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Ironman Kansas 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 39m 38s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 73/120
Pre-race routine:

First of all, I won free entry to this race last year (for dressing up as Glinda the Good Witch for their costume contest) so as much as I love Kansas 70.3, I didn't have much riding on this event. Just one step in my journey to IM Wisconsin.

Sooooo two nights before the race (you know, the night you're supposed to get a good nights sleep) I decided to go out for "one drink" and of course that turned into many more. I'm such a dummy. I got maybe 4 hours of sleep. Hopped in the car a little later than I wanted to, but made it to Lawrence around noon. And oh my, it was hot. Like 95 degrees and humid as hell hot. Wowzers. Set up camp with Whizzz, Coredump and Barkeep. Fun gang, they are.

Rode around the campsite with Barkeep to make sure I stil knew how to ride a bike, then checked them in and did packet pickup. Also bought a new tri top and visor. Two new things on race day but they both worked out great. Plus I looked adorable :) Rumor was the water temps were 81 degrees and it would not be wetsuit legal. Fine by me.

We were supposed to meet up with the BT crew to swimmy, but for some reason we didn't feel like it. We met the gang but decided to drive the race course instead. After that, everyone went to dinner while I hung out solo at the campsite (by choice). I ate my pre-prepared pasta salad and chips, did a short run, showered and read part of a hilarious book. Also packed up my T1 and T2 bags and organized EVERYTHING for the morning. I was Miss Prepared.

Got to bed before 10 p.m. but of course I was wired so I read awhile longer and listened to my iPod. Could see lightning in the distance and it was SUPER windy - kinda creepy. Maybe slept 3 hours?

I was up at 4:30 pottying and getting dressed. Ate a peanut butter sammich and SF Redbull for breakfast. Heard the water temps were 77.5 degrees (haha) so grabbed my wetsuit and luckily I'd brought an extra because Linda forgot hers. Glad I could help out. Walked with the gang down to set up T2 first. Then to T1. Almost time.

Ran into TONS of people I knew from the tri club, from BT, from life. It was really fun to see everyone. Left transition with LindaKC and InnerAthlete (Amber) and waited to potty. Downed a 5-hour energy and waited for our wave. We got to see Chrissy Wellington come out of the water while we were "on deck" - that was sweet.

Swim
  • 41m 44s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards
Comments:

Treading water start, and I somehow ended up SMACK in the middle of the mayhem. Gun goes off and it's insane. Immediately, my heart rate skyrocketed, I could not breathe and I was gasping for air. Literally. No room, no air. I would classify it as a "mini panic attack" because I knew I would eventually be fine and I wasn't completely freaking out, I was just really, really uncomfortable. Which is very unusual for me. I love the swim. The swim loves me back. I'm fine with mass starts and such. So I have no idea what happened here.

I was breathing every stroke because I just could not calm down. For I'd say... the first 900 yards. Seriously. That bad. I FINALLY found some open water and just slowed my stroke down. A lot. I knew it would mean a terrible swim time but I had to do something to calm myself down.

On the way back in, I was feeling much better, but still swimming slower than I usually do. Got pushed and groped unnecessarily by some dudes from the waves behind us, but that is par for the course.

I finally felt like I'd hit my groove in the last 200 yards. Then it was over. Popped up on the boat ramp and saw 39:50-something. Ballz.
What would you do differently?:

I'd say "not panic" but I didn't do anything different than I ever do. Maybe start more to the outside? I don't know. I really don't know what happened.
Transition 1
  • 03m 33s
Comments:

No wetsuit strippers and mine was a sun-of-a-gun trying to get off. Everything else was business as usual.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 3h 20m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.79 mile/hr
Comments:

About 2 seconds after I mounted, a loose water bottle came rolling toward me. My front wheel missed it but it rolled under my back wheel and I almost slo-mo crashed into the guy next to me. With that drama out of the way, off we go on one of my favorite bike courses ever. Love love love this course.

Couldn't have asked for better weather here. Completely overcast so no crazy sun, and NO WIND. Shut the front door. I know. It was surreal.

I really enjoyed the entire ride. It seemed super easy to me. Coredump and Linda passed me very early on. ZJones and I think Barkeep did too. I lost track of who was saying HI to me.

Pretty uneventful till miles 30ish when we had to mandatory dismount for an oil slick or oil spill or something in the road. Couple of jokes about BP and the Gulf of Mexico that made me chuckle. I was actually grateful to walk a few steps since I usually get hotfoot and walking around helps... never did get it today which was awesome.

At the last aid station (I think), something random happened right in front of me. A guy was reaching for a water bottle and CRASHED hard. If he hadn't have bounced left, I would have hit him easily. He popped right back up but didn't look so hot. Not sure what the end result was but it shook me up pretty bad for the next few miles. I've never seen someone crash in person and it rattled me. I thought about how dangerous this sport can be, and how easily one mis-step can change your whole day. Hope he was okay.

The hills were fun as hell, and while everyone else was bitching about them, I absolutely loved them. Even the loooooong one at mile 50. Passed a lot of people there.

Draft marshalls were in FULL EFFECT - horray! I saw them probably 15 times on the course. Good for them. One time they hung out by me for longer than I'd have liked. I wasn't near drafting, but I backed way off just in case. Coredump said when he passed one of the penalty tents it was PACKED. Day-um.

So rolling back into the park there were a number of cars and trucks pulling boats. I was surprised they let them on the roads with so many cyclists but the volunteers just said to "watch for cyclists and slow down" - people on their cell phones and such... really?

Overall this was a great bike for me. Easy, comfortable, and exactly at my goal pace. Nutrition was spot on - 2.5 servings infinit and a ton of water. Couldn't have executed any better.
What would you do differently?:

Not a dang thing.
Transition 2
  • 02m 20s
Comments:

Very standard transition. Pulled on my pink tutu, new visor, shoes, and grabbed my sparkly wand. This was gonna be fun :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 2h 31m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

Gaaa-Linda the Good Witch was hilarious to pull off (again). I got so many comments I can't even count. I waved my wand around a lot and granted a few wishes. So much fun.

Ran the first two miles in 10:30s - felt good! Got to "the hill" at Mile 3 and decided to walk it. From then on out it was a run/walk. And I'm okay with that. Obviously it would be nice to run the whole thing, but it wasn't happening today.

The sun had come out and was beating us into submission. I was really glad I'd brought a sweat towel, it helped soooooo much. Gatorade and water at every aid station. GU at miles 3 and 8ish. Whatever aid station it was by T1. I'd finish it right before I got there so I could get some water to wash it down. Pottied on the first loop and saw Barkeep coming out of the other side, that was funny.

Really not a whole lot to say about the run. It is what it is. And it was slow. Saw tons of friends out there and tried hard to keep my spirits up.

Ran into my buddy Trish at the 8-mile aid station and we leapfrogged each other till the end. Her calfs were cramping and I felt bad for her. She ended up finishing about 30 seconds ahead of me.

Running down the finish chute was fun as usual... I waved my wand around and the announcer said something about childhood obsessions with the Wizard of Oz... ha. Finished 'er up and saw Whizzzz and gang right there - woot!
What would you do differently?:

Practice in heat.
Get better.
Post race
Warm down:

Went to get some food by myself. Which was honestly kind of depressing. I sat on the ground with some chips and a water, feeling a little sorry for myself but I'm not sure why. Finally pulled myslef off the ground and went back to the campsite.

Since I can never eat post-race food they offer (pulled pork sammiches today), I had the foresight to cook my own dinner and bring it! I was looking forward to my basmati rice and pan fried tofu but when I pulled it out of the cooler I realized the tupperware lid had not snapped all the way shut. My diner was floating in water :(. Epic Fail. I finished my leftover pasta salad and then fell asleep for a little while. Really exhausted.

Talked with the gang when they got back from picking up gear, including LindaKC and Diamedic. Good people. Finally dragged my butt to get all my gear and that took forever since I had stuff at both T1 and T2. So hot. Kind of out of it. Still in my tutu :)

Got back and everyone was leaving. Went for a shower and then packed up all my stuff - took forever. Did I mention I was tired?

The drive home was not as bad as I thought it would be, but I had to blast the A/C and drink a lot of caffeine to keep from dozing off. Finally home and exhausted and ready for a good night's sleep.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mini panic attack on the swim.
Run endurance.

Event comments:

Love this race and course. They've tweaked a lot of things in the past 3 years and it keeps getting better and better. Highly recommend!




Last updated: 2009-09-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:41:44 | 2112 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 61/120
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sleeveless Blue Seventy
Course: Long rectangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
03:20:06 | 56 miles | 16.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 62/120
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course:
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:20
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:31:55 | 13.1 miles | 11m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 72/120
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 loops of 3 sections each. Not a lot of shade.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2010-06-06 10:22 PM

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2010-06-07 5:16 AM
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Congrats!

Sounds like super fun race that you embrace fully with costume. Did many others wear something clever like you did?
2010-06-07 5:30 AM
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Panic attack and a not so fast run (your standards, not mine)...Maybe someone had dressed up as the Wicked Witch and cursed you?

Keep on rocking, and crush it at IM WI.
2010-06-07 6:33 AM
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Haha love it, excellent report and glad you missed some of the disasters.

Next year I expect you to dress up as the tin man and do the run with an axe though.
2010-06-07 9:58 AM
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Glad to see you had a good day!!  I was a little concerned about that tire pressure thing so it's good that all went well with the bike.

Get some rest before you kick up that IM training!!

2010-06-07 10:10 AM
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Great RR & Excellent effort out there... Congrats!  Sounds like a fun day!


2010-06-07 11:22 AM
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Nice job, Lisa- I was one of the ones that said "hi" to you out on the dam.  Great race- glad to meet you!
2010-06-07 11:37 AM
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Great Job!  Glad you made it fun.

2010-06-07 11:49 AM
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Way to rock it SA! And way to not jump out of the water crying like I would've done!!!

Oh and you can have your frickin' hills!!!

Way to go hottie!
2010-06-07 12:04 PM
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Good race! Brynn and I yelled at you on the run course - I'm not sure where we were located mileage-wise but we said "Hey Lisa! WOOOOO!" and you waved at us so I figure you probably saw us Man that was a hot day, good job for making your way through it.
2010-06-07 12:09 PM
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Awesome race report!  I love that you 'grant wishes' while running!



2010-06-07 12:26 PM
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great job..

maybe next year you could be the wicked witch.. or have a friend dress as the wicked witch.. heck get more peeps and have a tin man/lion/scarecow out there with you..

glad you had fun on the way to IMWI

2010-06-07 1:24 PM
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Great RR.

But onto the more pressing question....Did they have a costume contest again, and did you win?

2010-06-07 1:32 PM
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Way to stick it out and finish Lisa. Panic on the swim and soggy tofu would have been more than a lesser athlete could have handled.

Next time treat yourself to some fried tofu at the Blue Koi after the race, they hardly ever have issues with the tupperware there.

2010-06-07 1:34 PM
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Doughboy - 2010-06-07 1:24 PM

Great RR.

But onto the more pressing question....Did they have a costume contest again, and did you win?



There was no costume contest this year, but both me and "Dorothy" dressed up again. She rocks!
 
2010-06-07 2:27 PM
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Great job Lisa, I heard about the fierce winds the night leading up to the race from some others that camped around our site.  Hope to see you and the other BT'ers at some other races during the course of the summer.  Happy continued training for IMWI, I am hoping my IMFL actually happens with the oil spill issue ...



2010-06-07 4:06 PM
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Lisa...that was me that said hello to you at like mile 11. My wife also said that she kept cheering you on because she thought you were a princess, so she kept saying "Come on Princess, you can do it..." Something like that...

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2010-06-07 5:18 PM
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I think it was your magic wand and fairy dust that got me through the whole race without completely melting.

xxoo

Good to see you again, cutie patootey.
2010-06-07 6:03 PM
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Love reading your race reports...another great one as usual!
2010-06-07 6:11 PM
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Thanks for hanging out and camping with us! It made the weekend that much better. And good job toughing it out there. I know you'll be raring to go come IMWI.
2010-06-07 7:14 PM
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Congrats on the race.  Way to tough it out with the swim.  Good prep for IMWI. 


2010-06-08 11:28 AM
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Great job Lisa.  Saw you at the finish line....pretty easy to pick out.

Nice meeting you briefly Saturday.
2010-06-08 12:31 PM
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Nice RP Lisa, way to hang tuff and finish strong. Say hello to IMOO for me, I owe that course a rear-kicking some day.
2010-06-08 2:05 PM
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Great RR and congrats on finishing in very hot conditions. Looking forward to meeting you at IMOO 2010!!
2010-06-08 2:53 PM
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Wow, you sure know how to put together a race report... looks like I need to add to mine as I am sure it is great to look over before the next one. 
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