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Black Butte Olympic Road Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Orland, California
United States
Epoch Sports Inc.
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 44m 27s
Overall Rank = 59/67
Age Group = W 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

Ate 2 hard boiled eggs, some peanut butter and a banana and headed down to the race. At the transition I had to rack my bike on the shifters rather than the saddle as the wind was so bad, bike were getting blown into eachother on the racks. As a result I didn't put my aero-bottle on the bike this will later prove to be a BIG MISTAKE! Got body-marked and the guy said to me, "we are looking at 25-30 pmh winds today" of just lovely to hear! When we arrived on site and I saw the wind I was regretting bringing my tri-bike with race wheels

Threw on the wetsuit and headed down to the water with Shannon and Candice.
Event warmup:

Looked at the white caps on the lake and said a prayer that the swim would go ok. I guess my prayers were far from answered.
  • 35m 57s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Started the swim and just told myself the white caps were not a big deal. Was having a tough time relaxing in the water, kept getting mouthful of water, the buoy seemed really far away. Slowly the pack got away from me and I just told myself to let them go, focus on YOUR race.

I felt like I could not get enough air and began to side-stroke. I have not side-stroked like this since my first tri....EVER!!! I rounded the buoy and felt tired, told myself "you are an Ironman and this is an OLY, you can do this!" I saw 2 women get picked up by the rescue boats and really wanted to be one of them. I was worried part of me almost just swam back to shore. I could not see the next buoy and would take my goggles off to look for it!

Told myself, just got one lap done and then you can make it! One the second lap, the jetski came up next to me and I chatted with the driver. He said "are you cramping?" I said "no just taking in a lot of water. This swim is really crazy." He said "well the swim is the hardest part in triathlon"...I was so thankful to not have a neon sign hanging over my head saying "i'm an Ironman" as I really wanted to hop on the back of the ski and be done.

I kept pressing forward and finally got to the swim exit. A woman Yelled, "great job" and I said "that was a suck-fest!"
What would you do differently?:

I survived without a DNF, good enough for me. Crazy but I wound up PRing my OLY swim by 4 minutes.
Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

Was so happy to be out of the water, I almost cried! Saw Shannon in T1 and said "I almost bailed on the swim" and she said "I almost did too"
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I had 18th fastest T1, lol!
  • 1h 37m 12s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.34 mile/hr

The wind on the bike started immediately! It was head-wind and cross-winds. There were a few rollers in the beginning and my bike was getting blown all over the place. I had a death-grip on my bike bars, no way was I going to get into my aero-bars, I was terrified to even move my hands from the bars. On the flats I was doing a 60 cadence going about 9-MPH in my granny gear! I wanted to cry, thought about just getting off my bike...I felt like I was going to get blown off my bike....why risk injury for my Ironamn.

I pressed on and told myself it had to "get better" as dust clouds whirled by! Continued to battle the wind and kept coughing, odd. I finally hit the turn around and got some tail-wind, I drank a bit and had a bit to eat, but not nearly enough.

Finally got close to transition and was bummed when I realized we had another and out back to do with a big climb, ugg! Finally got to T2, was happy to be off my bike, but was very concerned about the fact that I hd eaten 3 Clif blocks and only drank 1/2 a bottle of water in 90 degree temps!
What would you do differently?:

Bring road bike. Since I racked on the bars, I didn't use my aero-drink, I should have taken the time to put that on in least I would have been able to lean over and drink without taking my hands off the bars.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

God transition for me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, other than take the water bottle with me on the run
  • 1h 27m 47s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 08s  min/mile

Legs felt good and I was happy to be off the bike without having crashed. Immediately I realized I had no saliva in my mouth, WTF!? I got a few hundred yards in and started hyperventilating!! My chest felt like I could not get a full breath, and I could hear myself sucking in air. Shannon came up behind me as I was walking and she said "come on, run with me." I said "I can't catch my breath" in between bouts of sucking air in. She said "I will stay with you. Are you ok?" I said "I will be fine, just keep going." She asked me "you sure?" and I could see a look of concern on her face, but I told her to leave me.

I walked the uphill and jogged the downhill. I made it to the aid station and took a GU and some water. The sun was beating on me and I felt miserable. Legs felt ok but I could not air and if I tried to take a deep breath I would have a coughing fit. Things started to get cloudy in my head and my mantra became "stay upright, keep breathing and don't pass out" I had a feeling if I passed out, they would not find my body on the trail and there were very few people behind me.

I drank a bit at the aid stations, my lips were cracked from heat and lack of hydration. My mouth was dry as the desert. My vision felt dark, like things were caving in around me. I wanted to cry and just get a full breath without going into coughing fits. The wind blew and I got dust in my eyes....I told myself just keep putting one foot in front of the other, no matter what.

Finally I heard the finish line and told myself "just get there". I finally crossed, standing on my own 2 feet.
What would you do differently?:

My body had never reacted like this before! Maybe it was a sh-t storm of swallowing too much water on the swim, not hydrating on the bike, dusty conditions....I just don't know. Its 2 days later and it still feels a bit uncomfortable to take a deep breath.
Post race
Warm down:

Stopping and drinking

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of fuel, hydration, breathing issue.

Event comments:

This was my worse race experience, EVER! Finishing this race was harder than any Ironman I have done. I have dealt with muscle fatigue and pain in Ironman, but never experienced my body caving in on itself. Usually the darkest in racing for me is that place of doubt when going long, but this time it was physical darkness.

Last updated: 2012-04-05 12:00 AM
00:35:57 | 1640 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/5
Overall: 63/67
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 triangles
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:37:12 | 24.85 miles | 15.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 52/67
Performance: Bad
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out in back in 1 direction and then another
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Bad Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:27:47 | 06.21 miles | 14m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 62/67
Performance: Bad
Course: Dusty trail, no shade
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? No
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2012-06-12 12:08 PM

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Subject: Black Butte Olympic Road Triathlon

2012-06-12 12:22 PM
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Wow.  Tough race.

I wonder if there was something physical going on.  That trouble breathing problem sounds like more than nerves or water in the mouth on the swim. 

Someone had a similar problem a few years ago.  (KSH? maybe?

Please, please take time to recover fully before you push it again.

Anyway, way to hang tough.  But please take time to recover.  like really.

2012-06-12 12:53 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Black Butte Olympic Road Triathlon
HORRIBLE! Dang girl. Probably should have called it day! But I understand the "I can't stop" feeling.

What you experienced, I have happen when I exercise in heat. I know I can get sports asthma where I can't breathe, and when I do, I start coughing. I had a touch of it at the end of the IMTX bike course. Hard to breathe in, and when I do, I cough.

Next time, stop. OK?

2012-06-12 12:59 PM
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Man, tough day out there from beginning to end! Congrats on finishing.
2012-06-12 2:11 PM
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, Minnesota
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Holy cow, that sounded sucky!  Good job finishing!
2012-06-12 3:10 PM
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So sorry you had a bad race.  Sounds like a REALLY tough day. Way to stay strong and finish.  Rest, hydrate and recovery.

2012-06-12 4:16 PM
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San Mateo, CA
Subject: RE: Black Butte Olympic Road Triathlon
Sorry to hear you had a bad race. Good job, though, in toughing it out. About a month ago I rode the BBT bike course and went out to BB Lake on a day with perfect temps and no wind. In better conditions, this course is actually very fast, and the lake is awesome for OWS. I believe they moved the race from April to June this year.
2012-06-12 4:16 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Horrible conditions for a race!  I don't know whether to congratulate you on finishing the beast or smacking you for the same!
2012-06-13 7:24 AM
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Nice job hanging in there. You did a good job under horrible conditions !!!
2012-06-13 2:54 PM
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Robbinsville NJ
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Way to finish Abbie. Any race finished is a good race!
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