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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 09m 33s
Overall Rank = 275/342
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/24
Pre-race routine:

Did race packet pick up day before (on my bday) with my sister. Met up with Chris (cbost), Chris (trigods) and his friend Melissa. Chatted with the guys from the bike shop who have been helping me. Went out to dinner for seafood, flirted with very cute waiter who had dreamy blue eyes and went to chick flick with sister and friend. Went home. Packed up stuff, went thru race in my mind. Watched HGTV to put me to sleep. Had this weird dream with antonio banderas (WTF?) The weird part is at the end of the hot dance number I did with him, his wife was there and said she wanted to be friends with me...ok what would Freud say about that? that I can be trusted with your husband even in my dreams...ok I digress! Friend stayed over to be my cheering crowd.
Event warmup:

Got up at 4:45 am. Took Eli for his morning walk. Drank my protein/fiber shake. Got dressed. Rode bike around condo for 10 minutes and ran about 1/2 mile. Did my bathroom ritual. Got to place around 6:15 to set up. Put my stuff in place. Got body marked. And yacked a lot. Met a lot of people. (My friend who came with me noticed that the more nervous I got, the more I talked and the louder I got...she doesn't realize I am italian and that just happens as the day progresses!). So my mouth was well warmed up for the race. Uh, had 2 more trips to bathroom. I am convinced I had no fuel left to start race. :) Nerves I guess. Saw lots of eye candy. Man this is a great sport. Stop it renee! not why u do this!!
  • 05m 4s
  • 219 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

uh by the time I started swimming there was a good amount of room. I think though that after the first 50 yrds I lost focus of form and just swam to not run into people. I got kicked once and one time turned to breath and someone kicked just in time for me to swallow a load of chlorine water. Yum that was good. I breast stroked then to just catch my breath and get back in motion. After stretch you had to wade to get to pool exit. Made sure I went down stairs slowly as I was wobbly and well I am a natural clutz with stairs. The owner of bike shop cheered me to transition area. God bless my friend, she was right there snapping pictures. Can't wait to see them.
What would you do differently?:

uh practice more? Not worry so much about the crowd and just focus on what I know how to do. I felt like all form went out the window. But I was never scared nor did I get tired. I just think I got caught in all of it and so didn't swim nearly as efficiently as I could have.

but I guessed 5 minutes and took 5:04 so did about expected.
Transition 1
  • 02m 38s

Hey this was my first time. I found my bike immediately. I was pretty happy I remembered everything and didn't trip or fall. Some poor chick crashed on her bike right in front of me but didn't let it bother me. Got on bike and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Uh, what the heck did I do for 2 and 1/2 minutes?? man that was freakin slow!! I think I just was so deliberate and trying to catch my balance that I just took too long. How embarrassing! so uh get faster!
  • 37m 59s
  • 8.5 miles
  • 13.43 mile/hr

ok. I had to order different water bottle holders b/c my frame so short I can't reach in to get bottle so I did not drink at all on race which was ok since it was short but can't wait for them to come in, at top of hills I really could have used water. I am so thankful that I practiced this weekend with bike guy. It helped me on the hills and turns and not stress when I felt like gears wrong. I realized a few times I was in wrong gear. But I am happy I never panicked, stopped or fell! But this is the lame thing. I passed people uphill. Yeah I may not know how to ride but I have the thighs of well Rocky so brute strength got me up and passed people...but I let people pass me on the freakin downhill. I was such a woose!! I didn't brake but...well maybe a little...but I sure didn't take advantage of them like I should have. My heart rate went thru the roof at times I thought I was going to die.
What would you do differently?:

This took 10 more minutes than I thought it would. I sucked. Uh spend lots more hours on my bike and not indoors on stationary bike. I think I have logged under 75 miles on a real bike since I was 12. I am still learning how to use gears, turn and just be more efficient. The bike guy who is teaching me says I am using way to much energy and way too stiff...I told him I wasn't but he said the veins popping out and my jaw gave me away. :) But I have to say in my defense, I got off a bike when I was like 12 after I fell on bikes too big for me (4 ft nothing folks) and my little cousin died from getting hit by car on bike. for me...this was huge. Getting on a bike, racing on a bike. Dealing with other riders and nearby cars and not falling and not giving up. I know that sounds lame but I was really proud of me at the end. Even though I looked like a wimp and could have gone much faster.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

I was really happy. My legs wobbly but racked bike. Took off helmet, slipped out of shoes, slipped on running shoes. (like my new yanks). I finally got some water in me. I heard Chris (trigods) cheering for me which really helped b/c I was so tired and weary but I took off in a rush without my race belt (no issues for this race but didn't notice until almost done with run). I got water and powerade right out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

remember my race belt. That would be a penalty at other races. Grab hat and put on while running. Just relax I guess. Not think about it so much but at least better than T1.
  • 22m 38s
  • 2 miles
  • 11m 19s  min/mile

My legs were extra wobbly from bike more because of nerves and the hills on the bike. I ran the whole way except on return I had water I was trying to drink and there was this little hill I walked for like 20 seconds...of course bike friend snagged me and I will never hear the end of it. I did see the other chris (cbost)...he was finishing just as I was getting out...that was great!!! A couple guys really harrassed me towards the end (in a good way) that I needed to run faster and was about 1/4 mile away and they were like "sprint sprint" and so I did. I sprinted faster than I think I have ever sprinted and finished that way. They annouced my name and it was freakin great!
What would you do differently?:

Run faster sooner. The fatigue in my legs made me think I couldn't go faster so I really didn't try until the end. I also realized too late that I am a trained marathon runner...go slow, hold stuff in the reserves, build up. But this was a mini sprint. I should have pushed it out for the run. 2 miles is nothing for me and I just took it easy.
This was 11:15 miles for me. I so should have done 10 minute miles. ah well.
Post race
Warm down:

Ran into the Chrises and the guys at the bike shop and my friend who God bless her took a whole freakin roll of film. I pick them up thursday so will post then. I grabbed more water. Chatted a lot (surprised?) and wanted to stay for Melissa to finish and the awards but my friend was tired, cranky and hungry so we went to cracker barrel. I ate about 1/3 of what I ordered. Couldn't understand why. I seemed hungry but just wasn't. Uh, but I must have a loud voice by the way. I was talking as we walked my stuff to car and this guy repeated part of what I said and laughed. I turned and basically he and his friend admitted they listened to my whole story and said I was quite entertaining. I said 'no couldn't have heard me'...but they said yes and then another couple turned and said they enjoyed my story telling too and heard me too. Man ok I know I cheered and used to projecting voice over football field and know I am a yankee (and we all talk loud) and I am italian...but was I really that loud? clearly yes. But they all laughed and said it was fun and I was the highlight of their day. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of hours on my bike. Fear of bike I am getting passed. Nerves. And I think I need to eat something else at start of race, like a bagel. The shake 2 1/2 hrs before was not enough. Just being new. Not pushing myself harder throughout the race.

Overall I was happy. I wanted to get through it piece by piece with no major issues and love it enough to want to do it again. I loved it so much I wanted to do it again within the hour I finished. And I was only a few minutes slower than my practice which was all by myself in pool and a flat bike course.

Event comments:

They definitly cater to beginners and they had lots of good advice, lots of ovlunteers and I thought very well done, very well marked and organized.

Last updated: 2006-05-08 12:00 AM
00:05:04 | 219 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/342
Performance: Average
uh forgot to check. Just wanted to finish but my heart felt fine except for nerves.
Suit: no
Course: It was a pool swim, went in 5 sec intervals. Chris was 20, other chris 115ish, me, 191, I think they were done with bike before I got in water! it was funny. There was such clumping. I saw like 6 people in one clump and this tall guy just stood up, walked thru them, dove over them. It was so funny! After laps had to wade to stairs.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 02:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:37:59 | 08.5 miles | 13.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/342
didn't have HR monitor on but swear I hit cardiac failure a few times on some hills
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly. More hills in one stretch than I have practiced anyway. A couple steep ones.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:22:38 | 02 miles | 11m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/342
Performance: Average
Course: out and back. a couple hills. Last bigger one right before finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2006-06-01 12:10 PM

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Nashville TN
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2006-06-01 12:14 PM
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Pulaski TN
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Great job on your first tri!! Many more to come.
2006-06-01 12:39 PM
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Athens, Ga.
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WHOOHOO, Renee! Way to go, girlie! I'm so glad you had fun (the more fun you're having, the louder you talk too!).
2006-06-01 2:51 PM
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Glad you enjoyed yourself and now you can say you are a triathlete...

Getting faster will come the more you do it.

And yeah you do have a pretty big mouth...  


2006-06-01 5:09 PM
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Way to go Renee!
2006-06-01 9:18 PM
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Awesome first tri Renee.  You need to change your times.  If you look it took you hrs for each leg.  I forgot my race belt in my first tri as well.  No worries.  Good luck on the next one.

2006-06-02 10:24 AM
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Hey Renee- nice race!  Sounds like fun!

I also forogt my race belt in a small tri I did last number.  Luckily they didn't care. 

Theremust be something about short people talking a lot- I talk a lot too!  Can't wait to see how you do in your tri this weekend!

Once you get more comfortable with "Mike" you won't be slowing down on the down hills!

2006-06-02 10:58 AM
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Vestavia Hills
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Congrats, Renee, what a great birthday present to yourself!

Don't worry about the bike or run concerns mentioned above ... those will all go away with time in the saddle and spent running.

You did great!

2006-06-04 8:33 AM
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2006-06-04 10:13 AM
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I am such a slug. I kept harassing you for your race report then I totally missed it.

Sounds like your first triathlon was fantastic! I'm so happy for you - it sounds like you had a GREAT time and that is what it is all about! When's the next event????

And, hello, the eye candy is sooooooooo why we do this.  

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