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Jacksonville, FL
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Total Time = 2h 22m 43s
Overall Rank = 123/123
Age Group = Novice/Athena
Age Group Rank = 2/2
Pre-race routine:

We went to Jacksonville the day before the race. It was awful! Half way there I realized I forgot my ID, we got lost in traffic and I was driving. While we were lost one of my contacts came off my eye and got stuck in the back of my eye. So...here I am driving, lost, with one eye closed! It was actually pretty funny!! We finally made it to the hotel, which is also where the packet pick-up was. They were very nice while I was registering for the race.

I packed my race bag the night before in the hotel, after the children had gone to sleep. We did have a problem at the hotel. They had lost our reservation and it turns out they had us checking in on Friday and out on Saturday, instead of in on Saturday and out on Sunday. They found it but then they only had a room with a king and a pull out sofa. That meant that the best case scenario was that I had to sleep between our 5 yr old and our 3 1/2 yr old. DH slept on the sleeper next to the baby and dealt with her through the night. Needless to say, I didn't sleep very well!

Got to the race site in plenty of time. Got body marking done and got everything settled in the transition area. I thought I had everything and thought I was in good shape...yeah, right!

I ate breakfast in the hotel room. Peanut butter and homemade whole wheat bread. I drank a liter of water before leaving the hotel. Ate a banana when we first got to the site, and then sipped on some Electro-Mix before the start (about half a liter). The plan was a gel in T1, another in T2 and probably one on the run.
Event warmup:

After setting up my transition I walked out the bike/run exit, then on the boardwalk that went over the dunes, and down to the beach. I asked a couple of ladies how the course went and started talking to them. They had done the first race in the series and came in 2nd and 3rd from last. It was good to talk to them, and it made me feel some better. I just stretched and didn't do any type of a warm up. I had forgotten the chest strap for my HR monitor and I didn't take my pulse (because I didn't want to know), but my HR was sky high! Didn't think I needed to be running around getting it any higher!!
Swim
  • 14m 3s
  • 400 meters
  • 03m 31s / 100 meters
Comments:

Okay, I have not really done any OW swims esp in the ocean, and I knew this was a mistake. I was in the final wave so I started out last...but I held my position all day! LOL

The swim is my strongest event, but there was a fairly strong current and a pretty intense undertow. I got out just past the waves and started swimming freestyle. The first three strokes I got smacked and swollowed a ton of saltwater each time. For the first time in my life I swam like a priss with my head out of the water the whole time. I felt like I did really well judging the current for getting to the bouys, but then on the last leg the undertow got me. I lost 2-3 minutes after stopping swimming just trying to get past the undertow. I was breathing really hard coming out of the water and it was just from trying to get past the undertow. Overall, I was very disappointed in my swim. I knew I would come in last overall, but I didn't want to have the slowest swim time.

It was at this point that I realized I forget to start my watch at the beginning of the race! Novice jitters I guess.
What would you do differently?:

Practice OW swims in the ocean or possibly never register for a saltwater swim!!
Transition 1
  • 05m 9s
Comments:

The time includes coming across the dunes. I decided at the last minute to wear socks and they went on fine. I had been worried about getting all the sand off, but the wah bottle worked just fine. I was glad just to get clipped in with no problem.
What would you do differently?:

I thought it went really well!
Bike
  • 54m 56s
  • 10 miles
  • 10.92 mile/hr
Comments:

I was pretty happy with the bike. I felt really good at first, then after about 5 miles, my legs started getting REALLY weak. That's when I realized that I had not taken a gel in T1, nor did I have any on the bike!! This was bad. I had water and Electro-Mix, neither of which have any calories. I did the best I could.

My other problem was my bike shoes. I had dried my feet and put my socks on but by 1/2 mile I had a lake in the toe box of my shoes that never drained.

When I exited the park I got the police escort just behind me. I never saw anyone in front of me so drafting was never an issue! LOL At one point a 3-4 foot snake ran in front of me and I am very impressed that I didn't wreck! When I got to the turn around, I waved my arm and told the deputy "Come on let's go!!" He laughed and said I could lead the way. I would say about 2/3 of the bikers that I passed cheered me on. It was great...what fun it was!

What would you do differently?:

Ride my bike longer distances of course!!
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s
Comments:

The majority of people were finished by the time I got to T2. I think they were all standing there and I think everyone of them cheered me on. I started crying. It was really great!

Toward the end of the bike I realized that I had a freebie gel in my bag from the race packet. I got my shoes of and took of the socks. I decided to take my chance with blisters without them because I knew I would get them with them. Ate the gel and didn't drink any water...bad move again! The last time I bent over and stood up, I hit my head on my bike and mine and 2 other bikes fell to the ground....ugghh!
What would you do differently?:

Drank water with my gel but there was a race guy there yelling for me to go (in a good way) and saying that there was water just out on the run! There wasn't!

Not knock a bunch of bikes over!! LOL
Run
  • 1h 06m 20s
  • 3 miles
  • 22m 07s  min/mile
Comments:

Now I was in trouble. I had had about a liter of fluid on the bike but I was feeling sick from the gel and no water, and I was getting really hot. I walked the entire run course : ( Just before the one mile mark I passed the guy who was next to last. A race official car stopped and gave me Gatorade and water before I made it to the water station at mile one. Then they stopped about every 1/2 mile and gave me more cold water.

I made it out and just after the turnaround I was fading VERY fast. Even walking I should have been able to keep a 16 min/mile pace. I stopped a couple of times and considered throwing up, but didn't. It was at that point that I realized that I needed to stop drinking. I had gulped about 1 1/2 liters and that was what was making me sick. I started pouring it on my head and that helped because I was getting VERY VERY hot now. I had some really bad cramps in my shoulders, and then there was the big deer/horse fly that bite me really hard right on the middle of my butt! He died for that!! LOL

I had about 1/3 mile left to go and a group of walkers met up with me. It turns out they were racers, MOPers my guess. They came out to walk the rest of the course with me. There were about 5 women and then a couple of guys came and joined in. They saw the scars on my legs and couldn't believe how many knee surgeries I had had, and that now I was doing this. I then told them that I had only been training for about 8 weeks, and they said they were amazed. Then they asked if the beautiful children at the finish were mine, and they couldn't believe that I was able to train with such young children. They really pulled me though that last bit. I am very thankful!

The only people left at the finish line were my family, one race official, the 2 ladies that I had met on the beach, and the group that walked with me. The clock had been shut down but they were keeping my time manual. The race photographer was even gone, but my dh took a picture of me crossing the finsh line.

Soon after finishing the very nice lady that had signed me in the night before told me that I had won a medal and placed second in my division. Seems there were only 2 novice females.

I was too tired to cry at that point so I am doing it now...

I did it, I had finished! It's been a dream for so long and now it's come true! Thank you to God and my wonderful family! Thank you also to those on the BT site who have supported me through all of this.
What would you do differently?:

Managed my nutrition better. Of course gotten better at running.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood and talked for a few minutes. Looked at the race results. Picked up my bike and stuff. They had already taken the racks away and mine was the only bike there, just sitting in the middle of the parking lot...thank goodness it had a kickstand!

I asked the lady that brought me my medal if they had any bananas left and she brought me an entire bunch. The whole site was almost packed up!

I exchanged names and numbers with the ladies that I met on the beach then packed up and went to the hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My weight mostly. You can't expect to carry an extra 140# and be able to swim like a fish, ride like Lance, and run like a gazelle! LOL

Event comments:

All in all---can't wait to do it again! Only smarter and faster!!




Last updated: 2005-02-09 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:14:03 | 400 meters | 03m 31s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 123/123
Performance: Bad
Suit: wetsuit no legal
Course: upside down "u"
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 05:09
Performance:
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:54:56 | 10 miles | 10.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 123/123
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Went out through the entrance of the state park and then down the highway to a turn around and back to the park.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 02:15
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
01:06:20 | 03 miles | 22m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 123/123
Performance: Bad
Course: 1 1/2 mile out and then back.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2005-07-17 7:09 PM

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2005-07-17 7:30 PM
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Woohoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really - way to go!!  You perservered and made it through AND got a medal!  Not bad for a day's work. 

You rock, girl!!!!

2005-07-17 9:02 PM
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Sherri-

What an amazing day!  You dug deep and finished a triathlon, even brought home some hardware--even if you did have to swim like a priss!!

Awesome work today!!  I know your family is proud of you, and so are your friends here at BT!!

2005-07-17 10:51 PM
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This is one of the best race reports I've read in a while. It had humor, drama, conflict, suspense, resolution, and best of all...a happy ending. You did great. Can't wait to read about your next race. Way to go!!!!!
2005-07-17 10:54 PM
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Good job Sherri..you've taken the plunge and now you're a racer. I can vouch for the heat today here folks..it was blazing.
2005-07-18 7:13 AM
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Sherri - I am in total AWE!!!!!  You did it!  You really did it!!  You are now a TRIATHLETE!!!  I can only imagine how utterly fantastic and proud you must feel.  I am just in AWE.  You've only been training for 8 weeks.  Talk about guts!  You are so hoss woman.  I am so totally inspired by you, your "go for it" attitude, and your outstanding performance yesterday.  This novice is very happy for you.  Great RR too... It read like I was right there doing the sprint w/ you.  I am so looking forward to meeting you in January when we do our half-marathon. 

Congratulations Sherri!



2005-07-18 7:22 AM
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Cari--I weighed the morning of the race--304#.  The heat index had to be off the charts.  I kow it was in the mid 90's and the humidity was at least 80%.  I KNOW that if I can do it, you can do it!!  Keep up the good work!  See you in Orlando!
2005-07-18 8:09 AM
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Great job why to keep going. and going and going. It takes a lot of courage to keep after your dream even when it hurts.
2005-07-18 9:12 AM
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  WAY TO GO!!!  Great report.  I am so proud of you for doing it!  And doing it AWESOMELY, I may add
2005-07-18 1:31 PM
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Good job, you did so great!

Yeah, your HR is high the whole time - from the adrenaline I guess.  I know THAT feeling.

I think you did fine on the swim.  First of all, it was the OCEAN, and you weren't used to that at all, you didn't freak out, and you finished. 

Bike was good - and you know what you need to work on now - and you did the run, okay you had to walk, but you didn't quite and you finished! 

You ROCK!! You are a triathlete.

BTW, I know exactly what you are talking about with all the racks being gone and your bike being the only one left by the time you're done - it's happened to me, too.

2005-07-18 3:30 PM
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I had no doubt you would do it! Way to go. Just think your at the begining of somthing good and you can only get better. Way to go on the hardware. Something to be very proud of.

Loved the support you got durring the race. That is why tris are great



2005-07-18 7:06 PM
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Way to go!!!!

What a great way to push through it all and finish. I've been DFL and I don't care. Finishing the race is still better than the alternative.
2005-07-21 3:36 PM
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Wow! Great race report and a great race to boot too. I think it's great that with 8 weeks of training you were able to do so well. Looks like you made some new friends and even learned a few things about yourself. Hopefully, you are now addicted to this stuff and will keep going. I can't wait to read your next race report!

By the way, good for you for creaming that horse fly - I hate those things!!!

-Frank

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2005-07-22 10:38 AM
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Great race & congratulations!

Are you doing the next one in the series?

2005-07-30 7:58 PM
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Way to go Sherri...now you are a TRIATHLETE! And one with a medal too...how cool is that?
2005-07-31 2:31 PM
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Congratulations on finishing your race.  It may have been tough, but it will continue to improve as you continue to train.  Just remember that you did something that 99+% of the population has never done - finished a triathlon.  That's something to be proud of.


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