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Lake Tahoe, California
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 14h 27m 53s
Overall Rank = 935/2751
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 14/115
Pre-race routine:

Nothing really - just coffee
Event warmup:

none - tried to stay warm in the event center
  • 1h 19m 27s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Good swim for me. Lots of cramps, but managed to hold them off with flexed feet. Fastest IM swim for me, so very happy with the swim. Water was cold on 2nd lap, very cold.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, except continue with Masters because it really helped me. I usually stop swimming over the winter and have to start all over, so I plan to swim over winter this year.
Transition 1
  • 15m 31s

Wetsuit stripper was awesome. Slow T1 because I did a full change into dry clothes. And the ties on my T1 bag were frozen in a knot. My hands were not working, and my volunteer was having a hard time. I didn't panic though, knowing it was going to be a long day. The tent was packed but I did find an empty chair with a dry towel.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, did the best I could considering the circumstances. Oh wait, I would be better prepared for the cold temps with real leg warmers, toe covers, and a full jacket. I only had some cheap long socks that I cut the toes off of, and was so glad I decided to put them on for some lower leg coverage. I never took them off and would have been a lot worse off without them.
  • 7h 26m 8s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.06 mile/hr

Details in my BT Blog, but here are the highlights -
> Cold most of the ride, toes numb entire ride
> Private neighborhood very hard, hilly, steep, seemed to never end
> On Hwy 89 a guy got a penalty for drafting off of me - heh!
> In private neighborhood a nice guy complimented me on my strong bike skills - I was too loopy to respond or even smile, and regret not acknowledging him (sorry)
> Brockway Summit was nothing compared to the freaking hilly neighborhood > I would have rather done Brockway 5 or 6 times and skip the damn neighborhood!
> Truckee was awesome, great crowd support
What would you do differently?:

Ride the Gaps in No GA more than just 2 times. Otherwise I think I paced well, stayed in my box, didn't let people passing me bring out the Honey Badger.
Transition 2
  • 07m 6s

So happy to be off the bike. My left sock was soaked with blood from a cut I had on my big toe (hiking earlier in the week in my Keen shoes cut me pretty bad). Cleaned it up and volunteer gave me a bandaid.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - did a full change again into dry clean clothes (although my bike clothes were not sweaty).
  • 5h 19m 41s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 12s  min/mile

More details in my blog but here are the highlights -
> Running out of tent was really awesome, crowd was so excited and motivated me to get going!
> Course was rolling, not flat, with some hills
> Mostly shaded and cool
> Seemed to get dark pretty fast and seeing the headlamps bobbing along towards me was really cool in the dark sections
> Lots of walking by me and most everyone around me
> People were quiet, not much talking out there
> Chicken broth is now my best friend!
> Lots of people farting and burping - I've never heard so much gas going on out on a run course (maybe because it was so quiet?)
What would you do differently?:

Continue with hill repeats and mile intervals because I think it helped my running.
Post race
Warm down:

None, walked a lot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Difficulty of course probably, but I'm pretty happy with my race.

Event comments:

For an inaugural race IM did a fantastic job. I heard lots of comments on problems with T1, but I think they did a great job. Sure my bag was frozen closed, the tent was packed with not much room, but so what. Everyone had to deal with the same issues, we are Ironman after all, suck it up! I loved this race - looking back now I would for sure do it again. If you asked me during the race I would have said HELL NO!, but it really was an epic day, one I am very proud of.

Last updated: 2012-09-02 12:00 AM
01:19:27 | 4224 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/115
Overall: 1019/2751
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless BlueSeventy
Course: 2 loops, no exiting water between loops
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 15:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
07:26:08 | 112 miles | 15.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/115
Overall: 976/2751
Performance: Average
Avg HR 143 Avg Watts 151 Cadence 72 Avg MPH 15 Max Speed 44.1 (according to Strava) Elevation Gain 7,720 (according to Strava) Calories 3,644
Course: 2 1/3 loops - hilly!
Road:   Cadence: 72
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 07:06
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:19:41 | 26.2 miles | 12m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/115
Overall: 939/2751
Performance: Good
Avg HR 130 2,185 calories 10:08 10:33 11:27 11:28 11:01 11:42 12:26 13:37 12:26 12:26 11:48 12:22 12:32 11:29 15:30 12:57 12:36 12:03 13:19 12:53 13:01 13:50 13:15 13:31 12:30 10:58
Course: 2 out & back loops, but 2nd loop shorter (advertised as flat - but it was not flat!)
Keeping cool Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2013-09-28 11:46 AM

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2013-09-28 12:19 PM
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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
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GREAT rr, and way to excel under tough conditions.  We had very similar thoughts!  And, btw, most of the gas was male-generated I thought!!

Bobbing headlight were cool - but the cars coming down Squaw, as we were heading in - that was BLINDING!  I agree with Martis.  Brockway wasn't bad - put your head down, and spin up for 22-25 minutes.  Martis was dang intervals, and every time you turned a corner, there was another 12% hill!  Egads.

Nice job!  And I, too, would do it again - the epicness was there, and I have a better idea how to dress and eat for it.  Was my first COLD one, and I've decided that I prefer it to the HOT ones I've done.

2013-09-28 12:56 PM
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Awesome job on a great finish and great rr.
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