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FAU 15th Annual Wellness Triathlon - TriathlonSprint


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Boca Raton, Florida
United States
Florida Atlantic University
82F / 28C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 25m 30s
Overall Rank = 539/620
Age Group = 40 - 44
Age Group Rank = 24/25
Pre-race routine:

Didn't intend to, but I woke up at 3:45am with a little orange burr stuck to my knees. Very cranky and nervous. Got up at 4:15am, and make a chocolate whey/blueberry/banana/PB shake. Sensei says not to eat less than 3 hours before the race sooo. Had coffee and then heart failure when the sprinklers went off ... thought it was a storm. Packet pick up on Saturday so just parking and getting chipped, body marked and to transition.
Event warmup:

billcarb arrived {{***}}} sans Sensei who went down Saturday with a bad cold. Rearranged my tranisition area. :). Walked me through the transitions and then mentally through the race. The sun was just coming up as we headed to the beach. Call for thunderstorms, but the sky grey/blue and the water grey/green. Sun was shining for the wave start. Went into the water ... it was beautiful, but didn't get wet. At least 40 minutes before my wave.
Swim
  • 16m 32s
  • 440 yards
  • 03m 46s / 100 yards
Comments:

I was the last wave: When Fools Rush In. The wave before me was Relay/Special Catagories. There was a first timer, Alice. 74 years old. Oh goody! A goal! Very simple strategy. Last one in, last one out. Stood with Bill just yammering. He drew a thunderbolt on my swim cap. At my wave I had to turn away because I was starting to cry (big baby). Stood at the back. Horn went off and I waded in and just kept going. Started to panic but slapped myself. Once I got past the buoy, I calmed down. Tried to crawl, but ended up paddling. Spent most of it on my back. I swear I heard a cell phone ringing underwater. Ocean Rescue was great. Two Guards were herding us tag alongs, calling out encouragement. One told us we could hang on his board if we needed. I did not, for which I'm very proud. I got myself through the whole thing. The Guards were sweet and applauded us out of the water. I called up to some people standing on top of the tunnel "I beat the 74 year old!"
What would you do differently?:

Learn to swim, but at least I'm not afraid of the water anymore. Definitly need more OWS.
Transition 1
  • 03m 32s
Comments:

Bill met me coming out of the water and I took my time walking to T1. There was water so I had some. I was shaking from getting over the swim. My transition area was really well organized. I took my time cleaning up and dressing. Because I was last out of the water a lot of racers were gone, or FINISHING their bike or RUN. Too many outsiders already in transition and tempers were flaring. Had a discussion on etiquette with the guy racked behind me. He wished me well on the bike. I wished him well at Breakfast.
What would you do differently?:

Had trouble clipping in. Dante moved the clips when he put the sc-aero bars on and I've been doing mostly trainer work. Need to get my sorry butt out and ride on the street more.
Bike
  • 33m 15s
  • 10 miles
  • 18.05 mile/hr
Comments:

I'm a dork. I forgot I bought a bike with GEARS! Lord knows where I left it after the shake down ride Saturday, but I didn't start moving things until the 'bridge.' I don't think I was efficient here.

I fixed my own steak last night and I really need to differentiate nutrition for long bikes (which I'd made) versus Sprints. I don't know if the 'swim' was so emotional for me, or what, but maybe I didn't have enough time to 'eat' on just a 10 mile bike. Maybe concentrate it? I also need to move my cage up. The polar bottles are too tight in the rear mounts. I'd have killed my self trying to access anything from there.

I did some thinking on these ten miles. **TMI ALERT!!!!** But, this is for me for next year. But, if you're still reading, I'm an only child. I'm used to doing things on my own. Sports were not a big part of my childhood. I ran some track in JHS, and then rowed, Stroke/8, in college. My Mom alwasy hassled me about 'joining a team.' I joined crew because I couldn't play basketball, tennis, field hockey or sail. But crew didn't count as a team, I guess, because we never looked at each other (tell that to the coxswain "STOP LOOKING AT ME!" where else was I supposed to look?) The meets she'd come to, she'd come late and then whine. Sorry it's boring! I'm pretty occupied! She loved to mess with my head. The medals really sent her over the edge.

I'm thinking, as I'm riding my bike, yeah, this sport is all about me, out there, doing what I can do. But, dammit. I have a team. I was thinking about all the Hammerheads, and BT'rs who in the last six months have run, biked, shopped, talked, cranked on, Inspired and encouraged me and other wise have been so generous in helping me get to the bottom rung of this sport. I have a team. So take that pppppbbbbbtttttt! Probably not the correct 'self talk' during a race, but this was an immature race. I promise to get better!

One of the last things Bill said before I got in the water was when (WHEN! gotta love this guy!) I made it out of the water, the only thing that could keep me from finishing was a flat. 2 miles from the end of the bike loop, I started to pray.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on getting on the bike better, practice riding wet, and using the bike technology. Need to work on nutrition. I think I was bonking. Or I'm just a lazy dilitant triathlete who's just hanging on 'til I'm in the 70 and over. Then 'Alice' would be my only competition and I'd have 25 years experience over her.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s
Comments:

Bike America, where I got Sunny, had a tent set up. Saw Jeremy, Sunny's first biketech - he likes Sunny tricked out but I think was like - hey! we didn't do that ... . Anyway, I did a good job with the tires but they topped Sunny off and said they can fix the odometer. The bike entererance was right near the tent and as Sunny and I came it, all the Bike America guys were lined up clapping for us! (blush!)

Because I was last out of the water, by they time I got here a lot of racers were gone, finished with their bike or RUN. I didn't care. Today was about finishing the whole race. Too many outsiders already in transition and tempers were flaring. Had a discussion on etiquette with the guy racked behind me. He wished me well on the run. I wished him well at Breakfast.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I'm home free. Just 3.1 glorious miles between me and a life change.
Run
  • 30m 5s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 42s  min/mile
Comments:

I exit the run and Bill is there, pointing to a pretty brown haired girl in a Red Sox hat "BT FRIEND! BT FRIEND!" No hable swahili.

I pulled my hamstring Wednesday/Thursday, so I knew I wasn't going to make time here. I hoofed last year but again. I just wanted to complete all three segments of this race. I walked more than I wanted, but I was out of breath. I was ten pounds lighter this time last year, and it just plain has to go. I get some slack for not running for 5 months, but that lament has to be over SOON! I did not push myself because I want to get back to St A level training this week. Injury will not help that.

Jostling along, I see a girl ahead of me, 'Gee, that suit looks like the one Amy (from Church) wore last year.' I passed her and said 'Looking strong!' I'm 3/4 mile out, and all the exiting athletes are generous with their praise 'Hey LOOKING GOOD!' Hey, you're looking married. Why are all the cute, nice guys married? Guess I answered my own question.

Came to the finish and Bill and Brown Haired Girl were there clapping and cheering. THANK YOU MOMX3! It's was nice to meet you! (And, she was the recipient of the general comment "I beat the 74 year old" as I left the beach. That was her on top of the tunnel!)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I didn't want to push. I was just happy to be a triathlete.
Post race
Warm down:

Stumbled around with Bill and Amy (MomX3)'s help clearing out of transition. Got some food. This is a problem. I couldn't eat. Some psychological ... until the braces come off, I don't 'bite' in front of other people. PB surround clear braces ... shudder. But I just wasn't hungry. After the bike bonk. I need to put some stuff aside for St A's. The Endurox was still nice and cold and orangy. I really like that stuff.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My own head.

Event comments:

I will do this race for as long as I live in Florida. It will be a good touchstone to where I am and how far I've come, whatever I'm doing.

It was Amy from Church that I'd past. She's a good swimmer, and last year, when I DNF, I ran with her from the beach to the bike. My time was 6 minutes slower this year, but it was my own swim time. I'm sorry I couldn't push myself, but overall I'm pretty proud of me.




Last updated: 2005-11-30 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:16:32 | 440 yards | 03m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 21/25
Overall: 0/620
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto Tri
Course: .25 mile straight swim
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:32
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:33:15 | 10 miles | 18.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/25
Overall: 0/620
Performance:
Wind: Little
Course: Straight out 5 miles past the Inlet Bridge and back along AIA, the ocean. There weren't too many people to pick off, but I aced a few hybrids (:)). First time riding slippery/wet. I should have ridden harder but I pulled my hamstring Wednesday and I wasn't sure how much I'd have for the run. I really need to learn better how my muscles work. AIA was supposed to be closed, but you just can't keep some luxury apartment dwellers from their Sunday morning bagels. Volunteers were AWESOME at traffic control.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Below average Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 02:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:30:05 | 03.1 miles | 09m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/25
Overall: 0/620
Performance: Average
Course: Straight out and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

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2006-04-10 8:15 PM

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2006-04-10 9:00 PM
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I'm pretty freakin' proud of you too!
2006-04-10 11:26 PM
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Yeah gum dammit...you got friends here who think you are just pretty awesome!  If there's anything better than seeing someone reach a personal goal and challenge themself doing it, well I don't know what that is.  Ya done good you know.

...and all the fantastic guys aren't taken, you're just looking at the married ones!

 

2006-04-11 6:29 AM
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2006-04-11 6:47 AM
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woohoo COngratulationson your first tri!!!!  Good job.  Its all downhill from there!!!
2006-04-11 7:34 AM
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you can breathe now!  great job, Janice!!!  U R a triathlete.    you'll always remember your first   



2006-04-11 7:44 AM
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Hey Janice, you were so great! Congratulations on becoming a true triathlete!! It was great to meet you for a few minutes - we'll have to get together again sometime. I never made it to Boston's that day - I got busy cleaning and watching the Masters. Maybe we'll meet there someday and watch my boy Trot kick some Yankee butts. (you know everyone gets a free beer there when the Sox hit a HR against the Yankees!)
2006-04-11 9:22 AM
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Thank you, everybody.  The results are in and posted.  If I can take a day off my swim ... .  Otherwise, I think I posed some serious competition to the 55-59 age group. 
2006-04-11 9:50 AM
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That's funny, my mind goes blank when I'm on the bike.  It's the rest of the time that I think crazy stuff.

Congrats and great RR. As a member of your team (and honored to be such)  I'm  VERY proud of you. 

2006-04-11 10:18 AM
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You were so fast on the bike. You were second to last out of the water but you were ahead of tons of people by the end of the run! And I can't believe that was only 1/4 mile swim. It looked much longer from on top of that tunnel!
2006-04-12 5:20 AM
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Great race report - you definitely put more details in yours than mine.

Well - Triathlete - you crossed some major hurdles.  Great job!  Nice to see you had some BT support there at the race.  I think you managed your race well.  You set realistic expectations and didn't push too hard.  Attitude and effort go a long way, especially your attitude toward yourself!

Glad to see you doing well.



2006-04-13 4:13 PM
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one down, hundreds to go! Isn't life great
2006-04-22 1:31 PM
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Terrific job!  I'm quite familiar with parents who don't offer support of athletic endeavors.

 Sorry I didn't get to meet you at the race.  Maybe at St. Anthony's??

Sharon

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