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Lake George, New York
United States
Glens Falls Family YMCA
45F / 7C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
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Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Banana, eggs, toast. Got there a little late for my comfort, but it ended up fine.
Swim
  • 41m 48s
  • 1760 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards
Comments:

Great swim!! I was terrified looking at it, but I did what I wanted - I freestyled it all the way, just stopping once or twice to sight. My HR was high when I started and was down into the 120s when I finished, so maybe I should have pushed more??

Before the swim, the far buoy looked so far! Even a college swimmer I know later told me he thought, "Uh, oh, that looks far!" Plus, there was fog on the lake, hard to see before the start, but thankfully it lifted. As I started, I just kept saying, "Slow and steady, you don't want cramps in your calves," so I did that. I freestyled the whole way, kept sighting on the kayaks and the buoys. When the red caps started overtaking me, it was a little scary, as I was getting confused between their caps and the buoys. Also a few people hit me, as usual I got annoyed, not scared or intimidated. I told them to watch out. I can avoid people, I don't understand why others, who swim faster than I do, can't.
Once I got to the far buoy, I thought it was only the third one, and I was like, "Groan," but then I saw people turning at it, and my stress level went way down!! I thought, 1/3 home!! The current was a little stronger coming at me here. This part of the rectangle, across the lake, went pretty fast and was pretty cool, because I could sight on a big building that is actually pretty far up the lake. I was pretty impressed with myself: staying so calm, being so far out and up the lake! I never would have believed I could do this if you asked me last year.
The final turn, 2/3 done, long swim. I tried to keep sighting on the big Red Bull buoys they told us to watch for, I went right once, had to come back (I don't know how that happened, I kept sighting!!!) but I started to push a little more. I swam all the way in, lots of people running in, I like to swim into about 18 inches of water. I feel less dizzy than when I try to run in water. I was so happy that I survived with no cramps! Yeah!!!

HR down in 120s at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster next time - be confident!!
Transition 1
  • 04m 44s
Comments:

Took my time - got my bearings. Was just right for my first Olympic distance triatlon out of a LONNNGGG swim!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 2h 00m 38s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 12.36 mile/hr
Comments:

Bike was tough - I was alone most of it. From the start:

I walked out of the water, walked to transition. I really took my time, like my coach told me. I dried my feet, socks, sneakers, helmet and glasses. Drank some Gatorade. Walked bike out of transition. This is where I was most worried. Not too many bikes left, realized I would be pretty close to last. Decided to not worry about it.
Got on bike, steep uphills right away. First 8 miles I knew, I ride them regularly, but I had to stop because of the reflector issue. My reflector came off its holder and was going up and down and my holder was hitting the frame of the tire. I had my bike tuned on Thursday, and the front brakes were rubbing. I got off 2 times for the brakes and 3 times for the damn reflector. Once I hit the 10 mile mark, I was pretty much alone on the bike. At one point, I was crossing a road a cop told me to cross, and looking at a car that wasn't stopping, the cop moved me along, and the car, drive by an old man, kept coming and almost hit me! The cop yelled at him and pulled him over; I think he reamed him out!!Then onto the Lake Road. The one hill they said was bad wasn't too bad at all, but the hill at about mile 20 was a bitch. I was struggling up, wobbling, and a truck pulling a boat passed and came within about 1 foot of me, so I decided to walk up that hill. I was pissed, but I wanted to finish and I wanted to live. Then, some guy out for a ride stopped by me and said he would "block" for me. He rode in the middle of the road - making it scary for people to pass us fast!! I asked him if he was a person or a Guardian Angel. He rode the last 4 miles with me into the end of the bike, mostly downhill. I would say my avg HR was about 150, higher on the hills as my coach predicted. I was NOT exhausted off the bike. I had had a Pria bar, almost two bottles of water/Gatorade, and a GU. Time: 2:00:38. The whole time on the bike I kept saying what my Coach said, "Just think of the bike, and as long as I am pedaling, I am closer." It really helped.



What would you do differently?:

I need time on the bike. I have no base, I have no bike skills. I need a couple of years to get better on this. I had to take it easy, but my biking at West Point was MUCH better!
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s
Comments:

Pretty good for me. Helmet off, kept the same sneakers on, forgot my Gu packets. Grabbed my hat, though! And I decided to take my water bottle with me, which was good, as the aid stations were out there weird.
What would you do differently?:

Take my Gu with me.
Run
  • 1h 22m 21s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 13m 16s  min/mile
Comments:

Don't remember much about the run, except I had tight calves for the first 20 minutes or so. They started the awards ceremony before I came in and they also had very few volunteers at the end to direct me. I was pretty pissed. I paid the same fee as the winner, keep the people there so I don't go off course!!

When I came in, I kept my head down, because of course, I was crying. I didn't think I could do this. And I did.

What would you do differently?:

More running.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of bike time and experience. Lack of running because of plantar fasciitis.

Event comments:

Nice race. When I finished, I told my husband I will never do it again. Then I planned the times I expect next year!!!

Thanks to all the volunteers!! They were all great!!




Last updated: 2007-07-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:41:48 | 1760 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
HR at start 145 to 150 HR at end 125
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Out past 4 buoys, FAR!! Then left at 4th buoy, past 2 buoys, about 250 yards, then in past 4 buoys.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
02:00:38 | 24.85 miles | 12.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
HR avg 155, high 184
Wind: None
Course: Long, tough, made me cry!!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:41
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:22:21 | 06.21 miles | 13m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
HR was high - 160 to 180 at the highest. I slowed down when I hit the 170s, tried to keep in the 160s.
Course: Ups and downs - a really nice course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2007-09-02 8:30 PM

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2007-09-02 9:20 PM
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Nice. Good to hear you got out there and feel better about it after it's over. I look forward to next year's race report.
2007-09-02 10:17 PM
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Nancy, you are a true champion! And an Olympic Triathlete to boot! It takes more guts and drive to finish the race that you described than any of the events I have raced. Well done!
2007-09-03 6:46 AM
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Thanks, Laura. When I finished, I cried like a wimp, and swore I would never do it again. Last night, I was figuring out how much time to take off by next year!!

2007-09-03 6:46 AM
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Thanks - and I know you have guts aplenty, as well!

Nancy

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2007-09-03 7:29 AM
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Excellent job finishing.  I like how you trained yourself to keep focused on the "job" at hand, I'll have to remember that in my races.

It stinks that the organizers started the awards/pulled volunteers before everyone finished.  I think I'd make a comment about that to them whether they ask for feedback or not.



2007-09-03 7:41 AM
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Glad to read your report!  You did a great job!  I'm like you---at the end of a tough race I always say that I won't do another one but within the next hour or so I'm comtemplating waht it would take to shave off more time. 

I agree with the other poster that I woud contact the race director about starting the awards BEFORE everyone was finished!  That, to me, is unsportsmanlike conduct. 

Have a great time planning and training for your next race!

2007-09-03 9:04 AM
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Great report and congrats on finishing an OLY. I grew up in NY and spent weekends in Lake George. Pretty hilly bike course from what I remember.

I second (or third) the comments that you should email the race director about the timing of the awards. Kinda rude.

But on a positive note, way to go and time to start planning for 2008 --I always vow I am not going to race again during the first 100 yards of the swim! LOL. My "tune" changes about 300 yards thereafter.
2007-09-03 9:42 AM
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Hoooooooooooooooooray for you! See? Not so bad afterall! You rocked the course, girl.

I cried after my first Olympic race too. I never imagined I could possibly complete such an endeavor.

And now you have too!

Continue to work hard, and continue to reap the benefits! Laughing

 

2007-09-03 3:33 PM
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zipp1 - 2007-09-03 7:29 AM

Excellent job finishing. I like how you trained yourself to keep focused on the "job" at hand, I'll have to remember that in my races.

It stinks that the organizers started the awards/pulled volunteers before everyone finished. I think I'd make a comment about that to them whether they ask for feedback or not.



I just filled out a survey that they sent, and commented on the awards before everyone finished. I think if there is a cutoff time, and they wait for that time and then start the awards, that is fair to everyone. I realize they can't wait all day, but perhaps a compromise would be able to be worked out.
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grlawguy - 2007-09-03 9:04 AM

Great report and congrats on finishing an OLY. I grew up in NY and spent weekends in Lake George. Pretty hilly bike course from what I remember.

I second (or third) the comments that you should email the race director about the timing of the awards. Kinda rude.

But on a positive note, way to go and time to start planning for 2008 --I always vow I am not going to race again during the first 100 yards of the swim! LOL. My "tune" changes about 300 yards thereafter.


LOL!! I have another race on September 23rd, and then I am done for the season. Already signed up for a 1/2 Ironman next year. I figure the fear will keep me working out all winter!!


2007-09-05 5:37 PM
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Congratulations on finishing your first Oly; its a wonderful accomplishment!

Those buoys sure do look far away on the longer races, don't they?  I like how you said "Go faster next time - be confident!!"  That could be my motto on every part of every race.

I'm glad the Police Officer stopped that guy, and I hope he gave him a ticket, too. How nice of that cyclist to run a little interference for you. Traffic on a windy road like Lake Rd. can be a little intimidating, especially trailers. This is only my second year cycling, and to tell you the truth I only ride on "main" roads very early on weekend mornings because I still don't like too much traffic.

Don't worry too much about how your calves felt on the run.  As you do more bricks that feeking will get better.

You did a great job. Your perseverance is inspiring. Wish I could have been there.

Anthony



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Thanks, Anthony. I thought the bike was tough. I was nervous, tired and frustrated, but I wasn't going to give up.
Maybe next year you can do it, and I can do it a little faster!!
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Great job!! I did the bike and run legs of the LG Tri this year and had a blast! With some off season time in the pool, I'll be doing the whole this next year!
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