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Carlyle, Illinois
United States
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81F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 40m 29s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Drove down to Carlyle with Mary Saturday afternoon, got checked in and then went to packet pickup. Met Mike (ransick) while walking through the parking lot, very cool! We went down to check out the lake and do a quick ows and met "the other Mike" (GMax101098). Water cold but refreshing.

Went to dinner at Applebees with JHouse, his wife Michele, their little baby William, Mike Ransick and Mary. Had some good pasta.

I will preface this by staying that I have MILD seasonal allergy issues. I used to use an inhaler (Albuterol) but didn't like the jittery feeling, so weaned off it. Usually Claritin takes care of me.

Was staying at Comfort Inn in Salem, Illinois. My room (non smoking) wreaked of stale cigarette smoke and I think someone in the next room was smoking. When I checked in I didn't really notice this, but I was in a hurry and just kind of dumped my stuff. Could smell fresh smoke all through the night which seemed to get stronger as the night wore on. I am a former smoker so not being judgmental, this just irritated my throat. There were two weddings and graduations going on in the area, so hotel rooms were at a premium. I probably would have been better off sleeping out in my car.

Woke during the night and it felt like my throat had swollen shut. Panicky, got up and walked around the room, drank a bunch of water and things got better. There were a lot of people walking around in the parking lot, coming from the bar and Denny's nearby. Finally fell back asleep, work at 5 with scratchy sore throat and my voice sounding like I had been at a smokey tavern all night. Coughed and hacked while I loaded up my gear. Stupid allergies...

Took a Claritin, then ate a couple of mini whole wheat bagels with peanut butter, drank a cup of coffee, and Mary and I got on the road. The sky was clear and blue, it was already getting warm. Nice, considering the forecast had looked ominous for today.

Event warmup:

Rode the bike down to the marina and back to make sure everything was good, then racked it.
Not much of a warmup, lots of Body Glide for the wetsuit, then put it on and did a very short practice swim. Water was around 65 or 66 degrees and felt great. Standing on the beach, chatting with people prior to the race address, I was getting pretty warm.
Swim
  • 35m 16s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was the best part of this race for me. Forced myself not to go out too fast and just rolled along in the water. Passed a couple of guys from the wave in front of us, which was a real confidence booster. Ran into a couple of people but did not get hit or kicked.

Got very tired about 3/4ths of the way and the shore looked so far away. I was missing the little break I get from pool swimming. Took a break with some breast stroke, then put my head down and swam on in.
What would you do differently?:

More long (mile +) swims would be beneficial.
Transition 1
  • 02m 22s
Comments:

There is a fairly long run up a small hill from the lake into transition, and my bike was WAAAAAAYYYY at the other end. Was feeling pretty winded , so I walked up the hill, peeling the wetsuit down, then started to jog when I hit the concrete. Could feel the heat on the pavement. Uh oh...wetsuit came off pretty quickly, got my helmet and shoes on and off I went!
What would you do differently?:

Hustle!
Bike
  • 1h 35m 33s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.60 mile/hr
Comments:

Just didn't have the mojo. I knew things felt too good going out, I was maintaining 21-22 mph very easily. Tried to maintain this, knowing that when I turned around I would be fighting the wind. Throat felt really dry and chewing gum and water did not seem to help much.

Coming back the wind was fierce and demoralizing. Passed a few people but pretty much just tried to keep moving and not beat myself up to much. Was having trouble getting a good breath, lungs were burning.
What would you do differently?:

More riding in the wind, more hills.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

My T2 time was not posted (I think there were some problems with scoring).
Run
  • 1h 29m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

Absolutely freaking terrible run. I just gave up. My legs felt great but my throat and lungs were burning and every time I ran, I couldn't breathe. It was run, run, run, throat close up, walk, repeat. Resigned myself to jogging/walking. Going up the big hill, I could see pollen blowing off the beautiful pine trees onto the runners, which made the whole allergy sufferfest worse. Hot Hot Hot run. Dumped water on my head a couple of times.

It took forever to get to the turnaround. I was amazed to see that I was actually NOT THE LAST RUNNER. Evidently other people were having crappy days too. Such a sucktastic run. Could things get any worse? Of course they can! What's that smell? It smells like cat pee! What is the deal with the cat pee smell? Is there a cat nearby? No, of course not, it's a FARMER and he is working in his fields and spraying ANHYDROUS AMMONIA!!!! Of course! Breathing that stuff in was almost as delighting as the smokefest from the night before.

I was out there so long that Steve O, who had come down to see the race with his wife, came out to find me! He ran it in with me and we discussed allergies and asthma and he described his struggle with finding the right mix of meds to get things under control. Felt a little better after hearing that other people deal with this too. Mike (ransick) was down by the dam and ran in with me, so it was great to have an escort (thanks Mike!).

Grrr...so disappointed in this run. My running has been going really well and then to have it blow up like this was just so annoying!

What would you do differently?:

Heat acclimate but more importantly find the right med for allergies/asthma.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much, got some water and walked around. Got a shower and felt a lot better. Watched some of the awards, then loaded up and headed home. Stopped in Greenville and got some McDonalds --- fillet o fish, fries and a GREAT BIG CHOCOLATE SHAKE which was absolutely delicious.

Weather warnings all over the radio driving home, storms all around. Glad they missed the race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ability to breathe.

Event comments:

Plenty of smiling and helpful volunteers, well organized.




Last updated: 2011-02-08 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:35:16 | 1640 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: Pretty much out and back on a big reservoir lake. The water is up a lot since there has been flooding in this area, so the beach where the race normally starts has shrunken. Very beautiful lake, water was kind of murky.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:22
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:35:33 | 24.85 miles | 15.60 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back through very pretty rural area. Couple of significant hills. Mix of pavement types.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:29:41 | 06.21 miles | 14m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: You run across the big dam over the Kaskaskia River, then up a steep hill and out across another dam. Good shade on the hill part. Pretty course.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2011-05-23 7:13 AM

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2011-05-23 9:14 AM
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2011-05-23 9:27 AM
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That stinks about your allergies. But way to gut it out and finish the race! Nice swim. I imagine the headwind on the bike was terrible.

Your works out been looking great lately. You're putting in the time and effort, I look forward to seeing how the rest of your summer goes. Laughing

2011-05-23 9:45 AM
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Oh man, I am so sorry about your stupid allergies! I say stupid because I suffer greatly from them as well.

Very good race report...and I'm proud of you for sucking it up and finishing....that's fantastic!

You'll get 'em next time girlfriend!

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Thanks everyone, it just goes to show that you can do the work and still get into trouble on race day from unforeseen events. Still a good experience for first Olympic distance. 
2011-05-23 2:31 PM
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Anne, you did GREAT!!!!! I have enough time staying upright during a race without allergies, and with all the health crap you endured, you still had an amazing time!!! And hey... you know, it sucks to have gone through this, but better on an Oly than a Half-Iron distance, right? Hopefully, you can figure out some good emergency meds cocktail for situations just like this! This was tough, but now, you will absolutely rock Racine, girl!


2011-05-24 11:51 AM
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You did great!  Running in the midst of allergy season and when flared up is the PITS!  Congrats for sticking with it!
2011-05-24 12:59 PM
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Way to stick with it even with the allergies and ammonia and heat.  Definitely a good mental toughness race.  Your training is looking great and with your mental toughness, you should have good confidence going in to your HIM in July once you get the right allergy meds.
2011-05-24 9:45 PM
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reading this made my nose twitch...I swear I could smell noxious odors while I was reading your RR. So sorry for your lousy race, but if it's any meager consolation, your - what'd you call it, report of shame or something?? - reflects a much more competent race than my Oly! So, just my way of saying it's all relative I guess. I personally think those times aren't so bad, and I'm impressed at that bike speed while feeling so crappy (not to mention the fact that you avoided a panic attack during a swim in which your ability to breathe easily was impaired!) Congrats on surviving (and just think of how motivated you'll be to obliterate those times the next time....)

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2011-05-25 7:29 AM
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Way to tough it out with no sleep and allergies and all. You did great! Breathing is important and not being able to is scary. Glad Mike and all were there to help at the run. Like Marla, I think your times were pretty decent!

Good Job!



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MarlaS - 2011-05-24 9:45 PM

reading this made my nose twitch...I swear I could smell noxious odors while I was reading your RR. So sorry for your lousy race, but if it's any meager consolation, your - what'd you call it, report of shame or something?? - reflects a much more competent race than my Oly! So, just my way of saying it's all relative I guess. I personally think those times aren't so bad, and I'm impressed at that bike speed while feeling so crappy (not to mention the fact that you avoided a panic attack during a swim in which your ability to breathe easily was impaired!) Congrats on surviving (and just think of how motivated you'll be to obliterate those times the next time....)

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(you buying any of that?!)

Thanks Marla, I am TOTALLY buying this!!!


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