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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
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80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 51m 17s
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Pre-race routine:

Woke up way too early, breakfast drive to Williamsburg. Race organization requested athletes arrive by 5:45 AM....for a 7:30 AM race start. Headed over drinking my coffee....Hit the porta potties as soon as we got out of the car. Grabbed my gear and headed down to packet pick up.
Grabbed all my stuff, timing chip.....body marking. Set up transition then wandered around a bit. For a while it was too dark to see much....made a few more trips to the porta potty, darn that coffee and water goes through me!
Event warmup:

Walk around, talked to Susan a bit. Found my old co worker, Bobby and gave him a big hug.
Another trip to the porta potty.....
A moment of silence in memory of tose who died in the terrorist attacks and all those who have died in the wars since that day. Very moving.
National Anthem, also very moving......
Watch the first few waves go off then it's my wave turn....
  • 22m 58s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 48s / 100 yards

My early breakfast seemed to be nonexistant by the time we got to start. I was starving. For some reason I cannot get a rhythm going with this sensation going on. I started off swimming and never swam a consistent 200 meters of the whole course without side stroke, back stroke or breast stroke. I am mad at myself cause I CAN swim, but for whatever reason I don't swim well on race day.
This was another one of my "do what ever you need to do to get from point A to point B in your own power" swims.....
What would you do differently?:

Swimming would be nice.
Transition 1
  • 05m 33s

Long run up a hill, down a hill and in the back end of transition. I ran most of the transition but walked the hill so I wouldn't fry my legs too soon.
  • 44m 54s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.61 mile/hr

I pushed my limits on this part of the race. Once I got out of the park I started picking people off as much as possible Played cat and mouse with a couple of people. Fast and faster, I was amazed at how hard I was riding yet not feeling cooked. My legs told me that I was pushing them, but they never said anything ugly in response so I just pedaled as fast as they would give me.
Plenty of course volunteers making sure that the vehicular traffic gave us right of way, even had a couple of sections where they closed the road to cars.
What would you do differently?:

nada, the highlight of my day was on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 12s

Run back in to transition and my back tightened up, walked down to my and socks on, visor and out the chute
  • 35m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 28s  min/mile

I dedicated my run to my friend, Helen. We have both battled injuries over the past year and while it took 8 or 9 months of PT for my legs to heal.....she remains in limbo with the possibility of more surgery. So every step the left footfall was "Hel" and the right footfall was "len", I thought of you and wished I could run harder.....but knew that my goal today was to finish upright and prove that I was recovered enough to tri again.
Somewhere around the 1 mile water stop I was running with a guy who had a total knee replacement a couple years ago. We kept a nice steady but slow pace together for about 1/4 mile then I felt like I could pull ahead so I did. Just as I had begun to wonder if I would ever hit the turn around it came up on us. WooHoooo, head back and my gastrocs are talking, not saying anything ugly....but I knew that the pace I had was all I was going to get out of them. Got to about the last 1/4 mile and the lady in front of me was walking a lot....gave her a bit of encouragement and she thanked me by starting to run again.
The closer I got to the finish chute the more I could feel my tears coming. I was smiling and crying just because I had gotten to the point during all those months of PT that I wondered if a day like this would ever come again. They called my name as I ran through and I was still crying as they cut my chip off.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, this is the run my legs had in them. I pushed my limits on the bike and knew that the run was going to be slowed as a result
Post race
Warm down:

Water, stretch, food

What limited your ability to perform faster:

well, that whole swim thing would be a start.....and coming off a gastrocs tear from last season. This was my only tri this season and I am happy to be able to do this one.

Event comments:

Pizza was not appealing to me post race, but the fruit and chex mix were fine.
How many people asked me why I was wearing "those things" on my legs? Lost count after 3 or 4 of them.

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Last updated: 2011-07-16 12:00 AM
00:22:58 | 820 yards | 02m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Rectangular about 300 meters out, turn right with another 350 meters and another right turn for the remainder
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:33
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:44:54 | 12.43 miles | 16.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: I didn't like the change that had the first and last 3/4 mile of the course on a nasty path from the park to the road, it slowed me down a lot as it was rutted, grassy in spots and a lot of sand & gravel areas. Remainder of the course was a good out and back which waw fast and relatively flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:12
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:35:41 | 03.11 miles | 11m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back mostly on the Greensprings trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-09-11 2:47 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2011-09-11 8:52 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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WEL DONE!!  So glad to see yo are back at it and those sillt calves have decided to BEHAVE!!!  Congrats
2011-09-12 5:13 AM
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You put in a solid swim. Sometimes, even for the best of swimmers, the swim is going to suck. Heck, even for the top-top pros (except Chrissie) it's hard for every part of a race to all come together on the same day consistently. But you know that. On to better things!

Smoked. the. Bike. Way to push it.

Great job being SMART but sticking to an achievable run-the-whole-thing goal.

I am sooooooo excited seeing you race again and frankly I think it was good it was not a du.

The pics are HOT, especially the one of you exiting the swim, and in BT shorts at that ... you are so fit and healthy looking and YOUNG!!!

Is that Helen as in aquagirl?

2011-09-12 7:03 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
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So glad that we caught up with each other before the swim. For the both of us the swim is what it is! Great job getting through. Fantastic bike split! So happy that you could prove that Dr wrong and are able to TRI again! So proud of how you have managed to get your head right, stick out all the PT, and get back to triathlons. You are truly an inspiration!
2011-09-12 8:41 AM
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Rochester, NY
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Just AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!   You got the most out of it that you could get.  You're coming back strong!  Just a great, great example of perseverance!!
2011-09-12 8:44 AM
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Quebec, Canada
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AWESOME job out there

With everything you went through in the last year I guess that you had tears of joy while crossing that finish line! I am SO happy for you.


2011-09-12 8:47 AM
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YOU ARE BACK!!!  Great job, congratulations on gutting it out even if your legs weren't very happy. Love the pics you look confident and determined.
2011-09-12 3:20 PM
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Canandaigua NY
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Welcome back Judi!  Great job out there, you had a great race!!

Yes, you can swim you just need to remember this little tidbit of info!! Smile

Congrats on sticking with the PT and doing the work and taking the time to get back on the race course!  I know it wasn't easy! 
2011-09-13 6:01 AM
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2011-09-13 7:16 AM
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The come back is complete.  Congrates on getting that leg healed up and getting you first tri under your belt.  Nice job Judi. 
2011-09-13 7:50 AM
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Peoria, Arizona
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From the abyss of injury to the throws of victory, Her Majesty, Queen Zipp has triumphed over the course of the Triathlon!

Seriously, Congratulations on getting healed and able to race again.   I'm sure it was exciting for you!

I know I've said it many times, but the way you have stuck to training, when you were phyiscally hurting so badly has really inspired me to keep on trying, even when the challenge is difficult!   Means a lat

Congratulations on a super race.  I predict many many more great races in your future!

2011-09-14 3:56 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Awesome job Judi!  Congratulations!!  I think a race with the word Spirit in it is particularly fitting for your return!

You demonstrted incredible spirit and perserverance and it's great to see you back doing what you love to do.

well done


2011-09-14 6:32 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Congratulations, Judi!!  Awesome job!  I'm so happy to see that you're back to running!
2011-09-14 6:36 PM
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2011-09-15 6:01 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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I am so happy to see you out there racing again!  The legs are cooperating and that swim will eventually come exactly where you want it to be!!!!!
2011-09-15 6:57 AM
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Ames, IA
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So glad to see yo be able to race again. I know the last year was hard on you but all of your perseverance has paid off. Congrats!!

2011-09-17 4:01 AM
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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It took me a while to read this but I was smiling ear to ear while I did.  I'm so happy for you.  A year ago we were both laid up, my road was smooth while yours was anything but.  I'm glad you kept on moving and staying motivated.  I hope Helen does the same.  Congrats.
2011-09-17 7:12 AM
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You have been through a sweet to see you out racing again.
2011-09-17 8:27 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Great job, QZ!!

I especially like the tribute chant you were doing on the run - very cool and must've been quite the motivator for you!

2011-09-17 5:35 PM
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You SWAM! And you RAN! Yes, you biked too, and you did it well. But thinking back over the past few years, it's the swim and run that are truly impressive. You've had to overcome hurdles for both swimming and running. But you persevered and you did it. Congratulations!
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