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= 2h 09m 9s
= Coed Relay
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woke up around 5. ate some oatmeal. drank coffee - too much. drank some water. ate a banana. packed the car. carried sleeping daughter in the car and we were off.
we got there at 6:50 and my friend who was doing the bike portion dashed off to get signed up. threw a bag in transition, used the bathroom
(drank way too much coffee on the way down
) and walked to the swim.
01m 38s / 100 meters
I was afraid with a water temp of 74 I'd be cold...I don't think it really was 74-felt warmer...and the water temp was perfect for the swim. I had a great start-got a front position, to the side and took off fast. once we got around the bouy, I settled into a nice pace. mostly free, with an occasional breast stroke to sight and actively rest my arms. on the 2nd to last turn, I got a little concerned, b/c the sun was in my face and my goggles were so fogged I couldn't see anything. I thought I was way off course. I finally treaded for a second and lifted my goggles and wiped them off..huge help. I need some anti-fog, as this is always a problem for me. I rounded the last bouy and pushed it to the finish, knowing I didn't have to bike.
What would you do differently?:
nothing. I'm really pleased with my swim. well, get some anitfog.
My friend did the bike, so I ran up the path to him, passing people
(again knowing I didn't have to bike.
) passed him the chip and he was off.
My friend rocked the bike. Granted he didn't swim, and didn't have to run, but he killed it. He was the fastest overall.
I was chatting with some other relay people when I hear my daughter and friend yelling "go pogo"
(our team name
), and when I turned around I saw Erich coming. I wasn't expecting him so fast, but I had been ready for 54 minutes ;
), so I got the timing chip and took off running, my daughter chasing behind me cheering "GO POGO".
08m 25s min/mile
I took off too fast, my mile 1 and 2 splits around 7:20 and 7:30. I can't hold that pace for 6..plus, I hadn't trained for the run,
(husband had an injury and dropped out 1 week before
) so I've been doing 2-3 milers mostly...I felt good, but knew that was dumb and I was going to pay. My friend had earned us such a huge lead, I didn't want to let him down, so I kept running even when I felt like stopping, and I honestly did feel like stopping. I did walk a few water stops and tried to drink as much as I could. It was windy on the run, so I can only imagine how much the wind sucked on the bike! I turned around a few times to be sure no relays were gaining on me. I was passed by quite a few men. One guy came up on me and said, "Oh, that's why you're ahead of me, you're a relay". Whatever. I was the first woman to cross the line, so people kept cheering "Yeah, first woman"...I said "RELAY, but I'll take your cheers"...it gave me a glimpse of something I'll never know-being the first woman overall :
) I played mind games the last few miles, and on the final stretch, I was just behind a guy when 2 women yelled "go girl, pass him", so I kicked it up a notch and left him in my 9:15 dirt
(my last split time
What would you do differently?:
train for the distance. I gave what I had.
my stomach was a mess...
). I wasn't really hungry and felt a little spacy. ate some chips, drank a water and a coke. my skin was covered in salt crystals. I saw hermom and herdaughter and chatted a bit. took my daughter to the playground. sat for a long time with my teammate and his wife. chatted for a bit with Lisa
). Stretched some. waited forever for the award ceremony
(like 3 hours
), and then my daughter was ready to go home. Her limit was 8 hours, so I wasn't going to get to meet the rest of the 1/2 IM/BT group and congratulate them.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
mind games on the run, and not being prepared for the race.
I've done mostly multirace tris, and they're a good, organized group of folks. the post race usually is average to sub, but that's not why I race, so it's not a huge deal. I thought it was a great course, and was just thankful I didn't have to do the bike!!!
We beat the nearest coed relay by 11 minutes, AND the men's relay by a few minutes!! I will def. do this race again next year, just have to decide if I want to do it solo or relay again. Relay is awfully fun!
Last updated: 2005-11-15 12:00 AM
00:16:17 | 1000 meters | 01m 38s / 100meters
Sugoi (brand new)
an angular lake swim.
74F / 23C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:54:04 | 22 miles | 24.41 mile/hr
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:54:44 | 06.5 miles | 08m 25s min/mile
a mostly paved course, winding a bit through the zoo. some off road stretches.
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]
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