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2012-02-26 8:39 AM

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Subject: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?

Did my first Olympic length tri a couple of weeks ago and got 1st place in the women's 50 year old age bracket.  I was disappointed in my swim, but pleased with my bike and run.  I was quite suprised when they called my name to get my first place plaque!  After looking at the results, it appears that I was the only one in my age group.

When someone asks me how I did, I say, "I got 1st place", but secretly wonder if I should add, "I was the only one in my age group."  I'm proud of my race and I know my family is proud, too. 

So, my question to you, is , "does it still count?"



2012-02-26 9:16 AM
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Yes it counts.

Congrats!

2012-02-26 9:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?
If you hadn't told us, we wouldn't have known... It's your race, qualify it however you want. And congrats!
2012-02-26 9:23 AM
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The race organizers seemed to think that it counted

Congrats on your 1st Place in AG!!
2012-02-26 9:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?

Well first off, congrats!

Second, there is probably a reason that you are the only one in your age group. Probably not that many people can complete or want to complete a tri, let alone an oly at 50 years. Shoot, I just hope I'm upright by then (Not saying that 50 is old...)

I think I'd better shut up before I stick my other foot in my mouth, but keep going & congrats!

Now beat your time on the next oly! or HIM? Tongue out

Ken

2012-02-26 9:33 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?
Heck yeah it counts!  If no one asks how many were in your AG don't mention it.  


2012-02-26 9:37 AM
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You gotta show up to win. You showed up. Congratulations!!
2012-02-26 9:37 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?
You were hell of a lot faster than all the 50-55 ladies that DIDN'T enter the race.  1st place is 1st place. 
2012-02-26 9:41 AM
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Sure, why not?  But aren't you also BOP in your age group, too? Tongue out
2012-02-26 9:44 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?

Count for what?

Certainly it means that you were the fastest person in your age group that raced the event. And really, that's the whole story about podium placement: it depends a great deal on who shows up.

Does it mean you had a good race or did the best you could do? Not at all.

I've podiumed in my age group in local sprints dozens of times, lots of time finishing 1st. But in my best, most complete race, the one I'm proudest of, I finished fourth in AG. Three faster guys showed up. In another example, the only time I received a medal in a pure running race was for a 2nd AG finish in a half marathon. The slowest timed half marathon I have ever run.

Just run your race, do the best you're capable of on any given day. If podium happens, it happens.

2012-02-26 10:03 AM
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the bear - 2012-02-26 9:44 AM

Count for what?

Certainly it means that you were the fastest person in your age group that raced the event. And really, that's the whole story about podium placement: it depends a great deal on who shows up.

Does it mean you had a good race or did the best you could do? Not at all.

I've podiumed in my age group in local sprints dozens of times, lots of time finishing 1st. But in my best, most complete race, the one I'm proudest of, I finished fourth in AG. Three faster guys showed up. In another example, the only time I received a medal in a pure running race was for a 2nd AG finish in a half marathon. The slowest timed half marathon I have ever run.

Just run your race, do the best you're capable of on any given day. If podium happens, it happens.

This is very true.  Sometimes the races we are most proud aren't the races where we place the highest.

However, great job and of course you should be proud of 1st place!!!



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2012-02-26 10:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?
Definitely can't take it away from you...regardless of how you look at things, it's always gonna have a #1 by your name!
2012-02-26 11:01 AM
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Of course it counts!

The only time I've podiumed I placed 1st. There were only 4 other guys in my AG and it was 34 degrees outside and damp. It was my worst race ever. I didn't feel my toes until halfway through the run. I swear I was close to getting hypothermia, but a win is a win!
2012-02-26 11:10 AM
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of course it counts. congrat on getting out there and giving it your all. winner in my book.

 

I won an age group before. but was more pleased with my over all ranking that winning. 7th overall.

2012-02-26 11:16 AM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?

Hells yeah!

You can't control who trained, who shows up, and who executes well.

But you did for yourself, so of course it counts!



2012-02-26 11:17 AM
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Yes and no.  I have one for winning clydesdale.  I was 5th in ag by comparison.  However on days when I am thinking ..why...I think so I can go back in AG and get one.  YMMV
2012-02-26 11:25 AM
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the bear - 2012-02-26 10:44 AM

Count for what?

Certainly it means that you were the fastest person in your age group that raced the event. And really, that's the whole story about podium placement: it depends a great deal on who shows up.

Does it mean you had a good race or did the best you could do? Not at all.

I've podiumed in my age group in local sprints dozens of times, lots of time finishing 1st. But in my best, most complete race, the one I'm proudest of, I finished fourth in AG. Three faster guys showed up. In another example, the only time I received a medal in a pure running race was for a 2nd AG finish in a half marathon. The slowest timed half marathon I have ever run.

Just run your race, do the best you're capable of on any given day. If podium happens, it happens.

+1, well spoken. The level of competition is something you cannot control, but you can control your effort and input.

2012-02-26 11:32 AM
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I've gotten a few first place finishes because I was the only one in my AG.  I showed up, raced the best I could on that day, and I'm more then happy with that.  When people ask me how I did on the race I either say I did well or what bugged me about my performance, but rarely do I give my placement.  Although for the mountain bike race I did I came in not only first in my AG but first OA female and I bragged that one up.    But I do mention after a slight pause that I was the only female that showed.  You'll find that people find that just as impressive that you go out and do stuff that others only dream of trying
2012-02-26 12:10 PM
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It's your race, it's up to you how you present it to others.  Everyone is different.  The bottom line is that if you were the only one in your age group, then yes, you won that age group, plain and simple.  You could tell others that the others in your age group knew you were racing and didn't dare show up Laughing

When people ask me how my race went, I usually say something like, it went well, fantistic or whatever my feeling was about how I did etc.  If they ask where I placed, I usually tell them where I ended up overall.  They can ask more questions about age groups, gender placing etc. if they want.  I know deep inside how I did vs. how I wanted to perform, that's the important part.

Not a lot of 50 year old ladies out there doing what you're doing so I'm proud of what you've accomplished regardless of age group placing etc.

GREAT JOB on being such a force to be reckoned with and scaring off the competition!

 

2012-02-26 12:23 PM
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I once won my age group in a 5k by beating the 'other' guy in my class and 15 years later my son won his age group in a giant slalom ski race by also beating the other guy.

 

A win is a win in my book and congrads.



2012-02-26 12:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Does my 1st place "count" if I'm the only one in my age group?

Okay, cool.  Lot's of great feedback/thoughts.  Thanks for helping me think through this one.  "A win is a win!"  I'll take that. Cool

 

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