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Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
The Columbia Triathlon Association Inc.
60F / 16C
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 38m
Overall Rank = 47/512
Age Group = W30-34
Age Group Rank = 5/88
Pre-race routine:

Up at 440. Had some Naan and headed over to the race site with Slake and Ernie. Setup my area pretty quickly and chatted with BTers and others I knew. Watched the pros finish the swim and hung out at the swim start for 30 or so minutes. Very glad that I kept my running long sleeve with me and hidden at the swim start (right near the finish). I broke my hairband and traci nicely gave me another :)
Event warmup:

None.
Swim
  • 22m 4s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 28s / 100 meters
Comments:

A so so swim for me. Started in the front row and quickly settled in with a group from my wave. I drafted for the first 300 or so, then decided to break thru from the group. I basically got to parallel with the girl I was drafting off of, and then just stayed there. I should have sped up or got back in the draft. I was having coughing fits while in the water from the residual sickness/allergies. That was annoying. Not much contact from the wave before and I was pleased to see that I was finishing about ~1.5 minutes faster than 2 years ago (last time I raced at Columbia).
What would you do differently?:

Draft more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 50s
Comments:

Perhaps one of the worst transitions I have ever had. I was fine getting out of the water and getting to my spot. I couldn't get the wetsuit off to save my life. The new timing system had a really comfortable wide banded strap, but it got caught and almost tore itself off (from the velcro). SO I had to adjust that. Then when it was time to leave I couldn't get my bike off the rack. My seat is too high and I actually have to bend it to the side to get it out, problem is that the rack was now full, so it was practically impossible to do this. I almost went around the other side to bring it out when I tried one more time (had to push the other bikes a bit, sorry) and it came out.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, this was sloppy all around. I lost a lot of time here.
Bike
  • 1h 19m 11s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 19.31 mile/hr
Comments:

My plan was to start the bike relatively easy to get warmed up. Well the conditions were great with lots of wind and pouring down rain (the rain eventually slowed towards the middle of the bike). The first 8 or so miles are mostly uphill and I was annoyed as I was stuck with a group of 4 other girls and one guy where we would constantly pass and re-pass - with them usually passing me on the uphills :( (need to ride more hills apparently). After the water stop I was tired of dealing with the back and forth so I dropped the hammer on the next section that was flat to slightly downhill. I was passing people like they were standing still, it was awesome. I never saw anyone but one girl from that group again :). I finally got some legs for the two big hills on the lollipop and just kept pushing.
I was proud during the ride that I wasn't scared to corner fast or hammer on the downhills. I think the new tape on the base bar near the break levers helped a bunch with my confidence as I used to feel like my hands were going to always slip off. Finished the bike strong and prepared mentally for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. It was a good ride for me. ~2.5 minutes faster than in 2007 when I was riding a ton for IM training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 1s
Comments:

I sprinted through transition - helped that it was downhill :) and racked my bike with ease, since there were no other bikes on my rack. Slid the shoes on and ran out carrying my visor and race belt. 15/512, 2/88
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was only 11 seconds off the fastest T2 from the pro women so very happy with this. My transition location was also pretty ideal.
Run
  • 52m 56s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 31s  min/mile
Comments:

Well again, the run is my worst discipline - but I was happy with how this turned out. First two miles were ~8:15 pace, second two miles ~9 pace, last two I sped up again and tried to haul assss. The hills weren't that bad, but I had coughing fits on a couple. I did stop to walk for 10 sec on two of the early ones, but not sure I needed to. With about a mile to go I knew I needed to turn it on because only one girl in my AG passed me and I figured I needed to hold on to get the AG podium which was my goal for this race. The last half mile I really turned it on, completing the last quarter mile or so in a puke-worthy pace.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. ~2 minutes faster than in 2007.
Post race
Warm down:

I was so out of it at the finish and Bailey told me to go get my medal from Chrissie Wellington so he could get a pic. Thanks :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not sure.. Being sick 2 weeks ago didn't help - but I felt that the race went about as well as I could have hoped. I wish I had figured out exactly how to get the bike out of T1 more quickly.

Event comments:

This race is my favorite local oly. I love how much competition there is, as well as the challenging nature of the course. Thanks to Bailey and Katie for coming to watch!




Last updated: 2008-12-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:22:04 | 1500 meters | 01m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/88
Overall: 27/512
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: C-shaped course.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:50
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:19:11 | 25.48 miles | 19.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/88
Overall: 44/512
Performance: Good
The results didn't have splits, but I was pretty good with the watch so this should be pretty close. No HRM or PT this time around.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Hilly
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:52:56 | 06.21 miles | 08m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/88
Overall: 141/512
Performance: Good
No HRM
Course: HILLY
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-05-18 7:21 AM

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2009-05-18 7:25 AM
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Great job Shelly, you fast swimmers need to take some tips from me.  If you slow down on the swim there are less bikes in transition when you get there....Laughing



2009-05-18 8:00 AM
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Awesome job; all the hard work is paying off.

It sounds like those bike racks really sucked, Dan had problems w/ them too.

2009-05-18 8:02 AM
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shelly, really impressive race.  i completely envy your swim and bike times.  awesome job on your age group placing.  i age up to that division next year.  i am afraid.

2009-05-18 8:03 AM
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Very nice job Shelly! I went to the race to spectate and cheer everyone on. It seems like there is always some rain at this event. You still did great! Like always. I've been injured, have not been racing, hoping to be back out there soon.
2009-05-18 8:05 AM
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Thank goodness we were not racked near each other - between us we may have tipped the racks over.

Fantastic race out there and a very nice drop in time in all three sports. How did you get out of T2 so fast!?!?!


2009-05-18 8:18 AM
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Great job!  Congrats on an awesome race.

2009-05-18 8:36 AM
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Nice job!

2009-05-18 10:25 AM
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Awesome race!  Congrats on the AG finish!!

2009-05-18 11:19 AM
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Nice work.  I'm so envious of you fast swimmers!
2009-05-18 11:29 AM
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Awesome race!  Top 5!  Woo-hoo!

You're biking is really coming along well and you've still got room for even more improvement there and on the run.  Plenty more PRs likely in the future!  Nice "so so" swim too! 


2009-05-18 12:15 PM
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Great job, congrats on the age group finish!
2009-05-18 2:04 PM
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Whoo hoo!!  Great race and congrats on 5th in your AG and time improvements over 2007.  Keys to a good race... solid training and a margarita... or possibly a cannoli 

2009-05-18 2:22 PM
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Congrats on a well executed race.

Your thinking and adapting while racing is interesting to read about and smart.

Significant improvement in all three disciplines in bad weather rocks. Top 5 sweet!
2009-05-18 2:27 PM
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very impressive work.
2009-05-18 2:37 PM
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Congrats on the great race and top 5 AG! 


2009-05-18 10:54 PM
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Who is the man.. I know, I know.. its me..   but just this one time, its you for the great race

2009-05-19 4:06 AM
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Great race and congrats on your AG finish.
2009-05-19 6:00 AM
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Hey Michelle,

Congrats on a great race and for making the podium! 

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2009-05-19 7:28 AM
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Congrats on a great race and your podium placing!
2009-05-19 10:46 AM
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Congrats again on such a great race!!! Great to see you this past weekend. That's so awesome you eat naan before a race. Yum! Sorry about the racks. I discovered on Saturday that mine wouldn't fit under the rack, so I racked by handlebars. NICE WORK! Great to see you on the run.



2009-05-19 1:48 PM
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you had an awesome race. Good job representing BT on the podium. She u are on hills you need to put ur back into it. Sound familiar?
2009-05-22 1:23 PM
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