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<p>Timberman Sprint 2010<br>
Ellacoya State Park, Gilford, NH<br>
August 21, 2010</p>
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<p>Results<br>
Swim: 9:01, 1:30/100, 316/1069 OA<br>
T1: 3:06<br>
Bike: 50:45, 17.7mph, 309/1069 OA<br>
T2: 2:10<br>
Run: 26:03, 8:41/mi, 689/1069 OA<br>
Total: 1:31:05, 61/105 AG, 402/1069 OA -- PR!</p>
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<p>Pre-Race<br>
Timberman 2005 was my first triathlon.  It's practically in our backyard, being at the state park right near the cottage where we spend most of our summer.  This is a big race for the family, the neighborhood and this year for neighbors where we normally live.  This year we had several doing the sprint, one doing the half and for the first time at Timberman my wife and our neighbor.  Even more special for me this year I turned 40 on the day of the race.  It was setting up to be a great day.  I was genuinely excited and looking forward to it without any of the usual anxiety.  I actually slept well the night before and the weather waking up was as perfect as you could ask for.  The forecast was for low-70s, no wind, no humidity and no rain.</p>
<p>The morning routine was pretty normal.  We got up at 4:30, had breakfast (for me pop-tarts, banana and coffee) and headed down to the park around 5:30.  Parking was easy and since it's literally 5min from the house we were getting body marked by 5:45.  I met my transition neighbors, found DW and our neighbor from home and some other friends from the neighborhood in Gilford and chatted for a bit.  Again, I wasn't nervous in anyway and genuinely looking forward to getting to racing.  Today I was going to swim as hard as I could, back off a bit on the bike and then run as hard as I could.  I was really hoping to PR on my 40th and start things in style.  A quick 100yd warm up in the lake (so shallow and so warm!) and then before I knew it, it was time to line up with the 3rd wave.</p>
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<p>Swim</p>
<p>PR: 11:03<br>
2009: 12:14<br>
2010: 9:01 New PR</p>
<p>Usually, when it comes to the swim I line up in the back, let the wave go and then swim alone.  Then, about 1/2 way through along comes the next wave and I get run over by a few of the fasties and then I pop out of the water.  Today I wanted to try something different.  Today I was going to race the swim for the first time.  I lined up right in the front, one row behind the super fasties and all the way to the right next to the buoy.  When the horn went off I got my money's worth.  It was a complete mosh pit.  Much to my amazement though, I stayed right in the mosh pit.  I was not falling off the back like usual.  The mosh pit carried me along even though it was anything but pretty.  I couldn't get over how shallow it was and how many people we walking.  It created quite the current luckily headed in the right direction.  I alternated between swimming when I could and diving in and out.  Much too early in my head the turn buoy came up and we were headed in.  I was shocked to see under 8:47 on my watch when I popped up.  Given that I swam 9:47 at Black Fly and that was 1/4mi I have to believe the swim was really short this year.  It definitely seems to vary wildly year to year and you would think with this being Ironman brand they'd get it right.  But, on the other had, I stayed right with my wave which has never happened before so relative to my peers I kept up.  To be real though, it had to be short.  Nothing I can do about that though.</p>
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<p>T1<br>
2009: 2:44<br>
2010: 3:06</p>
<p>When I got out of the water, I reached back to pull down my wetsuit zipper so I'd be ready for the wetsuit strippers but it wouldn't budge.  My zipper was stuck!  I pulled a few times and nothing.  I stopped fooling with it and ran up the beach and luckily one of them was able to get it down and then get the wetsuit off.  I probably lost a good 30 seconds here with that.  I ran hard to my rack and skipped the socks, put powder all over everything and got myself out of there.</p>
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<p>Bike:<br>
PR: 50:00</p>
<p>2009: 50:00 18mph PR<br>
2010: 50:45 17.7mph</p>
<p>I've done this bike a million times so I know the route by heart.  My plan was to not go as hard as possible on the bike but hold back about 30 seconds slower than before.  My plan for that was to do more recovering on the downhills instead of pedalling all out.  Going uphill I would still go hard.  The new aerobards helped me tuck in and catch a breather on those downhills but still feel like I was going along quick.  In triathlons last year, I would go out hard on the bike and then have nothing on the run and lose a good 2-3min over the year before's run.  This year I eased off and I came in just about 45 seconds slower than last year so right on plan.  Nothing really interesting happened along the course other than playing cat and mouse with a neighbor from the Gilford neighborhood also in my AG.  I'd pass him going up and he'd pass me going down.  I smoked him good on the uphill (after saying to him, "c'mon old man" after his many previous comments to me about turning 40) from the turnaround and never saw him again.  That was a good feeling!  It's not often you get to compete head-to-head like that being a B-MOP AG'er.</p>
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<p>T2:<br>
2009: 2:07<br>
2010: 2:10</p>
<p>I felt better in T2 so I am surprised it was slower.  I think the timing mats though were further up the run-out chute this year instead of right at the exit.  Running out is the best I've ever felt in any triathlon.  My watch told me a PR was well within reach so it was time to turn it on.</p>
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<p>Run:</p>
<p>PR: 26;46<br>
2009: 29:12 9:44/mi<br>
2010: 26:03 8:41/mi New PR</p>
<p>So, yeah, the ease up a bit on the bike plan really worked.  So did concentrating much more on my run this summer.  I had to really push myself to the edge where most of the run I actually had ringing in my ears and felt a bit dizzy.  I just kept on that edge.  I knew though, that I had the PR in the bag and now it was just a matter of how much.  I knew I wouldn't break 1:30, my ultra-ultimate goal, but I'd come pretty close, probably closer to 1:32.  That'd be a PR by about 2 minute, by previous best being 1:33:51 in 2008 (which put me in the hospital).  I did get water at the turnaround and took a quick 10-count walk to drink it which help tremendously headed back.  It's funny how that works for me.  I heard a few happy birthdays along the run, including one from our own LITer Jackie as she went flying by.  Thanks!  Even with the extra effort early I still had quite a lot of give, even in the chute and gave it everything I had.  Near the finish I was alone so I gave a double fist Rocky Balboa pump and kicked it into the finish.  It seemed like it was over too quickly for all the planning, preparation and excitement.  It felt amazing though to compete hard and reach that goal of a PR for my 40th!</p>
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<p>Post-Race</p>
<p>PR: 1:33:51<br>
2009: 1:36:15<br>
2010: 1:31:05 New PR</p>
<p>This was by far the most fun I've ever had at a triathlon.  I loved the swim, mosh-pit and all.  The bike was fun, zooming along, passing tons of people and competing head-to-head with my neighbor and then having executed to plan on the bike having the run of a lifetime.  The weather was perfect, the stars aligned with training, friends, family, my birthday and everything else.  I was in the 3rd wave so I was able to see DW come in on the bike and go out on the run and then finish.  That was really special to me since she's been there the other five times I've done Timberman routing me on and this time I got to be there with the kids yelling for her.  I also got to see most of the other family members and our friends from Gilford and our town going out and in on the run.  The kids were so patient so we went to find Mommy and get some ice cream and hit the bouncy house.  We unfortunately missed the awards where not only would I have seen some LITers but where my family won 2 2nd place AGs and 2 1st place AGs, including my incredible BIL Jerry who finished 6th overall and 1st in the 45-49 AG.  My niece finished 2nd in her AG, my other BIL's wife (the niece's mom) 2nd in her AG and my FIL finished 1st in his AG, 75-79.  After the race we had a party at the beach for my birthday and then started our last summer vacation.  I can't think of a better way to turn 40 with friends, family, triathlon and of course, a nice big fat PR!</p>
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<p>Thanks to everyone here for the inspiration to really push hard at these things and focus on racing not just showing up and finishing.</p>
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<p>Next up: Pumpkinman Sprint</p>
 

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<p>WOOHOO!!! Congrats on the PR!!! Nice job!! </p>
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<p>Congrats to the rest of your family too!</p>
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<p>Very, very, very nice run there, Dougie! That run tells all I need to know of the triathlete you have become. You talked about executing "the plan," which again tells me a lot about you being a student of the sport. Way to push to on edge during the run. You can only do that when you execute the plan. See, it really does tell me a lot. Congrats, man. Keep this up and 1:30 is yours.</p>
 

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<p>WTG, Doug. Glad that the bike/run plan worked to perfection ... and that the weather gods co-operated for a great race day.</p>
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<p>And welcome to the new age group.</p>
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<p>You're going to have fun at Pumpkinman (except for that transition). Nice race!</p>
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<p>Nice one Dougie!  5 minute PR on a sprint is tough especially when you are already down in the 1:30s.  3 minutes off the swim and 1min/mile off the run pace is really a great improvement.</p>
 

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<p>beautifully done, Dougie!   </p>
 

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<p>Congrats, Doug....</p>
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<p>I remember at Wild Fish when you said you'd not done an OWS before.</p>
<p>he he he.</p>
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<p>You've come a long way from there!</p>
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<p>NICE WORK!  Congrats on the PR...sounds like you had an awesome birthday!!!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for all of the replies, everyone.  It was a fun day out there -- definitely a birthday I will never forget.</p>
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<p>I find though I am not as excited about this PR as I should be about a PR at Timberman.  I know the biggest reason is that the swim was <strong>very</strong> short this year.  It's obvious just comparing this year's results to past year's results (not mine but say the top 100).  I suppose I might have PR'd anyway but it's not the same.  It's not a huge deal but it bugs me a little bit.</p>
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<p>Even with that, it was a strong showing given my OA placement.  More than anything I am happy with my progress on the run leg and my mental focus during the race.  And, nothing can take away what a FUN day it was from beginning to end!</p>
 
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