the shore. Shared a bit with the bike course, so you needed to pay attention.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 3

2007-09-08 3:17 PM

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2007-09-10 12:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon
2007-09-10 12:18 PM
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Nice race there, yeah the swim was interesting and man it was hot on the run for 8am in the morning....

Too funny your story thsi women comes and racks her bike next to me she was probably in her early 40's dark hair and told me some ar*ehole kicked her off teh bike stand and complained his bike wasn't even there presume that was you 8-)


2007-09-10 12:24 PM
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Right, 10 min before the gun and all of the sudden she must be thinking "there's this primo spot which magically no one else grabbed"...Right....
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