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<p><strong>The Dam Triathlon</strong></p>
<p>Amesbury, MA</p>
<p>July 10, 2010</p>
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<p><strong>Race Overview</strong></p>
<p>Swim – ½ mile</p>
<p>Bike – 12.3 miles</p>
<p>Run – 3.2 miles</p>
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<p><strong>Results</strong></p>
<p>Swim – 10:56, 1:14/100 yds (7th)</p>
<p>T1 – 55 seconds</p>
<p>Bike – 32:41, 22.58 mph (7th)</p>
<p>T2 – 46 seconds</p>
<p>Run – 22:28, 7:01 min/mi (17th)</p>
<p>OVERALL – 1:07:44 PLACE – 7th overall, 2nd overall AG, 1st M25-29</p>
<p>Official Results: <a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/results/10/ma/Jul10_DamTri_set1.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.coolrunning.com/results/10/ma/Jul10_DamTri_set1.shtml</a></p>
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<p><strong>Pre-race</strong></p>
<p>The Dam Triathlon, formally the Powow Sprint Triathlon, was my first-ever multisport event back in 2007. For that reason, I try to make this race every year if it fits into my schedule. Though it certainly wasn’t ever a highlight of my race calendar, I’m happy I was able to fit it in once again. With my sights set on a handful of later season races, I went into today’s event without any sort of taper. I’m in a build phase so the week leading up to the race left me fairly tired and not feeling particularly excited about the possible outcome. But I knew I’d have a chance to compete against a quality field of athletes and that races like this one would ultimately be beneficial when I peak again late in the season.</p>
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<p>The field at Powow was always relatively strong and attracted some of the better athletes from the area, including a handful of professionals. I figured that would be no different as the only thing that was really changed about the race for 2010 was the RD and name. The option of racing Elite was on the table, but I left it there as I wasn’t sure of the pro turnout and didn’t want to embarrass myself too badly.</p>
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<p><strong>Swim</strong></p>
<p>One of the reasons I enjoy this race is that I always seem to find myself in the first age group wave. This year was no different in that respect and I was off at 8:03 with just 10-12 athletes from the Elite wave already in the water. The other thing I enjoyed, and this was specific to today and really not any fault or product (depending on your outlook, of course) of the RD, was NOT a wetsuit legal swim. Awesome! Serious competitive advantage to those like me with a strong swimming background. And on top of that, the swim was long relative to the rest of the course. I pretty much hit the swimming jackpot this morning.</p>
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<p>By the first turn buoy, I found myself out front, but with two guys catching a draft. Behind them there was a significant gap, though, one of 50 yards or so. Just to test the two guys I was with and see how they’d react, I put on a short surge of 30 seconds or so as soon as we made the turn. To my surprise, the elastic snapped and I wouldn’t see them again on the swim. Actually, even in transition I only saw one person from my wave enter from the water just as I headed out on the bike course. Overall I was thrilled with the swim. Perfectly executed as far as I'm concerned.</p>
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<p><strong>Bike</strong></p>
<p>I’ve struggled with this bike course in the past so I wasn’t sure what to expect today. It isn’t terribly difficult, though there are a few short hills to deal with, but I’ve always seemed to find it tougher than other, more challenging courses. I have no explanation as to why that might be true, but it is. Fortunately, I got off to a decent start and was buzzing along quickly. About 10 minutes in I was feeling quite comfortable and feeling pretty good about the upcoming run. Twenty five minutes, or thereabouts, I was passed for the first (and only) time. We were near transition, so I did my best to hang in a few bike lengths back. By now we had hit the hillier section of the course and I climb fairly well, so I didn’t have much trouble keeping the guy in my sights. As we came around the final few corners I got the feet out of the shoes and prepared for the flying dismount, thinking all along how great I was feeling for the run.</p>
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<p><strong>Run</strong></p>
<p>The second transition, much like the first, passed very quickly and without incident. I tore out of there a few seconds back of the guy now leading the AG race. Two and a half minutes in I caught and passed him. I really felt like I was flying. I kept putting one foot in front of the other as I approached the steady, yet shallow, climb to the turnaround. And somewhere in there, somewhere between 1.25 miles and 1.5 miles, I felt myself slow a bit. I happened to be passing the Elites who were all grouped together and I realized I wasn’t all that far back. Guessing the time to the turnaround and back, I estimated that I was just 4 minutes back of one pack – meaning that I was only a minute or so down to many of the leaders. That kept me going for awhile and I made it to the turnaround without much trouble. I wasn’t feeling good anymore, but I thought I had a decent run in me. It was a few minutes before I saw any chasers, but when I did I had begun to suffer. My legs were just dying from a tough week of training and I wasn’t sure if I had what it would take to hold on. Slowly, my pace started to fall off. I have no official mile splits for myself, but I’d slowed from a something in the 6:15/mile ballpark to over 7:00/mile. Stuff like that doesn’t make me happy, regardless of the intent behind the race or the importance I’d placed on it beforehand. With less than a mile to go, I was caught by the guy I’d seen tearing down the road just minutes before. I held on for a minute, but my legs just didn’t have the extra gear to stay with him today, even though it only needed to be for a few short minutes. I did my best to consolidate my losses and hung on for the best run I could salvage at that point.</p>
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<p><strong>Post-race</strong></p>
<p>At the finish I just kind of rolled my eyes and thought to myself “fantastic, I’ve managed to throw another race away on the run, despite working so hard on it this year”. But those thoughts passed, momentarily at least, as I chatted with a few of the elites at the finish. I spent awhile talking to Stephen Wright, one of the top juniors in the country and an all-around nice guy who I’ve gotten to know a bit over the past few years. He too had blown up on the run, so at least I had some company in that department. After comparing race schedules to see where we’d be meeting throughout the rest of the summer I headed off to find my dad who’d made the trip with me. We compared notes on how the race had gone. He’d seen what I had in that my swim, transitions and bike were all strong, but that my run was a (relative) weakness. Then he vowed to do the race next year, which will be fun. He’s typically done 2 races a year, but I think he wants to expand a bit now and it’s cool when we race together and this event provides a great opportunity to do just that. After that, there wasn’t much else to do after this other than wait for the awards and head home.</p>
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<p><strong>My thoughts/critiques a few hours after the race</strong></p>
<p>Overall it was a good experience and I put together a solid effort. Not everything fell into place, but it rarely does, especially when you don’t prepare specifically for an event. That said, I remain frustrated with my run – not just here, but in general. I understand that it isn’t poor and that I often string together races where I race at a 6:20-6:30 pace. But to make the next leap, to take this to the next level, I need a stronger run. The most frustrating part is that I’m working very hard to make that a reality. I’ve sacrificed a lot of time on the bike and in the pool to make improvements to my run. That being true, I think there is some hope for my late season races because my training is actually going quite well. Realistically, though, it’s probably going to take another winter of serious work to get where I want to be (at which point I’ll want to be at another level and we’ll be having this conversation again about one of the three sports!)</p>
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<p><strong>Next up:</strong> Gloucester Fisherman Sprint on August 8.</p>
 

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<p>Nice work, Kyle!  Will be very exciting to see what you can do on "fresh" legs after a taper.  Very cool that your dad likes to participate with you!</p>
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<p>Are you gonna be at Pumpkinman this year?</p>
 

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<p>Kyle - 17th overall in the run isn't bad.  Like anything, it takes time, in most cases years, to become a strong runner.  Perhaps you got excited seeing how close you were to the leaders and tried pushing too strong a pace early in run where more even splits would have allowed you to finish faster?</p>
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<p>One of the great things about running is that, generally, if you put the effort in the results will come.  How long have you been swimming compared to run training seriously?  You're at the level where you're starting to compete against people with a lot of talent and who put in a lot of training miles.  Further results won't come easy but you seem to have both the capability and the willingness to put forward the effort.  The results will come.</p>
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<p>Good job!</p>
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<p>Mike</p>
 

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<p>Great job Kyle.  I know you'll get to where you want to be on the run, it may take some time and a lot of miles.   Still way up there and run was better than some of the guys ahead of you. </p>
 

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<p>Amazing speed there, Kyle. Heard about the leaders getting off course and one even getting penalized out of a win, and I wondered if you were caught up in it too. Poor Dean, as I've been in a few races with him where everyone up front got off course, so I know it happens to him often, especially on the bike because he is just untouchably fast. Either way, great job to you. I know the run wasn't what you wanted, but keep at it, and keep asking the others guys after races about what they do, because you will get it. There is no reason other than training and managing the mental aspects that you cannot train yourself to go balls to the wall on a Spring and hold on to the very end. You are fun to watch, as you ascend into Elite status. Keep up the GREAT work, and remember that to be great isn't just about scoring kickass results; rather the kickass results come after a few learning points, and so it all depends on how you respond, the lessons you take away, and I know you enough over the years to know that you will grow from this, whereas next time you will hammer straight through the finish.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Thor</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1920675"><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>Amazing speed there, Kyle. Heard about the leaders getting off course and one even getting penalized out of a win, and I wondered if you were caught up in it too. Poor Dean, as I've been in a few races with him where everyone up front got off course, so I know it happens to him often, especially on the bike because he is just untouchably fast. Either way, great job to you. I know the run wasn't what you wanted, but keep at it, and keep asking the others guys after races about what they do, because you will get it. There is no reason other than training and managing the mental aspects that you cannot train yourself to go balls to the wall on a Spring and hold on to the very end. You are fun to watch, as you ascend into Elite status. Keep up the GREAT work, and remember that to be great isn't just about scoring kickass results; rather the kickass results come after a few learning points, and so it all depends on how you respond, the lessons you take away, and I know you enough over the years to know that you will grow from this, whereas next time you will hammer straight through the finish.</p>
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Thanks, Thor! There was a bit of confusion on the bike for the Elite wave based on what the guys were saying at the finish. Fortunately, I was able to stay on course and didn't really have much trouble - they did a decent job of marking and by the time I got to any tricky intersections there were volunteers present. Not sure what happened for the guys up front, but a few remarked about it afterwards and I felt badly for them. I was almost sent off course on the run, but having done the race before (and almost being sent off in the same spot last year) I just made the turn I was suppose to and the volunteer yelled an apology as I made the turn<br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cak73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1920394"><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>Nice work, Kyle!  Will be very exciting to see what you can do on "fresh" legs after a taper.  Very cool that your dad likes to participate with you!</p>
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<p>Are you gonna be at Pumpkinman this year?</p>
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Thanks! and yes, I will be at Pumpkinman - on both days actually. I'll be racing as Elite at the Sprint on Saturday and there as a volunteer - biking alongside the pro men's leader on the run - on Sunday.<br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Alaska Mike</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1920440"><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>Kyle - 17th overall in the run isn't bad.  Like anything, it takes time, in most cases years, to become a strong runner.  Perhaps you got excited seeing how close you were to the leaders and tried pushing too strong a pace early in run where more even splits would have allowed you to finish faster?</p>
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<p>One of the great things about running is that, generally, if you put the effort in the results will come.  How long have you been swimming compared to run training seriously?  You're at the level where you're starting to compete against people with a lot of talent and who put in a lot of training miles.  Further results won't come easy but you seem to have both the capability and the willingness to put forward the effort.  The results will come.</p>
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<p>Good job!</p>
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<p>Mike</p>
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<p>Thanks, Mike! You're right on with everything you said. 17th not being a bad run and that it is going to take some time to make the strides I want to make on the run - like you brought up, I have years of swimming in my background while I'm much newer to serious run training. The good news, also like you said, is that I can see the results on the horizon. My training on the run has improved a great deal this year and it's only a matter of time before everything comes together for race day.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>niemsco</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1920448"><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>Great job Kyle.  I know you'll get to where you want to be on the run, it may take some time and a lot of miles.   Still way up there and run was better than some of the guys ahead of you. </p>
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Thanks, Scott. Having missed quite a bit of running in both 2008 and 2009 due to injury, this is really the first full year, winter included, that I've gotten to run regularly. Like you say, it's just going to take more miles and time before things fall into place.<br>
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<p>Nice job, Kyle.  I think that Amesbury is a great venue for this race.  I really enjoyed it last year.  This year and I chose the Black Fly over the DAM simply because of location wrt where I was staying.  Way to hang in there with the leaders and really shine in the swim and the bike.  Reading your report it seems the run had more to do with training through the race and probably being tired more than anything.  I think Mike makes a great point though when he says to think about how much work you've done in your life in the swim vs. the run.  You've probably put 10x the effort into your swim so it should be good to know then that you aren't at your peak and there's lots of room for improvement and reaching your goals.</p>
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<p>I can see where the bike route might be tricky to follow at that one kind of crazy intersection where you take a right onto that road that connects over to NH-107.  It would be easy to blow right by that.  Another thing too on the bike is that is a pretty long false flat on the first section going out of T1.  I know last year I was like, "why aren't I going faster?!"</p>
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<p>BTW, your race title was missing one fka which was that this was once the Newburyport Tri so it's DAM Tri fka Powow Tri fka Newburyport Tri ;)</p>
 

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<p>So that's what the fastholes do while the rest of us are still racing.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
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<p>Seriously Kyle- this is an impressive race.  I wonder though- and forgive me if I'm off the mark here.  But...  I attended a lecture by a local coach that spoke about how to run successfully off of the bike.  His thoughts basically went as follows- don't decrease bike training time in leiu of run training time.  Instead add more transition runs and a long brick every other week.  It seems to me that you've got the strength and speed- it's just connecting it after the bike??? </p>
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<p>In any event, I'm pretty certain that you are getting the attention of some folks out there!  Great job!!!!</p>
 

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<p>Wow nice race Kyle! Seems like a pretty great result especially on tired legs. So when you go pro you'll still come by here and humor us "little people" right? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif" title=""><br>
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<p><span>Quote:</span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tri-Tammy</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1920984"><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>So that's what the fastholes do while the rest of us are still racing.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
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<p>Seriously Kyle- this is an impressive race.  I wonder though- and forgive me if I'm off the mark here.  But...  I attended a lecture by a local coach that spoke about how to run successfully off of the bike.  His thoughts basically went as follows- don't decrease bike training time in leiu of run training time.  Instead add more transition runs and a long brick every other week.  It seems to me that you've got the strength and speed- it's just connecting it after the bike??? </p>
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<p>In any event, I'm pretty certain that you are getting the attention of some folks out there!  Great job!!!!</p>
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<p>Thanks Tammy! I think you and the coach from the lecture are right on and I actually do quite a bit of that sort of work. I guess it isn't totally accurate to say that I've sacrificed bike and swim time for run time this year - It's more that I've just been paying much more attention to my run than in the past. I know that as soon as I lose anything on the bike, it's just going to make the run all that much harder! As for the bricks, that's part of the frustration I was feeling right after the race. Now I know I was racing right in the middle of a training block, but during most of my brick workouts I'll do something like 1:30 on the bike @ 22 mph and then run 6:30s for 5+ miles. To not do the same at a shorter distance in a race leaves me shaking my head! But I don't want to make it seem like I'm disappointed, because really I'm not - actuall, I'm quite happy with almost all of it. I understand the circumstances leading up to the race and I can't expect to race at my highest level ALL the time.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Heather H</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1921014"><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>Wow nice race Kyle! Seems like a pretty great result especially on tired legs. So when you go pro you'll still come by here and humor us "little people" right? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif" title=""><br>
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Thank you, Heather! It was a good result and I am really happy about it. Obviosuly I've picked apart one aspect of the day, but overall I'm really pleased with how I did. As a matter of fact, I think I <em>may</em> have even satisfied 1/3 of the qualification for my pro card. Not totally sure on that, but it doesn't matter because a) it's unlikely that I could satsify the other 2/3 and b) even if I managed to by some freak accident, I'm nowhere fast enough to even think about taking on that status. But either way I'm sticking around this place!!</p>
 

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<p>Great race.  I know that you were unhappy on the run, but sometimes you have days like that.  You seem to have the swim down, so why not trade an hour or so of swimming each week for running.  Or maybe run even a single 8-10 mile run a week just to have time on your feet.  Your bike is fabulous, so you obviously have the endurance/power.  Running is more of a neuromuscular activity in that running muscles need to remember how to run.  I don't know if you do a longer run each week, but it may help.  Just a suggestion.</p>
<p>I remember that you did Pumpkinman last year.  What a great race.  I am doing the half, and my wife is doing the sprint.  Hope to watch you kick butt there (and maybe pick up some swim pointers) </p>
 

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First of all, I want to thank everyone that I haven't replied to directly - I appreciate all the kind comments.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Zdoc</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1921083"><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 race.  I know that you were unhappy on the run, but sometimes you have days like that.  You seem to have the swim down, so why not trade an hour or so of swimming each week for running.  Or maybe run even a single 8-10 mile run a week just to have time on your feet.  Your bike is fabulous, so you obviously have the endurance/power.  Running is more of a neuromuscular activity in that running muscles need to remember how to run.  I don't know if you do a longer run each week, but it may help.  Just a suggestion.</p>
<p>I remember that you did Pumpkinman last year.  What a great race.  I am doing the half, and my wife is doing the sprint.  Hope to watch you kick butt there (and maybe pick up some swim pointers) </p>
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Thanks Z! I am able fit longer runs into my schedule most weeks - not every week, though, and it's something I need to work on. Honestly, I'd rather do faster stuff than my longer runs and that can be an issue sometimes. Something to work on I guess!</p>
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<p>Usually I have something like 9-10 miles, another 8 or so of longer interval work (something like 4 x 7 - 10' with 2-3' recovery) or something where I go anaerobic like a 3-5 x 2-5' with recovery equal to work, and something with more of a tempo feel to it (sometimes done as a brick). Of course it changes based on the time of year and where I am in my training block, but that's sort of what a week looks like on the run side of things. </p>
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<p>Glad you're going to be at Pumpkinman this year! Like I said, I'll be there both days so I'm sure we'll get a chance to meet up.</p>
 

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<p>Quote:</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kburnell</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68724/rr-the-dam-triathlon#post_1921162"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Glad you're going to be at Pumpkinman this year! Like I said, I'll be there both days so I'm sure we'll get a chance to meet up.</p>
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Just a brief hijack since it's too early still to start a Pumpkinman thread...</p>
<p>I'll be there, too.  It's my first half!</p>
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<p>(though I did the swim and bike at Timberman 70.3 last year as part of a relay team)</p>
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