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Total Time = 00m
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Age Group = 0-39
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Pre-race routine:

I wasn't sure that I was going to do this race, even when I got there! It was darn cold, no sun, and we still have a ridiculous amount of snow on the ground from multiple snowstorms in the past month. I was surprised that there were still a fair amount of people there! Oh, and I'm a bit timid about potentially unsafe conditions after breaking my foot right before my first marathon....I do not want to risk a whole season. PLUS, I had a dream last night that I had to call 911 from the bike course because someone had broken their femur falling off their bike....I was SO hoping that it wasn't a warning!

This race has a different format: run 1.5 miles, bike 4.5 miles, run 2.5 miles, bike 6 miles, run 50 yds to the finish line. The RD had posted on the website that the conditions weren't so great. He said that the first 1.5 mile run would probably take the time that 2.5 miles would take. The roads for the bike were mostly snowcovered with icy areas.

So I take my el-cheapo mountain bike to the 1st transition area. Not safe to ride the road bike. It's darn heavy. And it still has reflectors on it. :) LOL! The rest of the pre race routine involved sitting my car to stay warm.
Event warmup:

I ran to the porta-johns and back. Debated about what to wear. Settled on 2 long sleeve shirts, fleece vest, windproof cycling jacket, tri shorts under fleece lined tights, hat, liner gloves under windproof full-finger biking gloves.

Started in the 7th of 8 waves, 12 mins after the 1st wave
Run
  • 00m
  • 1.5 miles
  •  min/mile
Comments:

OH MY GOD. (see course description)
What would you do differently?:

Even yaktrax wouldn't help in the section. I don't think I COULD have done anything different!
Transition 1
  • 00m
Comments:

Mountain bike, platform pedals....oh yeah :) At least I didn't have to change shoes. Short transition because of this. Helmet on and go.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 00m
  • 10.5 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr
Comments:

Turning towards the 2nd transition area, I took the turn wide because of a huge snow bump, then hit ice, then cut off another biker because I couldn't get control of my bike because of the ice (bikers were going out as well as in....kind of a tight turn). THEN, fell on my a$$. Laid in the snow for about 15 seconds to make sure I was ok. Determined that I was in fact ok. Walked the bike about 20 feet and got back on. Then this section got even more fun with ruts in the snow. Ha!
What would you do differently?:

try not fall off the damn bike
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

T2 was fine. Helmet off, rack bike. Go running. Had a gel at the beginning of the 2nd run. T3 was also fine. Helmet on, get on bike, pray that I don't fall because I don't want to call 911. (I did carry my cell phone because of that dream!).
What would you do differently?:

not do a crazy race like this? haha!
Run
  • 00m
  • 2.5 miles
  •  min/mile
Comments:

SLOW. Short steps. No falling allowed.
What would you do differently?:

Wear yaktrax. They would have DEFINITELY helped in this section. Gotta check into those.
Post race
Warm down:

Biked again 6 miles back to the 1st transition area, racked the bike, ran to the finish. On that last section of biking, I saw Mark in his car. He came out to make sure I hadn't died or something. :)

Warm down? um, how about warm up? I was frozen. Got hot chocolate that was great. Mark and Ben helped me get my bike in my car and hung around for a little bit until we were all too frozen to talk anymore.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Well, let's see. SNOW, ice, slush, cold, mountain bike, SNOW.

Event comments:

This RD is awesome and always puts on a good race. Even had chip timing for this one - though I think it was only for total time. This was a great race, but very difficult due to conditions. But, the race goes on regardless of conditions, and everyone knows that up front. Crazy day! Fun, but crazy.

And I'm going to have a nasty bruise on my butt. It's sore.




Last updated: 2007-01-05 12:00 AM
Running
00:00:00 | 01.5 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
HR was 160-170 (Z3-4!)the whole race, including when I freakin' walked through the deep snow!
Course: Loop. 0.5 miles on the road with snow, then turn into the deep snow area where I would have been MUCH better off with snowshoes. This section was rather humorous. Lots of people almost falling over, trying to run and having great difficulty, and snow that was anywhere from 12-18 inches deep. At least I wasn't in the first wave and there was a "trail" of sorts to follow. My feet were totally soaked after this. Even following the "trail" my feet sunk into the snow enough to totally cover my shoes.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
T1
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
Biking
00:00:00 | 10.5 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 2 different bike sections. 4.5 miles out to a different t-area (then run, then bike again for 6 miles). Snowpacked with recently blown snow, areas of ice, areas of semi-melted slush which was SO hard to bike in.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:00:00 | 02.5 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: Out and back, hills, snowpacked. At least this snow was not deep, and in some spots it was even hard enough to run on and feel ok. But it was very slippery. I turned my ankles probably a dozen times on this section. Good thing they don't hurt (so far :) ) This section was hard because it was mostly singletrack and because it was an out and back, there were people running towards me also...so we all had to run off to the side a bit.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2007-01-20 3:48 PM

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2007-01-20 4:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Chilly Cheeks Duathlon #2
Sounds like fun. Just out of curiousity, what was your total time? I realize you probably don't care given the conditions, but it'd be interesting to know. Hope you're okay after your fall.
2007-01-20 4:21 PM
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Holy Crap!!  Uh, you are crazy! I would be scared SH*TLESS biking in those conditions!!

I wonder if snow shoes are race legal?

You survived though...and have the memories which will NEVER fade, me thinks.

 

2007-01-20 4:51 PM
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Hearty Soul!!!  Way to go Cathy!!!  That was a VERY tough mental race proving you are truly bak in form!!  Of course we already knew that   Way to hang around and get bak up after a fall. 

I love my Yak Trax by the way!!!  You can borrow them some time if you want.   I'll bring them tomorrow in fact if you are still running the 5M!!

CONGRATS!

2007-01-20 7:33 PM
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Great Job, tomorrow will seem like a piece of cake!
2007-01-20 8:02 PM
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WILD!
Good for you!


2007-01-20 10:10 PM
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A nice welcome back to racing. Sounds like fun, except for the postholing. And slush. And wipeouts. And ice.
2007-01-20 10:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Chilly Cheeks Duathlon #2
And I decided to postpone my long run until tomorrow because it was 36 and drizzling...now I feel like a BIG WIMP! Way to go, great race, you are a mad woman!
2007-01-20 10:15 PM
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WOW!  YOU ROCK!

Sorry about the tush, but great job!

2007-01-20 10:24 PM
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Grat race today Cathy and I am glad you are ok.  Of course you are, you are tough as nails.  I know this course was hard people, I was there and Cathy Rocked.  Now go hard tomorrow and win!  LOL!
2007-01-21 8:06 AM
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OMG, chica!!

That beats my ice storm race at the Resolution Run two years ago!  Glad you made it through in one piece.  I fell off my bike on ice once...had a good hip bruise for a week. Ow.

That race director must have had you sign a hundred waivers!

Great work



2007-01-21 9:13 AM
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Great race Cathy!!  It was great to see you out there - And to think you're racing this morning too!!  You're almost as nutty as a can of peanuts
2007-01-21 10:15 AM
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Oh my god.  You are such a stud!
2007-01-21 1:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Chilly Cheeks Duathlon #2

Very cool.   Get it?  Great job in the slick & deep conditions....sounds like fun...

At least you didn't have to jump over any snow fencing to get to the start.

2007-01-21 8:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Chilly Cheeks Duathlon #2

WOW! You are a better woman than I!  That is crazy...and exactly the reason I didn't attempt it!

 GET YAKTRAX!  I love them, don't feel them when I run on snow, and they've given me at least 10 extra days outside on the snow.  www.campmor.com has them on sale for $20 plus shipping and at ebay, if you search for YakTRaKS, instead of YakTRAX, they bring you to a seller who is selling for $17 and free shipping.

2007-01-22 1:34 PM
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Nice job, I'm glad I didn't travel to race though. 


2007-01-22 2:36 PM
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Oh, and I'm a bit timid about potentially unsafe conditions after breaking my foot right before my first marathon....

Clearly! Laughing

You are unbelievable!  Congratulations on finishing this one at all!  Sounds like fun.

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