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Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
Revolution3 Triathlon Series
62F / 17C
Total Time = 6h 18m 13s
Overall Rank = 47/121
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/29
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at my favorite race hotel, the Hampton Inn because they are clean, have free WiFi and free breakfast. You just can't beat that.

Got up at 3:30, made my coffee and hung up my wetsuit because I thought it was time to get up. Back to bed until 4:30. Got ready and Doug brought me some oatmeal (2 packets of instant) because I forgot to make my magic oats and the frosted miniwheats we bought as plan B were sitting at home on the counter. Annika woke up so Doug drove me down to transition, which was awesome. We parked next to Patti, so that was neat.

As I stood in line for the potties, the guy behind me remarked to the woman in front of me about another guy's Ironman Tri-suit. Nobody wants him, Dum, Dum, duh, da, da, duh, da, da. Dum, Dum, duh, da, da, duh, da, da.

Ate the sample pack of Strawberry Chomps from my swag bag.
Event warmup:

Wetsuit application. Then, walked with Harvey down to the swim start. He told us all about how they were dismantling the bridge over the river. Very calming influence, that one. After using the REAL potty, I found Doug and the girls and shared Dagny's bagel because I had forgotten to bring a pop-tart or a Gu to the swim start.
  • 41m 43s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

Started with all of the other women. Luckily, I was one of the last women to get in so I got an end spot in the 2nd or 3rd row of swimmers. Perfecto! I wet my face a couple of times before the start like Harvey had suggested so it wouldn't be a shock, put on my googles and then we were off.

Whew, the current was tough. I was able to fine clean water fairly easily and could tell that there were swimmers on my right. They were all fighting each other, but it was nice and calm where I was. It seemed to take forever to get to the turn-around. Thank you very much to the nice ladies in line who told me what the swim course was. I must have missed that part of the athlete briefing. After the turn-around, it was much faster and I started catching some of the guys from the orange hat wave (two waves ahead of me). I felt sorry for them because I bet they were getting pummelled. It was hard to see going downriver because of the chop and I thought my goggles were just fogged and stopped to clear them. No dice, it was just the waves, so I felt blind in this whole leg. It was magical, though, how I was able to find clean water. I would come near someone and adjust, and go right away from them. I remember thinking it was like I was swimming in a bubble. My feet really hurt (from the cold, I think) and I could tell that my thoughts were getting slow. Then, suddenly, there were a bunch of silver and blue-hatted swimmers and they swam over and kicked my beautiful bubble idea in the head. I got punched, kicked and scratched but was finally able to get away from the scrum. Motored on to the finish where I flopped like a seal onto the pier and got out of there.
What would you do differently?:

Clear goggles before the swim. Other than that, this was my best race swim in a long while.

Transition 1
  • 04m 39s

Well. I am awesome at wetsuit removal. I always think I can just pull it off of the legs like Doug. Nope. I don't know what took so long, but at least I didn't forget anything. No one ran down to the start line. We got in line with our bikes and shuffled to the mount line.
What would you do differently?:

Pick it up a bit. Don't even bother trying to get the feet out without using hands.
  • 3h 34m 19s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.68 mile/hr

Well, I was supposed to take it easy, but maybe I took it a little too easy. The entire field passed me on the bike. It was OK, because I planned to get them all on the run (and their little dogs too) but my mind wandered a lot and I was not as focused as I could have been. I think I drank too much liquid for the temperature because I had to stop and pee at mile 25 and again at mile 40. Only, there was a guy going into the potty at mile 40 so I didn't stop. I just suffered until the end of the bike. It was horrible. There was never no one behind me so I couldn't go on the bike, either.

Met a nice girl from Ohio (which is flat) going up the big hill and we chatted before she left me in the dust. The bike course reminds me a lot of Beast of the East. In fact, you could plunk me down at any point on either course and I wouldn't be able to tell you which one it was. I felt like there were more hills in Knoxville but none as steep as the Beast.

Nutrition was 3 GUs (Cherry-Lime, Blueberry-Pomegranate and Chocolate-Raspberry Roctane) and the other sample pack of Chomps (Peach Tea! YES!) from my swag bag. I wore my bike jersey over my jog-bra instead of wearing my tri-jersey and I think that was a good choice because I was cold at the start.
What would you do differently?:

Pick it up a bit. Monitor intake better so I don't have to pee the whole ride.
Transition 2
  • 05m 17s

Time includes the long-delayed potty stop, which seemed to take FOREVER, then I couldn't get it together. I got my shoes and socks on fine, grabbed my other stuff and got to the exit without my water bottle. CRAP! Ran back and got the bottle, but lost the harness with the GUs in it. At that point, Tyler (King of GU) showed up and asked me if I was OK and I have no idea what I said but I must have looked like a crazy woman. Luckily, there was GU on the course, so I just carried the bottle.
What would you do differently?:

Not act like an idiot? I think the extreme urgency of the potty stop messed me up and I just couldn't get back to my plan. It did not help that there were a bazillion Olympic racers poking around transition getting their stuff.
  • 1h 52m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 34s  min/mile

This run was hillier than I thought it would be. I forgot to remove my bike jersey, so I ran in that but NO CHAFING! I started out way too fast and had to close my eyes to ignore what the other racers were doing and let them go. Doug said to keep it at 9s the first mile, even walking if I needed to, so I slowed it down in miles 1-2. We passed the water treatment area and I chatted with the ladies around me. That made me feel better. I remembered what Natalie said about cheering everyone on, so I concentrated on that instead of the fact that I felt bad. Eventually, I found a groove. It was the Ironman song. I am IRONMAN. Dum, Dum, duh, da, da, duh, da, da, duh, da, da. I saw Phat and the other All3 guy and Daniel and they were FLYING. Poor course map investigation had me thinking "wow - I am really close to them!" HA! Like an hour behind them! That Ironman song totally helped me. I sang it for the entire run. On the big hill in mile 4, the Atlanta Tri Club girl in front of me walked the hill and I decided that was a great idea so I walked it too. Then, when I got to the top, I hit it and started picking folks off. After the initial two ladies in mile 1 (who I passed later), no one passed me on the run. I encouraged everyone I saw, talked to the aid-station volunteers (who were SO NICE!), chatted with the walkers and joggers on the trail and admired the scenery. It was a great run. I really liked the run course a lot. At the turn around, I saw Ironman again. Dum, dum, duh, da, da, duh, da, da, duh, da, da. He had no idea, but he totally carried me for the run. I passed him sprinting to the finish and stopped at the end (after he and wifey enjoyed some smooches) to tell him so, but I don't think he understood what I was trying to say.

I got 2 GUs to use on the course and kept them in my shorts pocket until it was time to use them and that worked great for nutrition. (Cherry-Lime and Pineapple)
What would you do differently?:

Maybe go a bit faster. The handbottle worked beautifully. I just opened the top before each aid station and asked the volunteers to dump the water from their cups in and they did. It was cold and delicious.
Post race
Warm down:

Waited for Ironman to finish smooching. Said hello to Tyler and then went to find Doug to crow about my run.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike fitness, but we knew this going in, so I'm pleased with how well I did given this limiter.

Event comments:

I prefer a challenging course, and this race did not disappoint. The events were well-organized. My only complaint is that we could have had better directions (course/transition maps; number application diagrams) in the packet (I felt the same way about the Ironman-brand race), but otherwise everything was great. This course would have been really tough if the weather had not been so awesome. Knoxville was nice and there were fun things for the kids to do. The finish area was super-fun. The announcer was tireless and it was cool to see people's photos on the jumbotron as they came by. I would definitely come back here.

Last updated: 2011-01-07 12:00 AM
00:41:43 | 2112 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 28/121
Performance: Good
No idea on time.
Suit: Sleeveless Zoot wetsuit
Course: Upriver for 1/3 of the distance, around the 2 big red buoys tied together, then back down to the finish.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 04:39
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:34:19 | 56 miles | 15.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/29
Overall: 75/121
Performance: Good
Garmin had this at 56.93 miles and over 16 mph. However, the 16 mph probably excludes the paused time when I was in the potty. Oh well.
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: I have no idea where we went, but it was rolling hills (and not little ones) everywhere. Beautiful scenery and continuous hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 05:17
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:52:13 | 13.1 miles | 08m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/29
Overall: 47/121
Performance: Good
I have this run short at 12.87 miles.
Course: Rolling hills circumnavigating the UT campus and greenway, then through a beautiful neighborhood (my UT alum work buddy said it is called Cherokee). The hills were a little easier than my neighborhood, except for the one at mile 4.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-05-17 7:09 AM

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2011-05-17 9:18 AM
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Roswell, GA
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Woohoo, way to go Steph!
2011-05-17 9:29 AM
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"The bike course reminds me a lot of Beast of the East. In fact, you could plunk me down at any point on either course and I wouldn't be able to tell you which one it was. I felt like there were more hills in Knoxville but none as steep as the Beast."

I could have done without this part of your write up!  

I am so proud of you and excited for you!  It sounds like you had a great race on a tough course!  Way to go Steph!!

2011-05-17 10:49 AM
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Great race!!!
2011-05-17 1:30 PM
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yeah that swim was whacked! sorry about the concrete bridge story before the race haha! great job and really enjoyed hanging. wish we couldve made it out with y'all. next time!
2011-05-17 4:58 PM
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Marietta, GA
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Awesome race - I'm impressed that you think you could have gone faster on that run. That was definately a tough course and I can't imagine if it had been hot on top of all those hills!

I love the la-di-da pace description, it does help with getting to actually run!

2011-05-17 9:35 PM
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Great race!

Way to race your race and pick off so many on the are such a run stud!

We stay at Hamptons as well for same reasons when we can only issue is race mornings breakfast is often not served yet by the time we leave for race site.

Interesting how you like challenging courses best~

2011-05-18 5:42 AM
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North Metro ATL
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Awesome Stephie poo! I love that I get shout out in your rr. Positive attitude is really what makes the difference in whether a race goes good or bad. Sometimes though you really have to talk yourself into that positive attitude but it looks like you didn't need much convincing. Looking forward to my insider details race report on our epic molasses ride Sunday.
2011-05-18 7:43 AM
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nice job out there.  seemed like a pretty challenging course from the sidelines.  definitely a great race for families to spectate.  sorry i missed you guys, will say hey sometime soon. 
2011-05-18 7:49 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Great job!  Your run really was strong given those hills in that "fancy" neighborhood.  They about killed me!
2011-05-18 9:03 AM
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Great race! Awesome job on the run, and what a wonderful positive attitude! I hope to see you at another race some time!

2011-05-21 3:57 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Very nice race and good pacing on the bike which lead to a stronger run. Sound like a perfect preIM race...congrats!
2011-05-23 5:24 AM
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wow great race!!! Look at you and your speedy runability.
2011-05-23 10:14 AM
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