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Mystic, Connecticut
United States
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 42m 21s
Overall Rank = 177/240
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/10
Pre-race routine:

At 4:00 on Saturday, I decide to get all my stuff together. I'm babysitting my nieces and nephew so I don't have anything better to do! I gather my tri top and go to grab my tri shorts. Ummm, where are they? I searched my house from top to bottom and could not find them. So, at 4:30, I am rushing 6 kids out of the house to race over to the LBS to grab a new pair before the LBS closes (has anyone ever taken 6 kids to the LBS before? Yikes).

We get back from the LBS and I decide to pack my bag. I used my swim bag and dumped out all my excess swim gear (anyone see where this is going?). I put in my swim cap, wetsuit, race belt, towel, bike shoes, running shoes. I throw my bag and bike in the car so I don't have to worry about it in the morning.

I got up at 5:00 and jumped in the shower to wake up a bit. Got dressed, had coffee and a PB&J. Jumped on BT and wished some friends good luck today. Woke up my kiddos and got them ready for Beth to pick up.

Beth shows up and we do the hand off. The kids are off for a fun filled day of lacrosse watching and eating sugar and I am off to race! Sweet.

Got to the race site and set up my transition. I shoot the breeze with Aaron (aarondavidson) and his adorable daughter and Jeff (jsklarz). I head back to my transition spot and meet Vin (vm354) who happened to rack right next to me. About this time, I realize, I forgot to repack my goggles. Seriously? Come on! Fortunately, BTers are the best and both Vin and Aaron offered me their spare pair. Thanks guys, it would have been a long swim if you weren't there!
Event warmup:

I jumped in the water to leak checked the borrowed goggles. Good to go. I meet Jason (acumenjay) and we chat for a few. That's about it!
Swim
  • 19m 46s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards
Comments:

I found open water quickly. There was no one around me after the first 100 yards or so. Nice. My sighting to the first bouy was fantastic. I was feeling good. Then I rounded the bouy. Hmmm, not sure what happened but I just could not get my sighting down. I was zig zagging all over the place! After I finally rounded the second bouy, I was good to go. No problems sighting the shore and swam my little heart out to get there. I was very disappointed when I looked at my watch and say 19 minutes. Besides sighting, not sure what went wrong. I'm going with the course was long.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better!
Transition 1
  • 01m 47s
Comments:

My bloody wetsuit got caught on my timing chip. Bah! I finally realized it and got it of quickly after that.

I rolled on my socks and threw on my bike shoes, sun glasses and helmet. Ran the bike out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

Realize my suit was caught on my chip before I did and get it off faster.

101/240 in T1. I'll take it!
Bike
  • 52m 50s
  • 14.4 miles
  • 16.35 mile/hr
Comments:

I jumped on my bike and off I went. I have ridden this course a few times and really enjoy it. It is quiet and quaint. I reminded myself that this was a training day and not to hammer it as much as I wanted to. It is becoming apparent to me that I can climb hills pretty well. This course doesn't have hardly any hills but I would catch people on them and then they would re pass me on the flats. Humph!

I enjoyed the cows that came out to cheer us on! They seemed a bit bored though.
What would you do differently?:

Okay, it's no secret. The bike is where I really need to focus on. I am SLOW. This is the fastest I have ever ridden and I was still way BOP. I need some serious T.I.T.S.
Transition 2
  • 00m 37s
Comments:

Pretty good T2. I racked my bike, threw off my helmet, swapped my shoes, put on my race belt and grabbed my visor. I ran off putting my visor on while running out of T2.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe put my race belt on while running but not much really.

44/240 T2
Run
  • 27m 21s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 07s  min/mile
Comments:

Good run for me. No, great run for me. I was feeling a bit hot and tired coming out of T2. I didn't drink hardly anything on the bike and I was starting to feel it. Oh well, I just ran at what felt like a nice easy pace. I refused to look at my watch at all on the run. I was sure I was running about a 10:30-11:00 m/m and I didn't want to know my time. I knew it couldn't be faster because I felt so good. I grabbed some water at the first aide station but didn't drink it. I cannot run and drink at the same time and I didn't want to stop. So, I tossed it and went on. This course has little shade and the sun was out in full force. About the turn around spot, there is a bit of shade and it felt so nice! I made the turn and started my trot back in to the finish line. I was just enjoying myself and enjoying the course. I came up on the little hill to the finish and debated about passing the guy in front of me. I could have caught him but I didn't for two reasons. One, he is not in my age group (obviously, it was a dude) and two, this was a training day, not a race day. (turns out it was Vin's dad! Big congrats to him on his first tri!) I finished and was floored when I hit my watch and saw it said 27:21. Wow.
What would you do differently?:

Not one thing!
Post race
Warm down:

Not much. I turned in my chip and talked with some fellow BTers and friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was a training day. I really would have liked to race this all out but I just wanted to have a good time in preparation for Patriot HIM.




Last updated: 2009-02-25 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:19:46 | 880 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 179/240
Performance: Below average
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 01:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:52:50 | 14.4 miles | 16.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 206/240
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 00:37
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:27:21 | 03 miles | 09m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 196/240
Performance: Good
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2009-06-07 8:16 PM

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2009-06-07 9:29 PM
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Nice race report!  Way to rock the run.  Most importantly, it sounds like you accomplished your goals and had a good time doing it.

-Andy

2009-06-08 1:34 AM
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Kind of nice doing a race and not worrying so much about your time! Glad you got some goggles.

2009-06-08 5:23 AM
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Good job on your race Erica

Nothing like having fun while doing something you love. Great job!
2009-06-08 5:58 AM
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Super job, not letting yourself get caught up with the googles issue.  And to keep your pacing under control in a race situation takes a lot of discipline.  I think you are SO READY for that HIM!!

2009-06-08 6:13 AM
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Great race overall and what a speedy run!  Pretty good for a training day


2009-06-08 6:57 AM
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Awescome race kiddo!!!! Patriot here you comes!!

and ummm yah we et alot of sugar...thats what friends are for right!?:/
2009-06-08 7:05 AM
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Awesome run. Great to finally meet you.

2009-06-08 8:34 AM
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Well done...and what a great run (that felt easy no less). You are so ready for that HIM.

2009-06-08 9:23 AM
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Great race Erica! It was great to meet you. How about the chances of racking up next to a BTer you have never met in person? Pretty cool.

2009-06-08 9:25 AM
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Awesome job Erica!!!!!  All that hill work you have done is paying off!!!  You are soooooo ready for your HIM!!!  Great Job and congrats on finishing the race on your terms.  Keep up the good work!!!!




2009-06-08 9:32 AM
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Nice job out there!  The swim was definitely long.  I think it was 876 meters from what one of the maps I saw said.  It makes sense too because one of the guys I train with sometimes at my gym was 2nd out of the water with a 12:xx time (which normally wouldn't put you that far up front for this distance) and he is one of those x-college swimmers that knows exactly what his times are and was thinking he'd do this in about 11 minutes.

Anyway, great job and good luck on your half!  I was thinking after this one, thank goodness this is only a 3 mile run   I hope I can muster up a half later this year but we'll see!
2009-06-08 9:36 AM
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Great job at the race. I tried looking for BTers but didn't recognize anyone. What a awesome day for a race! For me that swim took FOREVER!!!!...lol
2009-06-08 10:32 AM
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Nice race! See, it always pay to have two goggles around. Make fun of me but it's a good rule by which to live! Nice job out there!
2009-06-08 11:12 AM
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Wow, great time on the run!  And you did that without really trying.  That's all that training paying off!
2009-06-08 4:00 PM
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Awesome job Erica!

It is a great way to get ready for your next big event. Keep up the good job!



2009-06-08 4:54 PM
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Great job Erica.  Setting a PR while keeping it at training pace is the payoff for all that training!!  I'm going to go buy an extra set of goggles and put them into my bag now- just leave them in there for a day like you had.

Looking forward to cheering for you at Patriot!!
2009-06-08 5:33 PM
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Great job and massive improvement!

Yep BTers are the best and racing with them rocks

See you soon at Patriot~
2009-06-08 5:47 PM
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You know where that strength in the hills came from, right? You're welcome :-)

Good race: Wish I were there instead of on a plane...
2009-06-08 7:10 PM
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Great race! Congratulations!

And I'm betting that you don't forget your googles next time.

(6 kids to the LBS? Good thing you didn't have to buy them all new bikes... )
2009-06-08 8:32 PM
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Erica, you ROCK!

congrats on a great race


2009-06-08 9:34 PM
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Good job Erica
2009-06-10 9:53 AM
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Excellent Job Erica!!!
2009-06-11 3:13 PM
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Awesome race... er, training session!    I love when you're just chugging along and think you must be going easy cause it *feels* easy but instead, you're just on cruise control and speeding through!  That's such a cool feeling (that I do not have that often when running!). 

Hope you and your quad are feeling primed for Patriot after this excellent showing!
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