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PrairieMan Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Grand Prairie, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
89F / 32C
Overcast
Total Time = 6h 26m 48s
Overall Rank = 165/235
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 7/15
Pre-race routine:

Actually got a decent night's sleep. Alarm went off at 4 and woke me up for the first time all night. That's a pre-race first. Ate some pumpkin bread, took a shower, dressed, lubed up, drove to the start. Got body marked (oddly enough by the guy who fit my bike!) Set up transition. Discovered my sunglasses were missing. Walked ALL the way back to the truck. Thankfully found them. Went back to transition to finish setting up. Hit the porta potty and did more setting up.
Event warmup:

Not much. A lot of walking. Jumped in the water for about a minute.
Swim
  • 37m 23s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters
Comments:

This is not the official time. If you use their official time everyone I know I beat out of the water was faster than me. I am not even in the AG results, I have no T2 time, and my swim time is OUT TO LUNCH. I am convinced my chip was not functioning properly. So I used my watch time. Shoot me. I am POSITIVE the watch time is correct. The time includes a run of about a football field in length to the timing mats.
***UPDATE*** I contacted Run-Far and it turns out my bib number was originally assigned to a relay team which started in the FIRST wave...hence the approximate 10 minute error. It will soon be fixed and when it is, I will put up Run-Far's official times. Anyway, I digress...
I was a little disappointed with my start. A lot of folks got a jump on me (sts) but I like to swim solo anyway, so whatever. I went out hard and felt pretty decent. Arms were hurting by the end of the first leg of the triangle. Hmmm...not good. So I took it easy for a little bit. I did an INCREDIBLE job sighting for me. I am usually all over the place but wasn't really today and I didn't even look up all that much. I had two spots where I got stuck in traffic and had to do mini sprints to get out of the way of people. Those made me very tired but I just swam easy for a bit after them until I felt better. Otherwise, no comments. My best open water swim of the year. Not time wise (no wetsuit) but execution-wise.
What would you do differently?:

Try to draft more. It's free help...I need to get into a lake for drafting practice.
Transition 1
  • 01m 27s
Comments:

Long, but the area was pretty long. I semi-took my time...there really wasn't anything to rush for.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 3h 21m 37s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.67 mile/hr
Comments:

Oh I am such a horrible biker. It was another Pass Jen Party. I mean, what do you expect when you come out of the swim 61st overall but are 205th overall on the bike? :) I got passed...A LOT! Right from the get go my quads were burning...and I wasn't pushing hard. Never stopped the whole day. The wind was already raging. Okay, so it was Texas normal...for a Texas AFTERNOON not 8am. Each of the out and backs went INTO the wind first. The first time through the second out and back the wind was already awful. I thought to myself...that is gonna HURT on the second time through! Even though my legs were burning, I wasn't working hard. I kept talking to myself to make sure I could still carry on a conversation comfortably...I could. Drank from my diluted gel bottle (4 gels) every 15 min. At 1:15 I ate a 100cal of a clif bar and at 2:30 I had 4 PB crackers. JeepFleeb passed me about 10 miles in. He was hauling the mail. About 35 miles in I had to stop to take care of 'girl stuff'. This lost me a little over 2 minutes, but unavoidable. I kinda had to pee anyway. About mile 48 I was midway through the very windy second out and back and I started to hurt...back, right foot, neck...brutal. Not a happy camper. But I pushed through the next couple of miles and then got to turn around with the tailwind. I sat up for several miles trying to stretch out. Kept it in the easy ring (I went into the big ring a couple of times with tailwinds) and spun it in. Definitely felt better getting off the bike than I did at my last HIM, but still need to tweak a few things I guess. My toe REALLY hurt the last 10 miles. Seriously need to fix that. It was overcast (thank GOODNESS) and it even drizzled on us a couple of times. My aerobar pads officially destroyed themselves today. Wouldn't you know the new ones were waiting on my front porch? Why couldn't they get here a day earlier?
What would you do differently?:

Uh...ride faster? :) Just kidding. I honestly don't know.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s
Comments:

Watch time since there was no official time. Nothing spectacular here. The usual thing plus I downed three Advil :)
What would you do differently?:

Take feet out of shoes and run in socks...it was a loooooooooong run in bike shoes.
Run
  • 2h 26m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 10s  min/mile
Comments:

Yet another episode of Jen using her races as her long runs. I deliberately took it out slow since my longest run to date had been 10 miles. But boy do I wish I had suddenly gotten faster. I carried a throwaway bottle of fluids again for the first four. I really like that method. Just plodded along feeling pretty good for a long time. The majority of this run really was unremarkable...slow but unremarkable. I was proud of myself. A few times I felt good enough to speed up but restrained myself by saying if I still felt good at mile 11 I would speed up then. Needless to say, I didn't feel good at 11. :) Somewhere around 7 or so I started to get symptoms of GI distress...NOT my stomach. My stomach was hungry. I even ate about 5 cookies out on the course because I was so hungry. They were good. Anyway, so the lower belly starts to grumble. Which made the next 6 miles pretty uncomfortable, but luckily it didn't rear up until I'd finished. Whew. Anyway, spent about 2 miles (8-10) running and talking with two other racers. That was kind of fun and made the time pass quicker. The last few miles I was pretty miserable. Legs felt okay, but lower belly did not. Kept plodding though. Was getting kinda hot. Kept drinking a cup of water at aid stations. Probably not enough. Honest...just your average long run. But I still managed to fit in my signature cartwheel. Oh, you want to know about the knees? They didn't hurt. They twinged at me a couple of times but never the horrible awful pain I had at Buffalo Springs. Could have been because I was seriously doped up on Advil...dunno. But they didn't hurt terribly badly. Whew.
What would you do differently?:

Run more to train :)
Post race
Warm down:

Made a beeline for the pizza. I had been wanting some ever since mile 8 or so when I saw some volunteers eating some at an aid station. With two slices in hand I walked over to JeepFleeb and dgillen to say hi. JeepFleeb says, "I have your beer." OMG...he took me seriously. We walk over to where his friends were and he breaks out a Fat Tire for me. :) Ah...all is well with the world. Talked to them for a bit and then had to leave. I was at the mercy of my driver and she wanted to get out of there. The GI problems let to at least 4 bathroom stops on the way home...ugh.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not properly trained for this event. I hemmed and hawed participating and just didn't train specifically for it.

Event comments:

Okay, not my most stellar racing day. But...without going TMI on everybody too badly, I had my period, I had GI issues, I hadn't specifically trained for it, and I had planned to use the run as my long run for the week. All that considered, I couldn't ask for much more. We lucked out on the weather...overcast all day long. Good training day for me..I think I learned some good stuff about pacing and effort. And I am really not sore at all. Ask me tomorrow. The race itself was well run. The Race Director is known to be kinda mean, but I didn't think he was that bad. Maybe it's the military in me...but I don't mind my-way-or-the-highway or rules are rules as much as other people do....And the post-race spread was pretty good!




Last updated: 2005-08-28 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:37:23 | 1931 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/15
Overall: 61/235
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: Rectangular, Right hand turns, One loop.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
03:21:37 | 56 miles | 16.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/15
Overall: 205/235
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Two loops each having two out and backs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:26:21 | 13.1 miles | 11m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 160/235
Performance: Below average
Mile 1: 10:23 Mile 2: 10:29 Mile 3: 10:35 Mile 4: 11:04 Mile 5: 10:48 Mile 6: 10:41 Mile 7: 11:14 Mile 8: 11:13 Mile 9: 11:31 Mile 10: 11:04 Mile 11: 11:30 Mile 12: 11:42 Mile 13: 11:35 The 0.1: 0:54
Course: Single out and back with a lot of twists and turns...my brain hurts.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2005-09-11 7:38 PM

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2005-09-11 7:47 PM
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Congrats on your race! I saw your cartwheel, and if I had known that was you, I would have walked over and introduced myself. Good job.

ETA: I don't know if you hung around long enough to hear some of the conversations, but quite a few chips failed today. Go with your time. As far as I'm concerned, it is the official one.

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2005-09-11 7:56 PM
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Hey, great job Jen!  For not specifically training for this race, you did really, really good!!  WTG,  girl!!

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2005-09-11 8:39 PM
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Jen,

Nice race.  Like your swim times, especially since your weren't wearing a wetsuit.  Good news about your knees feeling better.

TJ

2005-09-11 9:01 PM
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Jen, that was a great time.  Any finish of a 1/2 IM is a great time.  And you, under 6 1/2 hours!  Nice job.

Sharon

2005-09-11 9:13 PM
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Well done. Especially if you had not really trained for this. And you did that obstacle course earlier in the week so that probably had some affect on your swim. Great job fighting through it!

I'm sorry I missed you today. I finally found Aaron just before the pre-race meeting and I saw him after the race but I did not see anyone else. Well maybe I did but I didn't know it. I heard them say your name at the finish but by the time I walked over I didn't know where you were or really who you were. Maybe I will catch you at another race.


2005-09-11 9:26 PM
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Nice race, Jen! Sounds like all things considered, you did well!
2005-09-12 7:17 AM
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I still think you did a great job on your race, especially dealing with all the GI and female issues. I can't do a 6:26 HIM on a GOOD day!

Good to hear NO KNEE PROBLEMS!
2005-09-12 7:44 AM
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Bang-up job fly-girl, way to make us proud.

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2005-09-12 8:33 AM
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Excellant Race!!

You did a cartwheel to finish? Wow that must be a surprise to all the spectators.

I think you did great and even more so when you hadn't planned/trained to do it in your planning.

I'm impressed with your thinking along the way. Any idea what caused the GI upset?

2005-09-12 10:27 AM
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Nice race Jen. Times are good, especially with the issues involved. Good job!

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2005-09-12 11:03 AM
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Good job Jen.  Hope you are feeling better this morning    Happy flying!! _SMO
2005-09-12 11:13 AM
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Great job in the race, especially with all the "issues" you had to deal with.  Loved the cartwheel at the end! 
2005-09-12 12:00 PM
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How you manage to do a cartwheel after all that is beyond me.    That's an accomplishment in and of itself.  LOL!  I saw 1:56/100 as your pace, then realized it was in meters.  Good swim!!!  4/15 in AG!  Don't care what the overall pace is if you're ending up 4th.  Nice swim!!!!

MOP for bike and run.  We are sooooo alike in our performance.  Don't you hate getting freaking passed on the bike.  Though you gotta love the fact that you get em back on the run.  Muahaha. 

Solid race...glad you ended with a beer.  Congrats!

2005-09-12 12:09 PM
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Well...4/15 with MY watch swim time...I don't know how many other people in my AG had messed up swim times....

The bike is a Pass Jen Party   And the run is a pretty even event...I get passed by a few, and do some passing...

2005-09-12 12:12 PM
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Jen,

Great race, especially considering the issues that make me glad I'm a man.  Your cart wheel was something else.  I can't believe you had the coordination to pull that off.  It's all I could do to keep from falling over at the finish.   Your swim kicked but too.  I wish I could learn to swim like that.  I'm glad you had a good day sighting.  I was all over the place, swimming slalom!

I'm glad I got meet you, and I hope to see you at more races.

-David



2005-09-12 1:53 PM
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Great race!  I couldn't imagine attempting a cartwheel when I finished.  (Not sure I can imagine me attempting a cartwheel anytime )

Way to go!

2005-09-12 4:37 PM
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Hey Hoss Chick. Nice job pulling out a race like that with out any real prep work. Immagin what would happen if you had trained Your biking will come, not to worry. Get in a bike club if you must but find some people to help you on your rides. Great job!
2005-09-12 7:58 PM
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Awesome race Jen!!   Glad the knees behaved and you finished strong!!   Way to go!!
2005-09-13 7:43 AM
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Wow I am so impressed I wish that I could do a half ironman. That is my goal for next year!!!! Great job!!!!
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2005-09-14 8:19 AM
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Damn...I can't do a cartwheel, but then it's been a while since I had problems with a period, so I guess it balances out!

Great race Jen...and you aren't that slow on the bike. Smack in the middle of your AG, nothing wrong with that!

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