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Delaware Diamondman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Bear, Delaware
United States
Piranha Sports
Total Time = 6h 36m 35s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Here's the story of how this secret race came about. A few weeks ago I started kicking around the idea of a HIM, which basically started with nothing more than a little friendly banter. Banter led to some *i wonder* thoughts, which led to some longer workouts just to see what i could handle. I had never run over 5 miles until a month ago, and only biked over say 25 miles a few times...fair statement that a race of this length was way beyond me. I decided I was going for it anyway. My only real hang up was whether or not I was physically capable, and I came to the conclusion that if I honestly had to quit the race part way through b/c i was in over my head, I still would have learned far more about racing in a longer distance race than if I hadn't started. So, 6 days out, I signed up for Patriot's HIM, which was on Saturday. After arriving in DC on Friday to carpool down to Patriot's, I found out it got cancelled due to Hanna. So, the idea of the Diamondman HIM in Delaware came up. Newleaf was kicking it around as well. I stuck around in DC for the day and somewhere in the midst of a swim & bike on Friday, or somewhere in the midst of several drinks & bets at a bar with BTers, we went from 92% not doing it to 92% we're doing it. Obviously, it happened. Goal was sub-8 and to finish happy. That's it!

Actual pre-race routine: nothing special. Newleaf pumped up my tires (thank you newleaf, you have kept my streak that I have *NEVER* pumped up my own tires (but I won't admit that's b/c I can't get the thing on). Met joshkaptur. Ran into my long time friend Holden who decided to register the morning of the event, (was his first HIM as well and of course he smoked it and got 3rd does one pull that off?)
Event warmup:

Nothing. Did my race nails the night before this time, so what's a girl to do? Ok, stretched my legs a little, and swam out to the start of the swim.
  • 35m 52s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

The plan was nice & easy. Just tried to stretch it out. At one point I started to pick it up for maybe 50 yds and had a quick conversation with myself that the point of the whole day was EASY. I swam over a few people. Not intentionally, but I just don't like to make the process of passing someone any longer than necessary, so I just go for it. If I crash into a female, I stop and apologize, (sorry, you ok?!), if I crash into a guy, forget it. He's fine. of my 3 or 4 run-ins I stopped and looked to see if it was a dude or a chick, and it was a guy. And for a second I thought, 'was that newleaf?', cause it sure looked like him in his new clear goggles. But alas, he was a guy, so I didn't worry about it and just kept swimming. (Read newleaf's RR for his rendition of this, it was quite different...basically that little miss pink goggles and pink top completely plowed over him, fully submerging him). I finished and wasn't remotely out of breath, which was exactly what I wanted.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push the swim, but the plan was to make it easy & effortless and I did what I planned.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

HA! Upon arriving at T1, the first thing out of my mouth was "OMG, there's a huge spider on my stuff." There was no way I was picking up my helmet with a huge daddy longleg on there. And I also wasn't about to pick him up to get him off, so I just stood there. A T1 volunteer a few racks away heard this and said, "maam do you need some help with a spider?" By the time he got there, he had crawled off. So yes, I am in the midst of a HIM and my total girly side came out and I was not about to proceed with racing with any sort of bug on my stuff. JoshKaptur was at his bike at the same time and witnessed it all. True bada$$ girly girl in all her glory. Other than than I just took my time, which is what I wanted to do.
  • 3h 16m 55s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.06 mile/hr

Easy. I got passed like crazy, but I didn't care. Somewhere about mile 5, newleaf passed me and said something that kept me laughing for a few miles. Another guy passed me at one point and said, 'and i'm 60 years old.' My gut reaction was to say, "you rock!", which is what I honestly thought. Then i thought wait a minute, he was being completely cocky. Anyways he and another guy behind him turned left at the next intersection, and the 2 guys in front of them went straight. No volunteer. Hmmm. I picked straight, but as I turned my head to see if I should have turned right I went off the road and almost bit it. The guy behind me was laughing out loud, which I'm used to. Almost wrecking is quite typical for me as I get distracted out there. There was one bridge that was all metal, I call them a singing bridge b/c they make a hum when you drive over them. This was my favorite part. There there was another big bridge that we went over 4 times. It was fine. No problems whatsoever. I got kind of bored out there, so I practiced riding with no hands when no one was around. Prior to the race i had only done 3 right pedal strokes with no hands, and i got it up to 10. I did 10 several times, so that i could solidly say i've got 10. Oh yeah, nutrition. It sucked. And I have worked so hard on that in the past month! I wanted nothing to do with eating. I had maybe 400 calories total while i was out there. They ran out of both water and gatorade at the bottle exchange, which I had banked on, so I had nothing the last 90 minutes or so of the ride. Lesson learned. Always keep one in case they run out! Stopped at the port-o-pottie to pee during the bike. The last 8 miles or so I was definitely ready to get off the bike. Not that it was hard, I just didn't feel like being out there anymore.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink all my drinks banking on an exchange! Keep working on nutrition when it's hot out as I just don't seem to want it.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

Took my time.
  • 2h 38m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 07s  min/mile

Well well well. My favorite part. THE RUN. My beloved run. I've been working on Galloway running and doing a 2 min run:1 min walk pace (you know, for the past 3 weeks that I gave myself to train for a HIM). This was the plan for the race. I held my 2:1 solid the first 5 miles. First three miles were 10 min. miles, 4 & 5 were 11 min. miles. I was thrilled to get to mile 5 at 52 mins doing it all on a 2:1 interval. I saw my friend Holden when he was at mile 12 and i was at mile 1. I saw PennState early on in my run and at the end of his and he was his typical super trained natural tri-star Fred state. Somewhere in there some guy I kept leapfrogging asked me what in the world interval I was doing and when I told him he was totally pissed he was doing a 10 min run:1 min walk and I was hanging with him. LOL. I love Galloway.

I saw newleaf at the mile 5/mile 8 aid station and he asked how I was doing. "Great! This is so easy. I'm sticking to the plan and this HIM is a joke (Foreshadowing). The only thing that I'm having a problem with is that I'm so bored out here. All I'm thinking about is the cheeseburger and sundae I'm going to eat when I'm done!" I think his response was, 'Ok, well let's see when you're back here at mile 8.' (Again, read his RR for a totally different rendition of this exchange!). So here I was feeling fantastic at mile 5. Everything I said to newleaf was totally true. I knew the aid stations were every mile. After passing 5 it seemed like a long time to the next one. The next one was at the turnaround. Which of course in my mind was mile 6 b/c I'm thinking they are every mile (since it was the turnaround we jumped from mile 5 to mile 6.55, but i didn't put that together). The next aid station after the turnaround I then thought was mile 7 (which was really the mile 5/mile 8 aid station. I kept looking at my watch and even though I was feeling fine on my 2:1, I totally freaked when I realized it took me 33 minutes to go 2 miles. Complete implosion. 'What the h just happened?'. I immediately changed my plan (somewhere b/w real miles 6.5-8) b/c of how I had apparently shut down and was now sucking so badly on the run. So, I switched to a 1:30:1 interval and the "mile" to mile 7 aid station (which was really 8) was still seeming like an eternity to get to so I switched to 1:1. Which quickly became 50 seconds run:1 min walk. I had convinced myself that I was falling apart physically (even though I wasn't) simply b/c of the time it was taking me to get between these couple aid stations. I seriously considered leisurely walking the last 5 miles of the course b/c i was so disgusted with not being able to figure out how I allegedly fell apart physically after mile 5, all a conclusion based on time. I knew I needed a different plan (i.e. not time intervals) if I wanted anything other than a t'ed off stroll to the finish. So, I started counting footsteps. I did the last 5 miles running 100 right foot steps and walking 60. I saw my friend Holden (who had been done for over 2 hours) at mile 12 and pretty much went off on him about how pissed I was that he'd ever even gotten me into this sport, how this was the worst decision I'd ever made in my entire life, etc. I didn't realize any of how i screwed up the mileage/aid stations until several hours after the race when talking with newleaf about it.

Stopped to pee at the porto-pottie on the run and of course wouldn't sit down and my quads were shaking like mad. Thanks to all those squat holds in boot camp to let me endure that quad burn when I needed it!

Oh yeah, almost forgot that I debated taking my timing chip off my ankle and putting it on my wrist b/c it was irritating my ankle so much. I don't know why i decided not to as it seemed like a totally rational thought, until newleaf told me later the beam only goes across the bottom and i wouldn't have had a time.

I finished in a horrid mood, which while unusual for me at any other time in my life, it isn't that atypical for me at the end of a run,. Needed some time to decompress. Then I was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Go by how I feel.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wasn't going for speed in the first place, so that's pretty much irrelevant.

Event comments:

I am thrilled. 150% glad I went for it. I am extremely happy with my times, especially given that I didn't train for this. I could have just gone back to State College Friday after I found out Patriot's was cancelled and I would have never known the difference. I stayed and met a bunch of great people, and made a great new friend in the process of the entire weekend. I shocked the heck out of myself and days later am still in total disbelief. I'm capable of far more than I think I am. I've often said my ability to perform is rarely physical, and for me is rooted in winning mentally. Despite the collapse in the run, overall I won mentally out there, which is what did it. Outstanding race and I am so grateful.

Last updated: 2008-09-09 12:00 AM
00:35:52 | 2112 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Time included a 5 min or so run/walk to T1. Actual swim time was probably closer to 30.
Course: Easy. Sun in the eyes on the way back, but just followed the crowd.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:27
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:16:55 | 56 miles | 17.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Windy. Some climbs over a bridge, but no big deal.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:35
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:38:48 | 13.1 miles | 12m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: mostly flat, few hills but they were very short, hot, not much shade
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2008-09-10 6:55 AM

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2008-09-10 7:06 AM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
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You absolutely rock... not only finishing the HIM, and finishing it well, but overcoming the whole hurricane thing and HTFUing... that's what it is all about. Really impressive stuff.

Oh, and next race, I'm going to run your little PPP self over on the swim.

Edited by newleaf 2008-09-10 7:06 AM
2008-09-10 8:59 AM
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Reston, VA
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Did you really wear everything pink??? Great race!
2008-09-10 10:32 AM
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Southeast, PA
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Congrats on your first half.  Well done.
2008-09-10 2:30 PM
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Weymouth, MA
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Congrats.  You are hilarious btw!
2008-09-10 6:31 PM
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Millersville, MD
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Kudos PPP (why didn't I think of that - props to newleaf).

Hey you forgot to mention the big sweaty hug I tried to give you on the run (girly girl PPP said "um, how about a high five instead".  I had to try.

Really proud of you, and that sucks about getting psyched out by the mile markers.  Sorry I didn't tell you in advance about the highly confidential secret the turnaround of an out and back half marathon is 6.55 miles.  I'll admit I couldn't believe how long it was taking me to get to that aid station, but fortunately it clicked when it was the turnaround aid station that they figured it would be easier to man the aid station and the turnaround with the same crew.

Anyway, you rock, and proved (and learned) a lot about how important the mental part of the sport is.  I'm sure whatever you put your mind to next is as sure as complete.

Next time you're literally a half hour from my house, will you please invite ME out for drinks (feeling left out now).  You know, I would have bought you your 5th in a heartbeat

2008-09-10 8:36 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
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Yes, of course you decided to do a HIM 3-weeks ago and drove all over the east coast 'til ya found one .

Awesome job.  Congratulations!

2008-09-11 5:26 AM
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, District of Columbia
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You said something that I am convinced is just totally true: it's mostly mental, isn't it? I mean, the body has to have some training, but it's the mind that gets you through.

Nice report. Good race. Awesome job.
2008-09-11 5:37 AM
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Congrats Jenn!!! Awesome...I'm so glad that you found a replacement Half. I did the D-man last year. I think it's a great race...especially for a first.

You ROCK!!!

What's next on your radar?
2008-09-11 7:26 PM
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Olney, MD
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WOW!!   Congrats to you!
2008-09-13 2:20 PM
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A farming town in MN
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Incredible!  How do you do that?  Not really 'train' for a race and absolutely rock it...I'm old...

Congrats on a great race...I'm glad you did it too...

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