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New York City, New York
United States
Korff Enterprises
Total Time = 3h 44m 19s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 36-39
Age Group Rank = 167/189
Pre-race routine:

I had my usual inability to eat, both the night before an morning of. I always got like that before exams in my medical life, and it's just as bad in my "so called" athletic life. I try to eat, but I just have no appetite. I also get insomnia and took a nibble of an Ambien so I did get 4 hours of sleep. I hired a car service for the morning so I wouldn't worry about catching a cab at 4:30 am. That was a good move, even just to relax my mind. I got to transition just after it opened at 4:30. It left me a lot of time, which I liked, except for the rain. Thank goodness I mooched a garbage bag the day before on advice from BT. It kept my bike dry through the first downpour, and then my whole transition area dry after I had set it up and the next downpour happened. I took it easy then walked to swim start with Kristin (lazymarathoner). I tried to eat, but still couldn't I managed to get down 3 shot bloks, and a banana. Not much food over the last 12 hours. Not good.
Event warmup:

None. just watched others swim. I particularly like watching a few people flip on their backs and just float down the river.
  • 24m 50s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 40s / 100 meters

I enjoyed the swim so much. My anxiety left as soon as I got in the water...then I was hungry. I wished I had my sandwich right there in the water. I didn't feel too pummeled in the water. Just a few kicks and leg grabs. I listened to all the advice and didn't stand until I was on the ramp, although I did catch some silt with my hand on the last few pulls. I knew it was fast. I had my new Garmin in my swim cap and it missed about a min of the swim, but recorded .87. Not too bad. HR didn't work in the water. I didn't think it would, but it was wishful thinking.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Great swim. I even went out towards the edge to get more current.
Transition 1
  • 09m 36s

Long run (or shuffle in my case) to transition. Went through the shower which felt great. Got moving at a decent pace, but didn't feel rushed. Ate another shot blok.
What would you do differently?:

Get to transition area faster from the water.
  • 1h 49m 21s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 13.64 mile/hr

I have not trained on enough hills, that's fer sure. I should do more of that. I had to make a judgment call in the morning. I always said I would not race in the rain. It's not worth that increased risk to me. I can't afford to crash. So it wasn't raining, but the roads were wet. I decided to do it. I can't say that my slowness was even due to the conditions. I wasn't being overcautious. I even hit 29 mph on a downhill.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to ride hills and go faster, although I was okay with my ride today.
Transition 2
  • 03m 36s

Okay transition. Grabbed my phone and hit send on the text I had prepared to my family letting them know I was on the run. Forgot my hat, but it wasn't too hot or sunny anyway, so that was okay.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget my hat.
  • 1h 16m 51s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 23s  min/mile

Crappy run. I suck at running. I ate a whole Luna bar as I headed out. I was starving. I walked up that steep hill out of transition and walked a bit on most of the up hills.

I got a few boosts during the run. The first was seeing my kids as I entered the park. I almost cried. They were so excited. I was also so jazzed to see Jonah. I caught him on Harlem hill. He paced me for a while and made forget I was running.

Then I saw my kids just before the finish. They started to run with me as we planned,and as one of them did with their dad last year, but they got stopped and told they couldn't run with me. That was crap, especially since the video of her with her dad crossing the finish played over and over at the expo. If they didn't want people to do that, they shouldn't be showing the video. I didn't really appreciate seeing my ex all over the screen when I was at the expo either.

What would you do differently?:

Run central park. I need to do it. I will do it.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with my family and BF and walked to my parents car. I didn't stretch at all. I paid for it later. I got terrible leg pain in my right leg about an hour later. I have been rolling it out with a stick all night, and it seems to be improving. We went for a great brunch together and then I took a much needed nap.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor training for 3 weeks leading up to the race due to busy work schedule and some life stresses. I should have done more hill training, both on the bike and especially on the run.

Event comments:

I had a great time. This was the race I went to last year that inspired me to do this crazy sport. I wanted to go head to head with my ex, but he deferred due to a foot injury. I think he was just scared of losing to me. I have no doubt I would have beat him. His bro finished with a time only 7 min shorter than me, and he was a competitive swimmer. I crushed my ex's time from last year by 20 min.

As much as I have been mentally drained recently, I think I got a good boost from this race. I am really proud of what I accomplished this year. I never would have thought I could ride a bike that fast. A year ago I didn't even know how to ride a bike at all. I am not a natural athlete, and I will never be really fast at any of the 3 sports. My body is not built for that, but I can get better...and I will.

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Last updated: 2008-10-30 12:00 AM
00:24:50 | 1500 meters | 01m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/189
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Ummmmm. Yeah right! As if I could ever do that in anything other than the Hudson with that crazy current, but I still like seeing it on paper.
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Straight swim down the Hudson river. It was murky, but not too much debris, especially considering the rain.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 09:36
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:49:21 | 24.85 miles | 13.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/189
Overall: 0/
I thought I was faster, but the hills killed me. My Garmin was set to go on autopause, and for whatever reason kept pausing and resuming. It lost 5 min of the data
Wind: Little
Course: They call that "rolling hills." I call it "f'in hilly." Course was wet due to the rain and there a few crashes (including my neighbor, but he is okay and finished).
Road: Potholes Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:16:51 | 06.21 miles | 12m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/189
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Very hilly, at least to me, and especially compared to the west side running path which is completely flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-07-26 10:31 PM

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2009-07-27 6:48 AM
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Yeah Michelle!!! You did it and had fun! Great job out there!

2009-07-27 6:53 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great ob.  rushing the ex's time is awesome....sweet

2009-07-27 8:04 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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great job Michelle!!!  It was great to meet you!!  You rocked it !!!

2009-07-27 8:36 AM
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Brooklyn, NY
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Nice race! And nice meeting you!
2009-07-27 11:52 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great job Michelle and look how CUTE YOUR KIDS ARE!!!  WHOOP WHOOP

2009-07-27 12:09 PM
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San Diego, CA
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Great job!! You have got to love the swim with the current.
2009-07-27 12:44 PM
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Brooklyn, NY
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Congrats Michele! I know you struggled going into this race but you did great! It was nice seeing you in the morning. Thanks for procuring that good pump for me

2009-07-27 9:48 PM
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Awesome job!

You did the best you could with what you had that day. We do this for fun and it has to fit into our lives...great way to make it all work for you.

Funny that some floated down the that does sound cool to watch.

Glad to hear it was so positive for you.
2009-07-28 1:09 PM
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Long Beach, CA
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Great RR - nothing like that first race, I'm glad you savored the moment and shared it with your family - nothin' better. Hope maybe we can work in some hill workouts together, the bike is my weakness and I'm a big chicken!
2009-07-30 12:17 PM
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Good jobs, congrats.

2009-07-31 9:10 PM
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New York, NY
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I LOVE that you crushed your ex's time.  that rocks!!!

so this off season you and I are working on year you really will think these are rollers!
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