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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">This race is held at the Lake Dennison State Park in Winchendon.  It’s a great venue and easy to get to.  There are two races, sprint & Olympic.  The bike course is a loop, so the sprint does one and the oly does two.  The run is inside the state park, so don’t have to deal with traffic.  (yeah!)  Water was warm (80F) so RD indicated that wetsuits would be allowed, but if you wore one, you wouldn’t be eligible for AG awards.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">This was my first full race post shoulder surgery.  I am also recovering from a hamstring/glute problem, which has been around for the past few years.  Just recently I have been able to run w/o pain, but continue to be ultra cautious when it comes to running intensity, so was a bit nervous about how the body was going to hold up under the stress.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Meet up with Cake and Suzy in transition early and we all discuss whether or not to wear a wetsuit.  We all decide to go without, which turns out to be a good decision on my part!  :)  I’m in the second sprint wave, and we file into the water.  I end up towards the back of the pack (MISTAKE) and once the gun goes off, I am stuck in what feels like a washing machine.  This never really lets up until I have rounded the last buoy and head for the beach.  In fact, I literally came to a stop at the first turn buoy due to bodies.  Note to self, either get in the front or off to the side…Swim: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">11:33</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">T1 is pretty uneventful and easier w/o a wetsuit…<span style="text-decoration:underline;">T1: 1:39</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Out on the bike, I remembered the mantra that Mike (coach) told me…”Bike so you can run”…”take it easy on the first 5 miles, Zn III max, then crank it up”.  Relaxed into my aerobars and spun on the flats, averaging 21+.  Around mile 5 you hit “the hill” and was able to maintain a good cadence and pace up that bugger…passing quite a few who were trying to power up it.  After that, the course is rollers to flat the rest of the way.   They changed the course from last year to eliminate the crummy pavement in the park, but it was replaced with some equally crummy pavement on the back side of the second hill – grass growing thru a crack in the road, are you kidding me?!!  But at least this part of the course is not bone-jarring!  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bike: 42:49</span>  (this includes the long run from the timing mats to bike mount/dismount, so according to my bike computer, I was averaging ~18.4)</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Into T2, rack the bike, and out I go.  T2: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">1:16</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Again, I was to go “easy” the first third of the run to get my legs under me…kept that in mind and tried not to push.  Figured I would ramp up after the first mile.  Thankfully the run is fairly shaded, as it had gotten hot and the sun was beating down.  At first mile marker, checked my pace and it read 10 flat!  What the?!?!?  I had been holding ~9 - 9:30 pace during training runs, so this took me by surprise.  Time to pick it up.   Kept an eye on my HR and but didn’t obsess about it.  The ball and middle toe on my right foot really started to bother me.  Phooey.  Hit the turn around and threw a cup of water over my head.  The way back wasn’t too bad, but my foot was really sore.  Saw the lake and knew I was close.  Picked it up a bit more…heard a spectator say “way to go ladies” and I thought “crap, where did she come from?”  Decided, no way am I going to let her pass, so kicked into a full sprint…good thing too, as she was in my age group!! </span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Run: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">28:11</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I had hoped for a sub-9 min pace on the run, but not to be.  Probably the slowest I have done a 5K, but I did it without getting injured (again)!  Based on that pace, figure the first mile marker was long…thank goodness!</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Total time: 1:25:26 – 3rd in AG</span></span><span style="font-size:medium;">!</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I got my water bottle and stayed hydrated while I waited for Cake and Suzy to come in from the Bike – got some transition photo shots and cheered them on.  They did awesome!!  Oh and checked my foot and I had a good size cut on the bottom of my toe! (Must have done that running out of the water.)  Found the EMTs and got it cleaned and bandaged up.  No wonder it was sore! </span></span></p>
 

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<p>Was so exciting to finish and learn that you placed in your AG!</p>
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<p>Way to go, lady!  I'm sure you're going to tear it up at the Timberman sprint this year!</p>
<p>(sorry I can't be there to witness it)</p>
 
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