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Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
The Columbia Triathlon Association Inc.
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Total Time = 2h 56m 17s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 23/107
Pre-race routine:

Get up, make sure slake is awake, which he was, get some Diet Coke and get to race EARLY. Stalk Chris McCormack. Wow. Cute. Really cute.
Event warmup:

None. I don't warm up. That's what the swim is for. :)
Swim
  • 24m 35s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 38s / 100 meters
Comments:

Wow. I've never been so happy with a swim. I went up front, and was trying to find people to swim off of, but alas, no one was really around me. I always saw a ton of pink caps, so I had no idea I did so well. I was actually peo'ed at this one girl that I kept swimming into. Felt like a little school of fish. She was annoying!
What would you do differently?:

do this more often!
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s
Comments:

This was slow! I took my time, fixed my hair, of course. eh, one of these days I"ll learn the "leave the shoes on the bike" trick, but I know I"ll mess that up somehow.
Bike
  • 1h 26m 10s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 17.74 mile/hr
Comments:

^^hee hee, bad hills.

I got 3 parts of this race...The first part was awesome. I had a grin on my face the whole time. Fastest I have gone down a lot of the hills. I made a point of pushing as much as I could downhill, and just spinning easy up the hills. I was having a blast, as much as I could.

Then, came the most horrific site I have ever seen...I was coming down a long hill and saw a guy sprawled out on his back, perpendicular to the road. His arms were over his head. The police officer just rode up from the intersection and had taken off his helmet (????) and was calling the ambulance. I came within 6 inches of him and I'll never forget that face. His eyes were open and appeared fixed, not breathing, or faintly, and blood streamed from the top of his head down all over his face, something out of a horror movie. I honestly wanted to stop. I had to do something! But what could I do? then I couldn't get the image out of my head. It was traumatic. This kind of thing just shouldn't happen. You should not be going that fast or have that many people or be that competitive. This is for fun...and it just was so awful to me. I wanted to not race anymore, and I just slowed down in a daze for the next 10 minutes. I don't even remember them, I just kept thinking of that face...

Fortunately, around Linthicum Road, I snapped back, and started to push again. I lost some time, but that was ok. I decided it was ok to continue (for awhile I felt pretty guilty for "racing"). I survived the rest, and pulled off my fastest split on this course.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I had kind of an emotional meltdown, and that's what makes me who I am. I am sympathetic to a tee. That's why I'm a teacher...

Aside from that, I have to learn how to pedal. Seriously. And build up strength without destroying my IT bands.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s
Comments:

Pretty good, although I do think I may need to get new shoes soon. The velcro seems to not be working as well as it could be. Anyone know if you can get them replaced?
Run
  • 1h 00m 33s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 45s  min/mile
Comments:

Yeah, well, it is what it is. (I love that quote). I actually had fun. chatted with a girl about the 24 Hours of Booty, a ride in Charlotte that I've wanted to do thats coming to Columbia this year (awesome schwag). Also chatted with others, saw my friend Kristen, tried to cheat and skip the hill but alas she was there. She kept yelling at me "why aren't you running?" the entire switchback. To which when I got to the top, I replied "why aren't you racing?". Ha.

Walked most of the big hills. My hamstring was angry. Somewhere in the neighborhood I saw this poor guy hobbling along, grabbing his hamstring. I caught up to him and said, if I can be so bold, I have a chronic ham issue. If you pinch your butt cheeks, pull up through your torso, and push more off the toes to use your calf, it will ease the pressure off the hamstring. He said, ok, I'll give it a go, then said, hey, it is better! That put a little lift in my step. I still felt guilty about that guy on the bike...just happy to help someone. I saw him at the finish and he came over and thanked me. :)

It also reminded me to do the same. Lo and behold, ham released a little. Highlight was Dolly's Hills, a water stop of men and women and children all dressed like Dolly Parton. Wigs and well, hills. :)

Lowlights? getting passed by 20 or so women in my age group. Oh well.
What would you do differently?:

Get a new left leg. As always.
Post race
Warm down:

Massage!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad genetics. :)

Event comments:

I'm pretty proud of myself. I don't know where that swim came from, its my fastest ever. I pulled my act together on the bike, and just survived the run. Alas, not my goal time of 3:00, but that's ok. :)




Last updated: 2007-10-30 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:24:35 | 1500 meters | 01m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/107
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 03:05
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:26:10 | 25.48 miles | 17.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/107
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind: Some
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Bad
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:56
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:00:33 | 06.21 miles | 09m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 59/107
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: brutal hills as always
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-05-18 4:23 PM

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2008-05-18 4:38 PM
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Great race, Amy! You biking and swimming kick major, major butt!!!!
2008-05-18 5:17 PM
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Awesome Job Amy congrats on a great race
2008-05-18 5:32 PM
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Wow Amy - you really rocked it! Over 20mph on that course is simply awesome and killer swim time. Congrats - that is a smoking fast time!
2008-05-18 5:42 PM
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uh yeah that was supposed to be my age group place. only 17.7 on the bike.

 

edit:  actually I screwed up my bike time.  that was 1:26.  1:16? in my dreams!! 



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2008-05-18 5:48 PM
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Sweet race!  A good day for Turtles and Penguins!

Alas, not my goal time of 3:00, but that's ok.

Isn't 2h 56m 17s less than 3h? 



2008-05-18 5:56 PM
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3558 - 2008-05-18 5:48 PM

Sweet race! A good day for Turtles and Penguins!

Alas, not my goal time of 3:00, but that's ok.

Isn't 2h 56m 17s less than 3h?

  I wanted exactly 3.  I've done that the last two times I've done this race.  I thought being 3 for 3 on 3 hours would be cool...
2008-05-18 6:01 PM
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Congratulations on a great race.  That was a bummer about the guy wrecking on his bike.  That must have been a scary scene.

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2008-05-18 6:09 PM
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Wow, for someone who wasn't going to "race" this, you kicked some arse.  Awesome job... especially on the swim... really impressive!!
2008-05-18 6:12 PM
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Awesome race Amy.  I thought you said you were not going to race because of the hamstring.
2008-05-18 6:15 PM
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Nice job on a tough race Amy!! Awesome swim.



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2008-05-18 6:42 PM
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parrj - 2008-05-18 7:12 PM Awesome race Amy. I thought you said you were not going to race because of the hamstring.

she lied  

2008-05-18 6:52 PM
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Wow!  Great swim and bike splits!

I hear you on the guy down though.  By the time I got to him the ambulance was there and he was on a stretcher with a neck brace.  But his face was all scraped up.

I was doing close to 40 on that section and had to slow down well before I usually would because of the ambulance and another car in the road, plus a few ladies from their age group on course.  Hope he turns out okay.

But congrats to you on a fantastic race!

2008-05-18 7:57 PM
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great job on the race... I understand about the guy.  Definitely put a shock into me also.
2008-05-18 8:05 PM
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Great race. You didn't even mention how cold the water was: now that's hard core.
2008-05-18 8:57 PM
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Wow, great swim.  Sorry to hear about the guy, and I agree with you; this sport is not worth killing yourself, we do it to keep ourselves in shape and live healthier lives (and satisy the competive desire we have).

Anyways, you did great.



2008-05-18 9:19 PM
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Awesome race! Sorry about seeing the dude - glad you were still able to continue. Smokin' swim time too!
2008-05-19 3:26 AM
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No, I didn't race!  Look at that run!!!  I just schmucked along....I can't believe it was even that fast.
2008-05-19 6:05 AM
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Congrats on a great race and especially a great swim!  I got some detail on the guy that crashed last night.  Apparently a police motorcycle bumped him and caused him to crash.  Hope I get to see you again soon. 
2008-05-19 8:51 AM
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Awesome race!

I saw that dude too, but I got there after the ambulance had arrived. It look REALLY bad. Also bad: they had blocked the entire road with cars that had stopped -- bikers had to go all the way to the left shoulder, but because it was at the bottom of the hill and around a turn, you didn't see the cars stopped until it was almost too late. I almost slammed directly into the back of them, and I bet a lot of other people did too. It was a double whammy -- the heart stopping of almost running into a pack of cars, and then once past them, seeing the wreck. Yikes.

2008-05-19 8:57 AM
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Great race! I was one of the group that ended up getting stopped completely, but obviously the health of the cyclist is most important. The good news is, my buddy was getting some medical attention for a scraped elbow afterwards and heard from the EMT that the guy was going to be ok. Hope this is true.


2008-05-19 9:54 AM
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What can I same Ames?!  You're a stud.  Great race.

 

Was the accident on the hill with the curves right before you hit the Triadelphia Reservoir, or was it on the descent towards Green Bridge Road?

Did Kristen ever give you an excuse for why SHE wasn't racing?   

2008-05-19 1:45 PM
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Great swim! Great bike! And considering your injury, GREAT run! Just an awesome race for you.. But sorry you didn't reach your 3 hour goal, I think
2008-05-19 7:18 PM
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Great race Amy! Sorry that you were faster than your goal time. Maybe next time....
2008-05-20 8:46 AM
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solid work out there.  i guess all of those weekends out on the course did some good!
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