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Miami, Florida
United States
MultiRace
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 5h 14m 56s
Overall Rank = 14/142
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/23
Pre-race routine:

Had a hotel room with Mimi. We got up, had a bit of coffee (caffeine is always welcome), had a bagel, protein drink and part of a Harvest Bar, and stretched. Went to race site and set up transition. I had forgotten a few things from home yesterday (Fuel Belt and saddle bag, DUH!) so last night my hubby gave the items to Racheal, who was coming down to Miami to watch the race in the morning. I was relieved when I saw her arrive. Set up remaining items and double-triple checked the bike to make sure it was okay.
Event warmup:

More stretching, jogging, a few sprints to get going. Put on the wetsuit (an exercise in itself!) and did a short swim in the warmup area.
Swim
  • 36m 29s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards
Comments:

I lined myself up behind Molly because I know she's a bit faster than me and I wanted to catch her draft for as long as possible. Was able to stay with her for the first half of the first leg but then she took off and I couldn't stay with her. Caught some drafts from other people when I could. I was thrilled with my swim. There was minimal bumping, punching, elbowing, etc. (I guess I just wanted to be nice, LOL). I was happy with my navigation too.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. That's probably the fastest I've ever gone in an OWS.
Transition 1
  • 03m 22s
Comments:

T1 took a little long because it was an extremely long run from the swim and my delicate feet can't handle barefoot for that long. It was worth it for me to take the extra time to have aqua shoes ready at the swim exit and wear them for that long run.
What would you do differently?:

Not get my wetsuit stuck on the heels. Also peeling it off was a little slow because I forgot to spray Pam on the outside of the suit.
Bike
  • 2h 42m 27s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.68 mile/hr
Comments:

I tried to take it comfortable but whenever someone passed me it made me push a little harder. Things got a little tough on my legs by mile 40 or so, but I figured the faster I go the sooner I get my butt out of the saddle!
What would you do differently?:

A few more longer training rides.
Transition 2
  • 02m 31s
Comments:

When I got back to my rack I found that someone (apparently getting the rack stuck in their handlebars and yanked up hard when getting their bike out) had removed one of the two supporting legs of the rack and it was falling down. I had to stop to tell the USAT official so he could fix it. Meanwhile, I'm getting frustrated so I just plopped the bike down as he was fixing it and put on my shoes and socks. Then I racked my bike after he fixed the problem. that was WAAAAAY frustrating!
What would you do differently?:

Not much I could do when the rack was screwed up.
Run
  • 1h 50m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile
Comments:

The whole run was hard after that tough bike. The second loop was MUCH harder than the first (I think they somehow put in some hills on that second one), but I knew so many people cheering for me they really helped me get to the finish line. What a great feeling!
What would you do differently?:

A few more longer run practices
Post race
Warm down:

Biked back over to the swim area to take a shower but #$%@ the park people closed off that area and I had to stay in my stinky clothes. Luckily a man guarding the transition area had a whole gallon of water (it was quite warm because it was sitting out in the sun all day) and poured it over me so I could at least rinse some of the salt off. Did a few painful jogs which I'm sure looked quite humerous to anyone watching. Then drank about 8 bottles of water and anything else I could get my hands on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. I left it all out on the race course. Couldn't have gone faster if I'd tried.

Event comments:

This race was so hard for me because it was a qualifier for next year's world championships (top 3 in age group). So this is the first time that my race goals were based on placement rather than me just beating the clock or challenging myself. My time was faster than I'd ever dreamed I could go but even then I had to wait until the results were posted to know if it was good enough to qualify. I was SHOCKED when it showed I was first!

I knew so many people at this race so even though it was far from home (about 70 miles) I was comfortable. Thee were tons of BTers there racing and cheering and lots of folks from my tri club too. What a great day!

I QUALIFIED FOR WORLDS!!!! I'M GOING TO FRANCE NEXT YEAR!!!




Last updated: 2006-07-18 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:36:29 | 2112 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/23
Overall: 58/142
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra wetsuit
Course: 2 loops in the lake in a sort of dog-leg rectangular pattern.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:22
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:42:27 | 56 miles | 20.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/23
Overall: 29/142
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: 13 miles out from the park, then two 15-mile loops out in farmland and the 13 mile return trip.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:50:07 | 13.1 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/23
Overall: 11/142
Performance: Good
Mile 1) 8:20 Mile 2) 7:57 Mile 3) 8:22 Miles 4&5) 16:06 Mile 7) 7:39 Mile 8) 8:32 Mile 9) 8:38 Mile 10) 8:30 Mile 11) 8:56 Mile 12) 8:49 Mile 13) 9:03 13.1) :54
Course: Two loops through the park and into Miami Metrozoo (elephants smelled great!), then into the campground area of the park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2006-11-13 1:45 AM

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2006-11-13 5:22 AM
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Vive La France! Awesome race and going to worlds, that is tooooo cool!
2006-11-13 6:57 AM
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Sharon, Can I just tell you how jealous I was of you when I passed you on the run and you were finishing up your second lap, and I just started mine!?? You looked smokin' out there- you really had the race of your life. Congrats on the 1st place finish, and your cool plaque. Can I hire you as a coach next yeaR??

2006-11-13 7:44 AM
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Congrats   I new you would do great   DID i NOT TELL YOU THAT YOU WOULD DO GREAT?
2006-11-13 8:24 AM
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Congratulations!!  That is so cool you got first place.  I'm glad I got to meet you and I'm really happy I got to see you on the run!  You are so fast - your transitions were amazing even with the bike rack problem. 
2006-11-13 8:49 AM
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Grats Sharon!!  Bring back some croissants for us slower folks!

 



2006-11-13 9:38 AM
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Great race!! I'll never catch you now.
2006-11-13 9:41 AM
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Wow, Sharon! What an awesome race *and* you qualified for worlds *and* you won your AQ! Woohoo!

How were the winds on the bike? Sounds like it wasn't as bad as last year.

2006-11-13 10:04 AM
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Wowee Sharon!  You had a fabulous race!!  Gatorgirl is right... how fabulous that you got first, and you qualified for world's... France... man oh man.  Kudos to you!!!!!
2006-11-13 1:28 PM
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Great Race! The run time especially is impressive. Congratulations!
2006-11-13 4:49 PM
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Holy HELL, princess!!    That's some rock-n-roll right there.   Congratulations on the AMAZING HIM performance.  Given everything that's been cooking in your world, that's nothing short of remarkable.  I'm a fan.


2006-11-13 6:59 PM
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I bow humbly!!
2006-11-13 7:45 PM
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Awesome time, first in AG, and qualified for World's!  We're not worthy, we're not worthy!  
2006-11-14 9:37 AM
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See, now when you go to worlds and become a pro, I can say "I know that girl, she always forgets me!  Ain't that cool?". 

You rock chickie!  I'm so happy for you!  But I warn ya, you'd better remember my name when you're famous!!!  LOL  Woohoo!! 

2006-11-14 10:06 AM
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I'm so honored to have slept with #1!!!  Great job, I'm proud of you...one day I wanna be just like you.  Maybe when I'm as old as you   Congrats, now you can send your kids to camp without any guilt!!!!!

2006-11-14 10:09 AM
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Mimir98 - 2006-11-14 10:06 AM

I'm so honored to have slept with #1!!! 

Interesting choice of words.  Let's not tell our husbands about that part!

Sharon



2006-11-14 10:47 AM
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wow.  that is animpressive race.  congrats on the worlds.
2006-11-14 3:04 PM
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Congratulations, going to the Worlds once again!!!


Great race.

Geoff

2006-11-14 4:17 PM
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Very impressive, a big congratulations for you!

Have fun in France...

2006-11-14 5:21 PM
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allez allez snikpos!

felicitations

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