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Woodinville, Washington
United States
Mary Meyer Life Fitness
Total Time = 1h 11m 14s
Overall Rank = 113/237
Age Group = Athena open age
Age Group Rank = 2/
Pre-race routine:

This was my first Tri but I felt really calm in a.m. since I packed everything last night and checked it a zillion times. Irish oatmeal and coffee for breakfast worked great - gotta' remember that next time
Event warmup:

Got to park early and walked around a bit. Checked out swim course from pier and saw an enourmous bald eagle doing touch and goes on the water nearby. Good omen.
  • 09m 13s
  • 400 yards
  • 02m 18s / 100 yards

Swim felt good - over so fast - my wave really clustered at the bouys so I went a bit wider and avoided that. Was surprised that I had to breath so often but that's something to work on. The breathing really slowed me down. Had wetsuit half off on way to T1. Was really glad I started toward the front and had a bit more space to move around - only got one foot in the face.
What would you do differently?:

just spend more time swimming
Transition 1
  • 03m 24s

wetsuit came off so fast (thanks Body Glide) but I sort of dilly dallied putting shoes on. Threw on bike jersey and helmet and was off. Also forced myself to have a gel and water so it'd kick in by T2 and run
What would you do differently?:

Pick up the speed a bit. I was surprised at time for this - thought it was faster
  • 37m 8s
  • 9.2 miles
  • 14.87 mile/hr

Bike was the best! Felt so good - eveything was working together and I even was able to take my water bottle out and drink with out crashing ;) After the race, I kept saying "I really love my bike" and my sister said "yeah, you've already said that several times). One hill kicked my butt on both loops so I need to work more on that.
What would you do differently?:

not much - I had so much fun on the bike> Didn't expect to love the bike section so much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

felt great in T2 - it flew by
What would you do differently?:

Psyche myself up that my legs are going to feel like cement in about 1 minute
  • 20m 10s
  • 1.6 miles
  • 12m 36s  min/mile

Well, I've done a bunch of bike/run bricks but my legs still tweeked out starting the run. Thankfully I knew this happens so I hung in there and then picked up the pace. No way around it, run is my weakest link although when I looked at times, I averaged 12:38/mi which is actually good for me since I haven't been able to run for a month or so due to injury.
What would you do differently?:

run faster and not think about having to pee so much
Post race
Warm down:

walked over to sister and daughter. Walked a bit to cool down and then lots of strecthes. Had the best tasting banana I've ever eaten.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

extra weight and the run (but both at things I can improve - sweet!)

Event comments:

this is an absolutely fantastic race for fist timers. The volunteers are everywhere cheering you on. It was beautifully organized.

Last updated: 2009-06-23 12:00 AM
00:09:13 | 400 yards | 02m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/237
Performance: Average
Suit: full wetsuit
Course: counter clockwise triangle around 2 bouys
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:24
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:37:08 | 9.2 miles | 14.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/237
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2 loop course with with one hilly section.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:10 | 01.6 miles | 12m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/237
Performance: Below average
Course: Out-and-back through a park, road and residential area
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
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

2009-06-27 7:12 PM

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Kauai girl now in MIll Creek/Silver Firs
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2009-06-27 8:45 PM
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Congrats Ms. Triathlete!! Shannon, that is a great 1st Tri...Blistering fast swim! I'd love to swim like that. And podium finish as well....WOW.
2009-06-28 10:50 AM
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Greensburg, PA
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Congrats Shannon!  It sounds like it was a great race and it sounds like you had FUN!  Way to go starting near the front in the swim - and a super fast time!  I am jealous!!

2009-06-28 1:06 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Way to go shannon!  Congratulations.
2009-06-28 5:58 PM
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Apex, north carolina
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Shannon,  That is so fantastic!!  Congratulations! 
2009-06-30 8:39 AM
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The bald eagle comment gave me chills.  Very cool.  I could go for some Oatmeal right now!

2009-06-30 9:31 AM
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Way to go Shannon!  You sound like a pro out there, very calm and everyting going right...can't believe this is your first.
Very well done!  Oh, and podium...  WOW!
2009-06-30 8:50 PM
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Congrats on well done first tri!
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