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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 11h 10m 55s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 6/
Pre-race routine:

I checked into the Galt house on Friday around 11:00AM. David (DavidTris) met me here around noon and we went to athlete check-in and the expo. My friend and roommate for the weekend, Todd (CincyTodd,) checked in a few hours later. After Todd was settled the three of us relaxed in the room until it was time for the Friday evening athlete dinner and race meeting. We met up lots of other Cincinnati athletes and Dan (DLaw) at the dinner. After the meeting was over, it was an early night to sleep.

I met David, Dan, and Amanda (my teammate) for the practice swim on Saturday morning. Swim was nice. Water was warm and no current. After we finished our swim, I went back to the hotel to shower and pack gear bags. David and I turned in our bikes and gear around 12:30. I went back to the hotel and relaxed for a few hours. I met Amanda and a few other people from our team around 2:00 and had social time for a few hours. I had time for a nap before eating my pre-race dinner of a turkey sub from subway.

The morning alarms were set for 4:00AM. I had my pre-race breakfast of bagel with PB and honey, OJ, and banana. Todd and I left the room at 5:00AM to walk to transition. David stayed with us the night before the race, but decided to sleep in a bit longer. In transition, we checked our bikes and nutrition. It is a long walk to body marking and the swim start. We arrived and the swim line was already really long. No worries. I was not concerned about where I was in line.

My teammates found me in line – still amazes me how they did this with so many people. It was great having friends there to support me before the start.

Thank you to E2 and the other Cincy support crew. You were all AMAZING!! Having you there on the course made the day so much better!

Event warmup:

Walk to transition and then to the swim start.
Swim
  • 1h 00m 12s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards
Comments:

1:00:12
Once the gun went off the line moved quickly. I ran down the path and jumped in. The water temperature was nice – no wetsuits! :-) There was some bumping and contact during the swim out. I had free space in the water for a little while and then found myself caught in a pack that I needed to swim through. After the turn around the water really opened up and there was almost no contact. I felt very comfortable and controlled in the water. I noticed I drifted off to the right toward the center of the river a few times, so I tried to focus on sighting. I felt very relaxed the entire swim.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a great swim.
Transition 1
  • 07m 17s
Comments:

T1 took way too long! I had a volunteer, but she really wasn’t sure how to help. She tired. A port-a-potty stop was needed – tummy troubles. My bike was stuck on the rack. It fit fine during check in, but due to the close fit of the bike, it was stuck. I struggled to free the bike from the rack. This must have been so funny to everyone watching. I was a little stressed, but also found it humorous.
What would you do differently?:

I was in the port-a-potty too long, but it was necessary!
Bike
  • 5h 37m 34s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.91 mile/hr
Comments:

I felt great starting on the bike. I started hydrating early while on River Rd. My legs felt so strong. I kept the pace under control and made sure I did not over push. Before I realized I was at the out and back section. I was very cautious going down the hill. I have seen bad accidents here during previous years and didn’t want any part of that. The turnaround appeared quickly and I was on my way back up. I stayed seated and spun up the steep hill. It was fun passing guys on the way up. :-) There were a few comments from some of the guys about how if they were being chicked at least it was by a bad ass chick. Compliments on the uniforms. The skull and crossbones are a hit! Around mile 30 my lungs started feeling tight (asthma). I backed off a bit and things soon felt okay. I then picked up my pace and was back in my happy spot. The course seemed to fly by. I was doing great with nutrition. I was relaxed and having fun. I love this bike course. I know I was smiling! Around mile 95 my asthma started bothering me again. I had been having some issues the previous two weeks and knew before the race that I was not back to 100%. I backed back off the pace again slightly. I was still feeling okay and under control. I was so excited to be back on River Rd and then in transition. What a great feeling having everyone cheering as you dismount the bike. I was very happy with my bike split.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Transition 2
  • 05m 17s
Comments:

I had help from a wonderful volunteer. Used my inhaler, had sunscreen applied, and took a quick stop in the port-a-potty.
Run
  • 4h 20m 35s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 57s  min/mile
Comments:

My legs felt decent. I was ready to run. My lungs, however, were not. I took off hearing everyone yelling for me. I ran to the bridge and knew it was going to be a long marathon. I walked and used my inhaler again while on the bridge. I wanted my lungs to cooperate with my body. I had to keep a slow, steady pace. This run was a struggle. I had been struggling with my run for the past 6 weeks and the asthma issue was not helping. I would try to push my pace, but then my lungs would tighten and I could hear the wheezing. I didn’t want to be pulled from the course by medical. I was going to finish the race even if it was a slow pace. I did what I could to continue moving forward. I used too much Albuterol (inhaler) and was becoming shaky and feeling sick. I took in water and Perform at every aid station, but no food. I did a shuffle and then walked the aid stations. I could feel the swelling in my body. Everything felt tight. I was so happy to see the crowds and hear the noise of the finish line. I wanted to run a 4 hour marathon, but things don't always go as we plan. I knew I was not going to achieve my goal of sub 11 hours, but knew I could still PR. I did!
What would you do differently?:

Better run. :-)
Post race
Warm down:

Was walked to medical for treatment.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor run.

Event comments:

I had a great weekend spending time with good friends.



Ironman #6.

11:10:55
6th place in division (F 35-39).
There were 4 Kona slots in this division. All slots were taken – no roll down. Maybe next time. :-)





Last updated: 2010-10-13 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:00:12 | 4224 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: speedo swim suit
Course:
Start type: Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 07:17
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
05:37:34 | 112 miles | 19.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course:
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 05:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
04:20:35 | 26.2 miles | 09m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course:
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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Awesome race!  Impressive time specially fighting through asthma.  Congrats on the PR!
2011-08-29 10:11 PM
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Awesome race!!!  Bummer on the lungs, but you kicked azz anyway! Big hugs, wish I could have been there.
2011-08-29 11:19 PM
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Awesome job Amy. Is the skull and crossbones a tattoo or on the clothing?
2011-08-30 8:10 AM
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Great job putting togheter a great day.  Sorry about the flair up, but you seemed to handle it very well.  Slot next time! 
2011-08-30 8:12 AM
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Wow!!!  Good job Amy!!


2011-08-30 9:58 AM
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Keith_OH - 2011-08-30 12:19 AM Awesome job Amy. Is the skull and crossbones a tattoo or on the clothing?

 

It is located on my uniform on lower back/upper butt.

2011-08-30 9:59 AM
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Rogillio - 2011-08-30 9:12 AM Wow!!!  Good job Amy!!

 

I skipped the Dove deod this year.  I thought of you! 

2011-08-30 10:26 AM
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You are awesome! I was there (spectating) and my asthma/allergies were out of control just walking around and cheering, so I really feel for you on the issues you had to work through.
2011-08-30 10:39 AM
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amymengel - 2011-08-30 9:59 AM

Rogillio - 2011-08-30 9:12 AM Wow!!!  Good job Amy!!

 

I skipped the Dove deod this year.  I thought of you! 

 

LOL  Vewry funny.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5671px84AU&feature=related

 

 

2011-08-30 12:39 PM
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That stinks about the flair up, but WOW, still amazing. Congrats on the PR and I'm sure KQ is in reach soon! You make OHIO look GOOD!


2011-08-30 6:19 PM
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You are the badest assed ironman I know!

Congrats on fighting smart through that tough run and giving an amazing performance!

2011-08-30 6:46 PM
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Super Wow!!  Congratulations, Amy!  I'm sure we have probably crossed paths many times by now...lol.  I hope to officially meet you sometime soon!
2011-08-30 8:27 PM
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Congrats on your PR. You rocked it!
2011-08-30 8:39 PM
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WOW you are awesome for reals
2011-08-31 3:28 PM
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Congrats, Amy!!!!!  I know you'll be in Kona one day!!  Way to go to fight throught the issues!


2011-08-31 3:39 PM
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WOW!!! You are speedy and despite your asthma!!! Way to go Laughing

A huge congratulations on your PR!!!

 

2011-08-31 5:44 PM
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Congratulations!  What a great race!
2011-08-31 7:05 PM
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Great job!! Looks like we were really close on the course... did you start near the front on the swim? Also, it looks like we have some similar lung issues. This is all new to me.. do you feel like the swim start is the thing that gets them going?

 

Awesome cycling....

2011-09-02 7:01 AM
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You are a bad a$$ chick! I could tell you were suffering on the run, I hope playing slap a$$ helped! You rock Amy!

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Awesome race!! That is one kick a$$ time, even with asthma! You WILL get that Kona slot- I know it!


2011-09-05 7:10 AM
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Wow Amy! great job ... I am sorry to hear about your asthma issues.... like you said- better luck next time.. awesome swim & bike splits... maybe some day I'll keep up with ya! Wink
2011-09-08 9:14 PM
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Wow, Amy!  What a great race!  Kudos to you!
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