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The Sahuarita Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Sahuarita, Arizona
United States
Tri Tucson
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = relay
Age Group Rank = 0/
  • 31m 50s
  • 1094 yards
  • 02m 55s / 100 yards

This race was not originally on my race calendar for 2008 because I
am doing the Deuces Wild Oly next week (my first oly distance). As
the oly got closer, I started having panic attacks about the swim
portion(which is nothing new for me!) and specifically, wearing my
wetsuit. I contacted my coach and told her about my
anxiety, and she suggested I get a relay team together and for me to
do the swim portion. This was a new concept for me, because in the
past, the only reason I would get a relay team together would be for
the opposite reason, to AVOID doing the swim. Well, I took her
advice and the relay team was born, team name: Panic Attack!

Race morning I was actually pretty calm. I got my wetsuit on and
headed toward the lake/pond/green monster. Rather than stand around
and watch, I just jumped right in and got acclimated to the water and
my wetsuit. My coache had suggested that when the gun goes off, to
count to 10 and let the pack go on, then start swimming. I did just
that which kept my heart rate down. I started out slow and tried to
get into a rhythm. I struggled a bit and did some backstroke. I
just kept looking for the big orange bouy at the turnaround. The
negative thoughts kept rearing their ugly head and I was convincing
myself that there was NO WAY I could ever complete an Oly swim next
week. But I knew that if I quit now I would be letting my relay team
down and had a responsibility to them. When I finally reached the
orange bouy I started to gain some confidence and felt like I was
going to get through this. At that point I started looking for
targets to pass. I would see a white cap in front of me and pass it,
then a green cap, and so on. I think I passed about 4 people. I was
sooooo happy to see the finish line. I flopped on the sidewalk as I
got out of the lake, I must have looked like a beached whale. I got
my balance and remembered that Jennifer was waiting to go on her bike. I started running toward the transition area and high fived her and off she
went! Final thoughts: I did it! I didn't have the wetsuit issues
and even though my swim was slow, I wasn't the last one out of the
water, and I didn't quit! Thank you to my relay team for getting me through this

Transition 1
  • 00m
  • 00m
  • 15.53 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 00m
  • 3.11 miles
  •  min/mile
Post race

Last updated: 2008-05-20 12:00 AM
00:31:50 | 1094 yards | 02m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: full wetsuit
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:00:00 | 15.53 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 03.11 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2008-05-27 2:58 PM

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2008-05-27 3:39 PM
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the desert
Subject: RE: The Sahuarita Lake Triathlon
Great opportunity to face your panic. Good job getting out there and getting through it!
2008-05-27 3:45 PM
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Subject: RE: The Sahuarita Lake Triathlon
Great job - I am no stranger to open water trouble, so I really relate to what you are going through.  You really embraced the fear and faced it head on - I can't imagine going into a race where I didn't have the opportunity to bike or run to 'make up for' the swim.  You should be really proud!
2010-05-11 10:37 AM
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Subject: RE: The Sahuarita Lake Triathlon
Great Race report- I just signed up for this year's (2010).  It will be my 1st Tri.  I'm a comfortable swimmer and all my S/B/R training distances have been a lot longer than sprint level.  I've got a half in me right now, but I've gotta start somewhere.

wait 10 seconds... then swim.  Sounds like good advice.
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