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Peacthree City, Georgia
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 55m 42s
Overall Rank = 113/210
Age Group = 25-29 F
Age Group Rank = 4/7
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15am and had a mini bagel w/ PB&J and a banana. Woke poor Sam up at 4:30am and we hit the road by 4:45am. Arrived at Peachtree City around 5:25am and were one of the first ones there. I just like to get there early. We set up my transition area, which was near the front of the bike exit, and waited around. I saw Neal, Greg, and George before the race and then it was time to put on my wetsuit and get into the corral. I had 2 Clif Blocks before the swim.
Event warmup:

None - I looked at the lake to see where we were swimming but that was about it.
  • 29m 20s
  • 1637 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

The swim was okay - we started 2 by 2 within our age group. I wasn't really able to tell where the other girls were during the swim, but I was pretty sure that one of them was right next to me, so I just tried to keep up with her. I breathed every 2 strokes, which is strange because I can usually do every 4. I haven't really figured out how I'm supposed to be doing on the swim. My pace didn't feel too hard, but I didn't want to push too much. I was the first one in my age group out of the water, which I did not know until I got to the bikes and realized none of the other girls were there yet. I forgot to start my watch at the start, so I didn't know how much time had passed, but it didn't bother me too much. I did feel a little disoriented coming out of the water, but it subsided pretty quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Swim harder? I'm still trying to figure that out.
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s

T1 was okay. As I came to my bike another girl from my age group was right behind me. She transitioned in 1:30 and beat me out of the transition area. I think it was just the extra time with the socks. I need to practice transitioning more and maybe invest in some tri shoes that just have 1 strap and learn to ditch the socks. I did ditch my riding gloves this time, which I know saved me time. I'm getting there...
What would you do differently?:

Be faster!!!
  • 1h 24m 32s
  • 25 miles
  • 17.74 mile/hr

I was very glad that I went and checked out the bike course 2 weeks ago. There were some serious hills out there and it was good to know when they were coming. I also remembered where the downhills were so I was less tentative about flying down them as fast as I could. I'm also really happy that I got the aerobars - I stayed in them for a good portion of the ride and I think my time reflects that. I was hoping to average 16MPH and I was very happy to see I was going faster than that. As the ride went into the more country area, a dog started chasing some of us as we were going into a downhill. I totally freaked out because it was a BIG dog, but we all made it past without injury. I had to pee the whole time on the bike, but I was doing my best to drink out of my aerodrink. It started sloshing around some as it was half-way empty and the noise made me want to pee even worse! I finally decided around mile 18 that I was just going to pee on the bike, which I have never done, but everytime I went to do it I would turn around to make sure I wasn't going to shower someone behind me and there would be someone coming. And then finally there was no one and I'm trying to get my body to cooperate and then there would be a hill and I would need to shift gears. It was just TOO hard to multi-task with trying to pee and shift and climb. I finally just resolved that I would stop on the run, as I remembered that the email said there would be porta-potties out on the course. I was able to take in the bottle of Heed on the ride (3 scoops) and I had a gel at mile 22 with some water to wash it down. The weather was perfect - not hot at all and really no wind. While the uphills were sometimes very challenging, the downhills were great.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really on the bike - I was happy to see my average HR around 166, which is right below my LT. I think my pace was good. I just need to practice getting on more hills, although I can see that the hill repeats I've been doing for the last couple weeks on the trainer have helped.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

I felt good about my T2 time. I did change socks (I know, I know!), but only because I am still breaking in these running shoes and the sides of my feet get irritated by them sometimes. My toes were numb after the bike and the bike socks were pretty damp, so I made a quick change. I did add the Yankz to my shoes and that made things go a whole lot faster. I threw on my shoes, grabbed my race belt, hat, and gel, and ran out of the transition.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to do the bike without socks and then if I still need them for the run I won't have to take some off and put others on.
  • 58m 3s
  • 6.28 miles
  • 09m 14s  min/mile

Eh - here's where things start to slow down. 1/7 in my age group on the swim, 3/7 on the bike, and 6/7 on the run. My plan was to start out easy and then run each mile faster. I was worried about using my new Garmin for the first time on the race, but I practiced with it the day before and it seemed pretty straight forward. As I was going out for the run, the guy who won the race was coming back in. He was very gracious and told me "Good job!" Ugh - he didn't even look winded!! I was jealous.

I started the run and was happy with the mile 1 split. My breathing felt heavy and I was surprised that my HR wasn't higher. I was so happy to see the porta-potty at mile 2, and I was just hoping that no one was in it. I ran in, quickly did the deed, and ran out. As I start running again I feel something flapping behind me. I reach back and realize that there is toilet paper hanging out of the back of my shorts. Oh my! There were 2 guys behind me that were laughing and they told me that they were trying to figure out a polite way of telling me about the toilet paper. I laughed it off, and kept going. How embarrassing :) My legs felt fine through mile 5, but I could see I was getting slower. Not the plan, but I wasn't sure what to do about it. I was just tired! I think the bike took a lot more out of me than I thought. It was pretty lonely out on the run - I was passed by maybe 10 guys the whole time. I knew it wasn't going as planned, but I kept trucking and kept telling myself that thank goodness my next race was a sprint!! I tried to pick it up for the last mile, but I think I was just beat. At mile 6, 3 women passed me and sure enough - one of them was in my age group. I tried so hard to keep up with her and pass her, but I was done. I looked at the graph from the Garmin of my HR at the end of the race and in the last .2 miles I spiked all the way up to 187. I was really hoping to get her, because I knew I was in 3rd place before she passed me, but no dice. I missed her by 11 seconds. If only I had just peed on the damn bike!!!
What would you do differently?:

I need to just do more running - period. My right knee started hurting at mile 5 and I knew it was my IT band. I was half relieved that it was the right knee instead of the left because the left one is the one that gave me so much trouble. But I know I need to be doing my strength training exercises to keep the IT bands happy. Running is my weakness and I just need to keep at it and maybe after some time of building my base and working on my speed I will get faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Lurched over the finish line and felt like I was going to puke. Sam was there with my bottle of Recoverite waiting for me. What a good guy!

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Awesome race - great volunteers and very well run. I would do it again. My goal was 3:02 and I came in at 2:55:42, so although I missed out on 3rd place in my AG by seconds, I still had a really good race. For my first Olympic distance and my 3rd triathlon, I was very happy with it. Now give me a sprint!

Last updated: 2006-12-13 12:00 AM
00:29:20 | 1637 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/7
Overall: 0/210
Performance: Average
Suit: DeSoto
Course: Out, turn right, come back.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:24:32 | 25 miles | 17.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/7
Overall: 0/210
Performance: Good
Ave HR - 166 Max HR - 184 Max Speed - 34 Ave Cadence - 84
Wind: Little
Course: Around Peachtree City - started off in the neighborhood area and then went out into more of the country area.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:58:03 | 06.28 miles | 09m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/7
Overall: 0/210
Performance: Average
Mile 1 - 8:53/Ave HR - 173 Mile 2 - 9:08/Ave HR - 173 Mile 3 - 8:54/Ave HR - 174 Mile 4 - 9:37/Ave HR - 175 Mile 5 - 9:33/Ave HR - 174 Mile 6 - 9:14/Ave HR - 175 Mile .28 - 2:13/Ave HR - 183
Course: Around the golf cart paths of Peachtree City
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2007-05-21 9:19 AM

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Smyrna, GA
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2007-05-21 9:34 AM
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Outstanding race Meredith! Too bad you had to pee- that was an easy :30. The toilet paper flapping was hilarious! You have become quite the contender in your AG. Congrats on besting your goal, you are going to have a great season!
2007-05-21 10:05 AM
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Nashville, TN
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This might be the funniest RR I have ever read.  Thank you for sharing details about your business.  I felt like I was there too.  Great race and huge congrats!!!
2007-05-21 10:43 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Really great race!  Your time was awesome and I can't believe it even included a pee stop!  If it makes you feel any better, I'm not sure how to treat my swim either.  I never want to go all out and tire out, but I know I could go faster.  I guess we're just luck that we can be fast without really killing ourselves!  Now only if the run would be that easy!!!
2007-05-21 11:17 AM
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Athens, Ga.
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Hehehe. You know you were the highlight of those guys' day with the TP thing. You are amazingly fast, girl! Great race, especially for your first oly.
2007-05-21 1:41 PM
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Simpsonville, SC
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That is a great 10K time with a potty break! Can I take some OWS lessons from you? You are super fast in the water. Great job, Meredith! Congrats on your first Oly and I know you'll be racking up on hardware soon.


2007-05-21 2:41 PM
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Atlanta, Ga
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Congrats on your first Oly. That's an impressive time. Will we be seeing a half IM out of you soon? With your swim, you should blow away Chattanooga. I'll see you there.
2007-05-21 3:01 PM
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Awesome job Meredith!  Congrats on your first Olympic.

I can't ride without my socks so a technique that I use is to roll my socks down before the start of the race (so you kind of make a tube out of your sock) - then all you have to do is stick your toes in and roll them back up.  It makes it a lot easier than trying to put your whole wet foot into a sock.

Great job again!  Can't wait to race with ya!

2007-05-21 3:14 PM
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Amazing First OLY.
You had a great swim...and the only way that story could have been better is if you actually had pee'd on the guys...LOL

You rock!

that Sam deserves some credit too. Sounds like he is a trained and valuable part of the merideth race team.

2007-05-21 3:22 PM
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Woodstock, GA
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Good Race report. I enjoyed meeting Sam and hanging out with you guys a little. Your excretion stories are pretty funny. I like the toilet paper thing.

My question iiiiiis..... about this urinating on yourself thing?!?!? I find that very interesting from a psychoanalytical perspective. It is like a train wreck... It is like I do not really want to think about that, but my mind keeps drawing me back to the question. Where is that line that you draw where it is acceptable to urinate on yourself? Is this ok for just any trophy, or does it need to be a particularly nice trophy? Is this something you enjoy doing? It is the questions of the LINE that keeps eating at me... Would you do it on a dare in front people at a party or would you do it on a dare in front of your closest friends or it is just a triathlon thing or would you do it for other trophys. hmmmmmmmm I find this a bit perplexing even as I try to put it in that dark place in the back of my mind and not think about it anymore.
2007-05-21 3:30 PM
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Way to go!

2007-05-22 8:14 AM
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Winder, GA
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Way to go, Meredith! I know exactly how you feel about the peeing on the bike thing, too many things at once and the body just doesn't want to cooperate! The TP part was funny too, I'd have been mortified. You're getting really speedy, you'll be taking hardware at most of your races before too long!
2007-05-22 3:30 PM
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I would never have guessed that this was your 3rd tri.  Great race.
2007-05-22 8:33 PM
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Marietta, GA
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Great job!! Awesome job - I can't believe you almost placed in your first Oly - great job! I have yet to try to the pee on the bike thing, not sure I'll be able to do that one anytime soon. Your splits are great - that is a pretty hilly course - and you beat your goal. Congratulations on a fantastic race!
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