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Chelan, Washington
United States
Chelan Multisport Foundation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 40m 15s
Overall Rank = 105/515
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/46
Pre-race routine:

Got up super early....caught a ride with friends to the race site. They wanted to get there at 6 AM for some reason, which felt too early for a 730 AM start, but it was my ride so I had to go. I basically wandered around trying to eat my bagel and banana for a while. Set up my transition area, talked to friends, as there were tons of people I knew in this race. The HIM and Oly were happening at the same time, so there were about 1000 athletes milling about. HIM started at 7. Oly was at 7:30--I was in wave 3, starting at 7:40.
Event warmup:

I got into the water to feel it, but didn't swim or get my arms wet, as Lake Chelan is cold, and the morning air was cold, and I didn't feel like being chilled. My hips were bugging me, so I tried to stretch them, and stretched my arms a lot. I wasn't super nervous, although seeing the course, I knew it might feel like a long swim, especially since I haven't been doing as much swimming as I had wanted to lately.
  • 32m 20s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

I positioned myself sort of in the middle/back instead of way out on the edges. It was mixes M/W and I didn't want to get dunked by aggressive swimmers. I stayed on the line pretty well, passed a lot of people, and eventually caught and passed people in the waves ahead of me. I felt strong, and didn't push terribly hard as I wanted energy left in the tank for the rest of the race. I knew my lack of swimming would be troublesome if I overdid it. Everything felt smooth and steady, and overall I was really happy with how it went. At the end, where it gets very shallow for a long way, people were standing up way out in the water and walking in. I must have passed eight people by continuing to swim into the shore.

I did manage to draft a little bit here and there, it was good to be able to pass people once in a while, as well.
What would you do differently?:

As usual, swim more and be able to go harder on this leg. However....considering the lack of that, I am pretty darn happy with it!
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

It was a long run through wet and uneven grass to the bike mount, so I was careful not to sprain my ankle. I felt pretty good about the transition.
  • 1h 10m 32s
  • 24.8 miles
  • 21.10 mile/hr

With the millions of miles (it seems) that I have been riding this year, my expectations were that the bike leg would be my strongest, and that came to pass. I was still having hip pain at the beginning, and that took about 40 minutes to subside...but I spun and pushed hard, passing a ton of people and not being passed much at all.

I did end up passing a bunch of guys wearing aero helmets and riding on disc wheels.....that was fun... pretty soon I was passing the wave ahead of me, and then one ahead of that. I got to see all of my LUNA teammmates on the course, as it was out and back. I am the oldest LUNA so I was the last to start. :) I felt really strong for the entire ride--I tried to make sure that every time I looked down, my speed did not drop below 20 MPH except on hills. My biggest goal for the 2011 race season was to record an average speed over 20 MPH in a sprint.....I was psyched to see that I was 21.1 MPH for an Olympic!

It was great to see that I was in the top 15% overall for the bike and was fastest in my AG!

It poured rain from mile 14-24, by the way.....luckily I have ridden in the rain "a couple of times" this year (i.e. almost daily!!!).
What would you do differently?:

As always, push harder!
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

Once again, running through wet, uneven grass, downhill. I was careful not to get hurt! It took a few extra seconds to get my Garmin off my bike, but I needed it to see my run pace, so I took the time to get it.

I had pinned my race number on before the start so I didn't worry about that, and was trying new ez laces so was hoping they were tightened right! (they were fine).
What would you do differently?:

Possibly have a bike computer instead of having to rely on the Garmin....
  • 54m 9s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

It was nice and cool for the run--the rain had cooled the air and it stayed cloudy. At about a mile, a friend caught me and passed me, but was only about four steps ahead for a long while, she kept looking back to see where I was, so I just stepped it up and we ran together for the rest of the run. It was nice to have her to talk to, we kept a very decent pace and kept encouraging each other to run hard. It was her first Olympic, and she did really well! I felt pretty good, again considering my running has taken a backseat to biking of late.....
What would you do differently?:

Run faster. :) However, it was a pretty decent run for me.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much, had a lot of friends milling about, so just caught up with them, had some fluids, eventually went and got my jacket, as it was not warm!

One of my teammates came up and told me she thought I placed in my AG....I was pretty surprised, as it was a very competitive and big race...but knew my bike leg was really solid and only one woman over 40 had passed me on the run. I went to check results, and sure enough, I was 3rd!

It was fun to stand up on the "podium" (back of an old flatbed truck) and get the award (metal water bottle). Two of my teammates also placed in their AGs! It was a really great day!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't think anything really limited my ability--I had done a HIM training plan, mostly, in getting ready for the race, in order to make sure I was getting enough biking for my other events. I missed a few swims and runs as my bike training ramped up, but I knew I had more than enough fitness to do well at the Oly. I wasn't tired or sore afterward, which I think speaks to the training volume I've done this year! (Or did I not push hard enough????).

Event comments:

Chelanman was so well-organized and everything went very smoothly. I saw a lot of smiles all day. It was great to hear people cheering everywhere, and I heard my name quite a bit, too, which always boosts the spirits! I hope to do this one again next year....although once you add gas, lodging and food, it becomes pretty expensive. I loved being able to do the race with my teammates, Carrie, Jenny, Janet and Charity.

Last updated: 2011-07-18 12:00 AM
00:32:20 | 1500 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 11/46
Overall: 181/515
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy sleeveless
Course: Rectangle out and back, the last 1/4 goes all the way along the beach, and there a long stretch where it is really shallow. Lake Chelan is super clear, you can see a very long way down. The swim course had a buoy rope, which was awesome!!!
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:49
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:10:32 | 24.8 miles | 21.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/46
Overall: 86/515
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back along the South shore of Lake Chelan. It was a road I have ridden/run many times, so I knew exactly what to expect as far as hills, turns, etc. I think that gave me some advantage.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:23
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:54:09 | 06.21 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/46
Overall: 180/515
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along the South Shore of Lake Chelan. Slight hills but nothing major until the very end, when it's a steep uphill to the top of the parking lot, and downhill to the finish line.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-07-18 11:16 AM

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Pacific Northwest
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2011-07-18 11:22 AM
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Pacific Northwest
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Carrie, Janet and myself before the race.

Chix with some of the women who come to our free weekly workouts.  These two were doing their first Olympic-distance.

Here's me, that is the half-iron start in the water behind me.

On the podium, receiving my award for 3rd place in my age group.

After the race, with my teammates.
2011-07-18 11:25 AM
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Pacific Northwest
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Refueling after getting prettied up....

LUNA Chix (me and Jenny) with Kristina, who I ran with for most of the run.  Her first Olympic!

2011-07-18 11:33 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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awesome job and great pics as always!!!  Fantastic bike split!!!


2011-07-18 1:44 PM
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Bellingham, WA
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Wow. You sure nailed this race with a very impressive bike split. Great pixs. What a thrill to stand on the podium. Congrats.
2011-07-18 2:33 PM
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Placitas, New Mexico
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Awesome day!  I think it'd be a lot of fun to race with you the way you're always smiling. 

2011-07-19 10:11 AM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
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Great day!!!!  Way to go!
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