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Versailles, Indiana
United States
Total Time = 3h 24m 14s
Overall Rank = 68/90
Age Group = No Age Groups
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I found out on Tuesday when I went down to run with my friends Teresa that I would be racing this race on Saturday as she informed me that her husband had registered and paid for me to race the race. Uh...ok then, I was going to race the race. Saturdays I have my munchkin so got up, got my bag in the car shoveled in a cliff bar and went up and scooped up little m with his blankey and duck and carried him down to the car and buckled him into his car seat. Headed to Mike and Teresa's - I was two miles from their house when I got pulled over for doing 70 in a 55 (opps I was running late), no tears but shakey hands and what not, the cop asked where I was headed and I told him, he must have felt bad for me because he let me off with a warning and told me THE RACE HASN'T STARTED YET. Whew - thank goodness no ticket for me.
Event warmup:

I spent most of the warm-up time trying to entertain little M who was mighty grumpy, I now know why I never bring him with me and make alternative arrangements, unfortunately because this race was such short notice I couldn't make alternative arrangements - poor Teresa had her hands full. I did manage to get in the lake and swim 25 yards or so.
  • 25m 37s
  • 1094 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

Was actually faster then this, they lumped T1 time into the swim and my T1 time was probably pretty close to 3 minutes since I beat Mike out of the water and waited on him, ha ha Mike even wore a speed suit over his tri shorts - he said he had to do something to keep up with me. This, however, would be the only time during the race that I would be waiting on Mike, the rest of the time he would be waiting on me - since he signed my up for this race he told me we would race it together and that we did.
What would you do differently?:

I actually passed quite a few people on the swim - according to Teresa I was the 21st person to come into transition and there were a bunch of people ahead of me when we started the swim. I made one poor navigational error which probably cost me an extra 20 yards of unnescessary swimming - I really need to work on sighting more. I will say I prefer the in water wading start to the mass run from the beach - I was much more relaxed.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Lumped into swim
  • 1h 52m 58s
  • 13 miles
  • 6.90 mile/hr

I felt like a bull in a china shop on this ride. It was absolutely insane, but then again, since I had been on a mountain bike on single track trails only ONCE (like two days before this race) I really can't complain. I actually had the physical stamina (Impressive to me) to push a lot harder then what I did however my bike handling skills and my desire to not break any bones superceded the desire to go faster. There were some crazy pieces of this ride and as I think back on it I am amazed that I didn't break anything or even wreck, although I could have had at least 4 Glorious Wrecks where I can specifically recall the Oh S*it warning light going off. As we twisted our way through this I would get really excited as I made it through a more technical piece of the track like tight corners with log hopping and rock climbing required and I would yell out " Oh God, Oh God,Oh Yeah" where as when I had one of those OMG I'm going to wreck moments - I would be yelling "Whaoooooo - whew" - I suppose if you were only hearing the sound effects and commentary while I was riding I could have been on a bike or perhaps in the bedroom, ha, did I really just compare bike riding to makin bacon, why yes, yes I did :) - It was a mentally grueling ride, everytime I would gain some confidence in my bike handling skills I would almost wreck again and that would put me back in my place. I think I let a bajillion people pass me - whatever, I had fun, I feel accomplished for having completed it and I didn't break anything :)
What would you do differently?:

I don't know, maybe, just maybe have ridden a Mountain Bike on Trails more than once in my life for an hour...that's sarcasm folks, just in case you aren't discerning that.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Lumped into the Bike
  • 1h 05m 39s
  • 5 miles
  • 13m 08s  min/mile

Seriously, leave it to me to NOT wreck on the bike but to wreck on the run. Classic, yep, classic, I had just passed a nice young family who was out for a leisurely hike (they were very polite as they saw racers they would step out of the way) I was probably 15 yards past them (Mike was probably 50 yards ahead of me around a bend) and I failed to pick my foot all the way up and caught my toe on a root and went a** over applecart, thank god I was an experienced goal keeper at one point in my life so I was able to meld into a tuck and roll and protected my head, writs etc. Unfortunately I banged my elbow pretty hard (It is still sore and tender) I heard a racer behing me go uh-oh. Luckily while ungraceful in falling in the first place my tuck and roll recovery rolled me right back onto my feet and off I went with nothing more than a tender elbow and a slightly bruised ego. I caught up with Mike, and we managed to pass a couple people along the way. At one point we were coming down these steep steps (they were slippery wood railroad ties) my shoes slipped on the wood, I caught myself on the rail and plopped down on the step on my bum, Mike looked back and said "Come on girl this is a race, there is no time for sitting" -It made me laugh and off we went again. At the final river crossing which was about a mile and a half from the finish we stopped and rinsed off, we were covered in mud from the bike, I was covered head to toe on my left side from where I tumbled earlier in the run and then we splashed the heck out of each other, it was really refreshing because even being under the tree cover was hot. We finished the last mile and a half and crossed the finish line together. Teresa was there waiting with little M who she handed over the fence to me as MIke and I were running in the last 10 yards so little M crossed the finish line with me :)
What would you do differently?:

I could say, not fall, but meah, it was fun.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked with little M over to the misting tent (mist my bum - it was a full on hose) and sprayed down with the hose.

Event comments:

This race was not about winning, not even so much about "racing" per se since I had only been on a Mountain Bike once, it was about a new challenge, seeing what I could do and I won, I completed it, even though at one point I thought I was going to see a DNF. I made it over obstacles on the bike that I never thought I could have. I completed this race, and if you would have told me that 14 months and 60+ pounds ago that I could do this, I would have asked you what crack you were smoking. This was an wicked cool experience, not something I would want to do every month but doing one or two a season is a definite must :)

Last updated: 2010-07-21 12:00 AM
00:25:37 | 1094 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/90
Performance: Good
Course: Counter Clockwise Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:52:58 | 13 miles | 6.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/90
Course: This was a crazy 13 mile single track trail that ran cliffside along the lake, with multiple obstacles, lots of steep ascents and litte descents, the first 2 miles was a steady climb.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:05:39 | 05 miles | 13m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/90
Performance: Average
Course: 5 Mile Trail Run. The first mile and a half was a steady climb with multiple sets of gnarly railroad tie stair ways and multiple rooted climbing ravines. The remaining 3.5 miles consisted of traversing the cliff side with additional ascents and descents. Crossed the river in three places in ankle deep water.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-07-26 9:21 AM

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