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Winona Lake, Indiana
United States
Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 23m 58s
Overall Rank = 162/481
Age Group = Female 50 to 54
Age Group Rank = 3/15
Pre-race routine:

Went to packet pick up on Friday because it's only 4 miles from my home. Woke up before alarm Saturday morn and ate oats and yogurt with granola and chia seeds. Got to transition at 6 but someone was already on the end spot. Oh, well, so much for promptness.
Event warmup:

Took bike for spin just to double check all systems were go and that's all I did for warm up. Had written down race numbers of about 40 people and wanted to make sure I saw Dirk and Allison specifically. Chatted with folks, took pictures and chatted some more. Encouraged folks and went to the bathroom a few times.
  • 10m 6s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 18s / 100 yards

Got out fast to get away from the congestion and that worked well. The swim was generally uneventful. I felt like I would PR but I pretty much matched my fastest time. I've spent 6 years learning to swim and I can't do this one below 10 minutes. Don't think I ever will.
What would you do differently?:

Sure wish there was a masters class in our area. There isn't so I'm left with having to be OK with the little strides I'm taking to be more comfortable in the water.
Transition 1
  • 00m 54s

3rd female overall in this category! And that's with wearing a wetsuit (which most folks didn't wear). I'd rock a T1 podium spot if they gave awards for transitions.
What would you do differently?:

  • 40m 22s
  • 13.8 miles
  • 20.51 mile/hr

Unlike my disasterous bike in last week's tri and after finding a few things at my LBS and getting advice on my tire pressure from Jeff in the Junkies, this time my baby responded like she was made to do. With my aero helmet on and seeing just a short distance ahead of me, I got low and hammered it because I know the road well. Not a single person passed me. NO ONE! At this race they mark your age on your calf so I passed 25 year old women and 58 year old men, I passed 36 year old men and 44 year old women. I passed.....oh, you get the idea :) This 53 year old had a blast!
What would you do differently?:

Not. A. Thing.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Uneventful. No issues
What would you do differently?:

  • 31m 44s
  • 3.52 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

I usually start out too fast and can't maintain my speed so I wanted to get my legs under me and then work up to a nice rhythm. It worked and I enjoyed the run much more. I was passed by the first place AGer who was blazing fast. The second place AGer was already ahead of me and then about a half mile in the run a third AGer passed me but maintained an even pace. We hopscotched eachother until the uphill where she just dropped off and I powered ahead. I caught a few people on the uphill and also on the downhill and had enough energy to sprint the last stretch to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Ever since I started trail running my tri run race pace has dropped off. Don't know what exactly I need to do to get it back up but I'd like to see an improvement.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw Allison and family and chatted a quick minute but had to walk around because I felt a little nauseated. Allison mentioned there were oranges so I grabbed a few and they tasted like heaven, giving me the jolt I needed. Chatted with Dirk and Lisa and a bunch of other folks. They only gave out podium spots 2 deep this year in my division. Bummer! Ate and chatted a bunch more then took home some gels and t-shirts when they had a free-for-all at the end of awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just me

Event comments:

The weather this year was perfect for a PR. I shaved just under 4 minutes off my best time which was two years ago. This is a hometown race that I'll do until I take a top podium spot. I'm serious although it's a silly goal, I want to win my AG in this race. Next year will be my last in the 50-54 so I'm looking at 2014 as my year. :) Great race, great friends, great food...what more could you ask for?

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Last updated: 2012-03-24 12:00 AM
00:10:06 | 440 yards | 02m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/15
Overall: 238/481
Performance: Average
Suit: QR shorty
Course: Out to a pontoon and back. 13 waves and I was in the last one.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:54
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
00:40:22 | 13.8 miles | 20.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/15
Overall: 115/481
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back on clean smooth roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:44 | 03.52 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/15
Overall: 253/481
Performance: Good
Course: On the Greenway paved trail which is shaded to a residential area which is open, around the block and back on the Greenway to an uphill side road then a steep downhill to a flat finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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

2012-06-24 6:47 PM

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2012-06-24 6:52 PM
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Russiaville, IN
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Great Job Brenda,  Sounds like you had a great time and a great race.  Congrats on the PR and there is no doubt in my mind you will get that 1st soon.  Keep up the good work.
2012-06-24 8:25 PM
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Awesome race Brenda, congrats on the podium (don't care if they only said 2 deep - third is a podium in my book!).  You nailed the bike leg for sure, and the swim and run look great as well.  The fact that you re-passed on the run for the podium shows you paced the run well and the training is paying off.  Forget about for a 53 year old, this was just an impressive effort!
2012-06-24 8:41 PM
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Sidney, Ohio
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Great race Brenda, I loved the bike section where you said yu wree just passing everyone regardless of age.  Thats fantastic!
2012-06-24 8:48 PM
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Mastic Beach, NY
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Brenda congrats on an awesome finish. I agree with Warren 3rd in your AG is a podium spot in my book and I loved how you owned it on the bike this week. I got a kick out of reading how you were flying past people of all ages especially after the problems you had with the bike at the last race. Way to go on a great race. 
2012-06-24 9:08 PM
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Huntertown, IN
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What a solid performance from you!  Great job!  I'm thrilled for you.  And it was super fun seeing you at the race. 

2012-06-24 9:42 PM
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Go Brenda - way to rock that bike! Congratulations on a fantastic race!
2012-06-25 6:36 AM
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GREAT race...congrats on on the  Hey be happy w/ your swim time, some of us are envious...  You are fast on the bike and run and congrats on cutting your time...  GREAT job!

What are chia seeds?

2012-06-25 3:21 PM
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Fort Wayne
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What an awesome race you were able to have.  Dropping 4 minutes from your previous PR is quite good in any book and 3rd place is most definitely a podium regardless of the lack of awards.

Try to get a little more swim time in if you can.  By looking at your bike split from this race you are right up there and maybe a little more swimming would give you a little more kick for your other races.

The bike leg on this race must have been exhilarating with all of the passing you were doing.  If I were to wager a guess this might have been your favorite segment of the race.

The run seems to have been very well executed too.  Settling into good tempo early so you can carry everything through as evenly as possible is ertainly the best way to go.  (It's too bad that I cannot practice what I preach.)

Great race!  Great finish!  And great being able to spend a few more minutes with you and Allison.

2012-06-25 8:31 PM
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Racine, Wisconsin
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Brenda, you definetly inspire me you nailed it. What a feeling you must of had passing everyone on the bike
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