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Midlothian, Virginia
United States
Richmond Multisports
80sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 56m 7s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44F
Age Group Rank = 21/25
Pre-race routine:

Got up early - had packed up everything, including my bike, the night before - so all I did was grab my drinks out of the fridge. Ate a Lara Bar & diet Dew on the way down to the race.
Event warmup:

Set up transition, met up with Jen (Artemis), saw some other friends, and walked 1/2 mile down to the race start. Over rocks and sticks. In bare feet - all because I only have my stupid fancy flipflops and I didn't want to trust them to the flip flop barrel.
  • 14m 42s
  • 650 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters

Swimming is still a problem for me. I should have been faster going downstream. I didn't panic though. I had one issue when someone swam over me...seriously, in a race like this and as far back as I am, do you really need to swim over me? I don't think so. And another issue when I was too close to the bank and the paddle boarder had to stop me from running into a tree. But both times I just got back to swimming.

I met my goal, though - swim without panicking, stopping, flipping over, grabbing a kayak, etc.
What would you do differently?:

1. Not wear dark goggles on an overcast day - I had a hard time sighting. Not that I was really sighting anyway - because I breathe right and I swam hugging the right bank - but it was hard to see the orange line buoys and obviously I didn't see the tree branch.
2. Swim a little further in river to avoid the tree and catch more of the current - don't be so afraid about crossing the current to go back in.
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s

I still feel very awkward coming out of the water, so I walked up to the transition area and to my bike. Put on socks - wouldn't normally, but my running shoes were muddy from hiking in a few days ago in Colorado and I didn't want to be sloshing about in slimy shoes on the run. Most of the other bikes were gone when I got in - about 5 people left in the water behind me... :( My bike was getting lonely and she was happy when I finally got there.
What would you do differently?:

Not be so discombobulated when I come out of the water.
  • 1h 05m 55s
  • 18.85 miles
  • 17.38 mile/hr

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! I kicked the friggin' hills butt. The other 2 times I did this race, I had to get off my bike and walk up when I got to the last big hill before the turnaround. This time, I gutted it out - and I was even on Freyja - no granny gear! OK, it sound like I was having a baby by the time I got to the top of the hill - pant, pant, pant, pant, pant...but I passed at least 10 people on the hill that were walking up - including the chic that nearly fell off her bike into the middle of the road because she had no power (and I would have run her over if she had - I wasn't going to stop!). Actually, I passed people all through the ride - on the flats, the hills, and the downhills. Completely happy to be mid-pack on the bike. And good aero once I got out of the park and onto the flat road.
What would you do differently?:

Drink - oops, forgot to drink.

Otherwise, just keep doing what I'm doing. I want to improve, but I'm really proud of how well I did.

Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

Murphy's Law of Transition - your bike will be right next to the woman who came in at the exact same time as you. A bit of good-hearted jostling as we tried to get ready in the same 2 feet of real estate. But to be honest, it was so nice to actually be in transition with so many other people (rather than so far behind anyone else that I'm in transition by myself).
What would you do differently?:

Not much - it didn't seem like it took this long, but it wasn't like I ordered a pizza or anything.
  • 32m 24s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile

My only real goal on the run was to not walk - which I did just fine. Maybe I should have set a higher bar for myself, although I'm perfectly happy with what I did. Splits (11:08, 10:25, 10:35 - or something like that - I actually started my watch before I got to the timing mat between T2 and the run). Got passed by a couple people on the run, but passed more people than passed me. And, since had an out-and-back part, it was nice to see that I wasn't last (after my miserable day at Colonial Beach).
What would you do differently?:

Run faster. I know - it's coming along - I just need to keep running and be patient.
Post race
Warm down:

Got water and food (nasty ill-planned food, I will say); ate that and talked to some friends; realized that Jen was finishing so I went to see her and then I left...tournament weekend for soccer = no rest for the soccer mom.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swimming? It would seem that this box should just fill itself out for me by now. I don't think I've ever had a race where "swimming" wasn't the limiter.

Event comments:

Plenty of volunteers this time - and most seemed to be very good. The post-race food was nasty, though - I remember it being much better in years past. Soggy paper plates with coleslaw and pulled pork (not on buns) seems like stupid post-race food. Plus there were multiple bones in my pork which really turned me off. That, and I'd much rather have diet Coke than coconut water.

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Last updated: 2013-03-01 12:00 AM
00:14:42 | 650 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 24/25
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Straight down stream.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:05:55 | 18.85 miles | 17.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/25
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Slight uphill out of the park, mostly flat along Huguenot Trail, then left onto Manakin Ferry and up, up, up, and then straight up. Then turn around and fly down Manakin Ferry, flat along Huguenot Trail, and downhill into the park. Race officially says 18, but it is always long. Garmin said 18.85.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:32:24 | 03.11 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/25
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly trail run, with a little out-and-back into a neighborhood - generally flat.
Keeping cool 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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-07-28 7:08 PM

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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
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2013-07-28 7:40 PM
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Hey, great race! Sure, sure, you can always improve, but that sounds like a really good swim, the next step in the right direction. Fantastic bike, and sub-11 on the run, I am envious! Great job. Let it build your confidence. Now, back to the grind. Cool
2013-07-28 8:49 PM
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Redwood City, California
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Great job today!!  Your bike totally rocked and you had a great improvement on the swim.

Nice swim picture, too! 

2013-07-29 7:36 AM
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Granvile, Ohio
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Hey, way to go! Loved your report and you ROCKED that bike! Sure glad you didn't have to run over that poor lady on the hill. lol!
2013-07-29 8:20 AM
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Richmond VA area
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Awesome job. Glad to see that you mastered the hill. I also gave up my granny gear when I bought my tri bike so that last 50 meters was alot of huffing and puffing. Sounds like overall you had a great race.
2013-07-29 7:06 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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You set goals and you achieved them all!  I would call that SUCCESS!

2013-07-30 5:24 AM
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Great job on your race!  Speedy bike and run and HUGE improvement on your swim.  Keep up the great work.
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I am not suggesting that I have turned into Aquaman or have grown gills or that I am a really great swimmer. I am none of those. But I have learned to love the swim.
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As a sports dietitian, I spend too many hours helping my clients find peace with their bodies. So what can you do if you are discontent with your body?
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I had been very fit until I turned the legal age for the two demons: drinking and smoking. Unfortunately, from my 18th birthday, my once fit swimmer's body went downhill and wide very fast.
date : July 2, 2006
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Gut check! Striking a balance between your two loves can make and keep the relationship strong.
date : May 1, 2006
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I am not going to buy a tri-suit before my first tri - I want to make sure I am going to stick with this before I spend a lot of money on it so I want to figure out what will work best.
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9 weeks after my first bike ride, 5 months after my first swim and 13 months after my surgery I entered the Nelson week Tri a Tri !
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I couldn't believe that my splits kept getting lower! I started to run harder after I passed the "5 km" sign and picked a few people that I wanted to pass.
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Triathletes taking the opportunity to reconginze the support of their family, friends and the love of their sports