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Columbia, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
Total Time = 2h 59m 35s
Overall Rank = 162/512
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 19/71
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:15 after sleeping well. I think the margarita night cap had something to do with it. ;) Took a shower to wake up, made a peanut butter and banana sandwich, walked the dog, and was out the door by 5:10. Made it to the park by 5:25, got body marked, headed down to transition to put air in my tires, walked the pump back up to the car, set up my transition area, ate sandwich, and had plenty of time to chill with other BTers before my swim wave went off at 7:47. Watched the pros come in from the swim with Shelly and Scott then headed over to the swim start.

This was my first Olympic distance tri and I was excited to get started. Calm and ready to get going!!
Event warmup:

None. Basically got in the water, made sure my goggles weren't leaking (nope.. whew!) and started swimming.
  • 30m 40s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

This was a really, really good swim for me. Freestyle the entire time, even when sighting. I did have some issues with my timing chip. The band came loose and I could feel it flapping around on my foot. I had to stop twice and fix it twice. I was afraid it was going to fall off. Felt smooth and strong in the water. First time ever I was under 2:00/100 for a swim longer than 500 yards. I expected to come out of the water in 33-34 minutes so I was thrilled when I looked at my time. Great start to the day and the first time I wasn't excited to be out of the water. I think the longer swim distance let me get into my groove.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my timing chip band is secure. I noticed that it didn't seem to be sticking very well before the race. I should've done something about it then instead of futzing with it in the water. Otherwise, this swim went perfectly. Felt good and really happy with my time.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Not sure what my T1 time was since it was included in the bike split.
What would you do differently?:

I think this went well. Can't think of anything I would've done differently. I didn't putz around in transition. Helmet on, shoes on, and went on my way!
  • 1h 37m 4s
  • 25.48 miles
  • 15.75 mile/hr

Biking is the most difficult of the three sports for me. Still working on confidence and this was a tough course with windy, rainy conditions so my weakness was exaggerated. Braked on pretty much every downhill. OK, every downhill. Uphill was fine. I know that I'll improve if I continue to work on it. Going into it, my goal was to not hit the brakes on any of the downhills. Failed. I was 7 minutes slower than I expected on the bike. The good thing was that I couldn't wait to get off the bike and start running! Kept telling myself the faster I got through the biking, the sooner I could start running :)
What would you do differently?:

Ride more, not touch the brakes so much, TRUST MYSELF on the bike. I like to ride, just not very fast. I know my legs have a lot more to give than I'm putting into the bike. I think it would be helpful to me to go out and ride the Columbia course every chance that I get and work keeping my darn hands off the brakes.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

Average T2. Took a gel with me and I should've futzed with it during the run instead of during T2. Also put socks on. The farthest I've run without socks was 3.1 and I didn't want to risk having sore, blistered feet while running.
What would you do differently?:

Grab gel and go. Maybe no socks next time.
  • 50m 15s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

Looked at my watch as I left T2 and knew I had to run hard to get under 3 hours. The run is my favorite part I was so happy to be off the bike and running. Saw SCamp07 at the beginning of the run taking pictures! This was a good run for me. Felt strong and I think I handled the hills well. My legs felt good. It definitely helps to live in Columbia and run through the hilly neighborhoods. Never flat, always going up or down. Saw Shelly on her way back as I was running into the neighborhood. Also saw Bill and Jenn out on the run course. :)

I knew I was going to make my time goal after I hit mile 4 and I was really excited to be so close to the finish. Started to really push the run, came down the final stretch, and heard Rick cheering for me and that gave me an extra boost at the end! Also, thanks to Rick for coaching me this year.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think I ran really well and my 10K time was 30ish seconds off from my 10K PR on a pancake flat course in DC. Thrilled with the run, actually :)
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line and Chrissie Wellington put the medal around my neck. Really exciting and an awesome way to finish. A volunteer took my arm, gave me a mylar blanket, and led me to the place where they removed my timing chip. Hung out with everyone post-race and watched the awards ceremony. Congrats to Dan and Shelly for winning awards!! :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The bike.

Event comments:

The course was difficult, but I enjoyed this race. Close to home, well organized, and a great experience!! Next year I will rock the bike course.

Last updated: 2008-08-04 12:00 AM
00:30:40 | 1640 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 35/71
Overall: 234/512
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:37:04 | 25.48 miles | 15.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/71
Overall: 210/512
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Hills, hills, hills on Howard County roads.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:50:15 | 06.21 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/71
Overall: 99/512
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly through Centennial Park and a neighborhood.
Keeping cool Good 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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-18 12:03 PM

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Olney, MD
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2009-05-18 12:07 PM
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Northern VA
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Great race Traci! Congrats on making your goal! This was a tough year to be comfortable on downhills with the rain and wet roads. Nice job!
2009-05-18 12:09 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Awesome job and great times especially for your first Oly.
2009-05-18 12:11 PM
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After I lost a timing chip at a race (BEFORE the freakin swim), I got one of those neoprene straps. Yeah, it's another "toy", but the $7 has been worth peace of mind for every race thereafter.

2009-05-18 12:24 PM
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Millersville, MD
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said so in your blog too, but what a great finish line experience. And kudos to you for your results. Given my current condition, I'd be the last person to criticize you for being conservative rider in the rain!
2009-05-18 12:27 PM
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Reston, VA
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Sub 3:00 in your first Oly is awesome!

Congratulations on a great race. !

2009-05-18 12:57 PM
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Reston VA
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Yikes! That was a great race for your first Oly! The confidence in the bike will come - we just need to find more thunder/hail storms to ride the course in
Margaritas pre-race are awesome! Maybe I should have margarita shot blocks on the bike
Great job on the run/swim too, seems like all that hard work is paying off
2009-05-18 2:40 PM
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great job on your first Oly!
2009-05-18 11:13 PM
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Are you sure this was your first oly, cause you did awesome

2009-05-19 3:58 AM
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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Awesome job Traci. Each time I saw you you looked strong and I could tell you were having fun. You can't ask for more than that.

Congratulations on a great race.
2009-05-19 10:52 AM
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South Jersey
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Very nice work on Saturday. Congrats on a PB swim. And, your run was awesome! It was great to see you too.

2009-05-19 11:01 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Woo hoo!!  That's my girl!!

You kicked azz and will only get better on the bike.  This crappy winter/spring hasn't allowed you to get out there and really ride a lot.  It will warm up enough soon.

Great race, great attitude and I'm sorry I wasn't at the finish line after cheering you on.  I had to get home relatively quickly to get the kids to their track meet.

Next stop?  Eagleman!!!
2009-05-19 2:58 PM
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Quebec city
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Yay!  Good job!   Very interesting to see your progress at each race. Way to go.  You'll be one feared participant by the end of the year!


PS: Medal from Chrissie?  Nice!!!

2009-05-20 10:43 AM
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Great job out there on your first Oly!!  I had the same problem with my ankle strap flapping in the water.  All I could imagine was it coming off and dropping to the bottom of the lake.  It was good to meet you and I'll see you at E-man!
2009-05-20 11:45 AM
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Great job in tough conditions!  You will only get better and faster.
2009-05-20 10:45 PM
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Glen Burnie, MD
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Great Job Traci! Way to get under 2:00/100 on the swim You'll get comfortable with the fast downhills here soon.  Just think, at E-man, it will all be flat so you can just go, go, go!!!

2009-05-21 7:23 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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For a v-ball player, that's a quicky swim!

How cool to be given hardware from Ms. Wellington!!

Nice job out there!!

2009-05-22 1:17 PM
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