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Henderson, Nevada
United States
Iron Girl
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 24m 2s
Overall Rank = 369/643
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 82/139
Pre-race routine:

For two days I've been having bad muscle soreness in both calves. I have no idea where they came from, but I think I stretched too hard a couple days ago. When I woke up in the middle of the night before the race, I put my feet on the floor and I had extremely bad shooting pains. I was literally pi$$ed because I had no idea if I would be able to do the race. I walked around a little, felt a little better. Treated it with heating pad for a while. I didn't have any compression tights or anything, and I knew that it can be effective, but I thought why not use my arm warmers...it *actually* did the trick!! Left it on for a couple hours until I had to get ready for the race. I was *praying* that my calves pain will at least be bearable for the race. I decided right there and then to just finish it, and not focus too much on time or hammering it, especially on the run.

Had cereal, tea, and granola bars. Picked up Mom and Stepdad, Terry from hotel, drove back, a friend drove all of us to the place, took off my calf "sleeves", felt really good.
Event warmup:

Set up my area, I was nearly feeling like a chicken with the head cut off. I never practiced. :-) Put on wetsuit, and long walk to water and waited and waited. I felt SO Deaf this whole time.
Swim
  • 22m 29s
  • 800 meters
  • 02m 49s / 100 meters
Comments:

Water was awesome temp, didn't bother me at all! Ran from the timing mat to water, started my swim, oh.my.f'ing.gosh. Water is soooo murky, unlike the other OWS that I did. I tried to swim, but I couldn't even blow my nose in the water. Took it easy for a while to get my groove...didn't come until really late in the swim. I was hoping to get under 22 minutes. I did mostly breaststroke and backstroke. Passed many newbie swimmers (I guess that's a good thing, lol!) Every time I tried to do a freestyle, it just plain sucked! I did at least try a few times, and took advantage of that and did sprints in hopes to get a better time. I didn't allow it to defeat me, I just swam, cheering on the others and just enjoyed the process and ignored everything else. So what if I didn't do freestyle the whole time. I'm happy that I did better than HALF of the women! So that should count for something! :-)
What would you do differently?:

More OWS experience, especially in this water.
Transition 1
  • 06m 57s
Comments:

LONG run from Swim to Transition! Totally unexpected, but whatever! Saw my triathlete friend, and ran with him for a little bit, then stopped and walked. I knew that I would be on a massive rolling hills coming out of the bike, so I needed to walk to slow down my HR/breathing. Suit came off quickly and easy, shoes/helmet/Cochlear implant on just as quickly as I could. And ran out with a smile!
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to run after the swim? LOL! Nothing I would have changed.
Bike
  • 1h 12m 53s
  • 18 miles
  • 14.82 mile/hr
Comments:

I didn't listen to myself..."TAKE IT EASY for the first couple miles, then hammer it!" Whatever, I passed SO many people at the beginning and the hills. Hammered it on the descents, and took it a little easier on the ascents. Calves wasn't bothering me, but slightly bothersome on the ascents.

Everything went okie dokie until Mile 12. I have NO idea what the heck happened. My rear tire started to feel REALLY weird, like it was out of balance. Stopped the bike (wasn't easy cuz I was going 18mph!), checked the rear tire, still inflated. Went on my merry way, and it just felt really weird for the rest of the ride. I could NOT figure out what it was. Every time I had to do a curve, especially turning right, my tires would skid/slip. So I had to quickly change my game plan - instead of hammering it, don't crash! I wasn't sure if it was the brakes or what! I just kept going, there was a couple descents that I *could* have pushed it harder, but kept it slightly easier just in case, I don't want to crash. Ended up in transition in no time, and didn't check my tires. When I came back to pick up my bike, it was totally flat. So I have no idea if I was riding on a flat or just half flat? If I did have a flat, how come I was able to push it to 20mph? Oh well. Hope my rims aren't ruined.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing! I could have pushed it harder on the descents just the last few miles, but I didn't want to risk a crash with weird thing going on with my tires. Did WAY better than I expected, so I'm very happy with this! I *think* if I hammered it harder, I probably could shave off another 5 minutes, I took it too easy the last 5 miles, but I was still under my goal time of 1:15. Not to be nice and allow the slower rider stay in front of me. I was too nice for several riders that were on mountain bikes in front of me, when I could have just passed them (I'm used to group rides! Dang it all!)
Transition 2
  • 02m 14s
Comments:

Easy peasy.
What would you do differently?:

Not spend too much time with the Garmin and set it up to Multisport during setting up transition stuff...silly me. Wasted 30 seconds to a min to change it to new sport. Whatever! I wanted to record this for keepsake. I think for my next triathlon, I'll just leave it on the bike, and wear a watch instead.
Run
  • 39m 28s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 12m 44s  min/mile
Comments:

Walked the first min or so to lower my HR a little, and pumped up! Calves was really painful, and I knew I would be suffering after the finish. So I ditched the 4/1 run/walk plan and just run when I could, walk when I could. At one part, there was another woman that just grabbed my hands and we started running together. I got a lot of praises and high fives. I felt pretty good throughout the entire run. I hated the course, but I still had a f'king great time! Had water, poured water on my head, new visor kept me really cool, walked up the hills, ran down the hills, ran the flats. Saw my triathlete friend again (he's a guy, so he's forbidden to race. LOL) and he kept me going all the way to finish, I ignored the severe calf pains, ran to the finish line, and did a jump-heel-click for race photo. I must have had the biggest smile on my face!
What would you do differently?:

Practice running more on hills and difficult terrain. My goal time was 40 minutes...I'm REALLY happy with my result, even with the rough terrain, and feeling like I walked more than I ran. Many people were bitching about this run course.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate banana, OJ, and stretched out just slightly, but decided not to push it any more than necessary. I was already hurting really bad. After getting my bike (and discovering the flat), and ready to go home. Calves were screaming "HEAT NOW!" Treated with heating pad, feel way better.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

NOTHING! I was UNDER my goal time of 2:30! So yeah, I'm extremely happy with my first triathlon. There's PLENTY of room for improvement and that will come with time and experience. I can't wait to do another triathlon! Oh yeah, not to get calf pains?!

Event comments:

It's definitely perfect for first-timer. There was a LOT of first-timers so it was perfect pick for an easy paced triathlon. There was no real competition between each other, we all cheered on to one another. I thanked ALL the police that was manning the intersections, it made me feel so much better. I thanked a lot of the volunteers as well and cheered on those that was going on slow (many were using mountain bikes and I knew that they would be very slow).




Last updated: 2009-12-31 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:22:29 | 800 meters | 02m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/139
Overall: 317/643
Performance: Good
Suit: ??? Borrowed
Course: Time Trial - 5 Sec between athletes, no mass swim. It was actually nice! Out to a triangle course and back.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 06:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:12:53 | 18 miles | 14.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/139
Overall: 330/643
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills, out and back, oh yeah, more rolling hills. :-) Slightly rough to ride/ debris.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:39:28 | 03.1 miles | 12m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/139
Overall: 504/643
Performance: Good
Course: Trail Run, very rocky terrain, LOTS of hills (Kelli would LOVE this course. LOL!), and even dangerous cracks from rains = ankle breakers. Some areas is running on slope!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2010-05-15 8:24 PM

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2010-05-15 8:35 PM
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"I hated the course, but I still had a f'king great time!"   AWESOME!!!!! 

way to go DJ.  been fun "watching" your training these past few months.  very proud of you!  CONGRATS TRIATHLETE!!!!!!


2010-05-15 8:39 PM
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WHOOP!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on your first Tri.  Welcome to the club!

Nice job handeling what the day brought you.

2010-05-15 9:11 PM
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I LOVED your comments on the swim.....you are an inspiration and so glad you had such a blast in your first.

Steve



2010-05-15 9:17 PM
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Congratulations DJ.  I'm so happy for you.  Gives me a great boost for my race tomorrow.  You're Awesome!
2010-05-15 9:30 PM
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Great job and welcome to the club!!! Glad you enjoyed it. You'll learn not to be to nice to the other bikers soon!!


2010-05-15 9:33 PM
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Awesome job DJ!  Love the heel click at the finish!  Glad you had a blast TRIATHLETE!!
2010-05-15 9:33 PM
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YEAH!!  Way to go DJ -first one done!  T-R-I-A-T-H-L-E-T-E!!!  Way to perserve throught it all!

2010-05-15 10:44 PM
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DJ,
Awesome job! 
I totaly agree that the murky water was a shock, since the water in Lake Mead is pretty clear.

I would love to bike with you anytime, just email me. I've been looking at the BLV and GV Cyclist websites & want to start doing some group rides with them soon. I teach, so in 3 weeks I'll be off for the summer and will have a lot more flexibility with my time. 
 
Looks like we have done a lot of the same races. I did the Susna G Komen race May 1st also. I'll have to add it to my log-thought I could only record tris.

Again, nice job.

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2010-05-15 11:14 PM
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DJ,
Awesome job! 
I totaly agree that the murky water was a shock, since the water in Lake Mead is pretty clear.

I would love to bike with you anytime, just email me. I've been looking at the BLV and GV Cyclist websites & want to start doing some group rides with them soon. I teach, so in 3 weeks I'll be off for the summer and will have a lot more flexibility with my time. 
 
Looks like we have done a lot of the same races. I did the Susna G Komen race May 1st also. I'll have to add it to my log-thought I could only record tris.

Again, nice job.

Jackie



Jackie - You can record anything!  Even though the Susan Komen race for Cure is "technically" a charity race, and the other ADA Ride I did is "technically" a charity ride, I still do a RR for both of them. For the Race for Cure - I did get time chipped, so that totally counts. :-)

Will you do more triathlons?! :-)

I'll email you with my contact info!
2010-05-16 12:23 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS Triathlete! I can't wait to see the photo of your heel click at the finish line - you did GREAT - I knew you would


2010-05-16 1:09 AM
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Congrats, DJ!  Terrific job and awesome RR.  You've been so consistent with your training, it is wonderful to see you having fun AND surpassing your goal time.  Way to go! 
2010-05-16 1:27 AM
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You did awesome! And you beat your target time - with a screwed-up back tire, rough terrain, and dangerous trail run. I'm super duper impressed! Way to go!!!!
2010-05-16 5:51 AM
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YEAH DJ!!

Really great job.  We have all had that first OWS experience so now that it is behind you the next one will be a lot easier.  I laughed over your comment "you felt so deaf", sometimes I feel 'so short'! 

Two things, get the bike checked out AND get those calves back in order...you are running a half marathon in December.

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2010-05-16 8:09 AM
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Congrats on an awesome race. Irongirl Atlanta was my first Tri lastyear and it is a great series. I am glad to your to have LV as your first! You did great!
2010-05-16 8:49 AM
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Congratulations tiathelete. Way to push through and finish strong.



2010-05-16 9:41 AM
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YYAAAAYYYYY!! Congrats!!! This is awesome!!
2010-05-16 9:46 AM
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Great job, DJ! Congratulations on beating your goal!
2010-05-16 11:15 AM
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Awesome job, DJ!!! Way to go! Bummer about the bike potential flat, but way to rise above it! And I think you will find that in every race, people are so supportive and friendly (even if you do end up getting competitive with them). It's just so inspiring and wonderful to be out there with others challenging yourself that when you pass people they give you props, and you do the same when they pass you. It's all good!! 

Congrats on beating your run goal time in spite of the calf pains, too!!

Please share your finish photo with us when you get it. Congratulations on a great race and enjoy your fabulous body today!! 
2010-05-16 11:47 AM
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Congrats on completing your first tri!  And on rising above all the unexpected stuff.  I guess that is what makes it 'fun'?  But it does make it interesting and helps push ourselves.  Enjoy the day after too and savor the feeling of accomplishment.
2010-05-16 1:29 PM
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YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2010-05-16 7:14 PM
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Great job!  It always feels good to hit a goal.  Take care of those calves so you can get back to training for your next race. 
2010-05-17 6:38 AM
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Great job DJ, congrats!

1 down, many to go : )
2010-05-17 8:38 AM
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Congratulations Triathlete!!! Great job!!!
2010-05-17 8:53 AM
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WAY TO GO TRIATHLETE!!!!!!
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