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North East, Maryland
United States
CGI Racing
85F / 29C
Total Time = 3h 01m 50s
Overall Rank = 282/372
Age Group = F 30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/30
Pre-race routine:

Woke from a fitful sleep, ate a ham sandwich and miso soup (I figured this would take the place of pre-race electrolytes), said morning prayer and packed up. I headed out and arrived at the race site with a comfortable amount of time.
Event warmup:

Stretched out and ran for about 10 minutes.
  • 31m 50s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

If I'm ever going to swim in a wet suit, I need to move to a cooler climate. Not that I mind, it's one less thing I have to deal with and I'm comfortable in the water. Siting went well for me. I stayed with freestyle and didn't alternate with breaststroke. I managed to draft for a while off someone from the wave behind me. I don't know what my relative speed was, but I felt consistent throughout the course.

I was worried about my contacts staying in. I went to the optometrist this week and learned that they don't fit all that well. Before I knew that, it didn't worry me as much. I never lost the seal on my goggles, so I didn't have to test the fit in a real-life situation.
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

Long run out of the swim took some time. I follow the maxim "fast is slow" in transition and I actually thought I took more time here. I washed my feet off, put on socks and shoes, drank some water, then stood up put on my helmet and sun glasses and unracked my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on that shoe on bike thing; running in road cleats is no fun.
  • 1h 18m 43s
  • 23.2 miles
  • 17.68 mile/hr

My work commute got me through this bike course. I don't often train on hilly terrain, and this course was a roller coaster. Fortunately, my work commute has some hills that I occasionally race if I'm running late. I thought about this because I would sit up to climb. I decided that this was a result of most of my hill work being on a hybrid cycle. I didn't push myself to grind out the hills, I dropped gears and spun only standing twice to pass.

I did very well with hydration especially considering I train with a camelbak, but raced with an areo and cage bottle.

Having my Garmin was a great help with pacing for me. The course wasn't marked by distance and it was a big loop, so there was no way to know where I was without it.
What would you do differently?:

Take some nutrition with me. I didn't need it so much for the bike, but I noticed the lapse in intake on the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 11s

I had to rearrange some bikes to rack mine. Fortunately, I get practice at that when I bike to the grocery store.
What would you do differently?:

Again, need to work on that shoe thing.
  • 1h 06m 2s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

I started out too fast off the bike, felt chills of lack of nutrition, and slowed down after the first mile. My left hip started hurting at mile 2, so I ran/walked the rest of the course.
What would you do differently?:

Pace more realistically at the beginning.
Post race
Warm down:

Following the advice of race as you train, I came into transition, threw on a clean shirt and shorts and jogged up the road to go to Mass. After the service, I went back to the race site and hung out and ate before heading home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

- First race at this distance
- Lack of experience with OWS
- Lack of training on hills (both bike and run)
- Hip pain

Last updated: 2007-07-10 12:00 AM
00:31:50 | 1500 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 176/372
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:18:43 | 23.2 miles | 17.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 231/372
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Open course with police manning the intersections stopping traffic for us. Lots of climbs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:06:02 | 06.21 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 337/372
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back along the start of the bike course - hills and all.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-08-26 7:36 PM

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2007-08-26 7:57 PM
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Good race! Those hills were definitely noteworthy, to say the least! ~ Joe
2007-08-26 10:01 PM
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Well you beat me! Maybe I should be in your mentor group????!!!?!?! Wink

Laura, you did outstanding for your first Olympic. Heck you did outstanding for your 21st Olympic! Congratulations on a job well done.

And isn't it nice when you find a distance at which you can excel?

Glad your contacts didn't fall out. Is this the end of your season, or is there more fun and frolic on the horizon into September? I need to check your sked.

Again, congratulations. Laughing

Edited by Whizzzzz 2007-08-26 10:01 PM
2007-08-26 11:35 PM
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Very well executed race Laura! Congratulations! Can Whizzzzz and I join your mentor group?
2007-08-27 9:13 AM
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Way to finish - and still get in a mass - impressive. I was there to cheer on my husband and saw how challenging this course was. Great work on a difficult race. Tink OOO
2007-08-31 1:22 AM
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laura - great race.   love the way you work your mundane life tasks into experience for racing - grocery store bike parking, commuting miles.....    impressed with your hydration - I cannot drink from a bottle while biking - need that camel back that always reminds me of a gerbel feeder!!!

 great speed and I think that was a lot more running than walking on your run/walk!!!

BTW - Miso soup - classy touch!

Edited by bootygirl 2007-08-31 1:29 AM

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