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Did a 21 mile ride today and felt good!

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Keith,

Good for you. What was the best part of your race? How did you prepare for raceday?

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I did the Surprise, AZ, Reverse Triathlon today. Short event and I was the only one in my new age group, so I got a gold medal.

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I volunteered at the Big Fish triathlon. I was in my kayak as one of the safety boats. 58 swimmers started the race and 57 finished the swim. We shadowed the last swimmer in because she was panicking, but she made it! Next step... competing in a sprint tri myself.

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I was lazy and didn't come post my results here after the Half Ironman in Austin. I completed the race, although not quite as fast as I was hoping (I will never go fast enough...ever. just the way I'm wired).

I did great on the swim as far as nerves went. My time was exactly at my predicted time for a fair swim, so that was good. The bad thing was that I started having cramps in my calf and foot halfway through...not a good sign with 56 miles of biking and a half marathon to follow.

I tried to increase my salt intake and accelerate my hydration on the bike(temps were in the low 40's, so another warning sign as to the cramping). The bike was going fair until I got called for a drafting penalty...hokey situation, but I deserved the penalty. I got absolutely no advantage from 'drafting' unlike many if the others that I saw that were literally in a pace line. Plus all the people that cost me time by blocking. I served my 4 minutes in the penalty box and moved on. I had a sub-optimal bike especially with the penalty...to hit 5:00:00 I need to run a strong finish!

My first 0.1 mile felt great, then the cramps immediately started in my quads. Hammered the salt and gels, but they weren't going away today. Anytime I tried to push the pace much my hamstrings started locking up as well. The entire run hurt, and i was not at the pace I wanted, but I finished as strong as could be expected. I almost couldn't walk for about 30 minutes afterward. 5:12 official time.

I'm no longer intimidated by this distance, and my goal for 2013 is to qualify for the world championships in Vegas...time to train!

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As I peeled my wetsuit for a final pit stop before heading to the waterís edge, I really wondered if I liked doing triathlons any more. My anxiety had been building all week, although there was nothing to worry about. This would be my 4th tri this year, the 8th in the last 3 years; I had put to bed my fear of the water; the abscessed tooth that I was afraid would blow up on tri-day had not. Moreover, I was resolved NOT to think about speed but only on concentrating on form every stroke and step of the way. Still, anxiety is not fun for me.
It was a cold day, in the low 50ís, and finally getting started was a relief. I hadnít done any warm-up swimming because I didnít want to stand around colder than I already was. I donít think I swam furiously for more than 20 seconds before I stopped myself and began concentrating on the focal points I had learned in my Total Immersion classes. It was an effort to deliberately SLOW DOWN the tempo of my arm turn-over, but I think that by the last third of the 800 yards, I was managing to do as well as I could, and in at least coordinating my patient-lead-arm, laser-beam head, and hip rotation. This was when I remembered why I LOVE doing triathlons. It FEELS GREAT! Iíd give myself about a C plus over all in form, and when I exited the water I was surprised to see my watch showed 19:50, a PR for me and well beyond my expectations. Moreover, I was not in the least winded or tired.
I transitioned quickly, although I swear itís the last time I will ever wear socks. My bike computer had suddenly quit working that morning. Normally I use it to keep my cadence between 85 and 100 rpms, but today I had to go by feel. Iím sure I accomplished that, as the course was relatively flat. It was quite windy and a little cold. I had opted to throw on just a short-sleeved shirt over my tri suit because Iíd rather be a bit cold on the bike than hot on the run. It was the perfect choice.
I felt great starting the run, although I first ran out through the bike-out (note to self: ask 2 different volunteers where the various ins & outs of the transition area are, as I had been told wrong.) In my training I had been working on various speed drills, but again I had decided to just focus on form. I always run with a Tempo Trainer (a little metronome) on my hat to keep my steps as close to 180/minute as possible. Since I have learned that I sometimes run with my head down and a collapsed posture, I kept visualizing an image of my son-in-law running with his head perfectly aligned with his spine, and the whole spine leaning forward only slightly. In my mind I try to superimpose my own posture on that image. In addition the photo of him running shows both feet off the ground at the same time, with the front foot perfectly positioned for a mid-foot strike beneath his center of gravity. I tried also to be continually mindful of emulating these parts of his form.
I must be onto something, since I PRíed in the running as well (at 30:19, very good for me in a Tri 5K; my straight 5K PR is 29:59) Did I mention that I PRíed on the bike as well, at 16.4 MPH?
As a 65-year old woman, I donít look at my age group ranking as I am often the only one in it. My time comparisons with previous races tell me how I am progressing, so the PRs (personal records) made me very happy. I do have a long-term goal however in relation to other competitors, which is to land in the top half (50th percentile or better) of all females . I was in the top half in the bike & T1, and I am gradually improving over time in the run and swim. Overall I was in the 34 percentile, which means I was faster than 1/3 of the other women, all of them except one (a woman in the 75-79 age group!) younger than me. A good race.
By the way, my race day nutrition was as follows: my normal everyday breakfast of 2 hard-boiled eggs and a glass of V8 juice, plus a piece of whole wheat bread with hummus. Right before the swim, a Hammer gel; on the bike, a water bottle with Hammer Perpetuem (for sustained energy), 3 Endurolyte caps (electrolytes), and a little more water; half-way through the run, another gel and a few sips of water from a small bottle I tuck into my bra. The nutrition was perfect: I never felt depleted and was only starting to feel a little tired halfway through the run. After the race: a serving of Hammer Recoverite drink and a Recoverite bar, plus some peanut butter with bread and some fruit. Total calorie consumption for the day: 2918. I donít worry about limiting calories on race day, as it is more important to replace what Iíve burned.
I am not by the way, sore in the least. I took a recovery day yesterday but am ready to do a strength workout tonight; and am already planning the 5 triathlons I will do next year, along with more swimming lessons, a running clinic, and various road and cross-country running races in the off season. Itís good to be healthy!


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This morning as part of a Triathlon Training Camp weekend I am completing I ran the Mississippi River Run10K in Hannibal MO. My time was not what I was shooting for but this is a VERY hilly course and I did take 1 minute 30 off my time when I ran this race in 2009. So, I did live up to my motto: "Older, Lighter, Faster." My time was 52:51 an 8:31 pace. I got a medal as the second masters female and was 23rd overall. I am pleased. Karen

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I learned two things from my fifth tri sprint (20 mile total): I can do it with almost no training, and I never want to do it with almost no training again. I did finish in two hours, though.

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My first real-live Sprint distance Triathlon was the Lactic Edge on this past Saturday!

All in all it was great fun! It took me 2 hours 8 minutes (can you say "plenty of room for improvement"?) but I swam the whole thing without having to rest, I biked the 17 miles as fast as I have ever biked 17 miles, and I "moved in a run-like motion" the entire 5k!

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Thanks everyone for all the advice and encouragement. I am already planning my NEXT triathlon. My next goal is to complete it in under 2 hours. These things are addictive!

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Won my age group in Tri-Jesus Sprint Tri yesterday! emoticon

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2nd Tri (Sprint) of the season:Empire Senior Games, in a pouring down rainstorm. Swim only 400 yards but I freaked out & bombed it. There were weird things visible at the bottom of the lake! They looked like sunken boats or bones. I believe I am still afraid of the water. Had a great bike, fastest time ever (3.7 min/mile) on a hilly course in the rain. Run was satisfying, consistent. Even with bad swim, won my age group (F65-69). Not hard when I was the only one in it!
Have a lot of work to do before next Tri in August.

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Your Sprint sounds amazing! I live in Texas where we have complete opposite weather! I can not imagine the weather! Cycling must have been something else! Congrats!!

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1st Tri (Sprint) of the season: 26 degrees; the swim was inside but we had to run to transition in wet bathing suits. Biked in ski parka, ski gloves, balaclava, shoe covers, fleece pants--perfect layering. But my bike computer was so cold it wouldn't wake up! Pulled off all the layers to run in a windbreaker & long-sleeved shirt, plus the fleece pants-- and the wet bathing-suit, of course.
Nutrition was perfect--Clif shot or bloks every 45 minutes.
My preparation was ideal, & I learned a few important things for my next race. Had a lot of fun too.
Finish time was a hair better than expected, won no medal. I look at it this way: I beat 25% of the other women entered, and they were all younger than me.
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1st Half Ironman: Rev 3 in Anderson South Carolina. Loved the event - had an issue with the bike that reduced me to 5-6 gears which made the hills a bit of a challenge, trashed my quads and reduced me to a walk most of the 13.1, but the event was well organized, the lake was beautiful, cool temps, fun time!

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Peregrine Charities sprint triathlon, loved it and I am addicted can't wait to do another.

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sixfoot 1,
i have done several xterras, they are tough. i think the milage is like a sprint but the effort and time is more like an olympic distance race. i have family in Seattle and looked at doing that race-it that the one where you swim to the little island and run to the other side and swim back to land? if thats it, it sounded like a pretty rooty course that could be wet and slick. better have some skills for that race!

I am also posting to say that i did my first 70.3 race yesterday, i put up a blog if anyone would like to read it on my spark page. still resting today. -Brenda

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I did my first Tri this past Saturday- It was a sprint tri and it was super fun. The swim was interesting as I could walk out almost to the turn around point. I got caught up in a crowd of swimmers so freestyle was a challenge. I ended up side stroking most of it with a little free and back mixed in. Bike went well and the run the best part. I ended up about 10 minutes faster than I had hoped so that was even better!
Best part about the entire thing was that I wasn't (and still am not) sore. After my last two HM's I was sore for days but now nothing! FANTASTIC!

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Raced a sweet little hometown sprint yesterday (read: low tech, no timing chips, just pen and paper). I nailed the swim and bike, but ended up with a nasty side stitch for the entire run.

Still had a great time, and came in 10 minutes earlier than I was hoping for! Wo0!

Anyone else race this weekend?

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Just over a week ago I participated in my first duathlon, and there are several things I'd like to share. First of all, I had in my mind, and in my training, that I was doing the sprint distance, but found out in my race packet that I had really signed up for the Olympic. Stubborn as I am, I decided to do the extra length. I surprised myself by actually completing it, even though it took me 3 hours and 42 minutes to do so. Secondly. I am proud to say that I came in second in my age group (OK so there was only one other, but neverthless, the plaque on my was says "Second". the other thing that surprised me was, after the pain subsided and I felt more like myself, I found I wanted to do this again. The rest of the summer is booked, but I have three races planned for next year, and have my training programme all worked out. At 61 years of age, this feels great!

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7/10/11- Vashon Island, WA XTERRA sprint

This was my first try at an XTERRA, and it was way harder than the regular sprint triathlons I am used to. The swim was fine, but the bike was 3 loops through the forest on a single lane trail. Because you had to do 3 loops, I got passed a LOT! Because it was single lane and the elite guys would come flying up so fast, I kept having to jump off my bike into the bushes for fear of being run over. Sometimes they would let me know they were coming and I'd try to find a good spot to pull over, but there usually wasn't one. And as much as the hills were tough, going downhill was dicey, looking out for roots and big rocks and sharp turns and super soft spots in the ground that the tires wanted to sink into. It took me about twice as long as I expected, and they directed me to start my run after I had only completed two of the three bike loops. I was secretly happy about that as I was seriously wanting to quit, but refusing to let myself. The run wasn't too bad, the trail for the run was a bit nicer as there were less roots and rocks to be careful of. It was hilly but very pretty.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that during one of my pauses in the bushes while I was letting somebody pass me, a bee stung me on the arse! I felt it when it happened, but I thought maybe it was just a blackberry bush or something. I guess my body was so uncomfortable from everything else, or the endophins or whatever, but I didn't feel the pain kick in from it until after the race ended.

I am glad I tried it, but also glad this was not my first triathlon. If this had been my first, I dont think I'd be up for trying another Tri anytime soon!

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AH, so you've always been athletic. When I've participated in triathlons I had a suspicion that most of the elite have probably been athletes the majority of their lives! Basically I have about 10+ years to get to your level huh...LOL!

So, looking at the paces you described, the 8.2 run pace is definitely doable! So 1 out of 3 isn't bad! I think for swimming I would need to seek out a stroke coach for improvement as I only learned to swim last year. Biking...well yeah, I don't think that is happening as far as that speed just yet. Partly this is my fault because I need to buckle down & invest in a good bike. Problem was I wasn't sure if this sport is something that I would stick with & of the sports around triathlons are very expensive!

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I competed in High School Cross Country, Swimming and Track 15 years ago. In college I raced bicycles both road and mountain bikes, so I already had a background. I also ran a couple marathons while in college. Putting all 3 together was easy. I did a couple triathlons in college as well. For me it was just a matter of getting back into shape and good form. Mostly just loosing the weight and putting in more hours per week with good quality training, not just mileage. It just came together.

To get into the 2 hour range, you have to swim a 2:00/100M pace, then bike around 19mph, followed by running an 8:20 pace.

Very doable. Just a matter of increasing power output and your endurance.

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Good point although I must say that I probably do closer the 2 hrs for a Sprint one!

My actual goal for my Oly Tri is to try to complete it in under 3.5 hours, honestly 2 hours would be close to dream & probably WAAAAY to optimistic of a goal for my at my current level. How long was it before you were really *good* at these things? I'm honestly hoping for top 50 percentile where as road races I'm glad when I am in the top 20-25%.

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I got a bottle of wine for 1st in my age group. No 2nd place awards.

There are basically 2 types of interval training. Training to improve Lactate threshold (your ability to process and tolerate lactic acid which forms during anaerobic efforts) and VO2 max training to improve maximum wattage, bio-mechanical efficiency and overall cardio fitness. Although cardio efficiency primarily comes from base miles and lower intensity.

My peak "A" race in in mid July. I have a sprint race in 2 weeks, and a intermediate 3/4 Olympic distance in 3 weeks.

I still find sprint races almost harder in some respects, because the pace is so fast. You're near redline for 1 hour. The bike is probably the only time I'm really pacing myself. Compared to 2 hours at a more moderate intensity.

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Good information about the pacing. I was concerned about that because I always felt like a Sprint tri was kinda a walk in the park because my training sessions were way longer! I guess my trouble will be actually pushing myself with a longer distance.

You were very close on your cycling pace. Being that this is your first OlyTri of the season though wouldn't this be kind of like a "base" race & then you will have a key race later on? I still think 2nd place overall is phenomenal!! Did you win cash or just a medal at the end?

When you talk about lactate threshold training are you referring to interval training basically?

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The hard part about going from a sprint to an Olympic is the pacing. I have to remind myself to slow down at times so I don't push my leg muscles too far. I felt like I could have run 0:20/mile faster but I started to feel a twinge around mile 1 and backed off a little. Full blown muscle cramps would have required me to walk and little. Better to back off then be forced to walk.

If I hadn't made those mistakes, I think my cycling pace would have been around 23.7mph. Not bad, but still short of my goal of getting above 24mph average. I still have some work to do.

I'll have to keep working on my lactate threshold training so I can tolerate maintaining a higher power outputs for a full 2 hours.

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WOW, your paces were amazing!

Congratulations on another great race!

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I've been pretty busy lately so I haven't been on Spark. I thought I'd share the results of my latest race yesterday.

Island Lake Triathlon, Olympic Distance (1.5k/40k/10k)
Overall Place 2nd, 1st Age group
Time: 2:12:16 - swim 25:06, Bike 1:04:29, run 39:35

Water temp was 64F, so better than my last race, but still cold and I had trouble "feeling" my stroke and pace. I also had a lot of trouble sighting the buoys on the triangle course. We had to do 2 laps of the nearly 1/2 mile course. I encountered a lot of lap traffic from slower waves in front too.

I struggled with my wet suit, then in the first 100 yard had my watter bottle pop out of the cage twice. I found out later I had bent the cage in transition. I switched it to the other bottle holder and went on. Overall my bike pace was excellent. I made a wring turn on the end of the first lap that cost my 15 seconds or so, so combined with the dropped bottles I probably would have had the fastest bike time overall... and would have started the run only 200y behind. As it was, I made up over 4 minutes on the leader during the run. But too little too late.

On the run, I started out with a great pace, but started to have some leg cramping issues, so I was forced to back down the pace a little. I'll have to work on more lactate threshold training so I can push that faster pace longer. Dropping another 1-2lbs would help too. My diet hasn't been as disciplined the last 2 weeks.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the effort. I'm not too sore today, so that says something for my training. My nutrition strategy seemed to work well.

So I think my goal of under 2:05:00 is still a good one. I think this swim and run course were a little long. I'm going to refocus my efforts on swimming the next couple weeks if possible. Comming out of the water with a 5:00 deficit is a lot of time to make-up. Better to be in sight of the leaders and only 3:00 behind. I need to work on sighting as well.


My next race is a small local sprint triathlon. I should be able to go under 1 hour. I think that will be my goal. Although the run course I think was almost a 1/2 mile long last year.

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I ran the Arizona Road Racers' Summer Series #1 5K race this morning over in Papago Park by the zoo. A little warm, but otherwise a great day for it, and the orthotics seemed to work pretty well.

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Looking at hte final imes last night, overall I was pretty happy. Especially with the run. The last 4 seasons, cycling was my strength and I was just a good swimmer and runner. But now, after loosing hte weight and focusing hte my training, I'm a good swimmer, strong cyclist but my strength is clearly running. Which is good. ultimately triathlons are won/lost on the run.... as well as in transition.

My transitions actually weren't that bad considering I was messing with clothing layers. I run pretty fast barefooted so I think that helps.

I'm really looking forward to my first longer triathlon of the season. I think I'm probably better at the longer distance. I don't feel like I have the raw power on the bike for a fast short course TT. But I can sustain a pretty high level for a long time.

It will be a big jump going form a 1 hour race to a 2 hour race. Especially the swim which gets 3 times longer. The run doubles and the bike is just 10 miles longer.

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Second place is still excellent! I would have been beyond frustrated with the bike course throwing you off, definitely not cool at all! Oh boy, that water sounds freezing! Not looking foward to open water swims myself, it's been so crappy in New England that I just know even by June I'm destined for cold water tri's. Congratulations on another stellar finish!

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Sunday May 15th
Holiday Lake Triathlon, Brooklyn, IA
500M/25k/5k
9AM 1st Wave start
Water Temp 62F!!! (Brrrrr!... let me repeat Brrrrrr!)
Air temp 47-49F
Cloudy with light sprinkles

Finished 2nd place overall with a time of 1:16:40

The run was about 1k long. They changed the course due to a very muddy road and hill but didn't bother measuring the distance and changing the turn around point.

There were no marking on the bike coruse and no corner workers directing athletes at 2 of the turns. As a result, 1 relay team and 1 individual were disqualified for cutting the course, and myself along with about 8 others went abotu 1/3 mile too far on the bike before realizing we missed a turn and turned around. I knew that it was a right turn, but I saw 4 other bikes up th road and figured I was mistaken and followed them (my first time on this course).

Guess what? I lost by 2 minutes! About the same amount of tiem we went off course! That cost me another $150 in prize money. I wasn't too happy about that.

Overall I had a descent effort. The run was super hilly, like ht hilliest coruse I've ever run in my life for a 5k. the longest flat section was 1/4 mile and it wasn't that flat. I estimate the grades were 8-12%, with the hills about 300-100y long.

The bike has a few shallow grades but the real challenge was a 20mph headwind from mile 6-11.

The swim as freezing! Even with a wetsuit, I struggled to catch my breath the first 150 yards, then my arms were almost numb so I just kept putting 1 arm in front of the other.


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Congratulatins on your gold medal! That is fantastic! All of your times would blow me right out of the water...especially on the bike! Can't wait to hear about your next one too!

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Since this is Spark, I thought I'd also add my Nutrition for that morning, during the race and following the race. How, what and when you eat is one of the criticla 4 factors in racing including (training, warm-up, pacing.strategy, nutrition).

Breakfast: 5:30AM - 2 Oatmeal banana whole wheat muffins (320kcal), 1 banana, 1 6oz fage nonfat greek yogurt with 1/4 cup of plain oatmeal, coffee with a little milk & creamer and about 3 cups of water total.

Pre-race - 6:00-6:45 - 16oz of diluted sports drink (150kcal), 1 cups of water, @6:50 - 1 energy gel with protein + 1 cup of water.

Race - Race start 7:30AM - 1 bottle of light energy drink (100kcal) high in electrolytes during bike, 1/2 cup water during run.

Keep in mind, temps were in the lower 50's. It was however very, very warm in hte poll area where we waiting 30 minutes for the event to start. Ultimately it's a 1 hour effort, so you don't need a lot of hydration or nutrition durign the race if you eat and hydrate properly before. In the past, I probably drank too much and might have had a tendency to end up cramping ofrm low eletrolyte levels. So now, pre-race I only drink etiher diluted sports drink or drinks with electrolyte tablets in them.

On a hot day, I would have pre-drank a little more and drank possibly 2 cups of water on the run. Although drinking while hammering a 5k is pretty challenging... It can really upset your rythem. I'd probably stick to just 1 bottle on the bike.

For an Olympic, I'd carry a 2nd water bottle, and drink 3 cups of water on the run... and grab a quick drink in T1.


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Columbia, MO Trizou Triathlon
An Ultramax Event
May 1st, 2011
450y Swim, 14mi Bike, 3mi Run
Weather - 48F, Sunny, 10-15mph Wind

It was chilly at the start, but I think I ultimately overdressed. I really only needed a skull cap under my helmet and a lightweight vest. I would have saved 30 seconds in transition.

I enter the age group. It was a pool siw, zig-zig 8 lengths on a 50M pool. I lined up at 6:30pace, but not suprising, I had to pass 4 swimmers that lined up way too far ahead. My time was 6:54 including pool entry and exit. NONE of them stopped at the wall a yielded as required and it really broke up my rythem. I'm pretty happy with my time considering the conditions and where I'm at in my training.

The transition area was on a 400M running track, which means you had to run 200M each way in and out of transition. MY age group was lined up right at the entrance, so that's 400M barefoot sprinting pushing a bike. Interesting to say the least.

A little windy on the bike. 2 good climbs on a 2 lap 7 mile course. LOTS of tuns, and lots of slow traffic form duathletes and those just starting their first lap when I'm on my 2nd. THe concept of "stay to the right" is a little challenging for some. But no near misses. I only got blocked once in a turn. I was really smoking the first lap and my legs went flat after about mile 9. They had timing problems and I think it's a short course or my GPS kept "pausing". SO I'm not sure what my bike split or pace was. But I think it was right around 23mph. Not bad given conditions. I was hoping to go faster. I definitely have some training to do to reach my full potential. IT will be easier having someone to race against. I was on my own the whole time.

The run was pretty flat. I race a 16:48 for 3 miles. MY goal was a little faster. I really really wanted to get under 16:00. I think I have some work to do there. Losing another 3-5lbs would make a big, big difference. But again, nobody to face against directly either. I focused on keeping my leg speed up, that's all you can do. That is the fastest pace I've run since high school....and considering it was in a triathlon, I'm really close to the fastest I've ever ran... assuming the course was actually 3mi.

I did however finish with the fastest age grouper time (by only 1 sec.!) and got a cool gold medal. Never done that before. I think in the elite group I would have gotten between 4th and 6th place and been in a tight race there. Riding and running solo, It's hard to keep the pace high.

Next year I'm definitely racing elite. There were only 15 elite entries and I would have finished 4th or 5th based on times.... and gotten a small payout, at least enough to cover my entry fee and had some competition.

Looking forward to 2 weeks from now. I have another good shot at a top place. This time it's open water and a mass start. Wohooo!

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COLUMBIA METRIC MARATHON
NOVEMBER 14, 2010 (Sunday)
ROAD RACE: 26.2K (or 16.28 MILES)
COLUMBIA, MD

After registering for the 5K in previous years and having it cancelled due to ice, this year I considered upping the distance since I had 4 half marathons under my belt (& PRíing 38 minutes between my first and 4th one. I got talked into the metric marathon by one of my running buddies. I woke up race morning pissed off because I had an upset stomach all night due to my pumpkin spice latte the evening before being made with milk instead of soy milk as I ordered. I was too busy at work to even notice the taste difference. Race started at 8:15 and I got there at 8, eating dry bagel on the way to calm my stomach, and had to hustle to find my race partners with less than five minutes before the gun.

This 26.2K race had a 3.5 hour time limit. Our goal was to finish in that time and figured at our pace we will be dragging in with the sag wagon. Started off easy for the first few miles knowing exactly when those hills are going to try and kill us. My running group was out in full force supporting us on the course. One officer was directing us on a wrong turn off Dunloggin. I refused and told him that was the old course and we had to go straight. He eventually believed us but he had already sent people up the hill. It would have been a very hill road that added an extra half mile. He was sincerely apologetic and even drove by later still apologizing. Then came Toll House Road at which point I question why on earth did I listen to Melinda in doing this race. It did sound like a good challenge at the time and I was excited about it. But what the hell was I thinking? If I can get to mile 10 I will be fine because the worst would be over. At mile 11, the sag wagon wasnít too far behind. He moved ahead of us on trails like he was leading sheep to the slaughter. He reminded me of the swag bus on the MCM course like grim reapers waiting to pick you up.

At mile 14 I thought, is this what it feels like to hit the wall? I wasnít sore or aching just tired. More of my running group was out there to help me along and cheer. I didnít want to run anymore but I didnít have any choice. Especially when I passed the injured ďslow KenyanĒ at 14.5 miles (sign on his back said so). I gave him thumbs up and said less then 2 miles to go. He responded, ďSure, I have been hearing that for 5 damn miles!Ē I swore honesty and showed him my Garmin read out. Then I got a big smile.

At mile 15, I didnít think I had absolutely anything left but my group kept pushing me on and I dug deep and I mean really, really deep to pick up the pace for that last mile. 26.2K is loooooong. I could not imagine wanting to do 26.2 miles. I didnít hit my goal but I was close. Better yet, other than tired legs, I wasnít achy or sore after the race. A day later, slightly, I mean slightly sore legs and thatís hit. I feel great. Maybe a marathon is in my future.


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Completed Kirkland's Tri-It (sprint distance) at Carillon Point, WA this morning. Was first in my wave to hit the first bouy and then I realized I had started too fast. First time racing with a wetsuit and I was grateful for it! Bike course was very hilly but it worked up to the top of a hill, resulting in probably a full 3 mile coast downhill into the finish line. I loved that! Race was professionally organized with over a 1,000 competitor, but the T-shirt's were disappointingly lame. I plan to do this race again next year.

Placed 3rd of 8 in my age group.

swim: 9:52
T1: 4:48
bike: 57:58
T2: 1:56
Run: 32:15

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GRIF, if you really want to do the Tour duPort, treat it as a cross-training day. You might be at taper stage for the Warrior Dash, and this would be some variety for you.

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I was thinking about doing the tour de port too. But I have a Warrior Dash race the following weekend. Right now, I really want to focus on my running, working on speed and endorance. Fall starts getting crazy with kids in school, their sports schedule etc....It's so much harder to get training in.

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The 26 mile distance. I don't think i have time to train for a longer ride.

Lovey

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-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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Congrats! I am thinking about the Tour Du Port as well. Of course, I *think* about it every year, and haven't done it yet. LOVEY, what distance are you considering?

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Now that IRon Girl is over, its back to half marathon training. I was up to 10 mile runs 2 weeks before IG.

My schedule:

9/19 -Philly Rock'N'Roll Half Marathon(this is a maybe)
10/03 -Tour de Port Baltimore bike ride w/various distances (this is a maybe??)
10/16 - Baltimore Half Marathon
10/31 - Marin Corp 10K (do it every year, its fun)
11/14 - Columbia Metric Marathon (26.2 K = 16.2 miles)
This race is a test of my will and desire to go beyond the half marathon mark.
12/18 - Celtic Solstice 5-Miler

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- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

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-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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Congrats Lovey and GRIF01! Love hearing about the race details -

I wrote about my first tri of the season on my blog Race Recap. I haven't got the next one scheduled, but am working towards a half marathon in November and possibly an olymic tri in December. Need to really get trained for running longer, faster.


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Congrats Lovey!

I did the same race. It was such an amazing experience. It was my first race of that size. All my other races were much smaller and not even close to that kind of spectator support. It was so well run, very organized. I loved it. I was even able to overcome one of my biggest racing fears- riding in the rain.

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T1 : 3:48
BIKE: 1:04:04
T2 :2:01
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RACE REPORT - IRON GIRL COLUMBIA SPRINT TRIATHLON
August 22, 2010 (Sunday)
TRIATHLON: 1100 yards lake swim, 17.5 mile bike (hilly), 3.4 mile run (hilly)
COLUMBIA, MD @ Centennial Park

I was in a panic after last yearís disaster. Summary version, 2009 I went way pass the hour cutoff with about 200 yards still to go and got pulled from the water and the race. After that, I joined a new triathlon swim class at the Y to improve my swim. My tri-club mentor and my coworker were my swim buddies for the IG practice swim. I did warn them I would be slow and it took me about an hour to finish.

The week before IG, I got in one short swim in and nothing else. I was so stressed that I had migraines for 3 days. The day before IG, I did a 15 min swim and bike with a fellow club member and I felt a little better then. I couldnít sleep Saturday night because my heart wouldnít stop racing but finally got about 4 hours of disturbed sleep.

I woke up in a panic on Sunday morning with my stomach upset and got to transition feeling more panicked. I was panicking about panicking on the swim. After leaving transition, I met up with tri-club mentor and my other friend (running and biking partner). My mentor stayed with me, standing in the rain, until my wave got in the water. She was my calm in the middle of the storm.

SWIM: With the rain, overcast skies and no sun, Iím glad I brought my non-tinted goggles as a back up. Treading water exhausts me so I went in as far as I could while still being able to stand. I stood there taking deep breaths and hoping to make it in the hour time limit. Then we were off. I did freestyle interspersed with breaststroke (my swim ďwalk breaksĒ). I was back of my wave and the last two waves past me but tried not to focus on that and kept going. No problem sighting and was happy to reach the turn around buoy. As I exited the swim, I looked at watch, 47 minutes!!

BIKE: It started raining on the bike. I didnít panic because I did the Princeton Sports IG ride the previous week when it poured most of the way. Took me few miles to get into a rhythm but as slow as I was I passed a few people and I caught up to a few.

RUN: Run: I was tired so I run/walked the course. It was definitely not my best run but I finished

SWIM: 47:50
T1: 4:24
BIKE: 1:47:10
T2: 2:12
RUN: 53:40
TOTAL TIME: 3:35:14

Lovey



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-strengthen my recently broken ankle

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-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
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I completed my first Tri today. It was an all women's mini event and was loads of fun. Am looking forward to my sprint event next month.





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Thanks... You are probably right. I think the older we get, the more disciplined we become. There were many 20 somethings that were way slower than me. The real tough group and the ones who tend to win the prizes, are the 30s and 40s. Young enough to be speedy and old enough to be disciplined. But...many have a busy family and work life and it is a challenge to give so much time to these things and training as well. Once over 50, the kids are gone...upper 50s, many are retiring, etc. Life is interesting!


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Wow! Congratulations on your great finish! And, the field gets smaller for women 55-59, true, but I have found that the women who compete in that age group are really competitive. Several times my finish would have ranked me higher in the larger 50-54 field than in the smaller 55-59 group.


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emoticon SoftSoap...I hope you got the bug and are planning when you can do it again. The first one is always the hardest, but it gets better (maybe faster, maybe not, but better) each time.

I just finished my final 2010 Triathlon and on a high note. With a 2nd place win in my age division (55-59). It gets easier at my age to do such a thing as the field is usually small. This one was 15 women in my age group.

I have a race report with lots of pictures at this link for those who like race reports:

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Congratulations Softsoap! You did it.


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Completed my first tri yesterday in Hagerstown, MD! of becoming a triathlete.

300 meter swim (1/4 mile) in pool
11 miles on bike (My speedometer read 12!)
5K (3.1 miles) run

It was brutal because of my physical condition (I have a long way to go in losing weight!), the high heat (97 yesterday), and the long wait (I was up at 4 am to get ready and didn't start the race until 4 1/2 hours later). I felt my strength was being zapped while waiting.

That is part of triathlons but the camaraderie with the people around you make it fun.

So, I finished it after a longggg time, LOL. My best event was the swim. On the bike I hit a wall (metaphorically) at mile 8 and had trouble with hills and rolling hills on the last half of the bike course. I walked the entire run course.

I finished!

Would I do it again? If you asked me yesterday, I would have said no. Today? Maybe :). By tomorrow, I'm sure the answer will be YES!

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Completed the Jacksonville,FL sprint series #2 yesterday in 1:30. It was my first "official" sprint triathlon. I had a great time doing it and details/pics are on my spark page blog if interested.

Personal Best 5k Time: 28:02-Don't Run with Scissors-Mar 20, 2010

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just did peterborough, ON sprint. First tri ever

1:35...can definitely improve on a few things

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Just blogged about this years IronGirl Atlanta!

Loved it, but the best part was watching a fellow sparker become a triathlete!!!

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4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

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LESA...Congratulations! A fun race is well done race! Sometimes we get too wrapped up on our times. For 99.9% of us, prize money ain't gonna happen... So just have fun! I like your positive spirit! Way to go!

BTW...Where is Pleasant AZ? We are going to AZ in a week and a half to visit family. They live in Glendale/Phoenix. We go most Junes. Sometimes wonder if I should do a destination tri if they have one in June. I suppose that is why your race started so early. To be the hot AZ sun! :D


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I did the Tribal Sprint in lake Pleasant AZ last weekend. It 1000m open water, 13 bike and a 3.6 trail run. MY goal was 1:40 and I finished in 1:43. It wasnt too bad. The run was really tough and hilly and rocky, my feet were sore for days because I run on pavement usually.

I was really happy with the bike. The run was OK, it was sub 10:00 but I was hoping for a little faster. The swim was slow, but I expected that! LOL

really well run race and the weather was awesome-- but 6;15 Am start ugh.

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Nice job, Stephanie!

I did my PB yesterday in a 5K at 28:26 and placed 4th in my age group (50+). Not bad for someone my age who only started running 3 years ago. :D

Some pics in my latest blog on my page as well...

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Classic Rock Rotary Sprint Triathlon 5/16/10
Rockwall, TX

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Posted a more complete blog for any interested.

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Zoo Run 10K 4/17/10--57:28!!

Mayfest Run 5K with my son 5/1/10 --26:02 5th in age group!

Classic Rock Rotary Sprint 5/16/10-- 1:16:53 4th in AG!

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On May 2, 2010, I jumped off a ferry boat into San Francisco Bay for the first leg of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. About 4 3/4 hours later I limped over the finish line and received my finisher's medal, having walked the gorgeous 8 mile run course with an inflamed IT Band.

This is the second time in 3 years that my IT band has become badly inflamed while cycling. Same place on the left knee and same conditions - climbing with a chilled knee. For a good half, if not more, of the bike leg, I was basically only using my right leg. While on the bike, I was still convinced that I would be fine on the run. . . that because it was the cycling that had inflamed the IT band, the running movement would be okay. I soon learned that my IT band was not in agreement with my logic. It didn't care what had inflamed it - it was inflamed (and still is). I could not run at all- it was excruciating. . . though, every so often, I would think that there had to be a way and I would try some strange movement that bore some resemblance to running, but nothing worked. I could only walk by keeping my left leg straight and swinging it forward. And the run course also had a bunch of steps - 400 steps just in the sand ladder - that I had to drag my left leg up and down.

Terribly disappointing, but despite that, the Escape from Alcatraz is the most beautiful triathlon course I have ever seen. The run course, in particular, is inspiring and I would have loved to have been able to give it my best. Another year maybe.





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Nice job, Shorty.... Having fun is the main point. Sometimes, we take our races too seriously. Ha...

Finished my first 10K in 1:00:25. Was hoping to be sub 60. Came close.


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Finished a duathlon this morning - 2 mile run, 10 mile bike and 5k run. Time was 1:30:37.

Bike portion was tough, there was a very strong head wind for most of it, but I had fun!

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You only fail when you stop trying.
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10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
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I finished the Henlopen Sprint today. My goal was to finish, my pace improved in the bike and run from the same race last year. The swim was canceled because of a hurricane causing unsafe ocean conditions last year. The swim was slated to be with the current and ended up being against the current. A quarter mile swim which has in other races taken me at most 15 minutes took 50 minutes!!! It was the most challenging swim I have ever done. I swam mile distances that didn't take that out of me. I had to keep reminding myself that I like to do this... the swim really took it out of me.

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Just finished mine morning (SUnday Sept 20th. It was a great race.
Finished 111 out of 424, and finished 11th in my age group out of 190.
Didn't finish as high as I had hoped, but I did shave 35 seconds off my overall time.
I was very suprised out how young the contenders were compared ot last year, and they set a much faster pace.

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My first sprint last weekend - AWESOME!!

1:45:06 - longer than my goal, but I set big honking goals - LOL!

Swim - pretty good - I was feeling fantastic afterwards - not tired at all. Did okay with the mob scene but the meandering swimmers were something to keep in mind with next time.
Bike - good - I knew that a hybrid bike was going to KILL my time (and legs). Already lining up a road bike for the next one... dreaming of a TRI bike...
Run - well, since I am a runner, the time was tough to swallow - I've practiced bricks lots, but it still didn't prepare me for a PW (personal WORST) I am so used to races and packs and pacing with someone but being in the last triathlon wave (that's where they stuck my age group) the pack was so strung out that I was stuck with pushing myself (NOT a strength of mine - needed my GPS trainer!!)

OVERALL - I can only improve and I'm hooked. I felt so great that I swam the next day and got right back onto my training schedule - thinking about ANOTHER one in 3 weeks

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Nation's Tri Washington D.C. 2:48:33

Really goofed up on the swim; a kayak dude had to come get me back on course. So I was 39 minutes on the swim - ugh.

-After 40 PRs-
50k trail: 6:53:51
26.2: 3:50:23
30K trail: 3:52:28
Oly Tri: 2:48:33
13.1: 1:43:43
10K: 46:17
5-miler: 37:28
5K: 21:06

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It's a long read, but I finished my first Tri this past weekend! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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LOL, glad to read it though! Sounds like it was definitely an experience to race on that kind of day, so you can check that off your list, instead of the open water swim! Congratulations.

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Wow, that turned really long, sorry!

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5 Mile Race PR: 44:36 (Dec. 2011)
10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
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Well, I did the Danskin She-Rox Triathlon in Philly yesterday, and it was quite the memorable experience!

It ended up being a duathlon b/c there was too much debris in the water from recent storms. I was a little disappointed. This was going to be my first open water tri, so in a way I was happy that we couldn't swim, but I also wanted to be able to check that off my list, if you know what I mean. Oh well.

So we get started a little later than normal b/c they had to reconfigure the course a little due to cancelling the swim portion. Well, it had been pouring down rain the entire way to the race, but by the time we got there it had stopped. So the weather was cloudy, but still threatening rain.

I got through the first run fine (1.5 miles), then I got about 3/4 of the way through the bike leg when it started pouring again. Ugggh. But then it stopped again, so I thought we were going to be able to get through it. Well, I get to the half way point of the final run, and the rain just started coming down in sheets! Thunder and lightning all over the place, it was actually pretty scary.

I've never been out in such torrential rain before, I'm sure it was like being in a hurricane. People were huddling under overpasses, but I just kept plugging along, figuring that the faster I went, the sooner I would finish! So I get to the finish line (woohoo!), get my medal, and try to find my DH and my dad, so we could get the heck out of there.

They told me that they had closed the rest of the course (I wasn't aware of this) and the people who were still out on the bike leg wouldn't be allowed to finish the race due to the weather. I guess they figured those of us who were on the run already could finish if we wanted to.

So I finished the whole race (1.5 mile run, 15.5 mile bike and 5K run) in about 1:50:00 according to my HRM. They don't have the official times posted yet.

It was so crazy though, I got back to the transition area, and it was at least ankle deep in water. All my stuff was absolutely soaked, my helmet and sunglasses actually floated away (unless they were stolen), I never did find them! I figured as long as my bike was still there though, that was all that mattered!

So anyway, I still have to do my open water tri, but I did have a blast doing this one. It was very inspirational seeing all the women there, some old, some young, elite athletes and disabled ones all together.

BTW, the elite winner finished as I was just getting on my bike, so she did the whole thing in a little over an hour, I think!

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5 Mile Race PR: 44:36 (Dec. 2011)
10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
Half Marathon PR - 2:03:39 (Apr. 12)
Marathon PR - 4:48:55 (May 2011)
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What a great report desertflower! I hope to do my first oly next year, as I have to get more comfy with my swimming!

Thanks for posting that!!!!

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Last Saturday, I completed my second Olympic distance triathlon and really enjoyed myself. Tuesday before, my wetsuit had developed a MAJOR rip, so my first priority was getting that repaired. After sewing, I tried patching it with an old bike tube and vulcanizing agent. That did not take. Then I went to an auto supply store and found a patch kit for radial tires and that worked like a charm. So on Saturday, my swim was a blast. It was 1 mile downriver and I got out further in the river to pick up the strongest current. My swim was a smooth and sweet 20 min mile. I'll never see that time again! Loved it. On the bike, I was down on the aerobars the whole time and was really able to stay concentrated on my effort, achieving an average speed of above 18 mph over the 40k plus course. That is a personal best for me. So I was pleased. I'm not talking about my run, but my the swim and bike helped my overall time be more than 1 hour faster than my first Olympic in June (yes I was that bad in June). In Olympic distances, the 55-59 female age group is small and super competitive - I don't stand a chance of placing. My time of 3:13:52, put me 8 out of 9, and, as I recall, 43 min slower than first place in my age group.


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Over-40 5K PR for me at 21:06.

It was a hot and humid run in Austin at the Cougar Country 5K but it was relatively flat.

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30K trail: 3:52:28
Oly Tri: 2:48:33
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Hello all!
I like Amousmoses complete my second tri of the summer this past weekend (we actually did the same one). It was my third in my short career, but I just can't get enough of them! :) I don't think I will do two quite so close together again (2 weeks apart) because I just didn't get much for training in between the dates, so I felt like the second race was kinda rough. It was half the swim of the other one, but seemed just as long. The bike felt good though. And the run was okay, but I think my body was just tired.

Here are the stats:
Overall Time: 1:54:51
Swim (1/4 Mile): 15:03
T1: 3:10
Bike (15.8 Miles): 56:30
T2: 2:23
Run (5k): 37:48


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2012 Races:
1/29 - Expo 5K - 35:58
2/18 - Big Chill 5k - 37:22
3/17 - Luck of the Irish 5K - 33:46
4/28 - Crazylegs 8K - 58:08
5/20 - Cleveland Half - 2:55:55
7/10 - Storm the Bastille 5k - 35:14
7/22 - RNR Chicago Half 02:54:19
9/2 - Suzy's Run 10K
9/15 - Al's Run 8K
9/16 -Biggest Loser 5K
9/22 - Nashville Half
11/11 -Welcome 2 Winter 5k
11/21 - Run Turkey Run 5K
12/2 - RNR Las Vegas Half
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Thanks... I am actually a member in a TRI club. Unfortunately, I am larger in size and the other gals that are about the same size as me don't have wetsuits. But it was a great idea!

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I borrowed one from a friend, so I used it (at no charge) for a few months. She was injured and took the season off from racing. Are there any local tri clubs? If you join, you might find that one of the members may be willing to let you borrow a suit. And you will get a lot of good support!

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I have heard great things about the Danskin Tri's! Good luck if you decide to do it!

REI.com has some for $75 (or at least they did when I last looked...)

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I am contemplating the Danskin TRI in Pleasant Prairie, WI on Sept 27th... I am worried though about the water temp being too cold at that time of year. I don't have a wetsuit and don't want to invest in one yet due to the fact that I am still working on losing weight. I also don't have the extra money to rent one (since I would have to rent it more than once in order to get used to it). I emailed the race director to see if the venue has any historical temp data for that time of year so we will see.... I have until 8/16/09 to register at the early bird fee. :0)

They said the water temp at yesterday's race was 70 degrees... I don't think it was that cold though - at least it didn't feel that cold????

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Congrats!!! Do you have another on the agenda???

I am considering adding another to my list for this year, but I have to get more confident in my swimming. I don't do much pool time, and thats my downfall...



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Completed my second TRI today! Physically, it was harder - mostly due to my hamstring that I pulled last Sunday. Mentally though, it was more relaxing - I didn't have the first time TRI jitters I had 2 weeks ago. My event pics may even show a smile on my face!!

My blog should be posted shortly!

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I heard the fuelbelt makes a better pair of laces than the "yankz".

Guess thats something else to check out...

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Compare your speed between cycling with SPDs and the old toe clips (baskets). You might find that you are sufficiently more efficient with the SPDs to make up for the lost transistions time. I've never tried Yankz--they sound great!

I guess that's one thing we learn from race to race--what works best for each of us! I know I couldn't manage without my tri shorts (they have light padding in the compression shorts), but the top has changed from race to race, until I found one with enough support, but still able to go through all the phases of the race.

I can't wait to hear how your next round of changes affects you!

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Not at all! They are just a few things I found helpful...

In my first tri, I wore a swimsuit, then put a pair of shorts/raceskirt and a tank on over it in T1. Comfy, but took some time to put on, and it wasn't as quick to dry. I also had to redo my ponytail when I put my bike helmet on, as it was hitting the adjustor knob on my helmet. This time, I wore it much lower during the swim.

Also in the first tri in T2, I ended up having to retie my running shoe laces. I have the yankz for the next tri... Its amazing how a little detail like that can add time!

This time, I wore my swimsuit under a moisture wicking/compression pair of shorts and tank (from UA). Still not a tri suit, but it was darn close to a 2 piece tri suit. ( I needed the swimsuit for "up top" support, since I don't have a sportsbra that is quick to dry yet...)

I think for the next one, I will consider going with my "basket" peddles instead of my SPD clips, so I only have to put on my running shoes instead of bike shoes AND THEN running shoes. Not sure though, I like how much easier the clips make biking... It might be a toss up there...

I arranged a few things differently in my area. Basically just trial and error though... Not rocket science, but different for me...

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ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

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