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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><strong><span style="font-family:arial;">West Kennebunk</span></strong></span><strong><span style="font-family:arial;">Fireman Sprint</span></strong></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:arial;">Kennebunk</span></span><span style="font-family:arial;">, ME</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">.33 mile swim</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">16.6 mile bike</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">3.25 mile run (advertised as 3.2/3.3 and split as a 5k)</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Swim – 6:46 (7th)</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">T1 - :57</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Bike – 40:17, 24mph (3rd)</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">T2 - :47</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Run – 21:13, 6:31/mi (split as a 5k, which it’s not, I was 6:51/mi), (13th)</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Total – 1:09:57</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Place – 4th Overall / 3rd Overall Male / 1st Age Group</span></span></p>
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<p><strong><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Report</span></span></strong></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I’ll do my best to keep this one on the shorter side…</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I always do this race, regardless of what else I have going on in my season. I work in the elementary school in town, I coach the high school swim team, and I live in a town nearby so it’s a great opportunity for me to race in the community.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">The sprint field is always pretty strong at the very top here as the USAT Northeast Junior Development Series uses this as their final race of the season and some of the top junior athletes in the country show up.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">The swim went off without anything special going on. I don’t love racing in the ocean, but things still went pretty smoothly. As did everything in T1.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">The bike leg of the race flew by. Part of that is that I ride these roads all the time in training and part is that I was really moving. Fast enough that I found myself all alone by mile 6, sort of strange since I didn’t start in the first wave of the Sprint. Eventually I was joined by the top 3 Olympic distance racers who’d started a half hour before me but had obviously taken a more roundabout route. I did my best to keep those three a few bike lengths ahead of me and use them to sort of set the pace. It worked. I averaged 24mph – a good split on this course.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Coming in to T2 I was feeling decent. Then things all fell apart for a few seconds. Before the race I’d forgotten to attach the backs of my shoes to my bike with elastics. So as I went for the flying dismount a shoe caught the ground and came off. I stopped to grab it just as the other shoe came off. Fantastic. It wasn’t ideal, but overall I actually made it through pretty quickly. And lesson learned, I will not forget to secure my shoes with elastics next time.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I hate this run course. I always have and I doubt that will ever change. It’s usually hot and today was no different. It’s longer than normal and for someone with the run as a relative weakness that’s never a good thing. And it’s also just hilly enough to really sting the legs. At 1.25 miles I was caught by Stephen Wright who’d actually started 3 minutes back. Anyone that’s read my race reports this year knows this kid can fly. He was 15th at Junior Nationals, a 4 time champion of the USAT Northeast Junior Development Series and was 2nd overall at Timberman last weekend. So any chance at a win was gone. Still, I tried to jump on and run with him for awhile. I figured every step he dragged me closer to the finish was one I didn’t have to run alone (at a slower pace). It worked for all of .75 miles. Then the elastic snapped and he was gone. At about that point I started to feel like I was going to throw up – an all too common feeling this season. I’m not sure if it’s from the efforts I’m putting in or from my Infinit formula. I’m leaning toward the Infinit and emailed them about it weeks ago, but haven’t heard back. I think I’ll just race with water the rest of the year and see how that goes.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I managed to cross the line 2nd, though I’d later be bumped to 4th overall and 3rd overall male as I was run down by one of the country’s top junior females (just off a podium finish at junior nationals).</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Overall it was a pretty solid race. Not my best of the year, but the result was good and I think that tells me a lot about where I am this year. It’s nice to go into races knowing that you can do well without your best stuff. Obviously I’d love to go into every race with my best but that’s never going to happen, especially when you start racing almost every weekend.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Post race was nice. I was able to talk with a bunch of people. Kat and Jeff Donatello of the Pumpkinman Triathlon Festival had made the trip to watch the race, I saw a few of my swimmers and their parents, talked to a couple of the juniors for awhile and so on. That’s part of the reason I like this race – it’s so local for me that it takes on a bit of a different feel than most other races. While I enjoy the race itself, it’s also nice to be out racing in the community and seeing others from around here doing the same.</span></span></p>
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<p><strong><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Up Next: Pumpkinman Sprint</span></span></strong></p>
 

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<p>I LOVE doing local community type races. No matter my condition. Good times, good folks, you know people - it's all good.</p>
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<p>Sounds like a good time, sorry you got nailed by all these National wipper-snappers ;-)</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>juliemboyle</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69785/rr-west-kennebunk-fireman-sprint#post_1941055"><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 as always!!!!  Is Pumpkinman your A race?</p>
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yes, I guess you could say that. It's probably the most important race in that I'm racing elite/pro. But my schedule hasn't been geared entirely toward it. With the amount of racing I've been doing I've just tried to build in to a late season peak beginning with Timberman and ending with Pumpkinman. So I kind of peaked for a block of races rather than for a single race this year - or at least that's what I tried to do. Things aren't going exactly as planned but I still think I have a few good races left in me for the year.</p>
 

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<p>Congrats on your AG win and high placement overall!  Keepin' up with those Juniors...NOICE!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Won't be up to watch the Pumpkinman Sprint, but hope to run into you on Sunday.</p>
 
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