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Riverhead, New York
United States
Event Power
79F / 26C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 58m 40s
Overall Rank = 153/223
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 24/34
Pre-race routine:

I got up at 4 am and ate breakfast. I had a banana and a bagel with a little cream cheese and a cup of coffee. I had all my stuff packed from the night before so I collected everything and loaded up the van. I pumped up my tires on the bike and got her loaded into the van as well and headed over to the race site.
Event warmup:

I headed over to the transition area and got everything set up. I met John and Jason over there so hung out for a few and talked. I headed back to get my timing chip and get marked. After that I hit the restroom and went back to the van to get my swim gear. After that I just hung out with John, Jason, Kelly and Mike. No chance to warm up in the river which is sort of unfortunate. I was a little more nervous for this race than I was for Syracuse last week. I'm not sure why. We hear the RD race briefing and we all headed over to the river to line up for the time trial swim. I went up to the 26-30 minute group while the rest of the gang stayed in the 31-35 group. As always I say a little prayer for the safety of all the athletes, vounteers and spectators and waited in line to cross the timing matt and take the plunge into the river.
Swim
  • 29m 50s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters
Comments:

So I was really nervous for this race and not really sure why. I was walking up the pier in line to get to the floating deck to jump in. I gave them my number and I stepped up and jumped on in. Unfortunately I forgot to lower my goggles DOH! I just wasn't thinking so when I put them on of course I was in the water and water got into them. I had to stop and pull them off my face with my head up so the water would come out. Once I did that I had to try and find my rythym and I did I think after the initial bad start I started to settled in about 300 meters into it. It seemed like it took a while to through the next 300 meters to the turnaround bouy but I was able to do that and made a good turn around the bouy and started to head back. There was very little contact during the swim which was good. I had a really nice rythym heading back but I was getting passed which is pretty normal. I had to move around little as I was close to a few people but nothing that bad. I was getting a little tired towards the end of the swim so I just kept it easy and tried to just stay in rythym. When the floating deck was in sight I picked up the pace but tried not to hammer it home. I made it to the deck and was able to get myself out this year. Last year I needed to be lifted out. I was decided not to run as I slipped on the deck last year so I was not making that mistake again. Once I in the parking lot I started to move a little faster. I was 2 minutes better this year over last year's race. I didn't think I swam that good and was expecting to be slower so I was pleasantly surprised by this since my swimming leaves a lot to be desired.
What would you do differently?:

Well obviously I would have put my goggles on before I jumped into the river. I could have gotten off to a much better start and probably lost a few minutes because of that mistake. Over than that much better than what I was expecting.
Transition 1
  • 05m 39s
Comments:

My transitions really suck. I didn't have much problem getting my wetsuit off but trying to try my feet off just took way too long. needless to say I did not get completely dry and my feet were still wet. I need to try and go sockless at least for the bike for the sprint and olympic races. I just waste time getting myself together. Something to work on next season when I'll be doing more of the shorter course variety racing.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster and be more organized.
Bike
  • 1h 17m 55s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.29 mile/hr
Comments:

I wanted to really hammer this course on the bike and I thought I did that. I went out at a good solid pace and got my legs going on Rt 25. I caught a bunch of people here and just started cruising along. When we made the left onto River Rd. I started to pick up the pace and I started picking off more people. I wound up losing a bottle off my bike as I hit a rough patch which I should have rode around not through. At that split second I was like do I stop or keep going? I was like screw it keep going and I did. I started passing more people on Grumman Blvd. There were a lot of people riding to the left. There were people going 4 wide like in Daytona. I thought that was just insane. There were at least 3 occasions where I just about broke the yellow line to avoid passing on the right. One occasion I had no choice but to pass on the right. The worse of it was on Grumman Blvd but I also had it happen further along on the course. Once I got to Wading River rd I was moving along nicely but I didn't do too much passing here. This road has little to no shoulder and traffic so I was cautious here. I also was following another girl here who was moving along. I knew I could pass her but didn't want to waste my energy so when she slowed I went. I got passed here by someone else and then I passed her and made the right onto Rt 25A. Here I picked up the pace and hammered along to make the left onto Sound Ave. Sound Ave is a long stretch of the race and again little to no shoulder and traffic. I was moving along well and finally started to drink some fluid. I totally did not drink enough on the bike and it probably contributed to my performance on the run. In any case I kept the pace up even though I was getting tired. I really didn't do much coasting. I just kept hammering. I made it to the one big downhill and coasted on that then hammered up the one big ascent. No problem there the 34/28 is a nice combo to have. While others were standing I just sat down and spun up and rode off. I kept it up and passed more people and made the right onto Doctors path. I sort of took a little rest here as I was going down Sound Ave and saw I had about 7 miles to go I was getting tired. I was thinking man I can't wait for this to be over so I can drink some Blue Moon beer when I get home today. It was just for a split second but I got refocused quickly. I regrouped on Doctors path though and once I crossed over onto Main St. I put the hammer down and passed a few more bikers. I was thinking I'm having a great bike leg but man the run leg is going to suck big time. I was already pushing myself harder than I probably should have and I didn't drink much either which was bad news with the humidity. I made the left back to the transition are and dismounted and headed for the transition. I was very happy with my bike performance in this race. I really pushed hard from start to finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not much other than drink more fluid. I had two bottles and I lost one but I really should have drained the bottle I had. It probably would have helped some for the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 25s
Comments:

Again not much better in T2. I didn't have much to do here either but I am taking way too long. I'll have to work on it I know I can do better with my transitions.
What would you do differently?:

Again just move faster and be better organized.
Run
  • 1h 02m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile
Comments:

After I got off the bike I figured I was screwed when it came to the run. I pushed hard on the bike and I knew the run was going to be tough because of the humidity and heat. It wasn't as bad as Syracuse was last weekend but it was tough. I set out a pace much faster than I should have been running. I am a slow runner so I was looking to dial it back to 10-10:30 pace but I'm looking at my Garmin and I'm running a 9 something and I'm starting to freak out. I'm like dial it back, dial it back there is no way we will finish running this if we keep this up. I had absolutely no intention of walking like I had to in Syracuse. I just refused to do that here so I settled in for a long and painful run. During the first loop it was tough I just kept my pace slow and easy and was in the low 10's for the first couple of miles. I got passed a lot but I knew that was gonna happen. I just tried to keep my mind occupied and my feet and legs moving forward. It's sort of funny how you try and distract yourself from the pain and suffering you are feeling at those moments. I just wanted to be able to run the second loop and sprint to the finish. I kept pretty much the same pace for the first loop. Before finishing the loop I did a pack of cliff shot blocks and was drinking that 22 oz bottle of powerbar perform. I finished in before I finsihed the first loop. As I'm coming down Main St. to start the second loop I see one of my friends I train with Sean and he says to me " hey can you move a little faster you do know your in a race" I had to laugh at that one. I started jogging backwards and pleaded with him for some slack after last week's HIM in Syracuse. He laughed but I should thank him because I started to pick up my pace a little. I grabbed water and started loop number two. I was trying to just segment the loop looking for some moral victories and distractions. It would have been so easy to stop or to walk but I was having none of that thinking and just kept moving along trying to not look at the Garming. I'm thinking perseverance, just keep moving and finish. I thought about my friend's son who has been going through leukemia and what a difficult time he has had going through it and how he's done an amazing job with how he's handled it and I'm like this is nothing compared to that. I'm amazed at the place the mind goes when under duress but this really motivated me to start to pick it up. I'm looking at the Garmin and I'm at 4.5 miles and I just keep moving then I'm at 5.2 miles. I'm heading up Main St. and I'm .6 of a mile out and I'm thinking pick up the pace now or wait? Can I finish if I go now? So I start to pick it up and the finish line is starting to come into sight and I start to go. I pick up my pace and start closing in then I decide to just take it to an all out sprint. I pass a few people along the way and down the chute to the finish. I really didn't think I had it in me today after the bike but glad I was able to finish strong. All in all I gave it everything I had and left it all out there so I'm satisfied I did the best I could do.
What would you do differently?:

I certainly would have drank more fluids. I think that hurt my run for sure as I was 6 minutes slower than last year even though I was faster on the swim and the bike this year.
Post race
Warm down:

Just hung out and found John and congratulated him as well as Mike. I got to see Kelly and Jason finish which was great. I saw Bobby M. there as well. I went over and found Sean and talked to him for a while as well. After that I got my stuff and packed up the van and headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Two things I think, first was this was the first time I've done back to back races. I don't think I'm fully recovered from the HIM. Second thing was the humidity. I haven't been training in it enough to be acclimated to it. To try and race hard when you aren't acclimated two weeks in a row takes a lot out of you.

Event comments:

Event Power always puts on great races and they did a great job with this race. The volunteers rocked it again this year. This race course is great. The swim was improved over last year as well. The unfortunate thing was the turnout and support was very low this year. Last year the race was at the end of July. I think moving it up to the week of the 4th of July might have had something to do with the turnout. The other thing is they really need to have an area to warm up for the swim I think that would be extremely beneficial. I understand it might be difficult to do but it something that should be considered.




Last updated: 2012-12-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:29:50 | 1500 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/34
Overall: 162/223
Performance: Good
Suit: desoto
Course: Fish hook course - 600 meters out and 900 meters back Time trial start 2 participants enter the water every 5 seconds from the floating dock in the Peconic river
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 05:39
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:17:55 | 24.85 miles | 19.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/34
Overall: 70/223
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: One loop primarily flat with some rolling hills and one big descent and ascent on Sound Ave in Baiting Hollow. Course goes through Riverhead, Calverton, Wading River and Baiting Hollow.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 02:25
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
01:02:54 | 06.21 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/34
Overall: 167/223
Performance: Average
Course: Two loop flat course second loop ends right on Main St in downtown Riverhead for the finish line.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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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2013-07-01 6:31 PM
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Coming off of a HIM one week before this race probably caused you more stress than we would sometimes care to admit.  Especially after fighting some of the heat and humidity of Syracuse and the likelihood of some type of dehydration.  I think you were able to make a good showing for these back to back weekends.

To have had a swim and bike that was faster than last year's race may have been enough to throw your run off at this race, especially if you were hammering the bike as hard as you have noted.  It is also logical to assume you were still in some form of dehydration causing some performance loss too.

Keeping the mental ability to hang in during your run indicates you're getting better control of racing at a higher level.  Over time you'll get better at this aspect of racing and you'll become more in tune with your body to be able to know when to push harder and lay back a little.

Congratulations on your first back to back race weekends!!  You killed it!

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Tony again it sounds like you had a solid race! And back to back. I bet you don't forget to put your goggles down again
Congrats! You are going to kill it at IMoo
2013-07-02 10:58 AM
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Tony, congrats on the race. You did amazing, especially after your HIM the week before. Just finishing that race would have been great and you killed it!

Thanks for taking the time to post your report!

Again congrats!
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