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Greenville, South Carolina
United States
Setup, Inc
88F / 31C
Total Time = 1h 16m 9s
Overall Rank = 11/178
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/23
Pre-race routine:

Ate a scrambled egg and oatmeal at 4:45 am. Set up transition area, mixed and mingled.
Event warmup:

500 meter swim
  • 06m 43s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

We start out two by two in the lanes. My lane partner and I were the second group to go after a 1 minute break. We swam the same pace the first 50. I let him hit the wall first and proceeded to draft off him until we caught the two swimmers who were ahead of us. We were 4 abreast in one lane. No one would yield. So I did some heavy bumping and flailing to get past them. My lane partner followed me, and we made the turn with me slightly in front. By the time we hit 200 meters, my lane partner was cooked. He dropped back. I thought I felt him get on my feet and was happy to take a turn pulling. Turns out this was another, much faster dude. Tried to get on his feet as he passed, but darn, he was too fast:( Swam the final 150 all alone.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. First pool swim of the year. First short course race of the year. Was very rusty with whole thing. I guess race more short course races!
Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

Yeah. Um. Well, I had trouble getting my aero helmet on. Kept getting the harness stuck on the ear covers! Then I bumbled around like an idiot for a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions. In a sprint, every second counts!!
  • 41m 11s
  • 15 miles
  • 21.85 mile/hr

This course has never hurt this bad and this is the 4th year that I've done this race. Taking the month off in July and just doing some casual riding really made this hurt a lot. I was determined to race it all in the big ring, but my thighs were erupting in flames and my cadence dropped to a pathetic level and I knew this would be very bad for the run. So I shifted into the little ring to try to spin up the later hills. I had a lot of transmission issues in my little ring. It wouldn't go into an easier gear, then would ghost shift suddenly when I wasn't expecting it. I apologize to those around me who heard the string of cuss words I let rip during this segment. I got passed by men, but not by women, but I still did not feel like this was a good ride for me.
What would you do differently?:

Train more!
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

All I had to do was rack the bike, slip on my flats, grab my hat and number belt. And it took me over a minute to do all that. Oi.
What would you do differently?:

Do some transition practice.
  • 25m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 16s  min/mile

This didn't feel as bad as the bike. I knew it would be slow and am quite happy it was this fast considering I only ran 6 miles in July. This is where I want to focus. I need to be able to run consistently and stay healthy.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing on this particular day. Did the best I could with the fitness I had left from the ironman.
Post race
Warm down:

Did a mile cool down walk with SuzanneS.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training post ironman. Still in ironman recovery.

Event comments:

I love the Greenville Sprint as it is my hometown race. I knew I was not in top form going into this, but wanted to race for the love of racing. Had a blast.

Last updated: 2009-07-29 12:00 AM
00:06:43 | 437 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/23
Overall: 6/178
Performance: Average
Suit: Malone tri kit
Course: Serpentine pool swim, long course set up.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:24
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:41:11 | 15 miles | 21.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/23
Overall: 4/178
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Very rolling loop
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:25:41 | 03.11 miles | 08m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/23
Overall: 49/178
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops around the parking lot, up a dirt hill, around a neighborhood, and back down the dirt hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-08-16 7:38 PM

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Simpsonville, SC
Subject: Greenville Triathlon

2009-08-16 7:44 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Nice job getting a sprint in post IM.  Nice splits too!

2009-08-16 7:48 PM
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Lacey, Washington
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Nice job Pam! 21.85mph is still pretty darn awesome!! I like the "my thighs were erupting in flames" quote...I read it, and I knew exactly what you meant! Good use of words!

Congrats on the hardware!

2009-08-16 7:52 PM
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Simpsonville, SC
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Thanks. I missed first in my age group by 3 seconds Oh well
2009-08-17 7:31 AM
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Greer, SC
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Nice race Pam- even after still being in the post ironman recovery stages.  With all of the gear trouble you still smoked the bike and had a great swim for being slowed down.  It is kind of funny that we haven't actually met.  I was in your mentor group.  We live in the same town and race the same races.  Maybe after Augusta you can show me a nice 80 mile ride.  Depending on how things go in Augusta, I am considering an IM for late '10.  I am looking at IMKY or B2B.  We'll see.  Thanks for all of the advice you have given me.  I certainly do appreciate it. 
2009-08-17 11:54 AM
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Ames, IA
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Those are some great splits, especially not having really trained for speed in awhile.  Super job!

2009-08-18 10:21 AM
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Greenville, SC
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Good race Pam! Well, transitions aside! ;-O Still a podium finish with good splits in the face of adversity! Way to overcome and achieve!
2009-08-19 4:09 AM
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The Whites, New Hampshire
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Nice race! I know it didn't feel like it - but just more proof that the mental game is more important than the physical. You got out and did it, post-IM, no training for a month...awesome!

I have to say, though, I laughed just a little bit when I saw it took you 1:24 in put on your aero helmet... I was wondering if you shaved that much time off your bike time because you were using the helmet. *snerk*
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