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80F / 27C
Total Time = 5h 09m 34s
Overall Rank = 96/113
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Prepared my bike and double checked the gear. Chatted with other racers and checked out the water conditions.
Event warmup:

Today's warm up started with a Harlem Shake video shoot and a nice swim to the start for some treading, which I like to do to remind myself that I can float.
  • 39m 51s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards

Water was calm so I only needed to concentrate on staying on course. Did well going out to the turn, but on the way back the sun was blazing. Couldn't see the buoys until I was right on them. Did well not to stray too far off course by making sure I wasn't too close to the shoreline. My form felt good and my breathing really good. A friend told me to do the swim comfortably, but not to watch the fishies, lol! That way I'd have some strength to get through the mountain biking.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could've put a little more speed into the swim and still done well on the bike. I think next time I'll push just a shade more.
Transition 1
  • 03m 8s

Didn't putz around too much, but did make sure I had everything on, and double checked even. Last year I forgot my gloves. Actually remembered to take a big gulp of some Gatorade. I always forget to hydrate in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Get a better gear bag so things could be set in there properly and not get moved out of order while rummaging.
  • 2h 46m 7s
  • 19.26 miles
  • 6.96 mile/hr

Rode this as strong as I possibly could with minimal falls and quicker remounting than last year. Rode majority of the hills and flew down the descents. Didn't slow down on the flats this year. Rode hard when I could.
What would you do differently?:

Fix my clips so I can get out of them quicker. I refused to clip in on certain descents because I know if I didn't unclip fast enough, it would have been ugly and possibly the end of the race for me.
Transition 2
  • 05m 3s

I knocked my friend's bike off the rack and tangled my own bike with hers and another bike on the rack. Took me a while to fix that mess without damaging the bikes. I was ready to run in seconds. Sheesh!
What would you do differently?:

Take a breath and think out the re-racking before trying to shove my bike into everything.
  • 1h 35m 25s
  • 5.1 miles
  • 18m 43s  min/mile

I was way to conservative on this run. You couldn't run most of it, but there were parts where I should have pushed. Did feel quite queasy ascending a steep hillside in the blazing sun, so did that carefully, but once in the jungle and water, felt much better. Easy going run that was more of a hike.
What would you do differently?:

Swim the streams, run where ever I wasn't submerged, not wear a hat (didn't see a low branch and ran right into it), push a little bit harder where I was on concrete and asphalt.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down and had a beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to get leaner, improve my confidence in the swimming, and learn how to use my bike better.

Event comments:

Love this race and it's organizers. If it weren't such an awesome event, I wouldn't have competed again this year after DNFing last year.

Last updated: 2013-03-25 12:00 AM
00:39:51 | 1640 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 100/113
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri top and shorts
Course: Two 750 meter laps.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:08
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:46:07 | 19.26 miles | 6.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 91/113
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Single loop of rolling hills, some pretty darn steep. Most in the grassy hills and red dirt, some on concrete and asphalt.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:03
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:35:25 | 05.1 miles | 18m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 93/113
Performance: Below average
Course: Hills, jungle, streams, waterfalls, and pavement.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2013-03-25 4:25 PM

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2013-03-27 6:13 AM
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ann arbor, michigan
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Nice work.

Our whole group is excited for you.

World Championships, here you come!
2013-03-27 8:06 AM
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Calgary, AB
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Well done Blanda!  The thought of mountain biking makes my legs cringe -- to say nothing of 3 hours -- and then to surround it with swimming and running  -- yeesh!

Best of luck at worlds!

2013-03-27 12:00 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Awesome job!  Now I want to do an Xterra!!  

Can I come to Maui with you?  Is "cheering section" in your budget?  

2013-03-29 10:07 AM
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Great Job Blanda. Victory!!!!
2013-03-29 5:24 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Awesome job out there. Can't imagine the bike skills needed for an Xsterra race

2013-03-30 5:56 AM
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Thanks for reading, guys! I still can't believe I did this. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done.
2013-03-30 4:09 PM
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Waukegan, IL
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Awesome. I love Xterra! Glad you finished.

That XTERRA World Qualifier certificate is SWEET!

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