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Rockford, Illinois
United States
Rockman racing
Total Time = 1h 20m
Overall Rank = 48/92
Age Group = 34/39
Age Group Rank = 1/3
Pre-race routine:

Drove to race site with dumpster. Set up my transition area in the no-man's-land where no one else wanted to go... wound up having an entire rack to myself. After some discussion with Chris I determined it really didn't matter where I racked my bike... since we all had to run all the way thru transition twice. So I opted for more space closer to the swim.
Event warmup:

Got on bike bike and rode around a little bit. Like not very much at all... Just enough to be sure all the gears were working and nothing was visibly wrong.

Then got into the water while we were waiting for our wave to go off... and just swam around a bit.
  • 08m 47s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

I think this was long. I never swim that slowly. And certainly not in open water. If the course were a true 400 M my time would have been something more like 6:30-6:45 at the most. This was probably about 600 M. Or maybe 600 Yards.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I found a guy and drafted off him for most of this. He didn't look like he was going that fast, but he got us out of the water in pretty good time. We swam through the wave ahead of us. I think I was one of the first chicks to exit the swamp. Definitely top 10.
Transition 1
  • 01m 41s

Business only. I have a hard time focusing during transitions sometimes. I made myself settle down, pay attention to the task at hand, and just do what I was there to do... which was gather my bike, shoes, helmet, etc and get out onto the bike course.
What would you do differently?:

  • 40m 53s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.24 mile/hr

Wind was everywhere. I couldn't tell where it was coming from. Seemed to be from every angle. I was hoping for a 38ish for this bike split, but given the wind and the unflat terrain (not HILLY, but definitely inclines), and the issues I had... I am not displeased...

Issues... what were the issues? Well, it was VERY humid. And rather cloudy... I tried to wear my sunglasses, but they fogged up immediately, so I took them off... and placed them in the canyon between my boobs. Riding in aero... and, well, they fell out... right onto the bike course. My $100+ Oakleys! I considered leaving them... but I went back for them. Several people came within inches of smashing them flat. I picked them up and rode the rest of the bike course with my Oakleys jammed down my pants. Funny thing was... I had just passed this group of guys... then I lost my glasses. I turned around, picked them up, and then had to RE-PASS these guys again. I almost felt like saying..."Sorry you're getting passed by the same girl twice..."

Then, later in the ride, as I was flying around a corner, I misjudged and flew off the road and onto the gravel shoulder... and into the grass. WTF? Controlled it nicely, though, but couldn't hop back on the pavement. So I had to unclip, get onto the road, reclip and get going again. And re-pass whoever passed me AGAIN.
What would you do differently?:

Not lose my glasses... I probably shouldn't have even taken them along... it was cloudy, overcast, and the air was thick as soup. I didn't need sunglasses, I could have used a scuba tank, though!
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

Fine T2. Again, business oriented. Yanks helped immensely. Don't know why I stopped using them a couple of years ago. Have started again. They do make these things waaaaaaay faster.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 27m 37s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

So as I was coming into T2, the guy standing at the transition area says..."You're the 3rd woman in off the bike"... I was like... "WHAT?" (Although I hadn't seen many women on the course... and actually, all the people I passed were guys...) I was flabberghasted. So I grabbed my visor, and shoes and started running.

Chris later told me the closest woman was 4 minutes behind me.

I said to myself... "OK, well, I'm not that strong of a runner, but we'll see how long I can hold her off..." And I ran like my shorts were on fire. It was hilly in spots, so I walked up some of the hills... but ran the majority. I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel miserable... But I didn't really want the next chick to pass me right away... I figured she'd get me, I just didn't know when...

And she got me right by the turn around. That's OK, she wasn't in my age group. I got passed by 2 other girls as well... and there were 2 ahead of me, so that put me in 6th place for the chicks.

And it gave me a new 5K PR.

I was originally worried that the course was short... because I have never run that fast... not during training, not EVER... but according to the RD, the route was re-measured this morning, and it was accurate. God, I still do wonder, though...
What would you do differently?:

Um, NOTHING. I'm stunned this went this well. I have been working my run ALOT this year... but my knees have been feeling questionable... I honestly didn't know what today would bring.
Post race
Warm down:

Cross finish line... have a volunteer ask me if I needed help. (Yes. That's how I looked...picture it in your's scary) and got some water. Staggered around. Saw dumpster and Laura (STT) and marveled at my performance. I stood there for a while with my mouth gaping open.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could have had a solid 20 mph bike split, but it was VEEEEEEEEERY windy.

Event comments:

I went into this today with a completely open mind and relaxed attitude. I wanted to see what I could do without the mental pressure of timing myself and watching my speed or wondering if I was hitting an interval. I had no speedometer on my bike, and no watch on my wrist. I just WENT. And it was good. :)

Last updated: 2008-06-07 12:00 AM
00:08:47 | 437 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/92
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri top & shorts
Course: A rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:41
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:40:53 | 12.43 miles | 18.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/92
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: An out and back. I'm not sure of the configurations.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:07
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:37 | 03.11 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/92
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly, out and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-07 3:37 PM

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2008-06-07 3:59 PM
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Frickin' AWESOME!!  Congrats!
2008-06-07 5:00 PM
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Wellington, North Island
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Awesome job Laura!!! You were smokin' fast at everything today. I'm super impressed with every single leg of the race and both transitions. You're a rock star!

I'm so happy for you.
2008-06-07 6:42 PM
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, North Carolina
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Wow!  Congrats on a great race.  You have to feel so proud of that run!  Hilarious that you passed the same group of guys twice!

2008-06-07 6:50 PM
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over a barrier
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Winner winner chicken dinner!

Awesome! 1ST place!!!!!!
2008-06-07 7:54 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Congrats again!!

2008-06-07 7:57 PM
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Southwest Chicago 'burbs
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I hope you're currently enjoying that entire bottle of wine that you rightly stated that you deserved. 

(and over 18mph on the bike on hills AND having to stop twice?!?  Remarkable.)

2008-06-07 8:25 PM
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Roswell, Georgia
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OMG what a great race!!!!
2008-06-08 12:23 AM
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2008-06-08 4:40 AM
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Westchester, IL
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Congrats, I did not read about weeds in the water.
2008-06-08 8:42 AM
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Mt. Morris, IL
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Awsome job!  I agree, the swim was long and my sunglasses were more a problem than a help.  Your bike would totaly have been 20mph if you hadn't had to get off the bike twice!

2008-06-08 9:27 AM
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Pitt Meadows, BC
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Congrats on the AG win!! That's super awesome!
2008-06-08 10:13 AM
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NW suburbs of Chicago
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I think we exchanged 'hellos' on the run course. if that was you, you looked SMOOOOTH....

it was a tough day out there, especially with the winds on the bike. bummer about the mishaps but nice recovery.

congrats on the AG win!

Edited by stinkyhelmet 2008-06-08 10:22 AM
2008-06-09 12:00 PM
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Wow!!  Congrats on the relaxed, fun win!!!  It's amazing how much our heads get in the way when we are all hooked up to monitoring systems!!  Great job!

2008-06-09 7:22 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Yaaayyyy!!!   2 stops and a trip to the grass and you STILL averaged 18???  Holy Shnickies!  You rock, Honey!
2008-06-09 8:20 PM
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Boston, MA
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Awesome job and congrats on the hardware!

2008-06-12 10:02 AM
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Great job on Rockman. Is it me or were the distances of on this course (particularly the run). The run had me running sub 7 minute miles and I have NEVER run faster than 7:15. I'm positive it was off. Also, was your finishing time off on the results page? I crossed at 1:08:53 and it shows me at 1:09:19 and I had no penalties.

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