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High Cliff Triathlon - Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Sherwood, Wisconsin
United States
Midwest Sports Events
80'sF / 0C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 22m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 26/41
Pre-race routine:

Left for High cliff on Thursday night to camp with Craig and the kids for a few days before the race. Had a few beers and good times with the Donks on Saturday night. Then Sunday morning at 4:30a.m. the fun began. Got my transition bag ready, ate my PB bagel, banana and decaf coffee. Loaded the bikes and headed down to transition. Road my bike around a bit to make sure it was ready to go, mixed my perp then headed over to rack my bike. Met up and chatted with a few donks.
Event warmup:

Got my wetsuit on and went for a swim in the lake which looked like pea soup!!
Swim
  • 42m 43s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards
Comments:

Took it nice and easy. Was determined to beat my 51:25 time that I had in Kansas the weekend before which I did!! My sighting was on..stayed close to the buoys. Felt comfortable and had a great swim!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 1
  • 02m 6s
Comments:

Not sure why it takes me so long in T1...it seems to take me forever to put my socks on.
Bike
  • 3h 10m
  • 56 miles
  • 17.68 mile/hr
Comments:

Started out strong..felt great after the swim. Drank my perp and downed a couple of gels and was good to go. Really felt the wind on this ride. Easy course compared to Kansas. I think I could have pushed it a bit harder if it weren't for the wind.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 2
  • 01m 47s
Comments:

Legs felt incredible off the bike. I was ready to run! Considering I had just done HIM Kansas, I was really surprised how great I felt overall.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Run
  • 2h 25m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 04s  min/mile
Comments:

Started out with a slow pace. Just trying to get my legs stretched out. Overall my nutrition was good and everything seemed to be going fine until about mile 8..my breathing started feeling funny and my throat started closing. Got really scared since this had never happened to me before. And I was pretty much alone on the shaded trail for the moment, but I knew if I needed help Craig was a few minutes behind me. I stopped to walk and was trying to breath like the doctors had taught my daughter when she was diagnosed with sports induced asthma. My breathing got better and I decided to start a slow jog again. Got to the finish line and was so happy that I had completed my second HIM this year!! Thanks Peggy for being there to cheer me on..it meant a lot. :)
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Post race
Warm down:

Got my medal, drank some gatorade and went over to talk to Peggy. We were waiting for Craig to finish, when all of a sudden my throat started to close again. This time much worse. I struggled to breath and was of course starting to get anxious. I walked around for a while hoping it would get better, but I just couldn't catch my breath. It just got worse. Looked around for Craig and we decided that I needed to go the the Emergency Room to get looked at. Was wheezing all the way to the hospital struggling to breath and was really scared. Once we got there they started me on this breathing thingy and they put in an IV to get me some fluids (was a bit dehydrated I guess). Did a chest x-ray then took some blood to run some tests to make sure I didn't have a DVT. Only because I have a history of DVT(embolism). About 3 yrs ago, I had had a blod clot in my calf and 6 small clots broke off and traveled to my lungs. So they were just trying to rule that out. About 4 hours later all the test came back ok they decided that I had some sort of bronchial/asthma attack. I was completely relieved that that was all it was. So I now have an inhaler just in case. Anyway Craig and I left finally left the emergency room completely cold and exhausted. We headed back to the camp ground to get some sleep.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

nothing

Event comments:

As always my BT friends came through when there was a fellow donk in trouble and in need of help. A HUGE thank you to firstnet911 for taking me to the ER and making sure I was ok. Also to Maggyruth for cheering me on at the finish and standing by my side to make sure I was ok. And a big thank you to Sgoehner and his wife, Danielle for helping us out by gathering everything out of transition and making sure we were ok. You guys ROCK!!




Last updated: 2008-04-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:42:43 | 2112 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra full wetsuit
Course:
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:06
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
03:10:00 | 56 miles | 17.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course:
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:25:00 | 13.1 miles | 11m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly shaded trail run. One big hill out of T2 that was really tough.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2008-06-23 10:52 PM

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2008-06-23 11:43 PM
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Dude you are a monster. A big congrats from me to you. Who in their right minds does 2 HIM's in 2 weeks. Seriously, very proud of you. I gotta quit being a wuss and get out there and do one too.
2008-06-24 12:11 AM
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Congrats on a fantastic race Amy!  I am in awe of two halfs in two weekends.  Tough stuff!  Glad the breathing issue isn't a big deal.  When I saw you half way through the run you looked fresh as can be! 
2008-06-24 3:08 AM
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Well done! Now take a break from doing Half Ironmen, ok. I mean at least 2 weeks.

Good to see Craig lived up to his screen name, but sorry you had to get scared like that. 

2008-06-24 5:33 AM
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You still beat me. Please stop dong the "I beat Craig" Happy dance

 

Great race!

2008-06-24 5:49 AM
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You beat Craig - yahoo!

Glad you are OK... an just an FYI- I could never do another HIM next weekeknd- great job girl!



2008-06-24 6:24 AM
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Another super effort, Amy. Glad to hear the breathing issue resolved.

Kinda scary to hear that you have had DVT. Does this change the way you travel, e.g. no long plane rides?

You know, SOR is just a couple of weeks away. You planning to race the HIM there?

2008-06-24 7:14 AM
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Congrats AJ...I'll try to get that video posted sometime soon...
2008-06-24 7:32 AM
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Incredible 2 weeks, glad to hear you are ok with the breathing. Sounds like I missed a great race.
2008-06-24 9:00 AM
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Glad you're ok Amy.  I get some mile EIA and have an inhaler.  Works like a charm.  I never knew I had it until my first half.

Craig was a few minutes behind me.

This statement sorta lept out at me in the report.   

 

2008-06-24 9:04 AM
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You are amazing! Two HIMs in a week, a trip to the ER to flirt with hot doctors AND you beat your swim time by 9 minutes? You know, the first race is supposed to be faster than the second race. Great work lady!!!


2008-06-24 9:23 AM
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EXCELLENT JOB AMY!

AND I'm glad you're breathing is somewhat regulated!!!!
2008-06-24 9:23 AM
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You rock Chica! When I came in waay after you, I thought the "Craig had to take Amy to the ER" was just an excuse to not have to talk to me. Glad to hear you are ok.
2008-06-24 9:29 AM
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Great job AJ. 

 

Glad you're feeling better!

2008-06-24 9:31 AM
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Great job Amy! I am glad you are ok. kinda scary.
2008-06-24 9:40 AM
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Two halfs in a row, you are unbelievable.  Very scarey to have such breathing issues.  Glad to hear it all worked out.  Now are you going to take a break for a day or two?  Take care.



2008-06-24 9:47 AM
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EEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWESOME!!!! Congratulations on another HIM. BTW, it's not your "2nd HIM this year", its your 2nd HIM this WEEK. OK, so its your second in 8 days but we'll give you the benefit of the doubt for being completely crazy.

So glad the visit to the ER was mostly uneventful. Scary stuff!

2008-06-24 12:56 PM
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WOW, impressive! Hope the asthma attack was a one-time thing.
2008-06-24 1:05 PM
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Congratulations on a great racy Amy! I can't believe you did tow HIM's in back to back weeks. Your an animal!!

Scary stuff with the breathing problems. I'm glad you got them worked out and hopefully they won't be coming back!

Take a day off!

2008-06-24 1:45 PM
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Wow.  What a great race and race report.  You killed this thing, especially considering you just did Kansas.  Great improvement on the swim.  I know a bunch of people who carry their inhalers on races... Some lady pro has one, too.  I think its pretty common and hope its no big deal for you.

Great stuff here.  I, too, like the "Craig was a few minutes behind" statement.  It was subtle, and I know you didn't mean anything by it, but I enjoyed that.

Keep up the good work!

2008-06-24 2:58 PM
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Congrats again AJ.  Glad we could help even in such a little way. 


2008-06-24 3:27 PM
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2 HIM's in two weeks. That sure makes you a full "Iron(wo)man" in my book. In some ways, I think that may even be harder than a straight-up IM. Big kudos to you for accomplishing such a feat. Sorry to hear about your breathing issues-- I hope they figure it all out and you get back to yourself soon. Great job, AJ!
2008-06-24 3:27 PM
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I usually jump on these reports as soon as they are out, but, well, meetings I can't get out off, ya know.

FANF*CKINGTASTIC, SUNSHINE!!!  That's some incredible stuff, within 8 days of each race, and kicking some azz!

That's quite scary about the attack.  I was thinking that you got stung by something, didn't realize it, and then had a bad reaction.  Glad you're all well!!

BIG HIGH FIVE!! *SLAP*

2008-06-25 9:07 AM
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Glad to see that everything is alright with you.

Awesome job on your race! Way to destroy your swim time from the week before!  Congrats.

2008-06-25 10:32 AM
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GREAT JOB on completing the HIM back to back weekends!!

Way to tuff it out and finish - it is impressive, including the PR with #2

Glad to hear you are doing well, sorry I was not there to cheer you in - lil men were restles and had to run fast

EEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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