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Columbus, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 1h 21m 33s
Overall Rank = 179/189
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 17/18
Pre-race routine:

Chatted with some friends
Event warmup:

Splashed in the lake for a few minutes. This was my first time in a race since getting sick and I didn't treat it as a race, but an event. Relax and have fun was the mantra for the day
  • 12m 6s
  • 300 meters
  • 04m 02s / 100 meters

Was advised to start towards the front since the water was shallow and there would be many women walking the swim course. Started about 20th, only had a few people pass me. There was lots of open space for the swim. Never felt crowded.

Swim was harder than I expected it to be. Have only swam twice since shoulder surgery in January 2012 and clearly I've forgotten most of what I learned! Time includes a fairly long walk into transition
Transition 1
  • 06m 33s

I had to sit down and get my bearing before I could do anything. One of the race officials yelled at me this was a race, move it. I didn't say anything to her, but I slowly got my stuff together and headed out when I felt ready. The swim took more out of me than I expected.
  • 32m 40s
  • 7.18 miles
  • 13.24 mile/hr

Felt mostly good on the bike except for going too hard on the uphill portions. Kept telling myself to quit working so hard and relax. Have fun. Roads were wet, so I was cautious on the turns. Overally pretty happy with this ride. I pushed as hard as I could. Very positive attitude among the competitors.
Transition 2
  • 02m 23s

Most of this time was walking my bike to my area and getting the danged thing racked. Took off my helmet and gloves and headed out.
  • 27m 53s
  • 1.71 miles
  • 16m 03s  min/mile

I saw my friend not too far ahead of me, so I pushed too hard almost the entire distance trying to catch her. Had my heartrate up too hgh and was very uncomfortable. At one point, I almost had to stop until I felt better. Did lots of run/walk, but left just enough to run the finish line
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down at the finish and caught my breath, then cried because it felt good to be here again. Took some pictures with friends and the triathlon 101 group from Granville. Had a yummy pb bagel and some orange juice and went to pack up my transition crap.

Event comments:

I went into this knowing that I was limited by my blocked artery, so my goal was really to prove to myself that I could do it. Honestly, I expected it to be easier. It wasn't this hard when I was healthier and in better condition. ;) I had trouble carrying my stuff from the car to transition, so I wondered about the soundness of my decision to do this before I even started. I'm really happy I did. This finisher's medal felt more special than any of the others I've earned. I'm not sure what my future is in triathlon, and I'm not in a big hurry to do another, but I will probably do some next summer. I really loved the atmosphere at the Women's only triathlon. It was not a highly competitve atmosphere and there was lots of support and encouragement. Just what I needed for my first time out after being sick.

Last updated: 2013-07-15 12:00 AM
00:12:06 | 300 meters | 04m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/189
Course: Straight point to point
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 06:33
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:32:40 | 07.18 miles | 13.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/189
Wind: Little
Course: Slight uphill out of the park, then onto roads with controlled traffic with 3 left turns and a couple of hills.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:23
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:53 | 01.71 miles | 16m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/189
Course: run out the sidewalk, through the grass, then along another sidewalk along the beach, drink station, then back the way you came
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2013-07-27 6:31 PM

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Granvile, Ohio
Subject: Commit to be Fit Giant Eagle Women’s Only Triathlon

2013-07-28 9:34 AM
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Delano, MN
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Damn it you almost made this old cromudgeon cry! A big congrats to you for getting back in the game. Given your health conditions going after the finish is all you should worry about. Just thisnk how good you feel today about all this and keep it up! I am sooooooo Proud of you!
2013-07-30 6:31 AM
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Spokane, Washington
Subject: RE: Commit to be Fit Giant Eagle Women’s Only Triathlon
Wow, fantastic! Whether you do more or not, I'm glad you got out there and did it! Loved the RR, thanks for sharing your day!
2013-07-30 8:29 AM
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This women's tri is my favorite. You're right: it's such a great atmosphere. Glad that finisher's medal was so sweet for you. Congrats on pushing through.
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