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Lavonia, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports
HOT!F / 0C
Total Time = 3h 11m 24s
Overall Rank = 324/486
Age Group = 25-29 F
Age Group Rank = 5/19
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30am. Drove over to Sarah's place to drive together. She was ever so kind to drive me. On the way I ate a bagel w/ cream cheese and some of a yogurt. Also drank some coffee and water. It took us about 1.5 hours to get there, which was quicker than we thought it would be.
Event warmup:

I swam for about 5 minutes in the lake.

I decided with my lack of bike and swim training that I would not wear a watch, HR monitor, Garmin, or use my bike computer. Just wanted to have fun.
  • 27m 44s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

This swim was great for me. There was a think fog over the lake when we started and it was really hard to see much of anything. I amazingly swam very straight and close to the buoys. I didn't really draft off anyone but also didn't run into anyone, so that was good. Considering my lack of time in the pool over the past couple of months, this swim was a great success. I felt very smooth the whole time and not really like I was pushing too hard.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

T1 was a run through the sand and then up to transition. I was kind of winded out of the water so I ran kind of slow.
What would you do differently?:

Picked up the pace if possible.
  • 1h 31m 23s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 17.14 mile/hr

Great ride through the country. At mile 11 there was this amazing field of sunflowers. My beautiful thoughts were quickly interrupted by gunfire. I looked to my left and saw a hunter in full cammo gear shooting in a field. I decided to pedal faster so that I wasn't his next victim. Things were great until mile 16 when it felt like I was pedaling into a headwind. Then about mile 18 I felt some pretty bad stomach cramps. I had drank one bottle of Heed at this point and had a second but just couldn't stomach it. In hindsight I realize I should have drank the water I had with me, but it was in my hard to reach water bottle cage and it's a pain to get to it. By the time I got to transition I wasn't sure what the outcome was going to be. I decided to try to run and see what I could do.

This was a rather challenging hilly course and I know I was doing well up to mile 16/18 or so. No bike computer so I don't know how much I slowed in the last few miles but I know my effort slowed with the stomach cramps. I was very surprised to see that I still averaged above 17 MPH on this bike.
What would you do differently?:

Drink water when I got the stomach cramps. Other than that, I need to figure out what caused the stomach cramps.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

I stood around for a few seconds just to make sure I could keep going. I wanted to go lay down in the grass.
What would you do differently?:

Feel better!
  • 1h 08m 44s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 04s  min/mile

And here's where it all went downhill. I ran most of mile 1. I didn't have a watch so I have no idea what my pace was - it felt super slow. I was just trying to keep moving. I grabbed some Gatorade at Mile 1 thinking that would be a good idea. Turned out not so much. By Mile 2 I was walking and contemplating going back to transition. I needed a bathroom SOOO bad and there were none. I wanted to cry. I would try to run until I felt like I was going to throw up and then I would walk. Rinse, repeat. And then at Mile 3, my eyes spotted a bathroom at one of the camp sights. I have never been so happy to see one. The sign on the door said "Closed for Cleaning" and I just busted through the door and figured they'd have to chain it shut if I wasn't supposed to be in there. I probably spent about 5 minutes or so in there throwing up and then splashing water on my face. And then I felt decent and so I started to run again. I ran the last 3.2 miles and only walked during 2 aid stations to get a sip of water. I was very proud of that. I figure with the walking and the bathroom stop that I lost about 10 minutes or so, and was very surprised to see a 68 min 10k time considering all that.
What would you do differently?:

Not get sick!
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line and tried to wait to see Sarah finish but I had to run to the nearest bathroom for another round. Whew. We hung out for a bit and then hit the road to come home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm not sure really what caused my issues. I've been on vacation for the past 4 weeks so I know my eating has not been what it usually is. Possibly a combination of not eating well, plus being dehydrated to start the race, plus using Heed on the bike, which I haven't tested during a longer race, plus the heat = stomach cramps. I've never had these issues before in a race, and I hope I never do again!

Event comments:

Great race as always by GA Multisport.

Last updated: 2008-07-24 12:00 AM
00:27:44 | 1640 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/19
Overall: 127/486
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri top & shorts
Course: Rectangular course
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:31:23 | 26.1 miles | 17.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 343/486
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Hilly course in the country. Low traffic and lots of rollers and a couple of big climbs.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:08:44 | 06.21 miles | 11m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 382/486
Performance: Below average
Course: Route ran through the campgrounds of Tugaloo State Park. More hills!
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-14 2:52 PM

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Smyrna, GA
Subject: Tugaloo Olympic Triathlon

2008-09-14 6:47 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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First, great swim.  Second, and most important, you did not quit when it got bad.  I think everyone has one of those days.  You saw it through and you should be proud of that accomplishment.  Stomach issues are hard to figure out when they start during a race.
2008-09-14 7:06 PM
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Great effort out there, not many people would be able to yak for a while and then have what it takes to finish out the race haha.  That heat and humidity was really intense out there, way to gut it out =)
2008-09-14 7:22 PM
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the more suffering the more memorable? well done!
2008-09-14 9:18 PM
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Atlanta, Ga
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Wow. Way to stick with it. Talk about no fear, that's impressive. My body is so opposed to throwing up, that once that happened, it may have been game over for me. You definitely showed resiliance. Great Job.
2008-09-15 10:12 AM
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You can definitely say you left it all out on the course.  Or at least most of it on the course and some in that bathroom ;-)  way to stick with it and finish strong.

2008-09-15 12:40 PM
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Alpharetta, GA
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You rock!  Nice job out there - U 1 TUF CHICK! WOMAN PERSON ATHLETE 
2008-09-16 8:23 AM
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Winder, GA
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Wow! What a day!?! You saw a guy in the field with a gun and you threw up? Not many people can say that. Way to stick to it and finish the race!
2008-09-16 2:24 PM
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Woodstock, GA
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Great job.  It was good to see you.  I was not real crazy about swimming in that fog.  Good job on handling the upset stomach.
2008-09-16 2:42 PM
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Nashville, TN
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Great job persevering out there!!!
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