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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
Setup Events
76F / 24C
Total Time = 6h 57m 56s
Overall Rank = 114/157
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 26/29
Pre-race routine:

Had all the stuffed packed in the car the night before so I could sleep in a bit. Doing this race is great because I only have to go 10 minutes down the road.Ate a banana and got a quick cup of coffee. Kevin drove me over to the transition area then went back to pick up the rest of my jock strappers. My sister surprised me Fri night and showed up with her husband and daughter. Mom came on Thursday.
Event warmup:

No real warm up, unless you count trying to squeeze into your wetsuit, then the long walk to the swim start. Mindy was there to walk with me and she did a great job calming my nerves. Family showed up just before I got into the water.
  • 57m 13s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 43s / 100 yards

Well I must say that this was the worst open water swim I have EVER DONE!! Mostly because I got waaaaayyyy off course. After rounding the first bouy, and starting to go down river, the sun was still very low in the sky, so I could not see any of the bouys. But I also think that there weren't enough to sight on. I had to stop and ask a few of the guys in the kayaks where to go. They just kept telling us to swim towards the sun. I looked ahead a few times and swam towards a bunch of heads in the water. Big mistake because they were off course to. I got so far down the river that I was getting close to the bridge that takes you to the ferry. At that point I knew the beach was parallel so I made a turn. Looked up a few more times to see if I could see the tall wavy balloon guy on the beach but couldn't. Then I saw a boat with a red light on the top and swam to that. I was so pissed when I got out of the water, I swear steam was coming out of my ears!!
What would you do differently?:

Not to sure what I could have done differently. Sight better? On what, they didn't have enough. Not follow other people-well I had to sight on something, right??
Transition 1
  • 06m 4s

When I finally got back from the long transition, I was still steaming aout the swim. My family was there to cheer me on, which made it a bit better. Had to sit down to get the wetsuit off. I also made sure I grabbed my PBJ and GUs for the long ride I had ahead.
What would you do differently?:

Not have to sit down to take the wetsuit off. Not be so mad at myself and calm down.
  • 3h 21m 39s
  • 57 miles
  • 16.96 mile/hr

One good thing about having a race in your back yard, is that I had the chance to ride this course twice. So I knew what to expect. Coming down Rt 5 to the first left I had a great pace and felt good. Ate half of the PBJ and that was about all I could handle. Wind kicked up on Wilcox Neck and that slowed me more than I really wanted. All I could do is pray that I would have a tail wind on Rt 5. DIdn't take any water at the first water stop. Noticed a girl that had crashed and was being tended to by the EMT's. They had her on her side checking her back. Little did I know that she was my friend Carrie. We had trained together and did that ride together. Had I known it was her I would have had to stop. Got to the 25 mile mark and tried to eat the rest of the sandwich but just couldn't seem to chew it and had to spit it out, or throw it back up. Decided to stick with GU and HEED for the rest of the ride. Once I made the turn onto Rt 5 God had smiled on me and blessed me with a nice tail wind. I got to make up for lost time! Passed most of the people that had passed me earlier on the bike!!! When I got close to the store on the corner of Wilcock Neck, my family had stayed there the whole bike ride. They cheered me on and I started to cry. It made me feel so good to have all my family and friends out there.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was my first HIM and I didn't want to blow out my legs. I had a long run coming!!
Transition 2
  • 03m 19s

I felt great getting off the bike. I probably took to much time changing the shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Move a bit quicker.
  • 2h 29m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 26s  min/mile

My plan was to just run my own race and walk when I needed to. Mostly try to stick to a 9:1. When I started the run, my legs felt better than I ever expected so I ran to the first water stop. My first mile was well under 10 min. I was SHOCKED and I felt great!!! I walked just enought to get the water in and off I went again. I could feel a spring in my step and I actually had to tell myself to slow down or I would burn myself out. I continued walking the water stops. Got on the Greensprings trail and welcomed the shade. I had ran this trail ALOT over the summer and time seemed to fly. Coming out of the woods at the school all my family was there yet again screaming and cheering me on. I felt great and they said that I looked really strong. Passed a good many people on the run, and for me that is HUGE! When I got to mile 6 I looked at my watch and was having a great pace. I knew that if I continued like that my goal would be within my reach. I really didn't think much about my time till then. Had to take my first and only potty break at the turn around to begin the second loop. That was another big shock for me, because leading up to the race I couldn't run for more that 4 miles without having to get home to use the bathroom. On the trail for the second time, I ran with another girl named Ashleigh. She was doing a walk/run as well but when she slowed to walk a second time, I was feeling good so I ran ahead. Being in the old lady AG is hard because most of the water stops were cleaning up by the time I got towards the end of the run. I was starting to have a few stomach issues around mile 10 but told myself that I was not going to stop NOW!! Had to take a few more walk breaks but still felt good. Rounding the corner off Jamestown road I could heard the crowds and knew that I was going to beat my goal! I had become a half ironwoman!!! It really wasn't until I got home that night and thought about it, I had beat my goal time by 32 minutes!!!
What would you do differently?:

NOTHING!!!!! My run was WAY WAY WAY better than I could have ever imagined.
I had only done 1 half mary and that was 2 years ago. Then my longest run was only 10.6.
Post race
Warm down:

Did a few stretches, tried to eat a few bites of BBQ, but the stomach really didn't want anything. Sat and chatted with a few CAT members.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I knew that swim sucked but after the race I realized that there was not much I could do about it. I was not the only person who got off course. My bike was as strong and I had done 2 other time

Event comments:

Set UP events always puts on a great race. I was disapointed in the swim and the lack of bouys. Not to sure if it was due to the last minute change in course or not.

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Last updated: 2009-05-14 12:00 AM
00:57:13 | 2112 yards | 02m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/29
Overall: 129/157
Performance: Below average
Suit: sleeveless wetsuit
Course: Rectangular course that changed in the opposite direction race morning. It was a good thing because we would have battled the tide if they hadn't.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 06:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:21:39 | 57 miles | 16.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/29
Overall: 108/157
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Single loop out to Charles City then back to Route 5
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:19
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:29:43 | 13.1 miles | 11m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/29
Overall: 109/157
Performance: Good
Course: 2 Loop course on the VA bike trail and onto Greensprings trail. Most was black top with a short trail run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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

2009-09-15 7:24 PM

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Williamsburg, VA
Subject: Patriots Half

2009-09-15 8:34 PM
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Great race CONGRATS. You trained hard and did great That swim is tough with the current and
the morning sun. So what is next the Ironman????
2009-09-16 3:40 AM
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Newmarket, Suffolk
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It sounds like you had an almost perfect race! (That swim always sucks - does anyone manage to stay on course?!?) Congratulations! I'm so proud of you for doing it!
2009-09-16 6:11 AM
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Awesome job on your first HIM!!  Your plan was terrific and you did great!

They didn't have enough bouys is right, for the oly either!

2009-09-16 10:37 AM
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Sub-7 hour...that's awesome. You beat my first HIM time. Great job.

If I may offer some advice that someone told me and it has been a great help in my racing and training. Focus only on what you can control and not what has already taken place. If you go off course in the swim just let it go...if you take a spill on the bike get back on and just let it go....if you get a flat or mechanical problem then fix it, get back on the bike and let it go....there is nothing you can do about those things at that point. The past is in the past. Focus on what you can do in the next 20 minutes of the race to make you have a great race whether that is your form, your nutrition, your breathing, your pace, etc. Don't allow those negative feelings to effect you...always try to stay positive. I know it is hard sometimes but it really does make a difference.

Congratulations on completing your first HIM. I hope there are many more to come. Enjoy the recovery time and make sure you thank your family for allowing you to have the time to train for the race.
2009-09-16 8:40 PM
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Awesome job, Susan! I am so proud of you! You did an amazing job on Saturday! Way to crush your goal! All those hot runs in Newport News Park paid off. As did riding the course a few times. You had an amazing race!

I got lost on the swim, too, so it wasn't only you. And you do know that I am probably going to have to try this race again next year, right? I should have been hanging out at the finish line with you this year...

2009-09-16 8:43 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Loudoun County, VA
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Congratulations on finishing your first half-iron!!  That swim was brutal to sight on.

Great job out there!
2009-09-17 6:38 AM
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I'm so proud !!!

2009-09-17 4:10 PM
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Williamsburg, VA
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Carrie, we will def do this again next year.  You were a great training partner and I probably wouldn't have done as well if you didn't push me along!!
2009-09-19 10:51 AM
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Clifton, NJ
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wow, I totally missed this - congratulations!

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