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5430 Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
Sunny
Total Time = 7h 06m 41s
Overall Rank = 948/1132
Age Group = Female 55-59
Age Group Rank = 8/10
Pre-race routine:

Alarm went off at 3:30 AM. I am not a morning person but I moved pretty fast and we were on the road by 4:00 AM. Eating something this early is a struggle for me but I got a banana and bagel down on the way to Boulder.
Event warmup:

Did a slow easy 15 min jog with Susan Karl. Chatted about her hoping to BQ at the Denver Marathon.
Swim
  • 43m 56s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters
Comments:

Took 1 GU gel 10 min before the start. Did a few warmup laps. I was cold. I was in the first wave after the pros. We were fortunate going out because it was overcast and the sun wasn't in our eyes. I forgot to put my goggles under my swim cap and I realized this as I was making the last adjustment about 10 seconds before the start. There was more body contact for a longer period of time in this race. I kept getting sandwiched between people and I worried about my goggles coming off if I got hit. I wasted some time trying to find my own space and finally gave up. I did find some feet for drafting and hung on as long as I could.

The unexpected issue that came up during the swim was nausea. I felt seasick the whole time. I've experienced this off and on in my training at the pond but didn't expect it to rear it's ugly head today. I had my ear plugs in and that usually helps. The water was calm but I had that up and down feeling of riding waves. I hit the turnaround and there were some safety boats using diesel fuel. This turned my already queasy stomach inside out.

All things considered, the swim was good. I knocked 6 min off my time from last year.
Transition 1
  • 02m 53s
Comments:

My rack was the first one to the right as you enter transition. Not sure how I missed it but I ended up in the second row and could not find my bike. Good grief. Post swim brain? Anyway, I still knocked 2 seconds off my time from last year.
Bike
  • 3h 26m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.30 mile/hr
Comments:

My plan was to settle in for 10 min and then start my nutrition. This has always been successful in the past and I figured I could count on it today but the nausea from the swim was hanging on. My stomach wanted no part it. I knew I couldn't race without it so I sipped and nibbled and stuck to the plan as best I could.

My legs were popsicle sticks. It took a full 15 min for them to start thawing out. The weather was beautiful so I don't know why they were so cold. Nothing like starting a 56 mile ride with uncooperative legs and a pukey stomach. Got through the first 5 miles with a blazing 12 mph pace. Everybody and their brother and the idiots out for a Sunday ride on the highway were all passing me. I finally made it to the turn on St. Vrain Road and had pulled my pace up to 16 mph. I LOVE this part of the course. I got down in the drops (don't have aerobars) and flew. Made the turn on 75th feeling strong. And then the wind came. Struggled through this and started my second loop.

The first section of the second loop was easier this time since my legs had warmed up. I was in the drops more than usual, trying to stay aero because of the wind. My girly parts were screaming and I ended up with saddle sores on those unmentionables. Ouch. My neck was feeling it too. My stomach revolted with everything I shoved down. The last stretch completely trashed my legs. I was pushing as hard as I could and watching my pace drop. The nausea was taking it's toll. Still, I wasn't that far off from last year's time at this point in the race so I was feeling confident. Sometimes it's good to be naive!
Transition 2
  • 04m 53s
Comments:

Ridiculous. Closest to the bike start but a long way from the bike finish. Wasn't sure I could even stand when I dismounted and the trek to my rack was quite comical in my cleats. I moved pretty fast once I got racked but then I had to make a potty stop. My stomach was a mess and the smell of those who had visited before me brought on the dry heaves.
Run
  • 2h 48m 57s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 54s  min/mile
Comments:

Just wanted to stay strong and steady here. I was hoping to make up some time. My brain told me I could pull this off. My body wasn't on board. There's a hill at the start of this course and I allowed myself to walk it and let my heart rate settle down after the bike. Started with an 11-12 min pace and felt like I could hold it. My stomach was bloated and swollen and the jogging motion nearly did me in. There's not a stick of shade on this course and the heat/nausea combination wasn't a good one. The wheels started falling off around mile 4. Jim was worried when he saw me start the second loop. I had dropped to a 13+ pace and I must have been green.

There comes a point when it's wise to drop out for your own physical safety and I knew I was getting close. I had switched to water with GU and I was taking electrolytes like candy. I had to figure something out if I wanted to continue. I had been walking the aid stations on the first loop. I decided to walk whenever my body needed it just to stay in the race. I used the cold sponges and even had some coke with ice at one station. Mile 12 took me 15 minutes. Ugh. My right hamstring and calf were cramping. I love the run and I like to finish strong but I was simply in survival mode at this point.

I could finally see the finish line chute. My coach was on the sidelines. I wanted to stop and hug her for coming but I knew I couldn't or I'd be done. I crossed the finish line and I cried. I buried my head in my husband's chest and cried. Not because I was disappointed in my time or because every part of me hurt. I cried because I didn't think I would finish and I did.
Post race
Event comments:

This was a huge accomplishment for me. Last year I won an age group award. This year I struggled to complete the course. We never know what race day will bring. I went into that dark place on the run where I questioned why I was even doing this. But I know why I do it. We have days where we shine and we have days when it's not our turn. I was strong. I stuck with my plan. I finished.

Something stirred up my allergies last week and they were still all whacky. I blew the most awesome snot rockets out there. My mother would be so proud!

I must take a moment to apologize to the 1000+ racers who passed me on the bike. When I put my tri shorts on I realized they were quite thin in the back. I'm sure the view was less than pleasant. I promise to buy a new pair for next season.




Last updated: 2008-10-08 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:43:56 | 1931 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/10
Overall: 778/1132
Performance:
Suit:
Course: Rectangular, counter-clockwise, starting east of the public swim area, and finishing directly north of the transition area.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:53
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:26:05 | 56 miles | 16.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/10
Overall: 981/1132
Performance:
Wind:
Course: Two loop course. Leave Boulder Rez and make right turns on Jay Road, Hwy 36, St Vrain Road, 75th St, Diagonal, back to Jay Road. A few little turns in there but that's the main course.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 04:53
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:48:57 | 13.1 miles | 12m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/10
Overall: 936/1132
Performance:
Course: Two loop course. North on 55th, pass Monarch and go halfway to Niwot Road, turn around, east on Monarch to the Canal Road and south around the Rez to the transition area.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2009-08-10 2:35 PM

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2009-08-10 2:44 PM
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Way to hang in there despite the nausea!!!  Hope you're feeling better today!

Btw, that BQ nonsense was pre-race overconfidence -- I got slapped with reality later in the day
2009-08-10 2:45 PM
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Great job of finishing tough. My wife told me the winner cruised through the finish and wasn't even out-of-breath! That's too easy. It's much more impressive to me when someone pushes to the edge and survives.
2009-08-10 2:53 PM
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wow, that's a lot to endure!  Way to hang in there...you show a lot of mental toughness!  Nice job!

I had to chuckle when you wrote about the smell from the porta-johns and the boats.  I'm really sensitive to odors as well and can relate to your situation.  I noticed the smell of fuel during the swim as well,  I've had this happen during other open water swims.  I know the motor boats are there for safety but I wish they would keep more of a distance between the boats and the swimmers. 

2009-08-10 4:43 PM
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You are one tough cookie.   TW

2009-08-10 5:13 PM
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I must take a moment to apologize to the 1000+ racers who passed me on the bike.


Now that's funny! 

Becky, you did awesome!  You dug deep and you finished and THAT is amazing.   Congrats!


2009-08-10 6:27 PM
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LOL! I have to agree with Cathy... that is funny as hell!
2009-08-10 8:01 PM
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Wow, great event!  I'm so impressed how you overcame the adversity to finish it out. Congratulations!

2009-08-10 9:37 PM
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Great job pulling thru and finishing. 
PS - there is nothing wrong with thin shorts... Wink 
2009-08-11 4:22 AM
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Congrats Becky!

Pushing through when thing are tough shows what you are made of deep down.

You were smart to alter your plan so you could finish and be safe.

Hope you can figure out what happened to avoid it the future.
2009-08-11 9:29 AM
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Nice job!!!


2009-08-11 11:29 AM
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Congrats on pulling it all out Becky! Way to hang in there! I am always amazed and super impressed with you're strive and dedication! Keep it up girl! You're tougher than nails!
2009-08-11 3:50 PM
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Awesome job Mom!! I agree with the poster above that finishing when you've struggled through it is even more of an accomplishment than the days when everything goes well. I'm really impressed.
2009-08-11 3:52 PM
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Awesome job despite the nausea!  That makes something that's already tough, so much tougher....  way to stick with the plan and get it done!  It will be your day to shine again soon, I'm sure of it!

2009-08-11 4:00 PM
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HOORAY BECKY!!!

2009-08-11 5:03 PM
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We have days where we shine and we have days when it's not our turn. I was strong. I stuck with my plan. I finished.


Wow that is awesome right there!
Way to tough it out. That's not easy.

 


2009-08-11 10:08 PM
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Wow, great race report!
I love reading reports like this one! 
You showed a lot of heart out there!
2009-08-12 6:39 PM
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Nice job sticking with it!  The mental aspect of your race was awesome for sure.  So we can't always have a great race but you did in my book!  Sorry I missed you again.

2009-08-19 6:23 AM
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So I am totally late reading this (my laptop died and now I fight for time on the family computer), but,


WOW!  What an amazing story.  You really stuck with it in really difficult times!  I am TOTALLY impressed and inspired.  FANTASTIC JOB!!!!

Kim
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