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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
www.setupevents.com
80sF / 0C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 50m 46s
Overall Rank = 52/89F
Age Group = 35-39F
Age Group Rank = 7/14
Pre-race routine:

Drove down that morning since the start wasn't until 9A. Ate a couple Mojo bars and drank a couple diet Pepsis...when you know what works, you stick with it, y'know. No problem driving down - although there was a jack-knifed truck on 64...got by on the shoulder OK.
Event warmup:

Talking with Jen & Judi & Susan. Met CrazyAuntCarrie. Wandering around trying to figure out what was the deal with the first run...Hurrican Hanna turned the Oly into a duathlon the day or so before, but there was no information what they were going to do with the first leg...

Ate a Gu and drank some water before takeoff...
Run
  • 20m 10s
  • 1.8 miles
  • 11m 12s  min/mile
Comments:

I tried to take off steady, but fast. I felt comfortable through the whole run...but not near as slow as the clock said...which is why the distance must be wrong. People are saying it could be 0.25m short or so, which seems more right to me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a solid first run for the du - I went out strong but not so fast that I used it all up.
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s
Comments:

Was in a rack far from the entrance/exit of T1 and at the bottom of a hill to boot...so run with bike was uphill and long. But it was on grass which was easier to run with the bike shoes than parking lot would be...

Drank some water in T1 also.
What would you do differently?:

Again, nothing. The time is a little long, but it also included a good bit of a run out of the zone, so I'm going to be happy about it. I guess I could be a little faster, though (74/89 oa, 8/14 ag)
Bike
  • 1h 23m 41s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.82 mile/hr
Comments:

Not a bad bike, I'm pleased at holding above 17...although on the flat course, I would have liked to see 18 mph. Still, this counts going over the slow-zone bridge. I passed some folks, got passed some.

Eating on the bike - good - took in 6 shotblox (marg w/ salt) and drank 16 oz Gu20...but did feel a bit hungry by the end of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more...the better I get on the bike, the more I realize that I can get better on the bike. How's that for a paradox. :) I'm pleased with my bike skills and this was my longest race on the bike...a little stiff towards the end (off-season note - work on core strength!) but otherwise, all is good.
Transition 2
  • 01m 43s
Comments:

Good T2 - except I forgot to take off my sunglasses...ended up being a good thing since run 2 was largely sun-city. :) (36/89 oa; 3/14 ag)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Maybe tossed in another Gu since I was hungry, but I had one in my jersey to go on the run, so - meh - it was good.
Run
  • 1h 02m 53s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 08s  min/mile
Comments:

Run was hard, but good. I would have liked to see a little faster, but I'm a happy girl to get low 10:00s...walked through every aid station to drink and toss water on myself to keep cool. All in all, a good performance for my first Oly/longest duathlon. Gu at the turnaround.
What would you do differently?:

Run a little faster. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Got in the BBQ line and chatted it up with the man I passed on the run who came in behind me. Ate some food (except the mac and cheese tasted like burning, so that was a no go). Saw Judi after she came in...but then I was getting tired of being there and seriously starting to crash on the energy scale. Called Sugar Daddy to tell him I was done and he asked me to pick up something for him at the outlet mall near the race site, so I left. Got his thing and then hit the road home (stopping for a DQ mushroom & swiss burger and a banana cream blizzard on the way). Got home, showered, and crashed on the couch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A little bit of the unknown - not knowing how long the run1 leg was before that day made it hard to get my head around it.

A little bit of the heat - but I trained in it, so I did what I could.

I think, had this been a true Oly, I would have still beat my goal, so I can't complain. In fact, I'm really quite pleased and am looking forward to rocking an Oly as soon as I can next season. (No, sorry Judi - I'm not going down to Big Lick!) I know I can do it - next year I will set a higher goal for it.

Event comments:

Setup does a good job with their races. I don't blame them for the change to the race format - I didnt' want to swim in sewage in the James anyway. :) I'm bummed that my A-race didn't end up being a true Oly, but I rocked the bike and runs and I couldn't be happier about going out with a bang. And I like the little medal I got at the finish. I like shiny things. :)




Last updated: 2008-07-01 12:00 AM
Running
00:20:10 | 01.8 miles | 11m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/14
Overall: 57/89F
Performance: Good
Course: 3 laps around a parking lot...I think the distance was much longer than 1.8, but that's the distance they told us so I'm going with it. The fastest woman did it in 14:00...so I think it's not just my sense of speed that's off.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
T1
Time: 02:20
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
Biking
01:23:41 | 24.85 miles | 17.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/14
Overall: 58/89F
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back on a pretty flat course...a couple of rollers and a metal grated bridge that had to be crossed 2x.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:43
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:02:53 | 06.21 miles | 10m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/14
Overall: 48/89F
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on a brutally shadeless parkway. :) Mostly flat, mostly concrete/stone paving with some sidewalk...thank goodness I train on sidewalk or my legs would have been complaining.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2008-09-09 7:52 AM

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2008-09-09 8:21 AM
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Great job out there Kristen.  (I want to do Big Lick, but I don't see it happening.....)
2008-09-09 8:29 AM
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Funny we must have been reading each other's race report at the same time.  You did great, and your Paradox is correct, get on that bike and ride, the more miles you put in the faster you get.  Great job.  I see you are signed up for Richmond Half, I am doing the full so see ya there.
2008-09-09 10:44 AM
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Great job!!!  Congrats!
2008-09-09 11:25 AM
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Nice job salvaging the race despite the disappointment of no swim. You did well and your attitude about the whole thing was great. Kudos!
2008-09-09 1:11 PM
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You handled this so much better than I would have. Great race! Fantastic job! Two runs for the price of one! And nice work on the bike



2008-09-09 2:55 PM
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Nice going, Kristen!  Way to handle the changes and put together a great race.
2008-09-09 5:54 PM
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Way to rock the last minute race changes! Awesome effort! Mmmmm DQ...
2008-09-09 8:25 PM
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What can I say?  You are my heroine.  You rock young lady.
2008-09-09 8:26 PM
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So, what did you think of a Du? You did rock the bike and the second run - you RAWK!
2008-09-10 9:11 AM
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Kristin, you did a FANASTIC job out there. WE ROCK.  We over came the DU and finsihed strong. I really didn't mind the shower on the run. After you did that I thought it was you but couldn't focus very well to say something else.

We have to do next year!!!



2008-09-10 6:34 PM
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Great race, Kristen! It was good to meet you the other day, too.

I'm with you... the whole "unknown" factor of this race made it tough mentally to get started. By great job sticking with it and just taking it like it comes.

Hope to see you out there next season!

-Carrie
2008-09-11 6:28 PM
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And I like the little medal I got at the finish. I like shiny things.


Congratulations on the "bling!" I think Sugar Daddy should buy you something for getting a medal. Like maybe, um... a new bike?

Great race!
2008-09-16 1:04 PM
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Great job switching to your Duathlon Hat. Congrats on a great tri season. You will have plenty of time to get an official Oly done.
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