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Moses Lake Family Tri: For the Health of It - TriathlonOlympic

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Moses Lake, Washington
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 25m 40s
Overall Rank = 156/161
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 11/11
Pre-race routine:

NERVES! I did not sleep the night before at all. I just couldn't stop thinking about the swim. As far as the run and bike problem. But the swim had me terrified. We did get into the lake and swim for a few minutes Friday night, and that really helped. But I was still really nervous.

Early morning stop at Starbucks. I had a breakfast cookie and coffee. Go to the transition area as soon as it opened. We racked our bikes. I had my bucket...very handy idea. I got the bucket from Ann (along with a giant ear) at Christmas. Almost all my stuff fit in it.
Event warmup:

We went out to the water to get used to it a bit. It's hard to get used to water that feels like it was glacier ten minutes ago. But I waded in and got my arms in (my wetsuit is a farmer jane, so no sleeves). I went ahead and put my face under for just a split second about a minute before we started. Good plan!
  • 39m 22s
  • 1800 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Okay the swim scares me to death. Honestly. It is what almost keeps me from doing triathlons every year. Add to that early season cold water, and I was nauseous with nerves Saturday morning. I actually don't know why. I can swim. I swim twice a week in a pool. But it still scares me.

After setting up the transition area I got into my wetsuit. I have the lamest wetsuit in the world. It's one I got end of season on sale. I don't even know what brand it is. It says "Phillipines" on the tag and that's it. It's ugly and doesn't have any of that cool racy look to it. It's like wearing Wranglers to Fashion Week. But it works.

I made my way down to the water with the rest of the ladies. Ann, Lisa, Michelle, and Leslie were already in the water, so I decided to be like one of the cool kids and hop in. It was freaking COLD! But okay, I knew it would be cold. I got my arms wet (my wetsuit is sleeveless) and then right before going in, put my face in the water to get that over with. (I have no fear of face in the water, it was the freezing face in the water thing.) Rory tried to reassure us that the water was WARMER than the Sammamish Tri a few weeks ago. Yeah, didn't work. It was still freaking cold.

And we were off. Now this is where I normally freak out, but my plan was to start singing in my head as soon as I went off so I could push out my other thoughts. I liked that the first bouy was so close. Even though I knew it meant a lot longer to the next one, it was nice to have a close goal. Made it to the bouy behind everyone else, gladly. I always start in the back. Someday when I am more confident, I'll move up towards the front. But I'd rather be last than be swum over.

I turned the bouy and sited the next one. That's when the doubts started to creep in. "You can't do this! It's cold! What were you thinking?! Are you crazy? The shore is RIGHT there, you could turn in and quit. Why are you doing this? You're never going to make it!" I couldn't bilaterally breathe. Nothing. I flipped onto my back and looked up at the beautiful blue sky and thought, "What are you doing?" flipped right back over and kept on swimming. I don't think I was on my back for even three kicks. That is HUGE for me! I did not panic!

The rest of the swim went swimmingly. For quite awhile I thought I was last, but I wasn't. I turned the bouys nicely, and sited better than I have before. Definitely my best siting I've done yet. (Usually I add a few hundred feet to every swim by heading in the wrong direction at least once.) I spent the entire swim singing showtunes in my head (which is how I keep track of my laps in the pool). I know that sounds lame, but it works for me.

Finished the swim so darn proud of myself and looking forward to the rest of the triathlon. I looked at my watch and finished in 39:22, which doesn't break any records, but for me is good. I never did feel like I got a good "oomph" on my strokes due to the cold, but I don't care. I finished. I didn't stop ONCE. I didn't panic. I feel good about it.
What would you do differently?:

Let's see if next time I can avoid going onto my back completely. I am also hoping I can get some stroke instructions before Troika. Otherwise, my personal goal of completing the swim without letting panic take over was met.
Transition 1
  • 07m 47s

T1 was the WORST! I was so cold and disoriented from the water that I immediately came in, sat down on my bucket...and missed. Ended up right on my ass! Ann had come in just before me and was about to head out. Vicky and Hope came in right after me and I yelled to them, "See! You're nowhere NEAR an hour!" They were both sure they wouldn't make the hour cutoff.

Finally got my butt onto the bucket and struggled to take off my wetsuit and it would not come off my right heel. I pointed my foot and WHAMO! Major charley horse both in my calf and in my hamstring! Oh. My. Dear. Lord. It hurt SO bad! I knew it would go away, but it was so painful that tears immediately sprang to my eyes and I just rocked back and forth muttering "Go away Charley. Go away. Go away." and thinking "Thank you JESUS that this did not happen on the swim!" (Today my calf is SO sore from that, it isn't even funny.) Finally got it off and then the rest of T1 went fine. I don't know how much I lost in that fog of pain, but I don't think I've EVER had an almost 8 minutes transition when I was not waiting for someone else!

I got the bike off and Rory was there (Budu Racing guy) telling me he liked my Spiderman helmet cover (I think he'd come over to see if I was okay since I had been just sitting on a bucket rocking for awhile). My bucket shot out and fell over and he said "You go! I'll get that!" Nice guy!
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure a way to get the wetsuit off faster. I'll practice that. I also didn't lay out my gear quite as well as I should have. First tri of the season and so much going through my head in the morning, I just didn't remember it all.
  • 1h 32m 27s
  • 22 miles
  • 14.28 mile/hr

Obviously I need to take some weight off my bike, get a lighter bike, and ride more, but I am not displeased with my bike performance. I wanted to be careful since I have a marathon in two weeks coming up, and just finished a marathon two weeks ago. Two weeks before my last marathon I tweaked my knee on a long bike ride, so I wasn't pushing it as hard as I could have, but I also don't feel like I coasted. Yeah, I was still in the back of the pack, but oh well!

I did enjoy the scenery. I know that a lot of people would say "What scenery?" but I always enjoy the differences between the two sides of the state. The greens are different in Eastern Washington! I also really enjoyed greeting people who were coming in and appreciated all the well wishes called out to me, even if I couldn't hear most of them! I am pleased that I stopped to help Hope, even if it took a bit off my time. Who cares? Just think, the slower I was this year, the less I have to work to beat my time next year! Ha!

At the turnaround I checked my watch. It had taken me an HOUR to get to the halfway point with the headwind! I figured I'd cut at least 15 minutes off that time with no wind, so tried to plan accordingly with my food. I had brought peanut butter pretzels, cheese and peanut butter crackers, and Clif Bloks. I am SO tired of bloks, though, that I only ate two. However I knew needed to be done with solid food at least half an hour before I started my run so I was trying to calculate when I'd hit the bike finish. Boy was I off! It literally took me HALF the time to do the same distance on the way back! Oh well!

As I realized I was almost to the transition area I had to fight to keep from crying. All I could think was "I did it! I did it! I DID IT!" The two challenging portions were over and I DID IT!
What would you do differently?:

I think I'll take the extra crap off my bike before my next triathlon. I don't know if it slows me too much, but I probably look like a Grade A dork with it on bike. Totally makes me look like a Tri-N00b.
Transition 2
  • 04m 5s

Pretty fast T2, for me. My bike shoes require ties, so that slows me down. But I like my bike shoes, and I'm not winning any awards anyhow. Honestly, I think this was the first triathlon I did NOT start running while still wearing my helmet!
What would you do differently?:

I thought about untying my shoes as I coasted in, but then thought about them getting caught in the chain and me falling on my face and nixed that idea.
  • 1h 02m 3s
  • 6.3 miles
  • 09m 51s  min/mile

Darn! I normally do better in the run and rank higher, but my legs were officially TIRED by the run! Still, I love the run. It's like being "home". As I ran out I was met by a LOT of people running in. I decided that I would encourage, smile at, or greet every person coming towards me. It is very interesting. I would say that 99% of the women returned my greetings, and only about 30% of the men. Oh well! I just enjoyed myself. I greeted dogs on the route, bid good morning to people in their yards, and greeted the fishermen on the bridge over the lake. I felt like I was totally slogging. Since my Garmin wasn't with me, I had no idea of my pace. Unfortunately when I turned it on that morning, the battery was dead. So on the bike and run I had NO idea of my pace or distance. It was actually kind of freeing because even my bike computer had stopped working. (No idea why!) Normally I run about a 9:30 mile on triathlons, but I've never done an oly length two weeks after a marathon, so it felt a lot slower. It looks like it was somewhat slower, but not too bad.

It was hot on the run so I unzipped my tri-suit just a bit to let a bit of a breeze in. About 1/3 mile later I felt really nice and breezy. I looked down and saw that my suit was unzipped to my waist. Um...ooops! Hey everyone! Here's a show! I mean I had a running bra on, but I don't show my scary belly to ANYONE, so yipes! Let's just hope there were not photographers on that part of the race! Ha ha!

Came up to the first water stop at the sprint turnaround point (about 1.5 miles) and drank a cup of water. It was WARM and that water felt great! After that stop, we turned down a road and on the corner were obviously some cheerleaders. As every runner came towards them, they started a cheer. I got "L E T S G O, Let's go! Let's go!" on the way out and "Go runners! Get your groove on!" on the way back. Another lady on that corner was directing traffic and just hollering and screaming at every runner as well. I bet that girl had a sore throat by the end of the race! I sure as heck appreciate that, though!

Ran out along the lake, which was beautiful. The greens are more sagey in Eastern Washington, mixed with the golds of the drier grasses. I was hoping to see some wildlife and wasn't disappointed. I saw a really long garter snake right in front of me. I stopped and watched him cross and decided that being crossed by a snake was probably good luck, especially since it wasn't a rattler. Saw the most pathetic looking chihuahua I've ever seen in my life. Poor thing looked like he'd been put into the spin cycle a few times.

As I was coming back most of the sprint triathletes were doing their thing. It was great to see so many people of all shapes, sizes, and ages challenging themselves. I don't care who you are, a triathlon is a challenge.
What would you do differently?:

Not run 14 miles the Tuesday before the triathlon. I had the dumb that day.
Post race
Warm down:

As I finished the race I was greeted by my awesome friends, Lisa and Ann. I saw Michelle as I was running over the bridge (she was heading back to the hotel). It sure means something to have someone waiting for you at the finish line. I smiled for the camera and finished (hopefully) looking strong. Lisa called out "Congratulations! You're an olympiad!" and I yelled, "So does that mean I won the gold?" I knew already, by the people I passed on the run, that I was probably 5th from last and I was okay with that.

I got my medal and happily talked with my friends while stretching. My knees felt tired but overall, I felt really good. I walked around a bit, then went to the food table and grabbed a mini bagel, piece of ham, and cheese and a banana. Someone handed me a big jar of Udderly Smooth cream. Apparently I won it in a drawing while I was still out on the course. So now I shall be udderly smooth for a very long time. Enjoyed the mint water at the finish!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Marathon two weeks prior, and trying not to overdo it for the marathon two weeks in the future. And as always, the fact that I'm not very fast.

Event comments:

As I was heading out to the water in the morning I kept telling myself, "This is the last time you have to do this. You never every have to do this again. Just get through this triathlon and you don't EVER have to do another one. You don't even have to do Troika; (the half ironman I'm registered for in August)." I was so freaked out that I just could not for the life of me remember WHY I do these things!

Now I remember why. I do them because once I couldn't. I was too lazy and too fat. I do them because they scare me and I refuse to let fear keep me from doing something amazing. I do them because they are a way to EXPERIENCE LIFE. I do them because some people can't. I do them because some people who have every excuse to say they can't, do them (like the guy with the prosthetic leg who beat the tri-suit off me). I do them because I love the challenge. And I do them because Ann and Lisa talked me into doing them!

So I'll keep doing them. I know I'll be nervous again on the next one, but not as bad...and eventually I won't be so nervous. I guess then I'll have to find something else that scares me and do THAT! Anyone up to climbing a mountain?

I had a marvelous time with my friends; Lisa, Ann, and Michele and my NEW friends, Lynne and Leslie. Thank you ladies for making this a fantastic experience, for putting up with my quiet freaking out, and for swimming with me Friday night in the freezing cold lake. Thank you, Lisa, for all the support the week before when you knew I was going insane. Thank you, Ann, for talking me into this and into Troika. (I think that's a thank might be a "curse you".) Thank you, Michele, for being so funny and for bringing Bob so we had a token male. Thank you for the cucumbers, the pink sausages, and the tri-hippos. Oh, and thank you Starbucks for the pre-race fuel! Couldn't have done it without all ya'all!

Last updated: 2008-06-08 12:00 AM
00:39:22 | 1800 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 149/161
Performance: Good
HR average was 143, which is high for me in the water!
Suit: Hind Tri with Wetsuit
Course: The course was a double loop around two buoys. We swam out about 100 or so feet (or 500 or 6000 for all I know, I am a horrible judge of distance) and then turned clockwise to another bouy in the far far distance, moved around that one and so on. It was nice in that you could see the shore, but challenging when I was swimming out and fast people were coming back and in the "going out" lane.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:47
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:32:27 | 22 miles | 14.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 148/161
Performance: Good
HEADWIND! Average speed to turnaround: 11 mph Average speed FROM turnaround: 21.7 Average HR: 148
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: The course was an out and back on a frontage road. Out, the headwinds were INCREDIBLE! I had to pedal HARD to keep pace even on coasting on the way out! I started in the big ring up front for the first 1/4 of the distance, trying to get as much power in each stroke as I could, but had to drop to middle when the wind really picked up. The tailwind on the way back was fantastic. I felt like I was FLYING and my legs felt pretty darn good for someone who ran a marathon 2 weeks previous, and stupidly ran 14 miles 3 days previous. It was a relatively flat course with just some rollers, nothing major.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:02:03 | 06.3 miles | 09m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/11
Overall: 126/161
Performance: Average
Average heart rate: 158
Course: Course was an out and back with two water stations (so three stops, total).
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-08 7:02 PM

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Subject: Moses Lake Family Tri: For the Health of It

2008-06-09 12:37 AM
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Silverdale, WA
Subject: RE: Moses Lake Family Tri: For the Health of It
Great race report, this is what this site is about!!! I think that most of us have come to the TRI world to push ourselves and to learn something about what we can really do. Seems that the NW has a smaller group of athletes represented here on BT than a lot of the country and every race that pops up here is great to read about. Nice race and good job of putting out your feelings and thoughts about your journey.
2008-06-09 1:31 AM
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Renton, Washington
Subject: RE: Moses Lake Family Tri: For the Health of It
Great job Tory! Love the fact you've gone into so much description about the race!
2008-06-09 1:36 AM
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Pacific Northwest
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Tory, it was so fun doing our first Oly together.  I feel like we've known each other for years!  Your race report says so much that is true and it is why we all do this silly, fun, crazy, addictive sport!  You will rock whatever you do next, marathon, half, or mountain climb.


2008-06-09 2:15 PM
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Williamstown NJ
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Awesome job Tory on the race.  Great report as well.
2008-06-10 8:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Moses Lake Family Tri: For the Health of It

Thanks for the support, everyone! Much appreciated!

 Thanks for the good times, Lynne and Leslie!

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