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Santa Cruz, California
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 49m 13s
Overall Rank = 325/775
Age Group = 45-49W
Age Group Rank = 10/34
Pre-race routine:

Didn't sleep much the night before - chaperoned a WP party and then had a tough time falling asleep. Awake at 4:30, ate a good breakfast, then tossed the cookies at 5:15. No clue as to why, but also not sure if everything was lost - so forego re-taking meds. Drove over the hill and found a decent parking sport. Headed over to transition, and found a spot with Jeff. The sun is out, it's 65 degrees already. Wow!
Event warmup:

Didn't do anything but walk around and chat with people - nice set up for that! My wave was set to go off at 8:20, Jeff's at 8:25. Mandatory meeting at the beach at 7:50, so we headed down at about 7:40. Hurry up and.......wait. Here comes the fog! Can't see out to the first buoy, or the end of the pier, so the race is on hold. Start to worry that they'll cancel the swim, because of road permits for the bike! Jump in a do a bit of a warm-up - oh, yeah, about 90 seconds. A little interior heating of the suit, good to go. Lifeguards okay the start, we're only 20(?) minutes behind.
  • 32m 15s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Little nervous after the fiasco at CdA, but there were only 100 or so women in this wave, so it wasn't bad. Ran in a bit farther than I should have, next time I'll swim sooner. Got comfortable pretty quickly. Took a breath at one point, saw a black duck 5 feet a way. Yuk!! Started moving a bit quicker! Passed a guy in the earlier wave - he advised that he had no business being out there. He may have been right! Race seemed long, but I figured that was in my head. Heard it from many other athletes later, though....maybe! Didn't swallow too much water, but that salt is yukky. Glad to see the sand!
What would you do differently?:

I just need to move faster out there - stop trying to get through it, and start trying to race it!
Transition 1
  • 04m 37s

Ha! Thought this would be longer because of the monster run, but I guess not. Jeff was there when I got into T1 - and he started 5 minutes after me. Dang. Got my suit off quickly, but unfortunately the timing chip came off with it. That cost a few, but skipping the gloves made up for it. Ru for the border!
What would you do differently?:

Learn how not to sit?!?
  • 1h 15m 52s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.65 mile/hr

Wow!! My plan was to make the bike the best possible. It just felt good, and I had so much fun. Got passed by only one woman, and only a few guys, and did lots of passing. I never dropped out of my big ring...wanted to see if I could, since I'm contemplating a double for the new bike. I hit 34 mph on a few downhills, and felt great the whole time! Drank my entire bottle of SE (5 scoops), but not enough water.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

I thought this was faster. Dang!
  • 53m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

Went out strong, with a guy from my club. It was hot! Settled into a 8:30 ish pace. Beautiful course along the ocean. Ate a gu at mile 3, drank water at 2 aid stations. Saw a woman that I had met the day before at the WP tournament - she said 'even the mitty moms are beating our moms!' Made me laugh for a while - our boys had really beaten theirs yesterday. Last 1.5 miles were tough, and my pace really dropped. Had to talk myself out of walking. Honestly, I was really afraid of somebody I knew seeing that - peer pressure! My feet HURT, so did my knees. No meds in the body, not sure how that effected me.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Danced around at my time! Jeff PR'd too, and our team did well. Waited for results - worth it to see the top 10! Headed over to a teammate's house for a bbq and adult recovery beverages. It was a great day!!

Last updated: 2010-08-11 12:00 AM
00:32:15 | 1640 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/34
Overall: 430/775
Performance: Average
Suit: full
Course: out to the end of the wharf, around 2 bouys, and back to the beach. Up the sand, up the steps, up the street....long run, barefot!
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:37
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:15:52 | 24.85 miles | 19.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/34
Overall: 309/775
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: rollers - out an back on Highway 1 - gorgeous. Road not closed, so a bit hairy with cars a few times. One little off road area that was the pits. Biggest problem? Male riders that sped up when I said 'on your left'. Really? Get over it.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:53:54 | 06.21 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/34
Overall: 378/775
Performance: Average
Course: little rollers. more hills than PG. HOT. Course was sidewalk, path - way to many pedestrians, bikers, public.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2010-09-27 8:32 PM

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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
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2010-09-27 8:43 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Top 10 and you weren't feelin it.  Wow.  You are quite the accomplished racer!!


Awesome job!

2010-09-27 9:12 PM
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no sharks, a top 10 and adult beverages.  AWESOME!!! 
2010-09-27 9:16 PM
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Great job! Way to carry through!
2010-09-28 3:51 AM
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san francisco
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Great job out there, Linda! Way to push the whole way through!
2010-09-28 5:48 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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What an awesome race!!!!  Superb bike and then an even better run...way to put it together!

2010-09-28 8:09 AM
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Nice to see how you pushed through the pain and mental stuff during the run.  Congrats on the impressive Top 10 finish!
2010-09-28 9:30 AM
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Awesome, girlfriend!!! I think an ocean swim would be yucky. Steallar bike and you kept it all together on the run. Fabulous! Congratulations! And glad you and Jeff split the difference on the arrival time -- you got the good end of that deal, haha!!
2010-09-28 6:35 PM
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Long Beach, CA
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Great job out there!   We had the exact same bike split. 
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