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La Quinta, California
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 40m 23s
Overall Rank = 424/739
Age Group = F20-24
Age Group Rank = 6/8
Pre-race routine:

woke up early after sleeping relatively well at the hotel despite waking up every two hours. This was my second triathlon so I was feeling nervous but also excited because it had been about a year since my last one and I remembered how much fun I was going to have. Unfortunately towards the end of the week I had been really tired maybe just mentally (I had to work 7 days in a row to get the weekend off) or maybe just because I'm a female (you know what that means), not really sure why. I was just hoping I would wake up on race day feeling energized and strong and ready to kick ass. I needed to prove to myself and the world how hard I had trained and how much I've improved. Doug was signed up for this race too, which actually put me at ease way more than I imagined it could. We both had our routines- his oatmeal, my coffee, packing up, etc. I actually felt more relaxed with the focus not solely on me, which is what I thought I would originally want for my first Olympic distance. We were out of the door in good time and set out to get to transition when it opened. We both got a spot at the end of our rack!
Event warmup:

Set up a little bit, then took a nice easy poo. The poo before a race is crucial so I was really happy about this. I saw it as a sign of good luck. Walked around a bit, set up some more, etc. I was super relaxed because we got there an hour and a half before the official start, which is what I want to do every time. I also think Doug and I should regularly do races together, that way we are both allowed in transition! My best friend Jenn was there as well since her boyfriend signed up for the race as his first. It was cool to have them there too. I was feeling pretty relaxed and confident, just nervous about the swim. I went and jogged a teeny bit then came back and put on my wetsuit. About 5-10 minutes before the start I got into the lake (did a practice swim in it the day before) to get comfortable with the water temp.
  • 28m 20s
  • 1312 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

I hated this at the time but looking back on it two days later it makes me really happy. My first OWS in a race and I didn't freak out too much in the water or get kicked or anything! It was so cool to be surrounded by all these people doing the same thing as me. When I was overwhelmed with the distance I just looked around and saw all these other people doing it, so why couldn't I? I just wish I gave it more. I probably had a little bit more in the tank to give, I was just worried I would run out of fuel since this was the start of the longest race I've done to date. I wanted to save it for the bike and run.
What would you do differently?:

since we had to round the first buoy on our left, I would have stayed more to the left! I was just nervous so I positioned myself kind of away from the main pack. Now I feel like I must have swam further because a few different times I looked up and realized I was pretty much on my own and I had to keep moving to the left again. It almost seems like everyone cheated because I swear I was in line with that first buoy and everyone else shortened the distance by starting and swimming to the left of it then just circling around it when they were close. The day before during the practice swim I noticed I swim to the left, so I think I was overcompensating during the race. Not going to beat myself up about it though because this was my first race OWS and I can't wait to do another one! Party in the water.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

I love transition. Seriously it's my favorite part of the race. The PAM on my ankles helped the wetsuit removal, I sat down to take it off and took a second to swig some water and rinse my feet before putting on bike shoes.
I was just so fucking happy the swim was over! Time for what I'm comfortable with! My rack was the absolute furthest rack from bike out which I'm sure added a little time to T1 but that's alright.
What would you do differently?:

ummm be quicker?
  • 1h 19m 34s
  • 24 miles
  • 18.10 mile/hr

At first I was fkying! I ate a balance bar and sipped Cytomax and had a few watermelon Gu Chomps throughout the ride.I was doing really well and I wasn't passing tons of people except the slow ones but I was holding a good pace. Every time I checked I was around 20, which is something I don't usually average! Around 45 minutes in I started feeling like I was running out of fuel so I sipped more Cytomax and slowed down a bit; I wanted to run really well and I knew it would only be getting hotter outside. I didn't see anyone from my age group but I literally was doing so well on the bike ( I thought so anyway) that I started thinking I could be top 3 in my age group, no joke. I felt really really good. I thought my bike and run could make up for my "take it easy" swim.
What would you do differently?:

Go even faster and make it hurt and treat it as it's own thing and not worry about the 6 mile run we have afterwards.
Transition 2
  • 01m 52s

that elite bitch put her bike in my spot!
I had to put mine in hers. I put my running shoes on and it felt like the insole was folded so I pulled it off but everything was fine, my foot must have felt folded on its own!
as I racked my bike I heard the announcer saying "Doug Close". I laughed inside because he finished the whole damn thing and I still had 6 miles to run. It was awesome to hear him finish, I didn't think I would get to since I would be busy racing. It was sort of like everything came together. It also let me know he would be there to cheer for me which I really needed!
What would you do differently?:

nothing this was awesome on my part.
  • 47m 33s
  • 6 miles
  • 07m 55s  min/mile

I felt okay at first but about one to two minutes in my legs felt sooooo heavy and my head wanted to keep reminding me that I've never ran 6 miles after swimming 3/4 mile then biking 24 miles. I kept telling it to shut up but it kept making itself heard, explaining to me that that's why I was feeling slow and heavy, I've never done this before and it's taken a toll, etc. I kept trying to push it but in all honestly I was kind of feeling like complete shit. I didn't feel okay until I saw Doug and took a GU at the beginning of the second loop. That's when I kicked it up a notch and took it home. I just wish I had more to give.
What would you do differently?:

I wasn't dying when I finished so I think I could have made myself suffer some more. I hoped for sub 8s and that's what I did but after seeing my placement in my age group I've unfortunately started to second guess everything.
Post race
Warm down:

ate a little bit, got results from Doug via his iPhone, then packed up and left. I know it's silly but I really wanted to place in my age group. Last year only 3 people in my age group participated! I had just trained so hard that I couldn't figure out how those other 5 girls could be so much faster than me. I was really really happy I did it but kind of wanted to leave and miss the awards ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need a tri bike instead of a road bike and maybe it's time to start doing two a days. I've been at this for a year but technically 5 months of that time was training and racing in a marathon, so it's not like my swimming and biking were maintained last march-july. I can just keep it at and stay consistent and even if I'm training for a running only event I can make sure I cross train periodically.

Event comments:

I think I'm being hard on myself. If I didn't have access to other people's results I would honestly be the happiest girl in the world. I trained so fucking hard, I raced as hard as I could, and finished in my A goal. I set 3 goals and I literally accomplished my A goal! It was my second triathlon and first olympic so I'm just going to be proud of myself. I can't wait to see how much I can improve over the years!

Last updated: 2010-10-25 12:00 AM
00:28:20 | 1312 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/739
Performance: Average
before my wave started I was so nervous. My age group was 9 minutes after the first and my heart was beating harder than i've ever felt. Jenn saw me for a minute and I almost teared up just completely overwhelmed with emotion and nerves when I saw her. I was super scared because I literally couldn't even see the first buoy- it was far away and into the sun. I wanted to place really well in my age group but this was my first OWS in a race, so I kind of gave myself room to take it a little easy. I was kind of freaking the fuck out. I hated it and loved it at the same time. I was swimming okay and never once felt out of breath but I kept finding it hard to see the buoy (I have to wear glasses to see anything remotely far anyway!) so I kind of just followed people. It was so awesome to see so many people in the water. I couldn't believe how far this swim felt and I couldn't believe it when I finally made it out of the water. I literally got that feeling at the swim finish that I did at the end of my marathon- that I can do anything in the world since I just got through that.
Suit: full zoot fuzion
Course: man made lake- diagonally out to the first buoy that feels like the longest swim you've ever done when it's your first olympic, then round it on your left and straight to another buoy then back to shore to a cheering crowd and announcer! how exciting!
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:04
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:19:34 | 24 miles | 18.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/739
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: two loop flat course- only hill is tiny and at the very beginning leaving the lake. rough roads mixed with smooth roads but mostly all smooth.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:47:33 | 06 miles | 07m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/739
Performance: Average
Course: two loops around the lake- some loose sand/gravel and some asphalt.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-03-08 11:22 PM

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So Cal
Subject: Desert Triathlon - Olympic

2011-03-09 7:15 AM
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Southern Indiana
Subject: RE: Desert Triathlon - Olympic

Congratulations. Race yourself: you met your goals be happy.  Learn, adapt, and enjoy each race.

2011-03-09 9:29 AM
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Long Beach, Ca
Subject: RE: Desert Triathlon - Olympic
You had a great race, times were awesome. Something to think about, if you read other race reports, you will see everyone saying how fast the competitors were in this race. It was very competitive out there and you did fantastic. Have a great season.
2011-03-09 10:43 AM
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Palm Springs, California
Subject: RE: Desert Triathlon - Olympic

Great RR!


Like thik just said, don't second guess yourself. This was a crazy fast field this year.

Very solid splits. This was a great measuring stick to see what to do to beat some really fast people next time.


2011-03-10 11:37 AM
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Subject: RE: Desert Triathlon - Olympic

I like the honest reports, even the poo stuff.    It's the same all over.

Anyway, this line I totally relate to:  "If I didn't have access to other people's results I would honestly be the happiest girl in the world."  Well, except the part about being a happy girl.  I always (or usually) feel really good after a decent race for me, then I see results and start comparing, and lamenting about how slow I am....  I think you did a great job, and finished with a really strong run, and I think wanting to place is a good sign 

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