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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
Danskin Women's Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 47m 9s
Overall Rank = 1716/3621
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 244/380
Pre-race routine:

We stayed at the Country Inn&Suites the night before. My MIL was in the race as well (beat me by 9 minutes! but it IS her 15th tri) MIL, FIL, a friend from their church, my husband, baby and I hung out together. Nikita (our 7 month old son), as it goes, didn't sleep well at all, and I got maybe 4 hours of sleep...
On the race morning, I got up at 3:45, Melinda (MIL), Cathy and I got ready and left at 4:25. Stopped along the way for coffee at McDonald's, got to the Transition area by 5:20. Time goes by so fast..before we knew it, it was almost 6:30... Damon and his Dad stayed behind and got to the race after we started the swim already.
Event warmup:

Didn't do much... Melinda was in wave 3, Cathy and another friend Susie-18, and I was in after I saw them off, I went for a short swim. The water was wonderful!
  • 17m 2s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

The lake was great! The water was a perfect temperature, I thought, and the swim was okay, overall. The waves were big, so of course, there were people swimming all over each other for a while. The first 5-7 min I couldn't get my breathing right because I kept having to stop and find a spot to swim. For a while there, I was getting a little overwhelmed, but then found my pace and was totally fine the rest of the swim. I did think to myself, "Thank goodness this is not Olympic distance", though! hehe Came out of the water feeling strong and not tired at all :)

Need to seriously train with drills. My whole preparation was maybe 4 swims in the pool, only two were a mile long...
What would you do differently?:

Train consistently to actually get a good time :)
Transition 1
  • 04m 23s

Well, T1 time sucked, as you can clearly see. For one, I took my sweet time putting bike shoes on, but more importantly, it's hard to run with your biking shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice getting on the bike with shoes already on the bike.
  • 46m 26s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 16.02 mile/hr

I loved the rolling hills and didn't think they were bad. About mile 7-8 the headwind got pretty strong. Bursts of headwind before then, but mostly short, this one was not fun going up the hill.. Overall, really liked the course :)
What would you do differently?:

Train train train.....
Transition 2
  • 03m 9s

T2 was not so good, either. Coming into this race, I was not focusing on all the details that are coming to surface now, I was just going to enjoy the race. I didn't even time myself. I'm sure that the next race will be much better!
What would you do differently?:

Plan for T2 happenings and practice the routine.
  • 36m 8s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 40s  min/mile

I liked running around the lake A LOT. I also liked seeing other people starting and finishing, and it was really awesome to see the finish line. A little shade would have been nice, but hey, it's all good.

The run was okay. I did mostly 4-1: 4 minutes of running, 1 min of walking. I injured my shin pretty badly a couple of months ago (bad swelling, MRI done and everything, dr suspected fractures), so I have been doing most of my running with lots of walking breaks. I believe you still get the endurance training, but at the same time, your leg muscles get a break. I got this idea from Jeff Galloway's Marathon training book...and like it a lot!
What would you do differently?:

Well, training more and doing some speed work will help. I will also try some strength training, so hopefully, come next spring, I'll be much stronger, which will allow me to get faster without injuries.
Post race
Warm down:

Fruit and bagels were good! I was enjoying my endorphins and family company. My husband met me at the finish line, gave me a huge hug, and then we found my FIL with our baby. I hugged him and ended up feeding him once we shuffled through the crowds. I missed my little boy!! (which one of us has the separation anxiety? hehe) :) Really enjoying the post-race feeling, hanging out with my family for a bit and heading out, which, of course, took forever!... Didn't even think to get a massage...bummer!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough training.

Event comments:

I gave this race a Yes for Organized, because the race itself was organized well....IMO. But the departure? Oh man! A LOOOOOOOONG walk with one hand on the bike, the other on the stroller to the mysterious ReUnite area, then being told that it's not there, walking all the way back, and then another 1+ mile... that was a bit of a planning fiasco, I would say!

Loved the whole experience, though, and can't wait to do another one!!!! I was considering an Olympic distance, but really think it might be too much for me right now. I may be better off to actually go through a training program for one and see where my weaknesses are...(there are many, I know).

Last updated: 2006-07-05 12:00 AM
00:17:02 | 880 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/380
Overall: 1361/3621
Performance: Average
Course: Straight line across the lake. The sun was shining right in our faces, but really, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be with all that glare.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:23
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:46:26 | 12.4 miles | 16.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/380
Overall: 1576/3621
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: The course was great! A lot of rolling hills, headwind a good part of the way.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:36:08 | 03.1 miles | 11m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/380
Overall: 2250/3621
Performance: Average
Course: The course was nice. We ran around the lake, with a small segment at the last half a mile veering off the side, looping around and coming back to cross the finish line by the transition area.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-07-13 12:54 PM

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Subject: Danskin Women's Triathlon - Chicagoland (Pleasant Prairie, WI)

2006-07-13 1:16 PM
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molto veloce mama
Subject: RE: Danskin Women's Triathlon - Chicagoland (Pleasant Prairie, WI)
awesome job. what a good example you are setting for your baby. i did my first tri when our second daughter was about 10 months old. its hard to balance things, and sleep is precious, but its worth it!

and there were massages? how did i miss that????
2006-07-13 1:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Danskin Women's Triathlon - Chicagoland (Pleasant Prairie, WI)

Autumn, I don't even know if they had them?  I guess I was just going off of the report questions....first report oopsies, eh?

So, for how many years have you been doing triathlons? You are doing so great!

2006-07-14 8:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Danskin Women's Triathlon - Chicagoland (Pleasant Prairie, WI)

You rocked,  nice looking swim, kicked it on the bike and the run looked good for shin splint problems.  Sounds like you had some good support there. 

You'll do great with some more training.. Glad you arenot in my gender group.

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