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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-up, Inc
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 42m 46s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I woke up early and made some blueberry pancakes. I don't know if it was race nerves or what but I could only eat about 3/4 of a pancake. I grabbed a banana my coffee and gear and headed up to the lake with my husband. He is such a great sherpa.

Event warmup:

Unloaded the gear and walked over to set up my transition area. I had lots of time and should have gotten on the bike to make sure it was okay but I didn't...Packet pick up, get marked....Set up my tranisition area. Found Chrissy (wurkit_gurl at the Team Z tent) .
Later on I found Dan. We hung out a bit then finally got on our wetsuits to warm up in the water. How does one warm up when the water temp is 60 effing degrees? I was not doing well, Dan gave me the 3 options speech to HTFU. Option 1 no wetsuit (Are you oput of your mind??, I'm already freezing) Option 2 bail out (no effing way)...Option 3 HTFU and get over it.
I saw Sweetcorn and BUtchcantswim shortly before we started.
Had my banana waiting for packet pickup. Had a cliff bar before the short "warm up " with Dan. Had a gu and Power Bar right before the race started all in an effort to make up for the poor breakfast.
  • 59m 40s
  • 1640 yards
  • 03m 38s / 100 yards

Can we say HTFU about this part of the race? Right from the start I was not in a good rhythm. Dizzy and nauseated from the get go. Combination of nerves, poor breakfast and the cold water with current. By the first 500 meters a lady in front of me swam out to a dock and got out. I realized it was pretty shallow there so I stood up and had another HTFU chat with myself, settled my breathing and swam to the turn bouy.
Shortly after the first turn my left calf started to cramp up. I rested on a kayak for a few seconds and tried to continue on. It was not a pretty swim. More like anything to keep forward motion in the water.
Rest my right calf has joined the cramp action so I'm doing whatever I can to flex the feet and stretch them out while trying to move forward.
Finally make it to the next turn bouy. I have been passed by everyone in the wave behind me from the first turn. There are 2 other women from my wave in the lake with me. Darn it, I am going to swim this course. If any part of the swim went okay it would be the final 500 meters. Sighting was better and the kayaker was giving me some verbal cues to help me direct in.
What would you do differently?:

I have a wetsuit for surfing. First thing I have already done is order a real wetsuit! I would also get neoprene booties. The neprene cap saved my a$$ in more ways than one, had my head gotten that cold I might not have been able to finish. Ear plugs so the equillibrium wouldn't be thrown off with the cold and current!

***There isn't a rating low enough for the swim! I want a rating for DISMAL or ABYSSMAL!!
Transition 1
  • 02m 36s

I remained dizzy for a bit, should have taken another couple minutes in transition to regain balance.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to jump on the bike with my shoes attached to the bike...
  • 1h 29m 5s
  • 24 miles
  • 16.16 mile/hr

It took me about 3 or 4 miles out on the bike to have balance and control back. I was shaky and couldn't open my gu in aero which was causing me to weave a bit and I got a few nasty comments from other riders.
Loop 1 was pretty good, loop 2 was great. I passed about 6 ladies on the second loop which made me really happy. Got to 19 mph for the majority of the ride. Is it possible that my bike split is less than the swim split?
What would you do differently?:

I need to fine a bottle that attaches to the frame and the flexible tube goes up the downtube on the bike to come up at the bars. That would have been less of an obstacle than trying to get my gu open around the aero bottle.
Transition 2
  • 02m 5s

Again pretty uneventful.
  • 1h 09m 23s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 10s  min/mile

I am okay with this run given the heat and the foot issues I was having. Not thrilled but okay with it....
What would you do differently?:

I ordered Newton's a month ago, where the F*kk are they??
Post race
Warm down:

Volunteers handed me ice water and cut the timing chip off. I walked over to transition and grabbed my gear.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A dismal swim in freezing water for which I was not prepared properly for.

Event comments:

I felt there could have been more drink stops for the run course, especially given the early season heat.
Brunswick stew...a local favorite food was the post race meal. I was feeling nauseas again when I finished so that didn't appeal to me.
I didn't hang around at all. We headed to a friend's house on the lake where I showered then found a place for lunch.

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Last updated: 2009-02-20 12:00 AM
00:59:40 | 1640 yards | 03m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: full sleeve
Course: Basically a rectangle 500 meters out, 500 meters over and the last 500 meters into the dock.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:36
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:29:05 | 24 miles | 16.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2 laps, mostly gentle rollers with some nice flat recovery sections. Overall a good choice of bike loop course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:05
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:09:23 | 06.21 miles | 11m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Through the woods to the gravel road where we are parked at....Out to the road up the rolling hills back down to the edge of the woods and around again. Early season means the trees aren't in full bloom so it was unshaded and HOT out there. I had to take several walk breaks cause I was getting a hot spot on my foot. It felt like my socks got bunched up the whole time but they weren't. Grabbed a drink at every aid station with some to dump on my head.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-04-18 8:17 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2009-04-18 9:24 PM
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Gold member
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Congrates on your first Oly.  60 degrees water is frick'ng cold for sure.   Yes ear plugs may have helped some.  I
d hate to riding a bike with vertigo that is for sure.  Good job on your first race of the season. 
2009-04-18 10:30 PM
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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
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Congrats!  Despite your disappointment with the swim, that's a great time!!

Linda Cool
2009-04-18 10:50 PM
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Melon Presser
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SUPER JOB JUDI!!!! The swim was not abysmal--you toughed it out under difficult conditions. That rocks! You pulled together a super bike split and a good run in the heat to put together an excellent race. Congratulations!
2009-04-18 11:04 PM
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2009-04-19 12:28 AM
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San Diego, CA
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Way to hold it together for a tough race (especially the swim) you rocked the bike and run, well done! Killer job and congrats on your finish on your first tri this season!!

2009-04-19 4:03 AM
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Judi congrats for HUTU and finishing!

It is tough to swim in cold water especially how you were feeling. Impressed with your fortitude and ability to overcome and push on. I have this issue with cold water swims.

Impressive and it shows what you are made of.

Early season northern races are a crap shot weather april oly in NJ last year it was 45.

Smart decision skip the stew and eat something that appeals to you.
2009-04-19 6:50 AM
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Woohoo! You done great!

I'm not sure I would have or could have done that swim in a surfing wetsuit. That thing is mostly cloth. Good going and way to keep moving
2009-04-19 8:13 AM
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Grass Valley
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Great job!  Awesome to see you

2009-04-19 8:43 AM
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Nevada City with my BABY!
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GREAT JOB!! Awesome to meet you! From my vantage point the course seemed good although the volunteers were slim...a few spots on the bike there was no direction....


2009-04-19 9:09 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Congratulations!  You made it through the swim and didn't give up.  That's huge!!  Lots of OWS progress in the past ear. 

2009-04-19 9:12 AM
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Peoria, Arizona
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CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR MAJESTY!  You've proven your royal fortitude with a race like that.   Sounds like the swim was killer, but true to your form, you bucked up, and gave it your best.  You might not have liked the result of the swim, but you are an OLYMPIC DISTANCE TRIATHLETE!  

As much as I hate wearing the earplugs, they are almost mandatory in cold water in my book!  You still may get a little dizzy, but nothing like it sounds like you got.  

Amazing job!   I hope I can manage to come even close to your performance when I do my Oly later this year.  

I've done one oly before, and it's definately a different animal than a sprint, that's for sure!


CONGRATULATIONS again!  This loyal subject bows in your honor!


2009-04-19 9:23 AM
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Canandaigua NY
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Awesome job gutting it out in the water!  60 degrees is cold even with a suit! 

Congrats on getting the first race of the season in the books with an outstanding performance.

2009-04-19 10:10 AM
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King George, VA
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Good job at toughing it out!  It's a tough course.

2009-04-19 11:07 AM
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Wow, CONGRATULATIONS!!!  That swim just sounds horrific, good job HTFUing!!!  So proud of ya!!

2009-04-19 1:11 PM
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Ames, IA
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Great early season race!  The conditions were far from ideal but you toughed it out and kept going.  Simply amazing!

2009-04-19 1:50 PM
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Great job, Judi! Congratulations! (Especially for getting through a cold swim, with current no less.)

Here you go, you're now qualified to wear a tiara (plus, it goes so well with the tutu)! :)

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2009-04-19 2:36 PM
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The Land of Ice and Snow
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Glittery texts by


Enough said.  

Edited by aquagirl 2009-04-19 2:36 PM
2009-04-19 4:05 PM
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Olney, MD
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Congrats on finishing your Oly! Lake Anna in April is a beeoch! I swam Lake Anna (north) last April and the cold took my breath away. I know what you were going through. I ended up side stroking most of the swim.

As far as a water bottle, check out the SipAway. I use one on my road bike when I race.
2009-04-19 4:25 PM
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Awesome job!! I'm so proud of you! Way to tough it out in the cold water! You ended up with a really good race and congrats on finishing your first Oly!!
2009-04-19 5:27 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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I like girls that race in pink.

2009-04-19 6:04 PM
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Williamsburg, VA
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Looks like you did a great job considering the water temp.  I'm just to wimpy to race in OW this early. Congrats on the 19 mph bike after the crappy swim.

2009-04-19 6:42 PM
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Good job getting over that swim. That must have been an awesome feeling finally climbing out of the water.

2009-04-19 7:09 PM
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Great job sticking with it!! You are awesome

2009-04-19 7:52 PM
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Greenville, SC
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Great job on pulling through the swim!
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