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Midlothian, Virginia
United States
Richmond Multisports
75?F / 0C
Total Time = 2h 03m 21s
Overall Rank = 360/404
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 9/11
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30, ate 2 hard boiled eggs and 2 pieces of toast, drank 1/2 L water. Made tea for the drive. Went and got ready, woke the kids and left a little late, but not rushed.

Parked car and I road down to the transition. Plenty of time to get everything ready.
Event warmup:

I didn't really get in a warm-up. Walked 10 min to the start. Realized that the swim I did Friday was shorter than the race, but I didn't know how much shorter. Not enough time to get in the water, which I usually like to do.
  • 10m 35s
  • 650 meters
  • 01m 38s / 100 meters

This will go down as my fastest swim ever. Thank you, river current! Deep water start allowed me to get acclimated. Water was warm (Not wetsuit legal) and calm. At first I was worried b/c my goggles had some liquid in them and my eyes were burning. I thought I was going to do the whole thing half blind. But then after a minute I was fine. Did a little drafting. Did a little swimming to the right of someone who was trying to swim to the right. Overall, one of my better swims: no panicking, pretty good breathing and sighting, actually thought about form some.
What would you do differently?:

Get there earlier to get in the water ahead of time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 16s

Transition part was fine. No problems.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 11m 44s
  • 18.8 miles
  • 15.72 mile/hr

Right out of transition I tapped my bike compu to start it and knocked it off! I guess I hadn't put it on tight! So I stopped and went back to get it. I guess it's better that it happened in the first 5 yds than in the middle somewhere. Anyway. That cost me some time.

The ride was beautiful and the weather great. Felt a bit chilly at the beginning. I did notice that I'm not as fast as I was last summer, largely due to weight I've put on. That's a bummer. There was one group of riders, very evenly matched that I was playing hill tag with. They were kindof annoying because they were sortof in a pack and I was worried about drafting penalties. They'd all pass me on an uphill, and then be blocking a lot of the road when we started downhill, where I would pass them back.

I did not walk the hill. Really, it's not that bad.

Oh, and my feet got really numb, moreso than usual. I'm guessing due to the Speedo suit.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure bike computer is on tight.
Not gain 20 extra lbs.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

Fine. Made sure to blow my nose and take my inhaler.
What would you do differently?:

  • 37m 11s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 59s  min/mile

Felt pretty decent going into the run. Jello legs, sure, but no problem. Some trails were hard-packed and bumpy, which was annoying. My feet were still really numb, and stayed that way most of the run. First mile was a good pace. Second mile had more uphill and I took a little easier. Too easy, apparently! Didn't think I was close to a 13 min mile! Picked it up on the last mile. Fairly pleased.
What would you do differently?:

Those 20 extra lbs again.
Post race
Warm down:

My 5 yr old met me at the finish line. I had all my boys cheering me the whole race this time! That was fun! Drank water, got sprayed with water, went for the food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Extra weight, minimal training, knocking off my bike computer.

Event comments:

A really nice race! Easy open water swim, pretty bike, shaded run. And they have oreos as post-race food. Every race should have oreos!

Last updated: 2014-04-30 12:00 AM
00:10:35 | 650 meters | 01m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 207/404
Performance: Good
Suit: Speedo neck to knees w/Danskin bra
Course: 650 m straight shot down the river with the current. Super easy!
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 02:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:11:44 | 18.8 miles | 15.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/11
Overall: 355/404
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: rolling out and back with only 3 turns and one sizable hill right before the turn around. A little bumpy last 4 miles.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:37:11 | 03.1 miles | 11m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 386/11
Overall: 7/404
Performance: Good
11:38 12:54 11:59 0:37
Course: A convoluted course, mostly on trails with shade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2014-06-29 8:49 PM

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2014-06-30 2:21 AM
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Woo hoo! Sounds like you had a great time . Family support and Oreos would make a fantastic race combination.
2014-06-30 7:26 AM
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the alamo city, Texas
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great race report!  a little jealous i didn't do that one this year - i LOVE that race.  it will always be my first :-P

2014-06-30 7:43 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great race!  

That course is a favorite of mine.....lots of good challenges on it.

2014-06-30 10:36 AM
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Way to go, Rebecca! Amazing swim time! Thanks for the head's up on clicking in my bike computer. Boggles the mind all the things that can go wrong on race day!!! Great finish! Congrats.
2014-06-30 7:31 PM
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St. Louis
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Awesome race! Nice job!

2014-07-01 10:01 AM
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Nice Race and Report. Keep up the good work.
- Todd
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