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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
90F / 32C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 14m 34s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Registered day before and meet up with lots of BTers for annual Fireside Grill pre Cranberry meal.

Switched to Athena from AG to get earlier start time 8:15 so I'd finish sooner before it got hot...made the right call with the switch.

Working on enjoying the experience of racing and accepting where my fitness is given injury/surgery.

One thing I wanted to avoid is the post race stuff I struggle with. I decided not to look at the race results for a few days. My normal way is I do the race and know in my heart if I did my best or not given what I had that day...only I really know that I think. That is a true view of the race but gets clouded in time when I look at results, compare, judge and see it through my filters. Obviously I'll probably know my time as there is a clock and simple math is easy for me...time less start delay...finish time.

It's a cycle I go thru...maybe week to about 1-2 days before a race...this feeling of not wanting to race unless I have had some solid gains in my r and/or b in training as it will show me how I compare to others and be disappointed, then usually in the last 24 hours before the race I come to peace with the challenge, race day I'm good from start to finish plus about 30" then I do that judging, comparing stuff that lasts up to 3-5 days then I find peace with it. The few days before and after a race I'd like to be more peaceful and not full of the normal crap I put myself through. Funny as IM have been different than my typical race mental stuff. Cross & running race I don't go through that cycle either.

Event warmup:

Arrived a little after 6am and got a far away spot..later folks got closer spots..hmmm

Rode about 13' to check out bike, got my wetsuit on in time for them to yell to get everyone out of the water.

Bumped into Josh right before the start


Swim
  • 33m 18s
  • 1620 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards
Comments:

As the grey caps entered water, race director Eric said good luck Kathy on the megaphone..made me smile. I do feel this is my home race..as I train here a lot. I was brave and started in the middle of my wave.

Swim was best I've ever done as far as tactical swim. I learned at 2 mile swim race last week if I'm swimming same pace as someone drafting is easier than next to them with easier effort so smarter. I drafted more than I ever have around the far end and switched women to draft better and she was slightly faster. I even lost her feet once and went hard and caught her again..sweet! I decided at last corner to swim closer to shore, cut the corner, and swim diagonally to finish knowing it was shorter and hoped to be faster. Turns out chick I was drafting off second beat me out of the water by maybe 10-15 feet so confirms drafting would have been smarter and saved energy.
What would you do differently?:

Great swim for me...best swim by far.

I've swam here a lot so it's my home pond so to speak..feel comfortable and knew how to do my best.
Transition 1
  • 03m
Comments:

As I stood up and started towards the stairs...I saw so many smiling friendly faces, my daughters, Marianne and Lisa...so encouraging to see friendly folks. I was careful going up the stairs as I worked swim exit 2 years ago and saw many triathletes fall. I started running after a few steps beyond the stairs.



Saw Al & John then folks from Tri NE as I ran the long way to back of transition.
What would you do differently?:

Pick up pace a little...little slower than my normal.
Bike
  • 1h 22m 19s
  • 26.3 miles
  • 19.17 mile/hr
Comments:

Bike was awesome...

My vi was 1.02 and my NP was 143. Best vi for oly ever and it had some hills and rollers. I felt really good at start of race and was more around 145-148 as avg watts. I was passing lots of folks men and women and riding smart. Up hills going backwards keeping power even, then keeping power up on down hills and flats passing them all back and then some.

Passed back and forth with same women & one guy over and over and it became amusing...ups she'd pass, downs/flats I'd pass her. After race she told me that she was annoyed seeing 49 again.

Hip flexors were sore and uncomfortable about 40' in. I stayed in aero all but twice on hills. Power dropped down little the second half but overall felt risk was okay to try to go a little harder to start based on how it felt.

With about 8 miles to go this women younger than me passes me and said you have the most muscular strong legs..wow! I said thanks..not many women passed me, probably less than 5 whole ride.

Had similar bike experience in '06 where I was doing a lot of passing and easily overtaking both men and women. '07 I was blocked in a lot as folks would pass me on up hills in early rollers and not move right and it was more frustrating ride. How waves are put together and how fast my swim is makes huge difference on who I'm riding with..this year rocked and was so much fun!

In '08 on Kuota NP was 18 higher but this race speed almost the same..conclusion Ordu is faster bike..yah course and conditions slightly different but I've seen same thing on training rides..watts relative to speed is better. I will do FTP testing week following race as pretty sure FTP is up which makes IF and TSS look higher than really probably was since using low post surgery FTP number

Duration: 1:21:49
Work: 586 kJ
TSS: 105.5 (intensity factor 0.955)
Norm Power: 143
VI: 1.02
Distance: 26.191 mi
Elevation Gain: 730 ft
Elevation Loss: 729 ft
Grade: 0.0 % (1 ft)
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 319 141 watts
Cadence: 19 111 89 rpm
Speed: 2 44.8 19.2 mph
Pace 1:20 30:11 3:07 min/mi
What would you do differently?:

Executed well.

Excited for the potential this course has for me. When in good bike shape my watts on this course would be 30 maybe 40 watts more which I can guess would be a 20+ mph bike pace in an Oly..it will be a goal for me...best oly pace 20.0 at St. Anthony's which is dead flat..this isn't.
Transition 2
  • 02m 14s
Comments:

Chatted with the crowd right before dismount to get them to cheer..

back to my rack first as I was racked with my AG who started 20' after I did...

Saw tri team & BTers cheering for me on run out..obviously having fun...having folks there always gives me a boost.


Run
  • 1h 13m 45s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 11m 54s  min/mile
Comments:

Run legs felt okay which sort of surprised me. I went with .33 mile run/walk with varying lengths of walking mostly 20-30". I bumped into Sue about 1/3 in and she was good doing my run/walk ratio. It was fun...then just before 2 miles we walked up a steeper longer hill and she had to stop to adjust her timing chip. She said go on which I did figuring she'd catch up..she never did..wondered if I did the right thing.

Sue started 5' after me, we had similar bike splits and she shared she had just under 27' swim so I had an guess my swim time was pretty much what I had hoped maybe ~33' which made me happy.

Mile 4 & 5 they had ice so I took a cup and put it down my sports bra...really hit the spot. Since I was living off the course, I'd take cube and suck on it between aid stations..sort of gross but was good.

I was working doing best I could...breathing heavy...pace slower through the run. Felt okay..just no juice to pick it up or negative split. Slower than most of my Oly runs which are normally '66-68.I was a bit under trained given my hole in my run training it's okay.

I notice that my ability to suck it up and get it done has improved and find that place to push to and stay there. I do think that is something I gained/learned with IM training..focus, patience, execution, not really sure how to describe it.
What would you do differently?:

Not get Lymes and injure my knee

Did best I could and I'm at peace with it.

Lucky I can run and train.
Post race
Warm down:

Our daughters were at the finish line, so they gave me a cold rag and water bottle.



Found Sue who finished right after me, had some chocolate milk, sat in the shade to cool down then did the math to figure when Kevin would come in. Mistake to not keep moving around, but I didn't want to miss him. I heard he had an awesome swim but wasn't sure what his bike time was.

It was getting hot while we waited, and he felt it on the run. The girls and I saw him finishing his first Oly. For 5 years he came and supported me, never thinking he wanted to do this.now 2 years later, he has learned to swim, done lots of sprints and completed his first Oly.

Pictures captures it all...to see a photo of us from 7-8+ years ago you wouldn't recognize us. We may not be fast or competitive but triathlons have changed our lives & that of our kids for the good in many ways.



Chatted with lots of folks I know from new and old tri team, BT folks, and many others that I know..not enough time to catch up with everyone though.

Post race I was good...wasn't sure of results, checked them for just my spits when posted, tried not to take in how I placed and not listing it here. All part of the not compare and judge program I'm on. I can't change the way I think meaning numbers are just part of me, but the filters and judging after races I'm working on changing as it is key to having fun in the sport as I need to see my results for me not compared to others.

I had a great time racing, it was hard as pushing yourself is challenging and uncomfortable.

Earlier in the week I did quick calculation of what I thought I'd do and I was 30" faster..I didn't want to think about numbers before the race and have that be something to judge after the race. I did better than I have in the past avoiding the mental stuff I tend to put myself through and since this was my slowest Cranberry yet, growth for me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Deer Ticks and what they spread, how it effected me & I'm still on two antibiotics a day

Racing with my husband and BT friends was lots of fun.

Should have walked/stretched after the race.

Event comments:

Great race...well put on, each year they make subtle improvements as they listen to racers and try to improve on what they can.

I didn't like the bike course pre riding it but it suits my strengths as a cyclist. I see potential for very fast bike split for me on this course in the future and races are really all about the bike, right?;)




Last updated: 2010-08-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:33:18 | 1620 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: Longest Cranberry swim since '06 Course was full perimeter of two coves
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:22:19 | 26.3 miles | 19.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course:
Road:   Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:13:45 | 06.2 miles | 11m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills with lots of shade
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

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2010-09-01 4:06 AM

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2010-09-01 5:54 AM
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HA AH I get to be frist!! Great job out there and awesome swim!!! And Bike And Run!!!  Mostly I am glad you are happy   Thats the greatest picture of you and Kevin !!  Congrats on a job well done

2010-09-01 6:12 AM
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Best executed swim in a tri.
Awesome!  I am so happy for you to have that breakthrough!

Fantastic race, Kathy.  Simply, fantastic.
2010-09-01 8:27 AM
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awesome!  the part about you and kevin from 8 years ago until now really made me smile!  looks like you found some fun,  so happy for you!!!!!!
2010-09-01 9:49 AM
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Great job out there Kathy!
2010-09-01 10:34 AM
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Super job!  That's a tremendous result on the swim.  You put out another solid bike and did a great job on the run. 



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I look forward to reading every single one of your race reports...they are always thorough, thoughtful and very helpful for someone new to the sport. Thank you for continuing to share your struggles and your accomplishments. You help to keep me motivated. Fantastic job!
2010-09-01 12:59 PM
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Nice going, girlfriend!
2010-09-01 4:23 PM
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Love the pictures, looked like a fun time for sure.
2010-09-01 5:00 PM
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great job considering the challenges of this year!
2010-09-01 7:20 PM
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You had an awesome day, especially on the swim and bike.  You are right, this is your (our) home race and I love swimming and biking there with you.


2010-09-01 7:37 PM
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Great race, rr, and pics Kathy.  Way to overcome the knee, the ticks, still push into the 'hurt zone' and knock out a SOLID RACE!!

2010-09-01 8:32 PM
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great race!!!  I'm jealous at your bike speed!!!
2010-09-01 9:07 PM
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I am honored that I made the RR with a picture with the Graves'.  I am so happy that you had the swim you have always wanted.  And you seem to enjoy the new bike course.  I had the added bonus of having you there when I crossed the finish line and recovering under the tent.  As always, there are a few members of the family volunteering.  I believe Emily gave me my post race oranges.  It's always good to race with you.

2010-09-01 9:12 PM
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Great race Kathy. Nice this continues to be your happy place race!
2010-09-02 12:08 PM
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Great race report and some great pics!..Love the one of you and Kevin at the end..nice bike split and so glad you were able to run too!


2010-09-07 6:52 PM
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I LOVE the pix of You & your sweetie- BEST smiles ever- Congrats to you both- for persisting-for adapting- for  finding joy- together-!

2010-09-10 12:36 PM
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Kathy, you never cease to amaze and inspire me.

Super, super job ON THE SWIM MS. PIKE!!!!!

And yes, very nice legs.
2010-11-16 9:25 PM
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Great race report!  The finishing pic of you and Kevin is fantastic.  With him in to triathlons now, when you talk about Watts, Joules, LT, VI, chaffing, blah, blah, blah he can change the subject to Crr, cleat type, cross training, swim drills, blah, blah, blah instead of just nodding his head :-).
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