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<p>Pumpkinman Sprint Triathlon<br>
September 11, 2010 - South Berwick, ME<br>
.33mi swim, 250m hillclimb, 14.25mi bike, 3mi run</p>
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<p><strong>Results</strong></p>
<p>Swim: 13:12, 2:16/100 :: 40/45 AG, 355/474 OA<br>
Hillclimb: 1:43, 32/45 AG, 282/474 OA<br>
T1 (includes hillclimb): 5:00 :: 43/45 AG, 375/474 OA<br>
Bike: 47:01, 17.9mph :: 31/45 AG, 186/424 OA<br>
T2: 1:48 :: 39/ AG, 372/474 OA<br>
Run: 28:54, 9:38/mi :: 41/45 AG, 345/474 OA<br>
Total: 1:35:57 :: 41/45 AG, 290/474 OA</p>
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<p><strong>Report</strong></p>
<p>Last year I'd wanted to sign up for Pumpkinman but it was sold out so I made sure not to wait this year.  It's a good thing because it sold out in April.  I've heard a lot of good things about the event and the location and it did not disappoint.  Spring Hill in South Berwick, ME is a beautiful spot and the Donatellos put on a really fun and well organized race with one notable exception I'll describe below.</p>
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<p>I'd been fighting tightness in my chest, a sore back all week and the night before actually felt like I was getting the flu or something.  I did sleep really well the night before though.  I think I got about 5 1/2 hours of sleep which is exceptional the night before a triathlon.  I did feel somewhat better in the morning and there was not a doubt I was going to show up and just do my best on that day.  This was a special triathlon for me: triathlon number 10.</p>
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<p>I'd picked up my packet the night before so arrival at the triathlon was uneventful.  The only thing to do was to park, pickup my chip and setup transition.  There was plenty of parking and lots of volunteers directing folks.  Parking was not far at all from transition and there was plenty of spots.  Chip pickup was very simple.  Where things got bad, and the only time in the whole day, was transition.  Whoever had put the numbers on the racks didn't know what they were doing.  All the number on my end were jammed together back-to-back so it was actually impossible to rack your bike in your spot.  There were at least two officials standing over our rack with one of the volunteers trying to figure out what to do.  The volunteer kept arguing that the numbers are a guideline while the rest of us, including the officials, tried to get him to understand that when there are numbers you must rack on your number.  A couple of the latecomers were sent down by the officials to the end of the rack where there were almost no numbers.  They were even taking pictures.  There was actually nowhere to lay out transition.  At lot of people were really pissed off.  It made for a tense beginning to the race but thanks to a couple of no-shows and a little help from the officials we got it mostly straightened.</p>
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<p>I decided to get away from this by suiting up early and getting down in the pond.  When I say "getting down" it's not just a figure of speech.  There is a rather large hill that goes from transition down to the lake.  It's so much so it's actually a separate race within the race that's timed.  It's the "Hillclimb Challenge".  You get a separate timing for it though it's included in your T1 time for the purposes of the triathlon.  It was a crazy beautiful morning with steam coming off the pond.  It had been around 47F before the sun came up but now that it was over the trees it was warming quickly.  I was definitely struck by the beauty of this place and opted for a relaxing warm-up swim out to one of the buoys and back.  Pretty soon, everyone was called out of the water, we had a moment of silence for 9/11 and then national anthem.  The elites went off right at 8:00am.  My wave, the 3rd, went 4 minutes later.</p>
<p>The swim went slow.  The tightness in my chest made it really hard to go any fast than I was.  I definitely felt like I was having a hard time so I just did what I could to remain focused, calm and get through it.  There were a few times where I could feel some panic in the deepest recesses starting to form but I just talked myself out of that kind of thinking and kept my arms and legs moving.  It felt like it was taking forever and it did: 13:12.  I did swim freestyle the whole way and swam until my hands touched so I can always be proud of that.  Popping up out of the water, my zipper came down no problem and I trotted for the hillclimb.  My plan was to run until it turned really steep and then power-hike the rest of it.  I was definitely feeling it at the top but had plenty to get me trotting again into T1.</p>
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<p>T1 was a mess.  Most of the bikes on my rack were gone but with everyone jammed so close together stuff was everywhere on each other.  There were no wetsuit strippers but I managed to get mine off much better than usual.  Some extra Bodyglide probably helped.  I felt though like I was moving in slow motion.  My mind wanted to go faster but my body was just not moving.  I finally got everything done up, clipped, etc. and ran out of transition.  No beep.  What?  I'd taken my timing chip off to get my wetsuit off and LEFT IT ON THE GROUND!  I had to run back into T1, put it on, and run back out.  5:00 for T1, even with the 1:43 hillclimb = not good.  That means I still futzed around for 3:00+.</p>
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<p>The bike started out flying along some very twisty narrow roads.  I'd forgotten to turn my bike computer on until about 1/2mi into it so I'd have to do some math along the way.  I was not familiar with the bike course but I knew from driving it that it was mostly rolling with just a couple of challenging hills and one wooden bridge.  The bike ride was very scenic, the roads mostly rutted with the exception of those along the Eastern Trail and pretty fast.  I surprisingly spent a lot of time alone except when I wasn't playing cat-and-mouse with some folks.  It was the usual: they pass me going down, I pass them going up.  I was trying to push hard but any time I tried to go into aero my back would hurt and anytime I really tried to press I'd get coughing and feeling dizzy.  You take what you are given so I found the edge and stayed there even if it was slower than what the mind wanted.  There was one very scary moment on the bike at the aforementioned wooden bridge.  There was a bad crash on the bridge with a biker down and an ambulance just coming on the scene.  Right after that was the hardest hill of the day made harder by the thoughts of that guy in the back of my mind.  You have to love the lady at the top though yelling at everyone to get going, it's not that hard, you're almost there!  That put a smile back on some faces.  Right after it was pretty quickly back into transition.</p>
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<p>T2 was uneventful and more of the mind saying, "go go go!" and the body just not willing.  Was I born with even one fast-twitch muscle? ;-)</p>
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<p>The run pleasantly started on a slight downhill.  It was warming up but still cool and dry so things felt pretty good.  Turning the corner things went a slight uphill to the first mile marker.  Here I got some water and walked quickly to drink it down.  I was feeling a bit dry even though I'd finished most of the bottle on the bike.  I started running again and focused on getting to the 2nd mile marker.  Looking at my watch I just wanted to get in as close as I could to 1:35 and definitely well under 1:40.  I managed my way through some coughing fits, including one that got a couple of people around me asking if I was ok.  I think they thought I was going to lose my breakfast :).  I started to wonder where is the 2mi marker?  I saw it this morning on the drive in.  Did I miss it?  Looking at my watch I couldn't believe it was taking this long to go one mile.  Either it disappeared or I never saw it because it wasn't much longer until the little uphill back into Spring Hill.  The finish for the run wound its way around transition, back around the front of the lodge and then down a grassy hill to the bottom by the pond and the finish line.  There was no sprinting for the finish here with the downhill and slippery footing on the grass but I pushed it as hard as I could and make sure the clock didn't turn to the next minute before I crossed over.  Given how slow I was feeling, 28:54 is a great result.  I think I've officially graduated from the 10:00+ club for real if on an off day I can run close to 9:30/mi.</p>
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<p>So, triathlon number 10 was done.  I'd come and seen what Pumpkinman was about.  I really liked the event and the location and everything except the whole thing in transition with the bike racks.  That's easily fixed though and nothing to get crazy over like some of my rackmates did.  I got some water, some food and my Shipyard beer -- the real reason for doing these things :).  After the finish I saw LRR & Gator Girl's DS1 finish and I talked to DS1 for a little while.  I am glad he knew who I was :).  I saw and talked with Gator Girl and DS1 again while Gator Girl was in line to get her food and then hung out with them both for the beginning of the awards.  It was getting towards 11am so I decided to go pack up and leave.  The guy that'd been next to me on the rack was there and still b*tching about the circumstances.  Whatever.  Saturday turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of the entire summer and I enjoyed the rest of it with family and friends and thought about all I'd accomplished before some of them even got out of bed.  Some days you have it and some days you don't.  This was one where I didn't have it and I still finished MOP overall (I am not going to think about my AG placing :)) so that's no so bad for an off day.  And, you know what? Sprint triathlons are hard.  They might just be "short" or "sprints" but they're work -- really hard work -- that's not to be taken lightly.</p>
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<p>Thanks for reading.  If you are in the area, the Pumpkinman Triathlon is definitely one to put on your calendar for next year.</p>
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<p>Next up: Reach The Beach Relay!</p>
 

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<p>Solid effort, Doug!  Sounds like each bit of this sprint featured something for you to deal with, overcome and move past.  Kudos for hanging there for a strong finish (and a beer)!!!</p>
 

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<p>Great report.  Congratulations on your race.  Thanks for sharing your experience. The hill climb is not included in transition time.  it is seperate.</p>
<p>If you want to read more about the crash, go to Mary Egger's blog (Ironmomma).  She was the female race anouncer on Sat, the woman's age group winner on Sunday, and it was her husband, Curt, who was the racer who crashed.  Thankfully, he landed on his head and was fine.</p>
 

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<p>Nice Job!! That hill really slowed down my transition when I did that race.. The HR skyrockets and the brain wants to come "down."</p>
 

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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">I think your experience at all of this pulled you through the swim. It seems like you were on the verge of things getting hairy (ie panic), recognized it, and did all you could to keep moving forward and in the race. You might have been slower than you wanted, but damn, I bet you kept your race alive through what you knew to do.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">T1... damn. Bad luck there. At least you were in presence of mind to listen for a beep. I would've kept going. I know it.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">To graduate from the 10+ club really is important. And you know you are better than that because of this being, in your words, "an off day." I can always tell if someone had a good race by how well they run -- and if they had an okay to awesome bike, I know they had a good day. The other part I can tell is how strong a person is by, when they are having an off day, what their run looks like. And dude, you've built yourself into a capable athlete here. You not only were sub-10 minute pace but, Christ, you were way under it. I'd say 9:30 instead! And on a better day, I bet that is far nearer 9 or even under.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">In any event, I love your attitude about the race. Because you work hard, try your best, and let the rest be what it may, without ever letting the number on the clock dictate your attitude. Because as you said, look what you accomplished, and look how much fun you had. We all have good races, and we all have bad races. Do them often enough and everything, good and bad, will happen. You get it. And you had a great time. And that's what it's all about.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Nicely done, and hope the Shipyard was fresh!</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Smutty Half?</span></div>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Thor</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944830"><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><div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">I think your experience at all of this pulled you through the swim. It seems like you were on the verge of things getting hairy (ie panic), recognized it, and did all you could to keep moving forward and in the race. You might have been slower than you wanted, but damn, I bet you kept your race alive through what you knew to do.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">T1... damn. Bad luck there. At least you were in presence of mind to listen for a beep. I would've kept going. I know it.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">To graduate from the 10+ club really is important. And you know you are better than that because of this being, in your words, "an off day." I can always tell if someone had a good race by how well they run -- and if they had an okay to awesome bike, I know they had a good day. The other part I can tell is how strong a person is by, when they are having an off day, what their run looks like. And dude, you've built yourself into a capable athlete here. You not only were sub-10 minute pace but, Christ, you were way under it. I'd say 9:30 instead! And on a better day, I bet that is far nearer 9 or even under.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">In any event, I love your attitude about the race. Because you work hard, try your best, and let the rest be what it may, without ever letting the number on the clock dictate your attitude. Because as you said, look what you accomplished, and look how much fun you had. We all have good races, and we all have bad races. Do them often enough and everything, good and bad, will happen. You get it. And you had a great time. And that's what it's all about.</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Nicely done, and hope the Shipyard was fresh!</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Smutty Half?</span></div>
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<p>Thanks, man.  You always know how to put things into perspective.  There's definitely a lot to be said for experience to get over those speedbumps during a race.  Thinking more about it, only my swim and T1 were what was off results-wise but I *felt* off that day only because I feel I was capable of more.  That's a good feeling to have -- capable of more!  And, yes, Smuttynose Half!  First things first though: REACH THE BEACH!<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SpartyGirl</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944822"><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>Great work Dougie - loved the comment about fast twitch muscles. :)  You have worked HARD and your efforts have paid off; congrats on graduating out of the 10:00s!</p>
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Thanks!  I feel like I am going in slow motion in transition.  It drives me nuts.  I guess it's no different than getting ready for work in the morning or trying to get out the door for a weekend trip so what am I expecting? :)</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AdCo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944811"><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!! That hill really slowed down my transition when I did that race.. The HR skyrockets and the brain wants to come "down."</p>
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Yes, that hill is killer.  It was a good plan to run the first half, power-hike the 2nd half and then run over the tip-top.  It doesn't help to then forget my chip in T1.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>zojmn151</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944802"><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 Doug!!  Hope you feel better!</p>
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Thanks!  We'll see during tonight's run.  I really need to be rid of this tight chest thing by this weekend.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Zdoc</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944788"><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>Great report.  Congratulations on your race.  Thanks for sharing your experience. The hill climb is not included in transition time.  it is seperate.</p>
<p>If you want to read more about the crash, go to Mary Egger's blog (Ironmomma).  She was the female race anouncer on Sat, the woman's age group winner on Sunday, and it was her husband, Curt, who was the racer who crashed.  Thankfully, he landed on his head and was fine.</p>
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I know they have a separate timing for the hillclimb but I thought it still figured in your overall time.  Looking at the T1 times, with few exceptions, even at the top all are over 2:00 and then not much further down 4:00+.  For such a small transition area those times seem large w/o the hillclimb factored in so that's why I thought it was also added to T1.  Now I am curious.  I know I am slow but 5:00 is well beyond any T1 I've ever done :).  Hmmm....</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cak73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944750"><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>Solid effort, Doug!  Sounds like each bit of this sprint featured something for you to deal with, overcome and move past.  Kudos for hanging there for a strong finish (and a beer)!!!</p>
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Thanks, Cake.  Way to kick azz on Sunday with the HIM!</p>
 

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<p>Hey double digit Tri guy, WTG! It takes a certain level of tri-maturity to realize "it is what it is" and you WILL have some off days and you just run with it. And still MOP? Yeah, that shows the depth of the ability you've built up.</p>
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<p>Rock on bro!</p>
 

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<p>nice job, doug! Really solid performance all around!</p>
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<p> Sorry I missed you there. The transition thing seemed to be sort of messed up throughout - including on the elite rack - though nobody lost there cool there, we just sorted it out amongst ourselves. It certainly wasn't perfect, but nothing for people to lose their minds over either. First time it's happened that I've ever seen there, so I'm sure it will be fixed for next year.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pcsronbo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944916"><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>Hey double digit Tri guy, WTG! It takes a certain level of tri-maturity to realize "it is what it is" and you WILL have some off days and you just run with it. And still MOP? Yeah, that shows the depth of the ability you've built up.</p>
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Thanks, Ronbo. Way to rock your race this weekend.  I figure every race I do I'll go out and race on that edge and somedays that level will mean I go fast and some days it'll mean I don't go so fast.  The effort level is the same and that's all I can control, right?</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kburnell</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1944923"><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, doug! Really solid performance all around!</p>
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<p> Sorry I missed you there. The transition thing seemed to be sort of messed up throughout - including on the elite rack - though nobody lost there cool there, we just sorted it out amongst ourselves. It certainly wasn't perfect, but nothing for people to lose their minds over either. First time it's happened that I've ever seen there, so I'm sure it will be fixed for next year.</p>
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You should have seen all the officials hovering around and one was taking pictures as a "what not to do".  The guy next to me though got a little overly dramatic about it I thought.  He dropped f-bombs about it all day everytime I saw him and was practically throwing a temper-tantrum.  Listening to this guy b*tch was worse than the situation.  The rest of us made the best of us, moved the numbers down a bit and it worked out fine.  I doubt it made a difference in my day at all.  Maybe he needs to find blame for his lousy performance.  I don't know.  Anyway, it's something easily fixed for next time I am sure.<br><br>
This time I made it to the awards tent and was waiting for you to ascend the podium.  What gives?  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LeftRightRepeat</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70093/rr-pumpkinman-sprint-2010#post_1945134"><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 double-digits Doug! And a nice report! Glad you met up with the fam!</p>
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Thanks.  I am glad DS1 didn't think I was some kind of stalker.  I happened to be there to see him finish so I said hello (we'd met at Timberman).  Then I caught up with Gator Girl in the food line.  It was nice to see them, especially since they were the only people (besides Kyle) I knew at the whole thing!</p>
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<p>Dude you are out of the 10+ min/mile club now!   Also way to keep yourself composed during the swim.  I know that can be very difficult when you get those feelings come up as I've had my share of that.  Congrats on a great race!</p>
 
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