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Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
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80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 16m 50s
Overall Rank = 1130/2317
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 51/118
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:40, had an english muffin with PB and some coffee. Started sipping Gatorade. Left the hotel by 5:15 to catch the 5:30 bus to transition. I was feeling decently rested and calm, a good way to be on race morning.
Event warmup:

After setting up transition, I walked 1.5 miles barefoot to the swim start. There were buses but I had major time to kill and felt the walk would be relaxing. I chatted with a guy who has been doing tris for 20 years. I hope that's me someday. Toward the end of the walk I saw the pros swim by. Just knowing Macca and Natascha Badmann were in there was exciting. I finished my Gatorade, got into my wetsuit and went to the start corral. I was waiting for the nerves and panic to kick in but they still didn't. I was feeling good.
Swim
  • 46m 44s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards
Comments:

There wasn't an opportunity for a warm up so I got in when they sent my wave out, let some water in the suit, did a few strokes to check the goggles, then positioned myself at the very back along the buoy line. I got off to a slow start since I was DFL but for me it's worth it to avoid the masses.

My navigation skills are atrocious. I veered off course (on a point to point no less) badly at first but improved gradually. I barely had any contact with the other swimmers aside from an occasional bump, but took just one hard blow - right in my left shoulder, of course. It started to hurt about 20 minutes into the swim but was manageable.

While my time was slower than I hoped, this was by far the best open water swim I've ever had. I didn't experience any anxiety and felt very relaxed, maybe too relaxed since I was going so slow! My original goal for the swim was 40:00 and I adjusted that to 43:00 considering my shoulder problems, so I was off by a few minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Sight more efficiently. I probably swam 1.5 miles with all the zig zagging. I need to build some confidence so I don't have to start dead last. And I need to rehab this shoulder. I can't let it be a limiter this entire season.
Transition 1
  • 06m 17s
Comments:

What can I say? I was overjoyed to have finished the swim so I moved at a snail's pace. I made a strong exit from the water, ran up the beach, got my wetsuit stripped (awesome, strippers are the best!!!) and ran to my bike. But then I slowed down. Maybe it was psychological avoidance of starting the bike. Who knows.
What would you do differently?:

Quit the lollygagging and move more quickly. I could significantly improve my race times with better transitions.
Bike
  • 3h 16m 12s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.13 mile/hr
Comments:

Great ride for me. I didn't feel panicky or timid and was able to maintain a much faster pace at most times than expected. I was aiming to keep my HR under 139 and at times was able to easily get up to 20-22mph in this range. But then the horrendous wind started. At first I hoped it was only that one direction, that it would go away when we turned. But I swear it was blowing in every direction and followed us wherever we went. Everyone was struggling with it. At times I couldn't get above 14mph. By the end my legs were burning and I worried I'd struggle with the run.

My nutrition plan blew up as well. I was carrying 57 ounces of Gatorade Endurance and needed about 94 ounces total for my plan. I was going to pick up two bottles on the course, starting with the second exchange. But when I got there they only had water so I skipped it. By the third I was parched so I grabbed a water (without stopping or crashing my bike, yay me!!!). It turns out they ran out of Gatorade. Not ideal, but nothing I could do so I increased my gel intake to every 45 minutes to compensate somewhat. By the last exchange they didn't even have water and I was totally dehydrated and feeling it.

I don't want this to appear as complaining or excuses because this ride was really good. I was aiming for 3:30 and finished much more quickly and I enjoyed the closed course. I was hoping for some wildlife sightings in the swamp but all I got to see were several snake roadkills and one caterpillar. The caterpillar made me smile momentarily until the girl in front of me ran him over and sliced him in two. That was a bummer.

Around mile 20, one of the guys I had dinner with the night before zipped by and said hi. It's always fun to see someone on the course, except for the fact that he started more than an hour after me!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was my best effort and I was really proud of it.
Transition 2
  • 05m 41s
Comments:

I moved much more quickly but I really had to pee on the way out. It was critical. Plus I needed a moment to slip into my compression sleeves.
What would you do differently?:

Pee my pants? That's about all that would have saved time here. Transition was massive and simply took time to move through.
Run
  • 2h 01m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile
Comments:

I was a little worried going into the run since I was dehydrated, my legs felt trashed from battling the wind on the bike and my heart rate was high. I hit the first mile in about 8 minutes so I slowed a bit and settled into a comfortable pace. I grabbed Gatorade at every aid station and attempted to replenish some of what was lost on the bike, but everything I drank sloshed in my stomach so it was difficult. I battled stitches the whole time as a result.

While I was running a decent pace, I was definitely uncomfortable. A thought kept running through my head: How the heck am I going to do double this distance??? I tried to ignore the discomfort and think about the fun of the race and how proud I was just to be here. One year ago I was unable to complete even one leg of this race let alone the entire thing put together. I didn't even know how to swim.

I'd say mile 10 is where I started to wish for the end. I would look at the grass and have an overwhelming urge to lay flat on my back in the shade and call it a day. My legs felt like they weighed 100 pounds and I swore I was doing a 12-minute mile. Then a bagpiper started up and while it was cool, all I could think about is how they play bagpipes at funerals.

A few blocks before entering the French Quarter, some guy asked the athletes behind me what we got for finishing. One of them said "satisfaction." People who don't do this or understand it will never know the value of that satisfaction. It sometimes feels like an odd way to have fun on a Sunday - getting up at the crack o' stupid and putting your body through extreme physical and mental effort - but I couldn't imagine my life any other way.

The sound of the crowd got louder and louder and a race official said we had just 800 meters to go. I turned the corner onto Decatur street and instantly got chills. The finish chute was long and narrow and the spectators were several people deep. It was an unbelievable experience to be running through the French market toward such a spectacular finish. I was pretty emotional and had to hold my breath for a moment to keep from hyperventilating. This was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
What would you do differently?:

Coming off the bike underfueled led to hydration/nutrition issues. The sloshing stomach prevented me from being able to have any gels and made drinking rather uncomfortable. I shouldn't have relied so much on the on-course support and should have had a plan for how to deal with variations. Otherwise, this was phenomenal! I was aiming for 2:05 and did it in 2:01. Can't beat that!
Post race
Warm down:

I slammed a full bottle of water and half a Gatorade Endurance immediately after finishing. Then I walked around the finish area, sat down for a bit and had a well-earned beer and some Oreos.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited training - I only had 8 weeks and gave it my best shot; shoulder injury - both the old and new.

Event comments:

I'll be buzzing over this experience for awhile. I'm already planning to go back next year, it was a fantastic race in a fun city and despite my whining about winter training, it feels really good to have done an HIM already this year. Laissez les bon temps roulez!




Last updated: 2008-07-24 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:46:44 | 2112 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 86/118
Overall: 0/2317
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Point to point in Lake Pontchartrain. Nice wide area between the buoy line and seawall.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding:
T1
Time: 06:17
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
03:16:12 | 56 miles | 17.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 80/118
Overall: 0/2317
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Flat, fully closed to traffic (pretty amazing), largely through a swamp area. The highlight was riding on a closed interstate. Not a car in sight.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 05:41
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:01:58 | 13.1 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 51/118
Overall: 0/2317
Performance: Good
Course: Nice and flat along the lake, through a golf course and a long, straight stretch leading into the French Quarter. Epic finish in Jackson Square.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 4

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2009-04-07 12:08 PM
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Congratulations on a great race!

Going long so early while living up North is tough. You battled a lot of things to get to the strating line and finished strong. So glad your shoulder held up swimming and you nailed the bike even without enough hydration or nutrition..to run out of Gatorade and water is nuts...but you persevered and did awesome!

I look forward to watching your training as you build to twice this far and do your first IM...very fun summer you have lined up for yourself.

Finish lines in long races are wonderful things
2009-04-07 12:08 PM
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You've certainly come a long way in a year. Congratulations! Good write up too.
2009-04-07 12:16 PM
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Great job out there. I volunteered and was on the run course from about 12:30 till 3:30 and alot of folks really sufferend on that run because of the lack of fluids on the bike. You seemed to have managed it well. Congrats!
2009-04-07 12:23 PM
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Simply awe inspiring!!!  that is all i have to say..... simpy awesome!!!
2009-04-07 12:26 PM
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CONGRATS ON YOUR FIRST HIM!!  You have come a very, very long way.  Not only didn't you "break anything", you has a smoking fast time, especially considering your abbreviated training. 

This paragraph really sums up what this sport is all about

A few blocks before entering the French Quarter, some guy asked the athletes behind me what we got for finishing. One of them said "satisfaction." People who don't do this or understand it will never know the value of that satisfaction. It sometimes feels like an odd way to have fun on a Sunday - getting up at the crack o' stupid and putting your body through extreme physical and mental effort - but I couldn't imagine my life any other way.

Keep rehabbing that shoulder, continue training, and I look forward to reading 20+ more years of your Race Reports



2009-04-07 12:34 PM
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The caterpillar made me smile momentarily until the girl in front of me ran him over and sliced him in two. That was a bummer.


Heh. It's funny, the things we notice as we are out there riding around...

Congratulations! Nice job!

2009-04-07 12:38 PM
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Awesome race Kristin!! Way to overcome the bike issues! Congrats!
2009-04-07 12:53 PM
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Hey Kristin:

Great RR -this report really re-inspired me. Alot of your thoughts and emotions I shared in my first HIM and recently I had forgotten about all of that. Thanks for sharing your story and helping to get me more excited about the upcoming season. Hopefully we'll get to race togther one of these days soon! Remind me a I owe you a HIM congratulations bottle of wine on my rooftop after we move Way to go my friend!
2009-04-07 12:57 PM
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Wow what a fantastic race! Everything you had to do and overcome to get here is totally inspiring and something you should definitely be proud of. Great job!
2009-04-07 1:07 PM
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Awesome run under those conditions!  Great race!


2009-04-07 1:15 PM
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I'm proud of ya, K!  Congratulations!

I like reading the insight of some people's races since they always throw in some extra "chronicles" that make it all the more fun to read.

Big *HUGS* to ya.

2009-04-07 1:34 PM
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Amazing performance!! You overcame a significant injury and certainly less than ideal conditions to PR!! I'll bet there weren't too many PRs in this race. I know you'll do great in IMWI! Good luck!!
2009-04-07 2:00 PM
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Sweet RR!  You rocked it.  I didn't know you only had 8 weeks.  Way to go, K!!!!!  
2009-04-07 3:00 PM
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Oreos and beer - interesting choice of recovery food!

Great race!  You'll rock your IM!

2009-04-07 3:04 PM
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Amazing, girlfriend!!! You are a rock star. Congrats!


2009-04-07 4:11 PM
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Great job Kristen! Congrats on the race!
2009-04-07 4:27 PM
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Great job, Kristen!!  Congratulations on your first HIM!!

I'm really amazed that you were able to do this with only 8 weeks training!
2009-04-07 5:05 PM
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Congratulations Kristen!!! Enjoyed your race report! Beautiful job out there!!!
2009-04-07 5:09 PM
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You are simple awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! One year ago at this time you could not even finish one leg of the race.  Now both your legs got you threw the whole race.  WOW!!!!!!!  Great inspirational story.
2009-04-07 5:18 PM
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I read this earlier...had to wait all afternoon to say WOO HOO!!!! AWESOME JOB!  You have come a LONG WAY!


2009-04-07 5:22 PM
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yay you! congrats on the 1st HIM and killer time with limited training and the shoulder injury. You are going to do awesome at the IM. since you are a rockstar, can I get your autograph?
2009-04-07 5:41 PM
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So great to meet you!!  Bummer we did not spend more time together.  Awesome race, congrats!
2009-04-07 6:35 PM
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Wow! Congratulations on a really impressive accomplishment!

(Poor caterpillar though.....)




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Aweseome, Awesome, Awesome!!!

Great Race, Great Race report, and way to overcome the obstacles you've faced!

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