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2009-05-18 8:52 AM
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SCamp07 - 2009-05-18 4:59 AM Hey everyone, Great job yesterday. It was great to meet a bunch of BTers this weekend. I took a ton of pictures of the pros and was able to capture some of our group also. The end of the men's race was awesome. Chrissie Wellington is now my favorite triathlete. As many of you know she hung around the finish line for a long time to give out medals. I couldn't figure out a way to load multiple pictures to a BT Album so I threw them up on my Facebook page for anyone who wants to check them out. I haven't had a chance to look over them so I'm not making any promises on the quality. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/photos.php?id=1035349885


Do we have to be friends to see your photo album?  I got an error.  Thanks for hanging around to see me finish.  :-)


2009-05-18 8:54 AM
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GREAT JOB, everyone! The hills were as bad as I thought they'd be, but I found myself enjoying the challenge. Weird. A few other points:

* Wellington was soooo nice. I ambushed her at the finish when she was giving out medals and to get a picture and she couldn't have been nicer. I asked her if she won and she just smiled, then went to a fake-pout and said "bad day at the office..." Class act.

* A guy about 30 yards in front of me lost control of his bike and went head first into a ravine at the turn back onto Tridelphia road about mile 16 or so. It was at the end of that downhill trying to make the right turn and he drifted across the yellow line, and fishtailed braking and then almost ran into a van coming the other way on Tridelphia. He went in some bushes at about 10-15 mph I'd say still clipped in I think. Scary. There were volunteers about 100 yards up who were on the phone immediately. Anyone else see this? Hope he was OK.

* Anyone else think the swim course was a few yards short? I was not pushing hard and took an awful line, yet cut off 1.5 minutes from a previous best.

Again, greart race!
2009-05-18 8:58 AM
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2009-05-18 9:15 AM
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trishie - 2009-05-18 9:49 AM
Jeff --- I was curious about that too --- I tried to look it up but couldn't find any explanations. 


I think I found it Trishie.  Makes sense -- I saw no shortage of this:

The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties.  Marshals commonly cite the following violations:

Illegal Position or Blocking – riding on the left side of the lane without passing.

2009-05-18 9:24 AM
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PennState - 2009-05-18 9:58 AM

actually look at the swim times... most pro's were 1-2 min slower than last year.



Maybe because they didn't wear wetsuits?
2009-05-18 10:20 AM
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newleaf - 2009-05-16 6:06 PM To everyone doing this race tomorrow.... kick some a$$!!

I'd appreciate it if at some point on the run, as you are going up a hill, you curse it for me... since I had to WD there will be a few hundred less expletives uttered on the run course, and I need you guys to pick up the slack.

Best of luck to all, and have fun out there.



I dropped the F-bomb when I knocked a cup of water all over myself instead of grabbing it...does that count?  :-)  I was cursing at the hills, but tried to refrain from doing it out loud.


2009-05-18 10:29 AM
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jeffthecyclist - 2009-05-18 10:15 AM

trishie - 2009-05-18 9:49 AM
Jeff --- I was curious about that too --- I tried to look it up but couldn't find any explanations. 


I think I found it Trishie.  Makes sense -- I saw no shortage of this:

The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties.  Marshals commonly cite the following violations:

Illegal Position or Blocking – riding on the left side of the lane without passing.



thanks!  I saw a ton of that too ...

now, what was the "traffic violation"??
2009-05-18 10:52 AM
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I just did the math and realized I spent over 10 minutes in transition.  Yikes!  I thought my goal of 3:15 was quite a stretch, but if I you take my total time of 3:22:49 and put in reasonable transitions, I'd have been pretty close!  (And that's not even counting the 1/3 of the swim that I breast-stroked).  I'm pizzed about taking a life-time in transition, but that much more pleased with the moving portions of my race.  :-
2009-05-18 11:08 AM
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Anyone see any variances in the results? I am assigned a different over all place in Overall results vs age group results. It's off by 21 slots. I'll take the lower number
2009-05-18 11:32 AM
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I think the overall in the AG ranks might take into account the relayers.

If you go to the "overall" list, then it places you higher.  I was 113 there but 119 on the AG rank page.
2009-05-18 12:56 PM
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ras26 - 2009-05-18 11:52 AM I just did the math and realized I spent over 10 minutes in transition.  Yikes!  I thought my goal of 3:15 was quite a stretch, but if I you take my total time of 3:22:49 and put in reasonable transitions, I'd have been pretty close!  (And that's not even counting the 1/3 of the swim that I breast-stroked).  I'm pizzed about taking a life-time in transition, but that much more pleased with the moving portions of my race.  :-


You can easily shave time off in transition  ---- I think it's much better that you're pleased with the actaul s/b/r !

and remember -- it WAS your first tri


2009-05-18 2:47 PM
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Congrats to all the racer out there yesterday. Sounds like it was quite an adventure.

I was unable to compete this year because i managed to crash my bike last weekend on a training ride an fracture my collar bone in 3 places and break 2 ribs. I had surgery Saturday and was thinking about you all as I watched the clock move Sunday morning. Hope everyone came through OK.
2009-05-18 4:38 PM
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Congrats all around to everyone who raced!

I'm going to have to sign up for next year--it'll keep me focused through the winter...
2009-05-19 6:08 AM
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JustTriDave - 2009-05-18 3:47 PM Congrats to all the racer out there yesterday. Sounds like it was quite an adventure.

I was unable to compete this year because i managed to crash my bike last weekend on a training ride an fracture my collar bone in 3 places and break 2 ribs. I had surgery Saturday and was thinking about you all as I watched the clock move Sunday morning. Hope everyone came through OK.


Dave - REALLY sorry to hear that, and welcome to the club.  I get the my cast off and pins out this thursday from my crash on the saturday before Easter, and am still doing wound care every day nearly 6 weeks later.  Hang tough!
2009-05-19 6:28 AM
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Other than the bit of rain, what a great day! Looks like lots of folks here will also be doing Eagleman next month, the family is staying behind for that one so I'm hopeful there is some kind of get together Sat. evening so I can meet all of you.
2009-05-19 1:04 PM
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Here is Andrew Yoder's race report along with some pics of the pros:

http://www.personalbestnutrition.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1242...


2009-05-19 1:36 PM
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I was thinking...

If the race limit was advertised at 2100 and registration was long closed, I assume there were about 2100 registered.  Looking at the overall results, I see times for 1568 individuals, 14 male teams, 21 female teams, and 34 mixed teams.  That's 1637.  Did nearly 25% of the people not show up? 

2009-05-19 1:49 PM
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Injured or no show for other reasons (life, weather, complications, lack of training, etc.).  A little bit higher because of the weather, but not far off of what you could expect for a race of this size.
2009-05-19 2:07 PM
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Thanks Daremo.  Outside of the weather, I guess when you throw in sick, injured, family emergencies, work travel, lack of training, pregnancy, too much wineinthewoods, etc., the numbers add up pretty fast. 
2009-05-19 3:13 PM
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great article from CW on the Columbia

http://www.chrissiewellington.org/blog/

 

Learning the lessons

May 19th, 2009

We all have expectations for ourselves, in training, in racing and in life in general. But what happens when we don’t meet those expectations. When, in our minds at least, we have performed badly and in some way ‘failed’? I guess what I am trying to say is. How do you cope with not reaching your goals?

For me my response, attitude and approach to perceived ‘failure’ was put to the test on Sunday at the Columbia Triathlon. I had a number of reasons for wanting to do the race. To test my short course speed, to visit a part of the USA that I hadn’t been to before, to support the Blazeman Foundation for ALS (one of the nominated race charities)  and to break out of my long course comfort zone.

Like any race I enter I went into it wanting to win. Not expecting to win, but aiming for the top nevertheless. And what happened? I felt flat for the whole race. I never got going. I saw the splash of feet as the main pack got away, and when it came to the bike I urged my body to break into the next gear. It wouldn’t respond. And on the run. I pushed through. But again, my speed and time didn’t equate to the effort I felt was putting in. I crossed the line in 6th. Smiling, but inside incredibly disappointed. So the question is….how do you deal with this?

For me the answer is to look back at the reasons I did the race in the first place…. And then try and make a more objective judgement call on winning and losing, success and failure.

I took myself out of my long course comfort zone, and yes – it hurt. But that’s a good thing.

I visited a part of the US that I had never been to before, saw some beautiful scenery that reminded me so much of being at home in the UK.

I met some fantastic people, before and after the race, and had the opportunity to put medals around the necks of amateurs of all abilities.

I was able to meet Robert Vigorito - the race organiser I had heard so much about and now, having met him, I have immense respect and admiration for.

And looking back I can see some of the mistakes I made. And learn from them. Not getting enough rest on the days before the race; not giving myself the space I need to focus my mind; not swimming fast enough at the outset to get on the feet of the front pack; not wearing enough clothes for the cold/wet conditions. These are all practical lessons to carry forward and learn from. Of course I also need to deal mentally with not winning. And I think that is the biggest test of all. Coping with perceived ‘failure’ is hard. Many of us are perfectionists, and set the highest standards for ourselves. And so we should. But I have to look at the bigger picture and see the race as a rung on the ladder. Look forwards. The world won’t stop turning just because I have a bad race.  If anything it will make me even more determined to improve. So I will learn, bank it, move on…with even more fire in my belly!



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2009-05-19 3:49 PM
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Well put!  I did wonder how she would do in short course stuff as I don't think she has much experience there.  It is a whole different world.  I figured that she didn't have that great of a day with the time she put up.  It happens to everyone, even the best champions!

I'm glad she enjoyed our neck of the woods though.


2009-05-19 4:38 PM
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my hope is that "the fire in her belly" brings her back for another go next year.  that is what Terenzo said is bringing him back to Eagleman this year.

2009-05-19 4:45 PM
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That and E-Man puts up one of the best pro fields in the sport and the conditions can come really close to mimicing Kona with the heat and wind.  Oh, and the first place check doesn't hurt either.
2009-05-19 6:18 PM
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That is a really cool response by her!  Interesting take on stuff other than "winning" the race. Even if you don't have your "A" game that day look at the other things that make you happy.

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