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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
www.setupevents.com
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 15m 37s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 5/6
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:30, dressed and cleared the hotel room. We got to Starbucks before it opened and I had to WAIT for my coffee and turkey bacon/egg sandwich on whole wheat muffin. Did have the V8 and mojo chocolate soy mile at the hotel. We finally got breakfast and headed over to the park. No packet pick up yesterday cause of the storm so I had to start with that, get my chip and then get marked. Had the aero bottle to fill and set up. Francois (my bike guru) loaned me some duct tape to tape the gel and optimum bar to the tube. He has a COOL water bottle set up, gotta get one. It looks like a urinal (as in from the hospital) but it has a tub ethat went along the downtube of the bike and came up on the aero bars at just the right spot.
I was bummed about this race....it wsa supposed to be my A race. I worked all summer following the training plan like a maniac. It took a lot to mentally get in the race when I was physically prepared for an international distance tri but forced to do a dualthon. I realize that the RD made the right decision and he had 800 athletes to consider for safety...it just took a lot to mentally change gears.
Event warmup:

How many running to the portapotty runs do I count? I did a short spin around on Sweet Mama to make sure everything was functioning right.
Run
  • 21m 46s
  • 1.8 miles
  • 12m 05s  min/mile
Comments:

Hot and humid. Kept the pace slow since I knew it was going to be a long day out there. Had a small squish of gel just before the start and shoved the rest into the strap of my sports bra (they come in handy)
What would you do differently?:

Push loop 3 a bit more and the run down to my bike.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s
Comments:

Long run down the hill and my bike is on the first rack coming in from this end which means a long run out of the transition area with stuff sloshing out of the aero bottle on me and the bars.
Bike
  • 1h 34m 46s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.73 mile/hr
Comments:

I felt pretty darn good out there.I have worked reallyhard on the bike this summer. In fact, most folks know how much I hated the bike last year and thought of it as "the thing you do between swimming and running" I have come to love the bike. I don't think like a racer though, I still enjoy the ride for the sake of riding, that's the mistake I make in racing.
Shortly after crossing the bridge the first time I tried to get the rest of my gel. About that time a big-azz truck towing a big boat comes within about a foot of me. I thought I was toast! Don't know how I managed to maintain composure after that guy blew past me but I did.
Saw Kristen just before the turn around. We cheered each other on, then I saw Jen when I was heading back down the bunny hop hills.I was screaming cause I stayed in aero going up and back down those little hills. Never did that before (always chicken out and reach for the brakes but that aero thing is frikkin' awesome!) Jen warned me that she was going to catch and pass me. About 3 miles later she blew past me and I told her it was ON now. I passed about 6 men on the way back in shouting that "I need to catch a TREK!" I thought of Julie (girl passing on the left) when I did that...and Dorothy Strong whom I never knew but I recall Julie saying that was Dorothy's phrase.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I worked really hard on my bike this summer. I just need to think more like a racer and less like a rider who enjoys the scenery.
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s
Comments:

Other than unknotting the sneaker that didn't untie right, no biggie. Grabbed the fuel belt and started out. Jen was leaving T2 as I racked the bike and she commented I'd be passing her on the run soon enough.
Run
  • 1h 11m 2s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

Felt okay heading out. I had grabbed a gel at the early stage of the bike and a little gel at the end of the bike so all I focused on was hydrating myself. I caught up to Jen at the first turn and passed her for good.(paybacks are a bayatch) Commented to Jen that "this is gonna hurt now" about the long run we were facing.
The water in my fuel belt was pretty warm by now but I sipped at it and poured it on me as needed. Grabbed fluids at all the aid stations. Mixture of water and Heed. Started getting pain in my flank around the turning point. It felt deep and muscular. Finally gave in and started a run walk ratio, Walking 30-45 seconds then running 4-5 min most of the way back. When I got to the turn heading around the Jamestown Settlement I kept the run going. Wasn't fast, but I kept running. Announcer shouted my number but said he was looking for my name on the way in so I shouted "Judi Zimmerman, Chester,VA" on the way through the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Not walk?? I thought I was closer to the run goal and had met my bike goal so I was okay with the day. Would have been happier if I could have put my swim practices to use but such is life.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched, got some good food (Smokey Joe's BBQ pulled pork, hush puppies, coleslaw...) Chatted with Kristen for about 30 seconds then she took off. Talked to Mark while we were in the food line. Hung out with Susan a bit...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It's hot, humid...I lost my run mojo (better find it before the fall half mary)

Event comments:

For never having done dualathon --except in training once, I felt pretty good. TS Hanna wrecked my first oly into a du but at least I got to race.


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Running
00:21:46 | 01.8 miles | 12m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: 3 loops around a parking lot.... loop 1. Kristen is in front of me by 100 yards. So is Mark from swim class. Susan and Jen are behind me. loop 2. Kristen's lead is now 200-300 yards, not sure where Mark is. Susan is running with me. Jen is still in back...I'm still going easy cause I know it's gonna be a rough day. loop 3. Where's Kristen and Mark? Susan got nudged into taking off. Jen is still in back of me.. I think they measured short, most folks with Garmin's said they read another .25 mile on their runs than what we were told for distance.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
T1
Time: 01:48
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
Biking
01:34:46 | 24.85 miles | 15.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat and easy, couple of minor hills that I actually stayed in ero for (a first). Crossed a metal grate bridge at mile 6 and again at mile 18. Out Route 5 and up Wilcox Rd, tight turn around after the little hissl and back the way we came...
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 94
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:11:02 | 06.21 miles | 11m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: Straight out the park, passed the Jamestown Settlement then down the colonial parkway. Cobble stone style street, not much shade but pretty view of a couple creeks and the by at times.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2008-09-09 5:52 PM

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2008-09-09 6:04 PM
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Congrats!

You have transformed into a bike loving biker chick...cool beans!

Great job adapting to changes in the race format. 

All the tris but one in MA were canceled this past weekend.

2008-09-09 6:15 PM
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Way to go on the bike!!! Love the pictures... you look so HOT in lycra!!

Awesome job mentally overcoming the uncertainties of the race in the lead up too

2008-09-09 6:21 PM
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Great job on the race, Judi! You've been making great improvements on the bike this year!!  I really need to get better on the run so I can keep up with you and Kristen. 
2008-09-09 6:28 PM
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WHOO WHOO! Sorry you're disappointed, but you shouldn't be - it was tough out there and we didn't know what to expect. We did awesome...and I'm with Cat - you're rocking the lycra...(although next time you rock the lycra, make sure I'm not in the picture with you!).



You'll get your running mojo - we're going to kill the half-mary in November.

And I am grateful to your kids - they cheered for me too and that made me feel awesome! Tell them thanks for me!

Sorry to bail...the energy meter was dropping way to fast to function well.

(edited because I couldn't remember who told you you were rocking the lycra )



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2008-09-09 6:52 PM
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Excellent race for the oly turned du. And it hot, humid conditions. Don't beat yourself up. You rolled with the punches very well. I do hope you get to do Big Lick to conquer those swim demons as well. Good job, Judi!


2008-09-09 7:15 PM
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Simply Fantastic  

 

  It is a Huge jump to OLY .   Great Job Judi  !

2008-09-09 8:46 PM
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I don't know which was more fun reading the RR or you had racing it.  Good job.  I gotta look into the that bra strap thing.  Sounds like a good idea.  Oh wait what am I saying.  I look into every bra strap I get a chance to....    Great job on the bike and holding it together when the truck went by.   Can be scary.  Really chocolate milk and V8, are you nuts??  No wonder you had a stitch in you side.  Lucky it wasn't from you ribs to you pelvis. 
2008-09-10 7:34 AM
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Judy, way to go!!! I think we did a great job out there.  I tend to agree that the 1st run was measured short.  I knew I was slow but that is a bit to slow even for me. You are really coming a long way on the bike and your killer workouts have paid off.

Tell your girls thanks for me to.  It's always great to have people cheering your name!! Next year will be even better!!

2008-09-10 9:41 AM
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Notice how happy you look...that should almost be a crime to be so cheery at a race!  LOL...just kidding.  If I don't laugh and joke around, I go into fits of anxiety.  Nice job keeping that biking speed up around 16 mph.  We're turning you into a hard core biker! 
2008-09-10 3:16 PM
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Hey, you're training paid off and you did a great job!


2008-09-10 6:38 PM
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Great job out there on Sunday! All of your training and dedication paid off... and it shows.

I hope you get to do Big Lick! I'm not going to race that one, though I wish I could. I'm just not sure I can make the 5 hour drive out there, and then back, with my schedule. I have a family reunion there that weekend, and I'd feel guilty for missing half a day if I do make it that far (though, then I could eat all the desserts I want...).

It was great meeting you and I hope to see you at some races next year!

-Carrie
2008-09-10 7:22 PM
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Way to go Judi! Loved reading your RR. What exactly is mojo chocolate soy milk, because if it works, I need to get some. 

The pics tell the story, it looks like you had a great time and really, that's why we do this stuff, right?  It's supposed to be fun...

2008-09-11 6:46 PM
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He has a COOL water bottle set up, gotta get one. It looks like a urinal...


Heh. I'm sure it works better than it sounds.

Great job! Too bad it had to become a du, rather than a tri - but it sounds like they made a good decision. But there's always next year.

Congratulations!
2008-09-11 7:30 PM
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Sorry it wasn't exactly the race you trained for and expected but you did a fantastic job and it almost makes my cold, cold heart warm up and go pitter patter to hear you lovin' on your bike so much .  Congratulations, Judi!!!!
2008-09-14 2:25 PM
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Judi

You did great and you look great in your race photos.  WOW, you have definitely turned into a triathlete.  Here is to your next race being a true tri!

Suzy 

 



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