Halfmax Naitonal Championship - Triathlon

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
United States
Ultramax Nation
72F / 22C
Total Time = 4h 45m 29s
Overall Rank = 471/753
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 17/43
Pre-race routine:

Weird start to the day...slept at race site in RV, and was very off in the morning. Got some coffee, gateraide, and banana and set up transition. Forgot my lid in the trailer and had to go back. Was eating a some bagel w/ pb and hustled to get ready for the swim when I heard the swim was cancelled. Even more confusion, and was really cancelled. Finally about an hour after my scheduled start, I crossed the timing mat for the start of my race...T1! Crazy!
Event warmup:

Running around getting my zoot compression socks on since we didn't have to swim, and trying to stay warm waiting my turn for the time trial start of my race. :) Chatted up Jane Sanders and my teammate Cathleen, tossed the wonderful Ron my warm up jacket, and hit it!
  • 00m
  • 1931 meters
  • / 100 meters
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s

this was the real start of my race. I ran really quickly for me (glad I did!) grabbed the red devil and exited the t1 area. I had already made the decision to run up the hill at the bike mount and mount there. Good judgement on my part. I'm not good enough at getting the feet in the rubber banded shoes to do that on a hill. Maybe next season!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Run a bit faster?
  • 2h 39m 49s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.05 mile/hr

This was a tough course because it was sooo crowded and so fast. USAT officials were out in force and it was difficult to stay the proper distance to be out of the 4 bike length draft zone. I did impliment the draft zone 15 second rule to my advantage and used the strategy whenever I could. The headwind was a bitch, but oh the tailwind, it was sweet! the second loop I was still feeling strong and noticed many people slowing into the headwind. I didn't have that problem today. My lady parts were quite angry (got no clue why?) and my lower groin and outer right knee were ouchy. The knee until I warmed up a bit, and the groin in the middle of the ride. Never had that problem before, and hope I never do again! Yuck! I was much closer to coaches perscribed watts, but had to back off now and again due to my hr exceeding his recommendations. I know some of the readings were off, cause they were way too high (184???Nahhhh) but since I knew I had a long run coming I played it safe. I'm really happy with this ride. I hit my time goal Coach set out for me and still had a good run, passed a ton of folks, and felt more focused during more of the ride than I have during any other race this year!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I wish I could have avoided more of the packs that slowed me down, and that my janky hr monitor would have been more accurate, but other than that, pretty darn happy with this ride!
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

This was a pretty smooth transition for me. No major brain farts! Woo Hoo!
What would you do differently?:

Faster is always better...hustle hustle hustle!
  • 2h 02m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile

A couple of my teammates ran LONGER than they should have. Not cool. Luckily, I'd prerun the entire course (basically) with Andi so I was pretty clear about what to do. I executed the run/walk plan, just not at the pace Coach wanted. I did improve a bit from REV3 though, so that was good. I had a couple miles around 9/10 that were just where they were supposed to be, and that felt awesome. Just need to figure out how to maintain that focus/breathing that worked during those miles to last longer!

My right calf twinged on and off the whole run, and I just kept telling it NO...we've got things to do. No cramping darn it!

I took a gu from a kid at the first aid station that ended up being open and stashed it in my back pocket...ended up being all over my belly, back and bum by the end of the race...and my suit was STUCK to me. GROSS! On a positive note, I saw Pammy 2 times, Steve 2 times, the Scotts, Cathleen, Jane, Jon, Kate and Therese on the run. I love racing with my team! So much energy cheering and being cheered by my friends!

The finish was a nice downhill and I ran that bad boy as fast as I could in hopes of beating my REV3 time, which I did. But I had another "athsma" attack and could.not.breath. Steve gave me a hug just after I finished and I had to push him away cause I still couldn't breath! Freaky, a little scary and not fun. It didn't last too long, so that was good, but I really don't like that feeling!!!
What would you do differently?:

I still need to work on pacing. I was walking at mile markers which were not at aid stations, and ended up walking through aid stations too. :( I've got to find a way to keep moving and stick to the plan. Still, happy with the run since the bike was faster than REV3 and it wasn't a taper week this week!
Post race
Warm down:

tried to catch my breath...literally! Steve kept me moving, which was good since I was pretty toasted after that run to the shoot. Got water and some food and wandered over to the grassy area in front of the host hotel to watch my teammates get their awards in the olympic distance race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Racing the Saturday before, living in an RV the week before and not tapering. Or maybe none of those things limited me...I did get to rest a bunch more than when at home, was very carb loaded, and had some great runs to beef up my confidence! :)

Event comments:

What a great experience it was to race again with so many terrific athletes, and as a TEAM for Club Nationals. I had a personal goal, but was so excited to be contributing to the team effort too! Racing with 40 of your friends just can NOT be beat!

I met my goal of qualifying for the ITU World Long Course Championships next November in Las Vegas, which was a truly amazing feeling! When Steve congratulated me and told me my rank, I squealled like a little girl! I really didn't know how I'd fair in the sea of women who'd already been on TEAM USA, and done multipule IM's who were my neighbors in transition. I'm glad I worked the plan and it was good enough to get me to qualify!

It was a great way to end a really fun week in the RV. Most excellent, actually!

Last updated: 2010-10-06 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 1931 meters | / 100meters
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/753
Course: No swim due to e coli bacteria levels. Many teammates were very happy, some very sad. I was bummed, but not crushed. The exit would have been a nightmare!
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
02:39:49 | 56 miles | 21.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/43
Overall: 0/753
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: this was a 2 loop course with a couple overpasses to make it a little interesting, otherwise it was flat and fast. AND WINDY! It did have several roundabouts that you had to ride which was a tad slowing
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:02:16 | 13.1 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/753
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop course that was a clusterfock at certain points with half IM, Olympic and Sprinters crossing paths and confusing directions from volunteers based on your laps.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5