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Verona, Wisconsin
United States
Race Day Events
90F / 32C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 00m 31s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/
Pre-race routine:

Dinner: Lasagna/Garlic Bread. Started new NA load right after dinner.
Up at 3:30am after waking up a bunch of times. Another round of salt followed by coffee and an English Muffin/Honey/H20 for breakfast at 4:!5am. Continued to drink water.
Event warmup:

Got to the race venue at 5:30am and did the full warm up-all three disciplines. The water was 82F, but since this wasn't a USAT sanctioned event they allowed wetsuits. Made sure I swam in all directions, including way away from shore. I was hot. My wave went DFL so had to stand around in my wetsuit for over an hour.

Swim
  • 36m 45s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards
Comments:

I started to the outside, I didn't get 10ft before my goggles started leaking and the right side filled with H20. I was worried about my contact so tried to get it together while treading H20, but couldn't. I had to swim over to the dock to get it seeded. I thought I had done it, but it leaked again. I decided to tread water,moved my cap back and got it stuck on. If it leaked again, I was going to swim with one eye shut. It didn't. No panic during this so this is a good thing. In my head, I had planned to do the first loop easy, the second one harder and the third one hard. I didn't execute that and I am not sure why. If you took my HR I am sure it would have been in Z1. Our OWS swim coach had recommended we not run up the beach and back in the water so as not to spike HR so I walked it both times. I know it soaked up time. I did get going right away in the water and it went fine. People were around me, but it didn't bother me. Last lap, I had a canoe right on my left side all the way to the first buoy. I surfaced because it was so close and the kid told me to stay to the right of the buoy. I asked him if I'd missed one and he said no. Kind of irked me. I was right on the line the whole time. What went well: NO panic, no bloating from swallowing air, not swallowing a load of H20. What didn't go well: Being able to push myself in the H20. I am still trading speed for comfort in the water and it really shows in my splits.

Transition 1
  • 03m 49s
Comments:

T1 has a long run from the beach through the parking lot up the grass to transition area. Once again, I was 8 racks in and when I got there my bike was in a different place form my stuff and my stuff was backwards. That's not a good excuse for a poor time. Felt like the wetsuit was sucked on me so it took a while to get the arms down while running, same with the legs and they are cut off. I sat down struggled with socks and then did the rest. This would have been the difference between breaking 3 hours and not.

What would you do differently?:

Practice, treat this as if it is free time towards my overall finish time.
Bike
  • 1h 27m 4s
  • 26.36 miles
  • 18.17 mile/hr
Comments:

I rode the course twice before the event so knew it pretty well. My goal was to look at my JOULE and see at least 160W on the flats and 180W on the hills. It was hot and I knew I had stood around for a long time waiting for the swim, so I started drinking H20 right away. I didn't take a watch for an alert so was periodically drinking the Infinit (run formula). Within 25' my H20 was gone. What I didn't know at the start is when my bike fell over with the racks, the H20 leaked out. I maybe got 5oz of H20. I wasn't sure how much Infinit I had, but I made the decision to keep drinking it even without the water. I was worried about fading if I didn't take in calories since breakfast was 5 hours earlier. I was breathing hard so I occasionally got burps from it, but it didn't seem to be bloating my stomach so I kept drinking it. Ingested all 20oz (53CHOs) which is a HUGE positive. I told myself at the beginning of this race I would not hold back on the bike to try to save myself for the run. I finished the first loop of that hilly section and questioned whether I had really done that so I goosed up effort for the last hilly loop to the finish. The course was long so I actually achieved 18.2mph (I had set a goal of 18mph so was happy to see the data post race).
What would you do differently?:

I wonder how much faster I would have been if I cranked the first loop at a harder pace, otherwise nothing.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s
Comments:

Same as T1
What would you do differently?:

Practice and act like these matter.
Run
  • 51m 25s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 17s  min/mile
Comments:

By this time it was hot (90F), while it was overcast for the sprint and early Oly people we were in full sun coming out of the swim. I took two shots of my inhaler knowing the humidity might be a problem. Going in I told myself I would not walk one step, but after losing my fluid on the bike, I revised that. I gave myself the option of walking through the water stops. I drank a full cup and threw two over me. There are two larger hills and I gave myself permission to walk about 10 steps so I could take in my Infinit which I carried on my FB (ingested roughly 24CHOs). I did watch pace and I glanced at HR to make sure I was at least in Z4. Mentally I was doing well, physically even better. This is the first time where coming off a harder bike my legs felt good. I attribute that to the salt loading because i have no other explanation. It was getting much hotter and I did walk a little more on that final loop on the hills. My stomach finally had enough of the Infinit the last loop which is a little concerning. There was no bloating, some burping, but mainly taste issues. It was warm and I was done with it. What went well: pretty much the whole thing, NA was the bomb.
What would you do differently?:

I didn't stick to my plan of not walking and wonder if I left something on the table. I briefly considered running the whole last loop but my head didn't get me there.
Post race
Warm down:

I stopped, I didn't puke and drank two bottles of H20. About 30' later I had a granola bar provided by the race. Normally I can't eat for hours after an event. I attribute this new ability to my new fueling protocol pulled together by my sports nutritionist.

I stuck around to get my AG award because I saw they were so cool. I now have my very own girl bobblehead trophy for winning W45-49.



What limited your ability to perform faster:

For those that know me, the struggle remains the same, the swim. Physically I have made a lot of improvements, but the mental aspect is still more than a work in progress.

Event comments:

This is a great local event that takes advantage of some of the tougher terrain of the area. The perfect training day leading up to IM WI.


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Swimming
00:36:45 | 1640 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/
Overall: 182/
Performance: Average
Suit: 2XU
Course: 3 loops exiting the water after each, running up the beach around a tree, before re-entering the H20.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 03:49
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:27:04 | 26.36 miles | 18.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 80/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Stick with 2 loops of the hilliest section. This course is very challenging with a lot of twists and turns in additio to the elevation. It seems like everytime you are going downhill you need to brake for a sharp turn.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 01:29
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:51:25 | 06.21 miles | 08m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 79/
Performance: Good
Solid Z4 the whole way
Course: 3 loops with two enormous hills to climb each time.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2012-07-01 8:38 AM

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2012-07-01 9:10 AM
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Great job Suzy.  I am so proud of you for not panicking on the swim.  Even some fishies may have panicked with the repeated leaking & the canoe in the face.  You've come a long way. 

Bike & Run - awesome as usual.

Congrats on a great race!!!

Love the bobblehead!

2012-07-01 9:43 AM
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Awesome day, Suzy!! I can't imagine competing, much less pushing myself, in those temps!! Oh, and the legs on the run? While nutrition may have helped, let's not forget about all of the awesome training you have put in!! Well done! Congratulations! Love the bobblehead!!
2012-07-01 10:07 AM
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Congrats on an overall great day - impressive in that heat!!!  Love the trophy!
2012-07-01 10:36 AM
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You are such a stud! I think it was a great all around effort out there. You always give 110% and it inspires me! Leaky goggles and 90F suck and you still crushed the race. LOVE THE BOBBLEHEAD!
2012-07-01 11:52 AM
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Awesome job!!!


2012-07-01 2:44 PM
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Awesome job out there!  Not panicking when you had repeated goggle issues and a canoe in the face is a HUGE deal.  I totally get the "trading speed for comfort" comment on the swim.  ROCKED the bike and ran hard even with conservative walk breaks.
2012-07-01 4:41 PM
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Awesome bobblehead! congratulations
2012-07-01 5:11 PM
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Congratulations Suzy on another great race. I love the bobble head award. You had a great swim, bike, and run!
2012-07-01 6:37 PM
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Great job Suzy!  Solid all the way through.  Congrats.
2012-07-01 8:17 PM
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Congrats Suzy - great job.   I think I would have lost it with the goggle problem.  Way to go with the bike and run legs (great pace in 90 degrees).


2012-07-01 8:18 PM
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Great job Suzy, very solid performance.  Congratulations.

2012-07-02 8:09 AM
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Congrats Suzy!  Especially on the swim, that is big - I think anyone would have found it difficult to not panic and you didn't!

Well done

 

2012-07-02 9:07 AM
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Congrats!

You keep learning and improving your racing.

Did you hit your power target?

2012-07-02 11:10 AM
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Awesome job, Suzy! It must have taken real mental effort to stay focused during that three-loop swim.
2012-07-02 11:58 AM
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Girl!!!   Way to go! 

A friend once told me it's not what goes wrong in a race, but how you DEAL with it that defines your success, or lack there of!!  Clearly you know how to manage your race when things don't go according to plan!  Nice clear thinking on the swim, and following through with your nutrition on the bike in the hot weather despite your lack of water! 

Congrats on yet another successful day racing! 

 



2012-07-02 12:24 PM
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Swimming with one eye shut would be hard core.  Great job working through the setbacks.  Super race and congrats again on the bobblehead; that is just awesome!!
2012-07-02 10:10 PM
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Great job, Suzy! That sounds like a tough course all around, and you were in control the whole way. Love the bobblehead, and the bad azz race pic!
2012-07-03 7:05 AM
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Hardcore.  Amazing job dealing with the hurdles thrown in your way.  LOVE the trophy!

2012-07-03 10:02 AM
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Great job Suzy.  I'm always amazed at how you can push yourself on course.  Cool AG award!
2012-07-03 6:14 PM
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Great job Suzy, huge effort in the heat!


2012-07-08 10:55 PM
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Love the RR.  That bike course sounds TOUGH.  Congrats on a superb race.
2012-07-09 10:53 AM
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Nice race Minnow - way to persevere as usual  
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