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Shreveport, Louisiana
United States
Sports Spectrum
88F / 31C
Total Time = 2h 37m 36s
Overall Rank = 36/169
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

I am Tinman! Okay, so not as good as being Ironman :)

Well, the day before I stupidly decided to do a 10k race (see AlleyRun report), then I drove over to Shreveport to pick up my packet. I get to SportsSpectrum and they hand me my stuff and I look at my number...I'm freakin' #13! What? You can't do this to me!! Anyways, got lots of cool stuff in our packet. Drove back home and went to AlleyFest for awhile before getting bored and depressed so came home and eventually went to bed around 10. Got up at 3 am, which wasn't hard as screwed up as my sleep has been, that's about normal wake up time for me at the moment. Got my stuff together and took a shower. Left the house around 5 to head for Shreveport. I ate my standard 3-hr pre race nutrtion of a powerbar and oj. Got to the race site and walked the half mile to transition. Transition opened before 6:30 am so I had my stuff in there early; managed to get a primo racking spot at the bike in/bike out entrance. I ate my pb crackers at 6:30. I went to get bodymarked (I was mad that they didn't put people's ages on the calf, I hate not knowing if people are in my age group or not) and they looked at my race number and laughed. I know, #13. From then on out everyone was avoiding me like the plague. I could hear people all around me going, "Omg, look at her, she's number 13." I realized that I forgot my sunglasses in my car so made the trek back to the car and got them, came back, and got my chip. Did the stand around thing and got intimidated, why do I torture myself so??
Event warmup:

I jogged for about 6-7 minutes, went to the bathroom and that was about it. I knew the warm-up was pointless since we would have to be bussed to the swim start and stand around there a little bit, but I wanted to see how the legs felt. I caught the shuttle to the swim start and went to the bathroom, again. I did manage to get in the water a couple of minutes before my wave start so kind of swam around a little.

I just felt soooo tired the entire morning leading up to the race. I wanted nothing more than to lay down. I didn't even have my prerace jitters because I was so tired. Even as I was in the water waiting for my wave to take off I was so tired, the nice warm water wasn't helping the situation.
  • 32m 58s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 12s / 100 meters

They started all of the females together in one wave (2nd wave, 4 min. behind the 49 and under males), but we had plenty of room to spread out, so no problems with being knocked around. I wanted to try my Roadkill top and tri-shorts to see how comfortable they would be on the bike and run. The top is a little loose so was probably dragging a little bit, but it won't be a problem at Buffalo Springs since I will have my wetsuit on (the outfit felt great on the bike and run, so I am definitely wearing what I wore today rather than my skinsuit, it's so much cooler this way). Like I said, we swam downstream, but the wind was blowing upriver so the top of the water was moving in the other direction, so don't think the downstream part helped any. I kept finding myself drifting out towards the middle of the river and having to work my way back towards the shoreline( guess I was worried about alligators, lol), however, I certainly was not alone and there were people even farther out than me. So, probably wasted a lot of time swimming back in towards shore. Sighting was easy though because you could always see the banks when breathing. Swimming a straight point to point is kind of disheartening, not that it felt super long, but when you get to round bouys, you at least feel like you are accomplishing something and moving it was like, stroke, stroke, bank, stroke, stroke, got old quickly. I did pass several of the men that started ahead of us, so that's always a positive. Overall rank for the swim was 113/169 (men and women).
What would you do differently?:

Not swim to the other side of the river!! My time was slow, but I finished MOP, which is good for me in the swim, I'm usually way BOP so I'm not complaining too much. Average times for just about everyone looked pretty slow. Like I said, my top probably wasn't ideal for swimming, but I'm glad I got to race in it before BSL.
Transition 1
  • 00m 59s

No issues with my transition. Not much I could have done to go faster.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 13m 22s
  • 25.4 miles
  • 20.77 mile/hr

Bleh! Not happy about today's bike. I only had like the 5th or 6th fastest time out of the women and I was 48/169 overall. Getting going was a little tough because there was so many of us and we were all trying to move at the same speed, hard to keep from drafting and very frustrating that it was hard to pass someone within 15 sec. even though they were moving slightly slower than what I wanted to do. There were race officials all over the course, so didn't want to do anything to risk getting a penalty...luckily, I didn't. However, once we got going, things got spread out. The road surface was your typical crappy Louisiana was smooth pavement but had ridges like a sidewalk so it was a constant, bump-bump, bump-bump, very annoying. Anyways, I had no speed on the bike. It was super windy today so everytime we headed south into the wind it just downright sucked! The first part into the wind I just tried to keep my speed above 19, but on the next couple of times in the wind I was grasping to stay in the 17-18 mph range, just had nothing. Even into the wind I was only going 22-24 mph. I just felt like I couldn't move. There weren't really any hills other than the overpasses so I don't even have that as an excuse. However, I have found that I am stronger on hills than most women, so perhaps the flat was to my disadvantage. A couple of the turn arounds were pretty tight, so really had to slow down there, which I didn't like. At least with all of the looping back and forth, you were never into the wind for an extended period of time. I passed several guys, especially in the beginning and passed a few women. I was passed by a couple of guys (boo!), but no women.
What would you do differently?:

Pedal!! That, and I don't think running my fastest 10k ever the day before helped any, but oh well. After this bike, I'm really nervous about BSL because it's going to be just as windy, if not windier, and I really crashed and burned today. I'm just really not happy about my bike today. Oh, and I've got to do better about my nutrition on the bike, only went through about 3/4 of my hammergel water and a little bit of water only. I've got to take in more, especially with it being as hot as it was today.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

Guess it was a decent time after all, felt like I did the sock dance forever.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, just calm down when putting my socks on.
  • 49m 9s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 56s  min/mile

Okay, before you get on to me about my slowest run ever, let me was your typical deep down south weather, HOT and MUGGGGGY. Holy cow did I want to die! However, apparently everyone else did too. I placed 25/169 total, can you believe that?? That just proves how bad the heat was getting to everyone. I passed tons and tons of guys on the run and three women. Only one guy passed me on the run. So, I'm happy that for once, no women passed me and that I was actually able to pass some women. I was just in total shock at how wimpy the guys were, people were just dropping like flys. Running on that trail down by the river sucked because we had trees on one side and the road bank on the other so there was no breeze down there. They said this was a challenging run...I thought they were referring to hills, didn't realize they meant suffocation! The hills weren't bad, just rolling...easier than what I run on around here. It was weird, my legs actually hurt more running downhill today. I normally hate having water on me during the run, but today, everytime I came to an aid station I would take a sip then pour the rest on my head and if I had time to grab a second cup, I did. Man, if there had been a tub or pool out there, I would have rolled around in it like a pig in mud. When we crossed under the highway over on to the other side, you could feel the wind which helped tremendously. I ran by this one guy and we felt this breeze go by at the same time, he let out this uuughhh. I knew exactly what he was thinking. We crossed back over to the riverside for the last mile, but it was into the wind and you were able to feel it; felt so good. I continued to pass guys the entire way. I got within the last .2 of the course and there is this guy a little ways up in front of me. This woman is yelling at me to pass him on the straight away into the finish. I'm thinking, lady, I don't care about passing this guy, this is all I'm doing. Then I was like, now what kind of attitude is that?? I'm passing him on the curve before the straight away! So I actually kicked with all I had and beat the guy, so proud of myself for giving it my all in the end. Coming into the finish the announcer said, "And here comes lucky number 13, Gina Vandiver from Longview, Tx. Guess it ended up not being so bad after all. As I watched people finish I saw lots of people going to the medical tent and even saw one lady come across the finish and collapse, needless to say, she went out on a stretcher in an ambulance to the hospital.
What would you do differently?:

The usual, just freakin' run harder! However, today with the conditions as they were, I honestly think I ran a smart run. I took in the right amount of fluids, I kept calm and just kept moving forward. I actually felt better on the second half of the run rather than the first half.
Post race
Warm down:

Water! Give me water!! I don't know how I possbily crammed so much water into my stomach, but I did. I pretty much camped out at the water cooler and just kept chugging the stuff down. Then I heard an announcement about food over on the pavillion, so, made a beeline for the food. I ate a hamburger, chips, banana, and two bagels, I'm a bottomless pit after a race! I then picked up my stuff from transition and then drove over to the Red River district where the awards ceremony was going to be held. The awards weren't until 1 and I got there around 12:15. I was so tired and all I wanted to do was lay down, but I didn't want people to think I was a bum by sleeping on the benches. The trophies that they gave out were really nice, can't believe they were so nice for just age grouop awards. I somehow managed to survive the hour drive home (It's funny how this is my closest race, yet I went out of state for it). I came in the door and fell into bed, didn't even take a shower first. Woke up and took a shower and boy am I sunburned!! Oh, but this is the best part, my 13's are branded in my arms from the marker (well, the numbers are white, while the rest of me is beet red). I went to the store today and everyone was just staring at me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Several things today limited my ability:

1) Hard couple of days of work in the field on Thursday and Friday
2) The extreme lack of sleep I've been getting from my sleeping schedule being all out of whack.
3) The fact that I'm peaking for BSL and not this race, so it was supposed to be a training race; therefore I shouldn't get upset at myself.
4) The 10k race the day before. Okay, I knew I shouldn't have, but I don't regret it either.
5) The extreme heat and humidity. The water was 84 degrees if that's any indication of the temperatures today. So even the swim was hot, swimming in a bath tub.

So, all things considered, I'm giving myself a pat on the back for this one (well, still giving myself a beating for the bike portion, no excuse for that pitiful effort). It's funny, I'm usually so mad at myself for my run efforts, but that is what I am most proud of today, even though it was my slowest of my three oly times. When the going got tough, I just kept on pushing.

Event comments:

Sports Spectrum puts on an awesome race. It's amazing how efficient they are at settig up and tearing down. Got lots of goodies in the race packet and the age group trophies were really nice. Tons of volunteers, water stops at every mile of the run. Good food and beer after the race. Nice finishers medals. Only complaint...the awards were held at a separate location in the Red River District, which, since I've been to Shreveport before, I knew where to go, but several of the other out of towners didn't.

A couple more stats:
The next female in my age group was 3:00:06
Brandon and Mike (longview bike club guys), who said that they couldn't do the Alleyrun because they had Tinman the next day, didn't show up. What a waste of money! Perhaps, they didn't want to get beat by a girl (just kidding, they probably accidentally slept in or something).
Jeff and Shelly Beaty (other longview peeps) did come, but I kicked their tails! Jeff: 3:01:36, Shelly: 3:15:22. What's ammusing about this is that they spend $700 a month for their coach...I only pay a little over that for a year!

I'm probably forgetting lots of details, so I'll update as they come to me.

Last updated: 2005-06-05 12:00 AM
00:32:58 | 1500 meters | 02m 12s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/6
Overall: 8/169
Performance: Average
Course: The swim was in the Red River and was point-to-point. We were shuttled upstream and then swam downstream to transition.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 00:59
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:13:22 | 25.4 miles | 20.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 7/169
Performance: Bad
Wind: Strong
Course: The bike course was on a closed parkeway. We had to loop up and back 4 times; therefore, we had to make several turn-arounds. Only hills were the overpasses.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:10
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:49:09 | 06.2 miles | 07m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 6/169
Performance: Good
Course: Most of it was on an asphalt trail along the river and then it crossed under the highway and went briefly through a neighborhood, back to the trails and into the finish. Rolling hills, but nothing too bad.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2005-06-05 8:22 PM

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Longview, TX
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2005-06-05 8:35 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
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Tremendous race and you write a fun race report too!

2005-06-05 8:54 PM
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Plant City, FL
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Gina--you are an amazing athlete!!  Congrats on yet another fabulous race!!   YOU ROCK!
2005-06-05 9:39 PM
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Congrats on your race and finish. Reading your report, I sometimes wondered if we were in the same race!

Like you, I thought the conditions were tough today, but I thought the road surface itself was pretty good. I'm sure Texas roads are better, but the only races I've ridden in Texas have been on the shoulder of the road. I'd pit today against those any day of the week.

Once again, good job.
2005-06-05 10:29 PM
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Again, Gina a fantastic race and entertaining RR - well done! You have a lot of stamina and athletic ability that is 2nd to none around here! COngrats! M
2005-06-05 10:47 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
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2 race reports in as many days....gotta love it!  And 1st in age group AGAIN!  you rock girl...

Nice work today.  Hot and humid always'll affect everyone though. 

Awesome job!

2005-06-06 12:10 PM
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Whitsett, North Carolina
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Way to go Gina.  Love to see the podium finish girl.  I knew that you would catch a few men on the swim!!! 
2005-06-06 12:30 PM
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Mechanicsburg, PA
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Yet another great race and race report! I love reading them not just because you are so entirely kick ass, but because they are so much fun to read Best of luck at Buffalo Springs.

2005-06-06 3:03 PM
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Littleton, CO
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The suffocation may have sucked, but I think you'll be ahead of many of the rest of us at BSL because of the experience!  Great race, and another fun race report!
2005-06-06 7:56 PM
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San mateo California
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Darn Gina.. you did great..  I really enjoy your race reports... they are awsome...  congratulations...  Seems like you are ready for Lubbock....  

2005-06-06 8:25 PM
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, Alabama
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Gina, I am in awe.  A 10K PR on one day and then this!  Your "okay" oly time is just about my PR!  You're a terrific athlete.


2005-06-06 10:57 PM
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Issaquah, WA,
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2005-06-07 8:49 AM
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Denver, CO
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You're so amazing, Gina. Congratulations on a great race and surviving the heat and humidity. I am so humbled by your abilities - You have more talent in your pinky finger than I have in my whole body!
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