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<p>I am getting this race report in early.  I know that we are all eagerly awaiting the "Twilight Sage" of Race Reports from AdCo!</p>
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<p><strong>Saturday</strong><br>
Up at 4:30AM and out of the house by 5:00AM.  I ate a package of Pop-Tarts on the way along with a bottle of Powerade.  At the race site, I was body marked by a 10-year old boy who apparently just learned how to write his numbers, and write them really BIG.  I laughed, racked my bike and set up transition.  Uneventful morning leading up to the race start.  I did manage to get in a decent warm-up which helped to loosen up my neck (yeah!)<br><br><strong>Swim - 500 meters</strong><br>
The swim was a little rough, and I mean that in yanked back, and generally man-handled for the first 300 meters.  Once I made the turn to shore I was able to start swimming in a nice groove and cruise.  I think because of all of the contact, I was more tired than I expected as I got out of the water.  Luckily I immediately saw/heard my wife, girl, parents, and mother-in-law, which gave me a boost of energy and I flew up into transition.  There is a good 100 meter run/climb out of the water to transition that goes towards the swim time, so my actually time is a bit skewed. <br><strong><em>Swim time - 11:12 (2:14/100m) - 275th out of 1,357</em></strong><br><br><strong>T1 - <em>1:28</em> -</strong> Really happy with my transition, only about 20 seconds off the fastest (one of the race leaders).<br><br><strong>Bike - 11.5 miles</strong><br>
After getting on my bike and getting into my shoes I thought I was just start flying.  That was not the case.  I think my heart rate was really high and I was having a bit of a problem with my breathing.  It took about two or three miles before I felt better, but I never felt great.  I think the heat and humidity definitely played a part in that.  It was just after 8:00AM and it was already 85F+ and really humid, conditions that I don't do well in.  I plugged along as best as I could constantly picking off cyclists from the earlier waves.  I tried to keep my cadence up around 100 RPMs and just pedalled hard. I was <em>never</em> passed on the bike and I never saw anyone from my age group the entire ride.  It was definitely odd, but I didn't think much of it.  I finally made my way back to transition doing pretty well, but definitely feeling the heat.  I saw my family as I was racing down the shoot to transition and again got another boost of adrenaline.  <strong><em>Bike time - 31:59 (21.6 MPH) - 56th out of 1,357</em></strong><br><br><strong>T2 - <em>1:11</em> -</strong> Again, really good transition, only mistake was almost forgetting my race number belt, luckily I was only about 10 feet away when I remembered.<br><br><strong>Run - 3.1 miles</strong><br>
One word....<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">HOT</span></strong>!!!!  Even as I was running out of transition I could tell how uncomfortable the run was going to be.  I was able to give my daughter (oldest) a high five as I ran by, so awesome to see her and everyone there.  I felt like crap for the entire run, never once feeling like I was running smoothly.  I felt like I was slogging along through the heat and humidity.  The first mile took forever, but I was only passed by one guy from an earlier wave and I must have passed at least 20.  At least 1/4 of the people I passed were walking, it was just so friggin' hot out there.  I continued to check out the numbers of the guys coming the opposite way to see if there was anyone in my age group that I might be able to catch, but I never saw anyone.  I thought it was odd, but I didn't think much of it.  About half-way through the run (at the turn around) I was passed again by a guy I had no chance of catching...that was it for me being passed.  I continued to make my way through the field of runners in front of me and watching what looked like a walk-a-thon for the rest of the folks out there.  Finally, I saw the finish chute and I pick up the pace a bit. I heard my wife and family yelling for me; I gave them a wave and a smile and made my way to the finish.  I didn't have anyone to catch ahead of me so I just cruised in.  Not a great run, but considering the conditions (and the walking wounded out on the course) I am OK with it.  <strong><em>Run time - 23:24 (7:33) - 86th out of 1,357</em></strong><br><br><strong>Final Time - <em>1:09:19</em></strong><br><strong>Overall:  <em>48th out of 1,357</em></strong><br><strong>Gender:  <em>43rd out of 755</em></strong><br><strong>Age Group:  <span style="background-color:#FFFF00;"><em>3rd out of 123</em></span></strong><br><br><br><strong>Post-Race Comments</strong><br>
It was a brutal day, with temps in the mid-90s when I finished.  I would have like to have gone a bit faster in every leg, but conditions just wouldn't allow it.  I was about 30 seconds slower than last year, with my swim time about 1:10 slower (wetsuits were permitted last year).  I wanted to stick around for the post-race festivities and see about awards but I had Daddy-duty (youngest daughter had a birthday party at 10:00AM) and had to leave by 9:30AM.  When I got home around 1:00PM, I checked the final results from the race and <strong>BAM!</strong>  there it was:  <span style="font-size:12px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#FFFF00;color:#0000FF;">I placed 3rd in my Age Group (M 35 - 39)</span></strong></span></p>
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Holy Crap!  Granted my time was not even close to the top two guys, but still, <strong>3rd in my age group</strong>!  My first ever award at a triathlon!!!  I thought back to the bike and the run, and how odd it was that I didn't really see anyone in around my age.  I guess I know why now, they were all behind me.  What a great way to end the day.  Now if I can only find out how I am supposed to get that darn award (I have emailed the race director already).</p>
 

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<p>Congrats!!!!  That race (Olympic) was on my radar in the spring, but when I went to sign up it was sold out.  Now I'm kinda glad... it was brutal yesterday, and I would have really struggled.  Way to go in such difficult conditions!  Will they mail you your award?  Maureen's really nice; it's worth asking. </p>
 

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<p>congrats on the hardware!!!   nice job keeping it together under rough conditions.</p>
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<p>and no worries about the imminent arrival of AdCo's race report.... he's sound asleep on the couch.</p>
 

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<p>Congrats on 3rd in your AG!!!</p>
<p>Nice work in that heat and humidity, too!</p>
 

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<p>Nice job man.  Way to gut out a good time on the run despite the situation.  I don't think sprints should ever feel smooth on the run, you're supposed to suffer all 3.1 right?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Theia</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1926597"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Congrats!!!!  That race (Olympic) was on my radar in the spring, but when I went to sign up it was sold out.  Now I'm kinda glad... it was brutal yesterday, and I would have really struggled.  Way to go in such difficult conditions!  Will they mail you your award?  Maureen's really nice; it's worth asking. </p>
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Thanks Theia.  During the run, I was thinking to myself how glad I wasn't doing the Olympic distance this year.  I would have been a mess.  Larry forwarded my email to Maureen, I hope she can help me out.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mrscoby78</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1926731"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Amazing performance, especially in such cruddy conditions!</p>
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<p>Great job!!!</p>
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I appreciate the kind words, definitely not ideal conditions....but it didn't rain. <br><br><br><span>Quote:</span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>em73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1926736"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>congrats on the hardware!!!   nice job keeping it together under rough conditions.</p>
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<p>and no worries about the imminent arrival of AdCo's race report.... he's sound asleep on the couch.</p>
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Thanks Mo.  Excited about the award, just hope I can get it.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cak73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1926743"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Congrats on 3rd in your AG!!!</p>
<p>Nice work in that heat and humidity, too!</p>
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<p>Thanks cak.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>niemsco</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1926958"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Nice job man.  Way to gut out a good time on the run despite the situation.  I don't think sprints should ever feel smooth on the run, you're supposed to suffer all 3.1 right?</p>
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<p>True on the suffering, although I woudl have liked to have been running a bit faster and suffering.  Oh well, everyone else was deaing with the same conditions I was so I can't really complain.  Thanks!<br><br>
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<p>Nice job, congrats on the hardware! That day was scorching hot, just finishing must've been an achievement! (luckily, it was slightly cooler the next day for the Oly, we only had about 96 degrees). 23:24 sound pretty good for a crappy 5K. Same goes for 21.6mph on the bike (although I bet your actual average was much faster, the official time includes the quarter mile run from and back to transition).</p>
<p>The RD is Michele, if you have trouble getting your award, let me know, I know her pretty well. Although I bet she'll help you anyway, she's great! She even let me register for the Oly after it was sold out, but it required a lot of begging.</p>
 

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<p>I love this: "I thought back to the bike and the run, and how odd it was that I didn't really see anyone in around my age.  I guess I know why now, they were all behind me".  Nice! </p>
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<p>WTG in the heat and humidity.  That seems to be the theme these days.  Congrats on 3rd AG.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>miles99999</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1927000"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><span>Quote:</span></p>
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Thanks Theia.  During the run, I was thinking to myself how glad I wasn't doing the Olympic distance this year.  I would have been a mess.  Larry forwarded my email to Maureen, I hope she can help me out.<br>
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It IS Maureen, isn't it?  Or Michele?  Crap.  I hope I didn't suggest the wrong name to you!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>RunningForT3</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1927672"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><p>The RD is Michele, if you have trouble getting your award, let me know, I know her pretty well. Although I bet she'll help you anyway, she's great! She even let me register for the Oly after it was sold out, but it required a lot of begging.</p>
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Oh!  There's the answer.  Sorry, Miles!  (And I'm supremely jealous that T3 was able to register after it was sold out.)</p>
 

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<p>I touched base wth Michele, of CGI Racing, and all I have to do is send her a prepaid envelope and she will send me my award.  I am so excited to get it, like a little kid on Christmas Eve.  Giddy up!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Theia</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69110/rr-nj-state-triathlon-sprint-hardware#post_1928236"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p><br><br>
(And I'm supremely jealous that T3 was able to register after it was sold out.)</p>
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Do like 7-8 of their races, give them props on blogs and social networks, and one day you'll be able to do it too :)</p>
 
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