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Soma 1/2 Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Tempe, AZ
United States
72F / 22C
Sunny
Total Time = 7h 57m 51s
Overall Rank = 605/623
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 37/37
Pre-race routine:

Soy shake and vitamins for breakfast. Got to transition area by 5:40 am. Had granola bar.
Event warmup:

Short jog.
Swim
  • 1h 05m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 03m 07s / 100 yards
Comments:

I am definitely a slow swimmer! But, I have to say this was my best open water swim ever! I felt comfortable in the water, just too slow. I kept passing this one guy who seemed to get pissed and try to pass me back.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster!
Transition 1
  • 05m 16s
Comments:

Wetsuit strippers and sunscreen appliers are awesome! I put on bike shorts over my tri shorts - maybe that's dorky but I was much more comfortable! And I put on a bike jersey over my tank, because it was chilly. Had a clif shot.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 3h 50m 22s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.59 mile/hr
Comments:

There was a headwind on 3 of the 4 out and back's - how does that happen? Had a clif bar, clif shots, e-gel, Accelerade. Course was flat, which is great, but then you have to pedal ALL the time! My right lateral-posterior knee began to bother me in the last 1/2 hour of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more and get stronger to ride faster. But, I was trying to save something for the run
Transition 2
  • 03m 26s
Comments:

forgot to take the bike shorts off again - oops! Had to carry them on the run. And I forgot to put on my race belt, but the volunteer told me and I turned back to get it. bike jersey off!
What would you do differently?:

Remember what I'm supposed to do!
Run
  • 2h 53m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 13s  min/mile
Comments:

So the knee continued to bother me. I tried (as per my PT's suggestion) to mobilize the fibula a little, but it was too irritated by that time and just got worse as time went on. I ran the first 3 miles at a 9 - 10 min/mi pace, but then the knee got the best of me. I walked and ran more mile 4-7, and by mile 7 I could run no more. Had to walk the last 6 miles which just sucked! Seemed painfully slow (and it was). I was crying at mile 10 because the finish seemed so far yet. But then I thought about all my buddies on BT who were cheering me on and that got me through!
What would you do differently?:

Not have pain? I think I need to work on my running form, because running is my best event usually!
Post race
Warm down:

Carried my 2 y/o daughter across the finish line. Ate oranges and pretzels. Limped around - couldn't run or bike to cool down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pain in my freakin' knee.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race. I am looking forward to another 1/2 IM! Thanks to everyone at BT for supporting me!




Last updated: 2004-08-11 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:05:45 | 2112 yards | 03m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 618/623
Performance: Good
Suit: Full suit
Course: 2 loops on a rectangular course. Apparently it was supposed to be one big loop, but some buoys disappeared, so we did 2 loops.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 05:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
03:50:22 | 56 miles | 14.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 613/623
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back course with 2 loops. Pretty flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 03:26
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:53:04 | 13.1 miles | 13m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 586/623
Performance: Bad
Course: Loop - two times.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 5

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2004-11-02 6:52 PM
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awsome race, irongirl!
2004-11-02 7:25 PM
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YOU DID IT!!!!

YOU FINISHED!!!!!!!

YEAAAHHH!

2004-11-02 8:37 PM
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Excellent!!!! I've been waiting for this report. Glad to see you were able to finish - that's a hell of an accomplishment as far as I'm concerned.

-Frank
2004-11-02 8:51 PM
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you are my hero!!  What a great race you had!  Now rest up and bask in the glory of it all  LOL
2004-11-02 9:35 PM
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Way to go Cathy!  I knew you would do it!!!  Bask in glory and rest that knee up for next season


2004-11-02 9:54 PM
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Great race Cathy! I ove it that you didn't give up even through the pain. Way to Go!
2004-11-02 10:26 PM
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You are truly awesome!  Great job, Cathy.  Rest up, enjoy, and take care of that knee.
2004-11-02 11:29 PM
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YEAH Cathy!!!!

You are one rockin chick!!!!

Good for you for pushing through regardless, and reaching the finish line. I hope your knee issues are resolved quickly!

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2004-11-02 11:59 PM
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Congrats Cathy!!!! Way to go!

We've all been pulling for you and I think it's great that you trained so well and were able to push through to the finish even through the pain of an injury.

Now nurse your knee back to health so you can get out there and have some fun on the run next time

2004-11-03 12:11 AM
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awesome awesome awesome.... Ya know, I don't think I've thought of someone I've never met as much as I was sending you good thoughts over the last few days. You are really inspiring, and more so for the way you pushed yourself through and did NOT GIVE UP!

Ditto to above... rest up and get that knee better

Chris


2004-11-03 12:27 AM
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You guys are the best!  I love this website....

Someone said before the race, "think of it as a catered long training day......a rolling picnic"  That made it fun.  Well, at about mile 40 on the bike when my back was killing me, I had to keep thinking about that.

It's funny, I saw my husband on the run course at about mile 9 and told him about the knee.  He asked me if I wanted to stop.  I looked at him like he had rocks in his head - I thought there's no way in hell I'm stopping.  It hurt like crazy, but I did not want to disappoint myself (or my BT friends!). 

Anyone want to do this race with me again?  It was a great time!

2004-11-03 1:38 AM
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Cathy,

I can honestly say that there are few people in this world that I admire more than you. You are my hero and I'm so proud of you. To go through the pain, to keep on keepin' on, to be so zealous in your love of triathlon to look your husband in the eye and tell him to go jump in a lake and continue on even in much pain. To finish a race that most people wouldn't even start, I'm so excited for you and I'm going on record right now that I'm going to do the 1/2 IM with you in 2006. I'm so happy for you. You rock!

2004-11-03 11:04 AM
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You did great, you made us all proud....and I know you and your family are feeling terrific about such a huge accomplishment. Next year we will do it again and we will be stronger. Rest up..and enjoy the glow.
2004-11-03 12:37 PM
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 You are such an inspiration.  Congrats!
2004-11-03 12:50 PM
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Edited by SwmBkRn 2004-11-03 12:50 PM


2004-11-03 12:55 PM
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Okay, the site is acting a little weird - when the page opened for my reply it didn't give me an area to enter anything hence the blank post, but here we go...

Okay, this may be insane (but then, if I wasn't insane I wouldn't be here).  Put me down for the 1/4 next October, and the 1/2 in 2006 - Now, this is contingent on being able to afford travel back to AZ from school in IL, but I will work on eliminating that obstacle.

Tim



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2004-11-04 8:48 AM
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2004-11-04 8:58 AM
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awesome! congrats!
2004-11-04 10:05 AM
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Amazing! You are TOUGH (in the very best connotation of the word).

I really enjoyed your report; made me want to go out and race right after reading it.

Hope your knee gets better soon.

Félix

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2004-11-04 10:35 AM
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Cathy,

You are tough as nails!  Congratulations on a killer race.  Congratulations on not quitting, not giving in, and for never having to live with the thought that you gave up.  You finished in spite of all the obstacles and hurdles.  I can only echo all the sentiments of the aforementioned posts and say, you are awesome.



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2004-11-04 6:11 PM
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Congratulations on a great race! I hope the knee feels better soon.

Mike
2004-11-04 11:12 PM
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Cathy, congrats! I also did the half and realy enjoyed myslef. Keep up the good work.
---Dan
2004-11-06 10:47 AM
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That's amazing. You should be so proud of yourself for this awesome accomplishment. Back pain, blown knee, you fought through it all and beat the course. Congratulations!
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