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Columbus, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 2h 18m 42s
Overall Rank = 232/273
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 5/8
Pre-race routine:

Was running a little later than planned. Didn't need to ride the shuttle (planned to leave my car at Alum Creek and go back later to get it) so I think I felt like I had more time than I really did. Woke up at 5 and left my house by 5:45. Got to Alum Creek at 6:10. My wave didn't start until 7:30, but I felt rushed trying to get my transition area set up before they started the Olympic race. Got to my rack and found that someone had put their bike the wrong way and messed up the alternating bike rotation, so I had no choice but to put my bike the same direction as the one next to me which created a little bit of a space issue. Set out my bike shoes, helmet, and sunglasses and made sure everything else I wasn't using (extra goggles, tshirt, etc) was in my bag. By the time I got to the timing chip pickup and body marking the pro Olympic race was underway. Once I got that finished I went to watch the Olympic wave starts.
Event warmup:

none - just dipped my legs in the water, which was warmer than the air! Was nervous about being cold if I got all the way in and then got out to wait for the start, as I don't have a wetsuit. Did some light stretching while watching the Olympic start.
  • 14m 57s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

Should have started near the front of my group. I'm used to starting in the back of running races since I'm a terrible runner, and sort of forget that I should start closer to the front when swimming in tris. I got caught right in the middle of a pack going slower than was comfortable for me but I couldn't get around them until several meters past the first buoy turn. Once I was free from the group I got into a great rhythm. I didn't push it too hard because I was afraid of burning out on the bike and run. On the way back to the finish I found myself pretty far to the right and had to swim the last part on a diagonal to finish between the buoys. Overall felt great though, and was really excited to see the results and find out I was 1st in the swim for Athenas!
What would you do differently?:

Start closer to the front so I don't end up in a pack. I could have pushed it harder and gone faster - the swim is my only chance to get ahead, I'm going to get passed in the bike and run no matter what so I need everything I can get in the swim! Also pay better attention to sighting on the way back.
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

Took my cap and goggles off while exiting the water and jogged to transition. My bike was really far back in the transition area so felt like it took forever to get there. Took longer than it should have to get my bike shoes on - couldn't balance very well when trying to put them on. Took more time than I would have in a regular tri because of point to point - I double checked that everything was in my Roll bag and the bag was tied. Grabbed my bike and jogged to transition exit.
What would you do differently?:

Could have run faster to my bike spot, get better at putting shoes on. Not sure I'd do anything different with my stuff - due to the nature of the point to point I wanted to make sure I wasn't leaving anything behind, so felt like I needed to check and tie my bag. That time wouldn't be a factor in a regular tri.
  • 1h 13m 38s
  • 30 kms
  • 24.58 km/hr

I was pretty sure the bike wasn't going to be my best. I've ridden my bike a grand total of once this season - on the friday before the race. My lack of riding was a combination of several things - I'm a really nervous rider so I have a hard time motivating myself to go, combined with the bad weather we've had this summer and the fact that I've really been concentrating on the run (see below) means that I just never got out even when I intended to. I did the race last year so knew the course and knew I could do it, even if it wasn't going to be my best, so figured I'd just do my best. It was a surprisingly pleasant ride. There seemed to be a headwind for much of it, and I got passed quite a bit as usual, but I also passed several people throughout the race which is a first for me. For the first half of the course I got stuck behind 2 women riding side by side and chatting with each other that were nearly impossible to pass because they were taking up the whole lane. Quite a few people crossed the yellow line to pass them, but I stuck behind them for awhile (like I said I'm a nervous rider, and don't feel completely comfortable with my bike handling skills so am afraid to do anything that might require quick movements or riding really close to someone). And then at one point they were joined by a man, so there were 3 of them riding side by side!! Finally, right before we turned onto Morse I decided I had enough and went for it and passed them. I didn't take note of their numbers but I wish I had - I hope they got penalized because it was really annoying and dangerous.

I passed an ambulance on Indianola, not far from Morse, as they were loading a biker into it. She was on a stretcher in a neck brace so I assume she crashed. Anyone know anything about what happened and if she is okay?

I live in Clintonville and my street crosses Indianola so my husband and dog were on the corner of our street to cheer me on which was a great pick-me-up! Once I was passed the group riders above it was a smooth ride all the way to transition, and I was pleased that I beat my bike time from last year by 2 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get more comfortable on my bike, improve my bike handling skills, and get better at using my gears. Right now I am basically afraid of biking so mostly avoid it, and when I do bike I spend the whole time hoping I don't crash or get hit by a car. I need to get over it and get better at it.
Transition 2
  • 03m 15s

I'm not really sure why this took so long - it didn't feel like 3:15. Racked my bike, switched my shoes, put on my run belt, took my Garmin off my bike and put it on my wrist (which was pointless as I hit the wrong buttons several times so it didn't even give me useful data).
What would you do differently?:

go faster :-). Could probably just leave the Garmin behind.
  • 43m 39s
  • 5 kms
  • 08m 44s  min/km

Great run course. I've run this course in quite a few local races and I like running somewhere that I am familiar with and know about how far I am. Running is my weakest sport by far. I've really been concentrating on running this year; joined MIT in the winter and have continued through the summer. I'm still not good though - I run with the 13 min/mile group at MIT and still fall behind them quite often on our runs. My fastest standalone 5k is 37:55, so to be honest I'm pretty happy with a 43:39. I ran the whole thing and didn't walk, which was my major goal. Legs were pretty tight at the beginning but loosened up by the end.
What would you do differently?:

I did the best I could, I'm just not a strong runner. I've done my training, I'm just slow. I will keep working at running and keep trying to get better!
Post race
Warm down:

a little stretching, then took a long nap at home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of bike training and being a slow runner.

Event comments:

I really like this course and it's a fun race. I look forward to doing it again next year!

Last updated: 2013-07-30 12:00 AM
00:14:57 | 750 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/8
Overall: 99/273
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:13:38 | 30 kms | 24.58 km/hr
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 226/273
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:15
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:43:39 | 05 kms | 08m 44s  min/km
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/273
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-07-30 1:56 AM

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2013-07-30 8:20 AM
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Congrats on your race!
2013-07-30 5:15 PM
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It was a beautiful day to race, and a beautiful course to do it on

I think that it was, hands down, the best finish chute I've ever run down. 

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