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Tucson, Arizona
United States
USA Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 06m 17s
Overall Rank = 320/
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 7/10
Pre-race routine:

Packet pick-up and bike drop off were the day before the race. I got up, woke up Patrick, and drove to Oro Valley. A stop for some Dunkin, and we were good to go.
Event warmup:

Jog to and from the port-a-potties with KIM! FINALLY met her. She's awesome. Lined up near the back
  • 26m 40s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 34s  min/mile

All I wanted to do was average 8:XX pace. I started running, and my wave, women under 50, took off!
There were some FAST ladies here. Kim was ahead of me. I looked at my watch and saw 7:20. I backed off, and looked behind me. There were maybe 10 runners behind me. Crazy fast!
I made it to the first turnaround pretty quickly, ran back past the start line, and headed to the second turn-around.
It seemed pretty long, but before I knew it, I was climbing that dang hill up into transition. Up 100 ft in the last half mile. It isn't huge, but it feels like it.
What would you do differently?:

Train more before hand?
Transition 1
  • 01m 4s

I really need to do some brick workouts with a few transitions in them. I fumble around a lot.
The girl next to me left her bike pump right behind my bike, and then on my run out, two girls cut me off and started walking.
  • 1h 10m 35s
  • 37 kms
  • 31.45 km/hr

Got out of transition, and started going. And soon, I checked my GPS. I was going 15 miles per hour, and I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere despite trying very hard. Soon, the road flattened and I realized that I was climbing... that was why I was going slow!
So, I pushed. I passed Kim, I hit the turnaround. I got tired. Kim passed me. I reminded myself that my plan was to hammer. I almost wiped out at the second turnaround back by transition. I told myself that the race was half over and I needed to get moving!
I pushed the up-hills and I pushed the downhills. I realized that I was doing those well, but I subconsciously slacked on the flats. So, I pushed harder on the flats. I passed Kim again, and came into transition a little ahead of her.
What would you do differently?:

I have no idea.

I'm absolutely ecstatic with my average pace. I guess 4 weeks of hills is a BIG step in the right direction!
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

Sat down to put my shoes on. When I did my mini practice Du, my calves cramped putting my shoes on standing up. I didn't want that to happen.
  • 27m 5s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

My plan was to sprint this one like crazy. I went extra hard on the downhills knowing that the killer hill was waiting for me before the finish line.
Apparently, this pace was all I had left!
I didn't walk up the hill, even though I really wanted to.
I could barely breathe coming up to the finish line. My throat felt closed up.
Post race
Warm down:

For the first time, I was asked if I needed medical help at the end. I promised I was ok and just needed to catch my breath. I walked around a bit, and then headed home.

Went back for awards and claimed my spot at Worlds!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Low run training volume.

Last updated: 2012-03-15 12:00 AM
00:26:40 | 03.11 miles | 08m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 353/
Performance: Average
Course: An out-and back course, but we started in the middle, so there were two turn arounds.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:04
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
01:10:35 | 37 kms | 31.45 km/hr
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 0/
Wind: Little
Course: Two loops of out-and back.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:05 | 03.11 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Repeat first course
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-04-29 8:20 PM

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2012-04-29 9:10 PM
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University Park, MD
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Team USA! Fantastic.

(I was bummed to not make it to Tucson for this one, due to injury.)

2012-04-30 9:24 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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nice work kiddo!!!!!

you did awesome!!!


2012-04-30 9:27 AM
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Payson, AZ
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Nice job!  It really did seem like you paced the race perfectly for your current training levels.  It was awesome to meet you and was fun chasing you during the race.  I had nothing on that second run though, I was all talk knowing I had no action when I trashed talked you on that second run. 
2012-04-30 3:59 PM
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Overland Park, KS
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Wow, impressive times there Elaine.  I've never done a du, can't imagine what the legs feel like on the 2nd run.

2012-04-30 6:30 PM
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Great job

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