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Williamsburg, VA, Virginia
United States
78F / 26C
Total Time = 3h 14m 27s
Overall Rank = 78/109
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 5/8
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, did the peak flow and inhalers....not happy with my peak flow numbers so it's 2 puffs each of rescue and maintenance inhalers. Asthma acting up for the past week and I got IM steroids on Friday with a weeks worth of oral steroids....
We got some breakfast and headed to the race site. It's still dark, can't see to get my tire pump working right. Finally hooked it up and let my husband pump the tires while I fussed with the water and aero bottles.
Started coughing while setting up transition...2 more puffs on rescue, tape it to the bike frame along with my gu on the bars.
Got body marked and chipped, head down to the river.
I found a guy from the tri club and talked with him a bit, found Nicole...Finally our wave gets up. My HRM said over 120 at the entrance into the water but it settled down once I stood for a few minutes.
Event warmup:

Plan on conserving every bit of lung function...lots of stretching the hip flexors, that's it.
  • 42m 46s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

I started off feeling okay, trying to be conservative. Evidently not enough...the inhalers had looseded a bunch of stuff in my lungs and I started coughing and wheezing within 300 meters. Kayaker paddled over so I could get enough leverage upright to get the gunk out of the lungs. I spit nasty ick out and started off. He was looking at me like I was nuts to just keep going. I had a few moments of questioning that decision myself but I refuse to allow asthma to define who I am or limit what I do so ONWARD I went.

Finally get to the first turn bouy, it's choppy and I'm getting a good bit of the brackish water in my mouth when I breathe. ICK! Kayaker tries to direct me inward some...ear plugs, it takes a few attempts before I hear what she says. I'm in the midst of the wave behind me by now, lost so much time coughing. Oh well, there are still swimmers from my wave in the water.

Make the second turn, still getting some directions from the kayakers. Not a lot of bouys marking this course. Guy in front of me stands up. I stand too, cough again, dolphin dive, swim a bit...repeated for the last couple hundred yards.

Get up on the beach and decide since it's a long transition run to take my wet suit off. Suit got stuck on the timing chip and I land on my butt. Oh well...
What would you do differently?:

Since not having asthma isn't an option....not much I could do.
Transition 1
  • 03m 41s

Get up to transition and my husband gives me an estimated time. Tell him I'm having a hard time breathing. Almost ran the wrong way out with the bike....

placed 1/8 here!
  • 1h 23m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.96 mile/hr

Got out on the course and my breathing was still rough, not bad...not wheezing, but not 100%. Knew where the rescue inhaler was taped but didn't need it.

Turn onto Greensprings and the less than lady like side came out as I hacked up parts of my lungs and left them along the road. Left a snot rocket along the way too...Yeah, pretty sight....Truck passes me, I look up and there's 2 bikes in front of me, one trying to pass the other and I don't know if he's going to get back inside enough in time for the truck who didn't seem to want to slow down. Little scary there!

Get over the bridge feeling pretty good and I start to work harder. My sensor is out of alignment and I have no clue about my cadence or speed. Just going by how I feel and what my legs & lungs will allow. There's a group of 6-8 bikes coming back towards me and a truck hauling a boat goes wide around them. Just as I'm looking up from aero I see the front end of this guys truck about a foot from me. YIKES!!! Picking off riders here and there...

Make the left turn to get to the turnaround. Up a minor hill. Grab a gu. I've had one chamber from the aero bottle of heed by now. Hit the turn, it's a tight hairpin so I unclip my left toot. My right foot isn't turning the cranks, wheel is stuck. HUH?? Quickly unclip and reclip in then everything is fine. Enjoyed the down hill and start really passing people. Got at least 12 folks on the back half of the ride.

Head back into the park and had to slow down a lot cause there's cars exiting already. Darn sprinters were already leaving and blocking us...AGAIN! Unclip and ride with feet on pedals but still in shoes.

What would you do differently?:

Not much, this was a great ride for me!
Transition 2
  • 02m 19s

No problems, just hard to untape the inhaler from the bike frame. I wanted it with me given how the day started.

7/8 here?
  • 1h 02m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 05s  min/mile

Head out from the park, quick left, cross the street and a short jaunt down part of the bike trail. Turn around and cross the street heading down the bike trail along Greensprings. Police are doing an awesome job of stopping traffic for us at the intersections. However, the bike trail remained open to other users so I find myself saying "on your left" to a man walking with his kid and working my way around bikers...
Passed by the first water station just before mile 1. I have to pee so bad...there's a porta potty but I am the type to refuse to stop in a race to pee and also not the one to pee myslef in the race...So I pass both the water and the potty.

Long wood bridge. I hear the rhythm of my feet and I think "horse hooves". Also think of a few people doing IMOO today and hope K gets to run :)
Make a right turn and head down another part of the path. Hit the turn around there,taking water from the aid station this time. Head back to the intersection and hae to take another right then a left. Still on parts of the bike trail. The macadam isn't very forgiving, my back hurts. Massage it a bit and keep moving. Hit the aid station,drink and keep moving. Pass the man who has been directing the runners through the turns, he tells me I have about 2.5 miles to go.

Long stretch through here. Worst part was running near where a water feature was and hearing the running water with a bladder on the verge of explosion. Keep moving.

Mile 5 aid station, grab some heed to drink and pour water on my head. There's a guy at least 15 years younger than me in front of me. I pass him saying "You aren't going to let an old asthmatic pass you are you?" He laughed and I passed him.

Turn right and head down towards the park. Fans are encouraging...Hit the chute at a good sprint. Still holding my inhaler but never used it...
Post race
Warm down:

THey cut off my chip and handed out wet towels with our water bottles. Oh, that towel felt so good!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Asthma flare

Event comments:

Set up used to have really tight transition security. Not this time. SPrinters startes off an hour before the oly so they were clogging transition when we were coming in from the swim they were clearing their stuff.
Going green, no printed course maps and the run course wasn't posted on the website.

Last updated: 2009-07-07 12:00 AM
00:42:46 | 1640 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/8
Overall: 0/109
Performance: Average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Large rectangle about 600 meters on the long sides and 300 meters on the short one
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Time: 03:41
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:23:00 | 24.85 miles | 17.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/8
Overall: 0/109
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back, few minor rollers, biggest hill is climbing the bridge
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 02:19
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:02:41 | 06.21 miles | 10m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 0/109
Course: THe course had to be redone this year. Someone hit a pylon for the bridge so Colonial Parkway was out of the loop.So we ran on parts of the bike trail around Williamsburg. Semi shaded, flat, couple wood bridges.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-09-13 4:57 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2009-09-13 6:07 PM
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Weird about the run change without good explanation or directions, folks waving the way????

Nice job with not ideal peak flow....great job with the run and all around!

2009-09-13 6:54 PM
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Congratulations! Great race, even though you had to deal with the asthma issues. (And a full bladder. LOL)

2009-09-13 7:21 PM
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Great job with  tough start.  Looking at a sub three without that hang on the Kayak, snot rockets and spit'in.  Sorry
about the breathing troubles.  Now rest and enjoy.
2009-09-13 9:17 PM
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Richmond VA area
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Great race report! Almost felt like I was there with you except without getting wet from your hacking and snot. You really hung tough, You are my hero for the day. I really hope I can join you guys there next year for the Oly.


2009-09-13 9:30 PM
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I cannot imagine swimming like that, you must hardly get enough oxygen. Good job!


2009-09-14 3:51 AM
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Canandaigua NY
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Great job overcoming the asthma issues and pushing on!  Nice job on the bike and run, and you would have beaten Cayuga on the swim without the hacking attack!!!

Way to go!!!!

2009-09-14 5:17 AM
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Woohoo! Hacking up a lung and you still didn't let the OWS demons get to you!
Nice job
2009-09-14 8:05 AM
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Quebec, Canada
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Good job on a not so perfect day

You HTFU and kept going even with that asthma, way to go!  
2009-09-14 8:43 AM
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East Side of the Bay
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Way to go Judi!! You controlling your asthma rather than letting it control you is a very tough job.  It takes a very strong and determined person.  Sounds like you had some crazy course conditions with traffic, nonparticipants on the bike path-that just seems wrong.  All the more reason to celebrate a great race and strong finish!!
2009-09-14 8:05 PM
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Ames, IA
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Nice race!  Way to make it through the asthma attack and keep going.  That sounds like a heck of a way to swim

2009-09-14 8:25 PM
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Were you in a white cap?  I was in a dark green cap in the same wave and asked if you were okay (early in the swim).  The water WAS yucky!  My pink shirt was brown when I exited.  Good job despite not being able to breathe.   I had a hard day....normal swim, normal bike (although I felt like crap, my time was about what I normally do) and a terrible run.  But I raced with the flu, so I am glad I even able to get out of bed on Sunday morning.  It was a pretty course and I learned a lot. 

Great job keeping your cool and finishing strong!

2009-09-14 10:14 PM
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Olney, MD
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I think hanging and talking with you before the swim start helped to keep my nerves in check. Sorry your swim was so bad but I'm so impressed that you got yourself through it and had a great bike and run. Awesome!
2009-09-15 6:44 AM
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Peoria, Arizona
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Great job, Your Majesty.   You are forgiven for the Snot Rockets, and Lung hack up stuff!  

I'm impressed with your sticktuitiveness and sassitude...  I could have very easily been that guy you passed....  Awesome job.  You never cease to inspire!


Great job!


2009-09-15 7:32 AM
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Awesome race with your not wanted partner of asthma.  You are one tough chick! You are such an inspiration, I can't even imagine how proud your family is.
2009-09-16 8:30 PM
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Great job on Sunday and overcoming your obstacles! You are amazing and I'm sorry I couldn't be there to watch you sprint across the finish line!

2009-09-17 4:39 PM
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Rochester, NY
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Nice race there!  Sucks about the asthma, but you certainly know how to push through!  Awesome job! 
2009-09-18 11:07 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Asthma sucks.  My youngest sister had full-blown asthma as a kid and I remember how miserable that was.

" I unclip my left toot... "  *snerk*  I laughed at that.

Great job, QZ!

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