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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
79F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 21m 10s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/24
Pre-race routine:

Well there was that 12-hour drive the day before... :)
Ate an English muffin w/ peanut butter and a little bit of coffee before leaving the hotel. Got to the lake, parked, packet pickup, and we only had like 15 minutes before the race started.

I was a little panicked about getting into my wetsuit since it takes forever to get it pulled up enough. But everything turned out fine. Tony was a sweetheart and took all our stuff back to the car.

Swung my arms around a little (but definitely have done more upper body stretching) and then it was time to get in the water. Got in with Linda and Tony took our picture, I'm sure I looked like a complete dork.
Event warmup:

Pulling on my wetsuit.
  • 1h 21m 10s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

Before the gun went off, I floated a little bit out, but didn't want to get too far on the inside. I stayed pretty much in the back (I think?) and was surprised when the gun went off for some reason. The girls around me and I, we all just kind of looked at each other and said "well I guess it's time to swim!"

I was kind of disappointed in the LACK of contact at the start! ;)
I mean, this is practice for IMWI where I fully expect to get pummeled, and I had absolutely NO contact during this race whatsoever. Maybe one or two soft brushes during the whole race, but nothing else at all. Totall open and clear water. Every time I'd get close to someone, we'd both make an effort to get out of each others way. Nice, huh!

The first straight away I was concentrating on not going to fast and keeping my heart rate down. Long and strong, long and strong. I immediately found some feet and successfully drafted for a good chunk of that first leg. Then someone moved in and I lost them :(. I did notice that my shoulders were REALLY working hard and they were tired from the very beginning - most likely a direct result of the full sleeved wetsuit. But the trade off is that I can either swim in the sleeveless and feel like my windpipe is being cut off and choking, or do the full sleeves and have slightly tired/sore shoulders. I choose full sleeve and not choking.

Rest of the first loop was just smooth and easy. I intentionally kept the pace slow, thinking the 2nd loop would be where I'd pick it up if I wanted to. Good decision.

Rounding to the 2nd loop I snuck a peek at my watch and it had just turned over to 39 minutes. Pretty much what I expected so that was good news.

2nd loop was a lot like the first! I picked it up on the first leg, I got some crazy burst of energy. Slowed it down after the turn. On the back leg, I found another pair of feet to follow, but they slowed down a bit so I passed. Could hear a speed boat underwater, reminded me of swims at home.

Rounding the last bouey I instinctively picked up the pace. I just can't help but sprint to the shore. I passed a handful of people doing this, and was really pleased with my effort on the last bit. I imagined the *real* swim exit and how loud it will be with cowbells and yelling and what not... really pumped me up. I am so excited.

Exited and Tony was right there ready to cut my timing chip off. Got my medal and waited for Linda to come in. Great swim.
What would you do differently?:

Get my arms in my wetsuit a little sooner. I felt a tad rushed trying to do that.

Otherwise, this was a great practice swim for IMWI. Like I said I kinda wish there was more contact so I'd get a feel for it, but I think nothing will prepare me for the IM mass swim start. So this was great... I really love swimming and this race was no different.
Post race
Warm down:

Chatted with the BT contingency, grabbed Linda when she came out of the water, chatted some more, got some water to drink, and headed to the car. We had some riding to do :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

POSSIBLY my shoulder strains because of the full sleeved wetsuit, but like I said, I'd rather have strained shoulders than feel like I literally can't breathe.

Event comments:

Great practice race for IM Wisconsin!

Last updated: 2010-08-12 12:00 AM
01:21:10 | 4224 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/24
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Full Sleve Xterra
Course: 2 loops - same as IMWI
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-08-23 9:30 AM

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Atlanta, Georgia
Subject: Madison Open Water Swim (MOWS)

2010-08-26 7:08 AM
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Lafayette, IN
Subject: RE: Madison Open Water Swim (MOWS)
Nice RR!  I'm surprised you didn't get much contact.  I ran over a couple people, got run over, got my feet grabbed a few times and had several swimmers try to cut across my line.  I held my line, but learned enough that I am going to go wide at IM and avoid some of the scrum!

Hope you like the pictures!  See you in a couple weeks!
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