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6/23/10 9:41 P

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How far you have come,,,you should be very proud. Congrats on a great race. Thanks for the report. you are really emoticon

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6/23/10 9:33 A

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I'm so very impressed! Iron Girl will be easy after this--and I know you have trained on the roads around Columbia, so you are ready for that one. And now you have proven that you can do an OWS. Without a wetsuit even!

Way to go!

6/23/10 9:19 A

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Way to go! Amazing first race! I struggle with the run rather than the swim so stronger runners usually still pass me in the race. Great details!

Savour the race before rushing into your next event!

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6/23/10 8:15 A

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Sounds like you had a great race! As one who was unable to finish my first triathlon, I know how good you feel finishing this one. The distances were a bit longer than the typical sprint, so you should be really proud of yourself. I'm very happy for you!


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6/23/10 7:53 A

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Great report - Thanks!
New chapter in your life now. You can never doubt yourself again. You CAN do anything!

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6/23/10 7:43 A

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Love your race report so much I saved it! Thanks for all the details! Congratulations on an emoticon tri. I have my first tri this summer w/ a pool swim. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to do an OWS.


Edited by: LASOLLER at: 6/23/2010 (07:45)
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6/23/10 7:03 A

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awesome job! great report, thanks for sharing

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6/22/10 10:11 P

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Wow that is awesome. I plan on a tri next year. Went and did a training swim tonight and didn't drown so I'm getting better. So proud of you. You did it!! emoticon

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Weight lost 56 current weight 115 (My Goal weight !!)

Completed Runs:
Go St.Louis 2008 2:57 (13min mile)
Indianapolis 2008 2:10 (9:55 min mile)
Nashville 2009 2:16:48
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Quad 2009 2:22:14
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Indianapolis 2009 2:17:56 pace of 10:30
St Jude 2009
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Illinois 2:12:34 pace 10:08 :)

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6/22/10 9:56 P

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June 20, 2010 (Sunday)
TRIATHLON: 800 meter swim ( Potomac River ), 12.4m bike, 4.2m run
Washington DC @ West Potomac Park

This was my second attempt at a sprint triathlon. My attempt last summer, I didnít complete the swim course.

Saturday, my friend Debi and I went to packet pick up, the expo, rack my bike in transition and get body marked. Debi wasnít competing but she was lending her morale support for which I really needed. Packet pick up was well organized, the volunteers were cheerful but the expo was tiny.

PRE-RACE: After 3 hours of sleep two nights in a row, I was up by 3 am, out the door and in DC by 4:40am. Parked a mile from transition instead of the convention parking lot the race officials suggested. The thought of riding thru DC traffic to get back to my car after the race if I parked at the convention parking lot was not comforting. On the way down I ate my usual PB sandwich and water as I prayed really hard. I walked the mile to transition getting there at 5:00am; it closes at 5:15am. Someone switched my bike around and I didnít have any space on my side. I hurried up and switched it back, laid out my stuff and went to get my timing chip. I realized I left the Gu I was going to eat before the swim in transition. It was about to close so I hopped the barrier and grabbed it in time. There were not that many porta-potties so I got in line twice. They were running behind and started about 30 minutes late. My stomach was in knots and I was feeling very scared. All I kept thinking about was being pulled out of the water.

SWIM: 45:38 The water temp was 81 degrees so we had of choice of going with our wave or use the wetsuit but go to the last wave. Being a weak, slow swimmer, I thought it advantageous to swim earlier with my wave than wait until the end. The swim was my biggest obstacle and I was so nervous. I kept telling myself to swim buoy to buoy. It was an in water start and I had a little panic attack when I jumped in and held on to the dock. The lady next to me talked me into calmness. After that, I scanned the buoys and decided not to stop at each one. I planned to swim freestyle to each buoy, breaststroke a few strokes to rest then switch back to freestyle until the next buoy. Horn went off, I swam. I could tell everyone was gone but I kept at it. The buoys were so huge that it made it easier to sight them. I followed my strategy until the second turn where I stopped at the kayak. I got really nervous thinking I missed another turn and didnít see the 400 meter mark. He assured me I didnít miss a turn and I was way past 400 meter. Right before the last turn, the kayak lady was yelling turn. I looked up and I could see the end. Wow! I made it!! I SURVIVED the swim!! As I exit, I was a little off balance and realized I forgot to eat my Gu, it was still in my pocket. Glad I chose not to wear the wetsuit.

T1: 5:53 I walked to transition as I tried to find my balance. I grabbed my helmet, dropped my shades (didnít notice), put on my socks and bike shoes before heading out. Not quickly, I wasnít going for a record but I will work on this for next time.

BIKE: 1:03:28: I hydrated and ate a Gu as I headed out on the course. It was a nice course with some inclines and declines and four 180 degree turns. I didnít have any technical problems except for something getting caught on my tire a few miles in. I had to stop to get it off, no damage and since I wasnít good at drinking and riding, I thought it was a perfect time to hydrate as well. Thankful that there was no sun in my eyes seeing that I didnít have my shades. I really liked the course and enjoyed my ride.

T2: 5:05
I dismounted with heavy legs to head down the transition chute and stopped at the porta-potty on the way. I had to move a rack mateís bike over so I could get m bike on. Took off the shoes, helmet, sprayed on more sunscreen, drank some more, put on running shoes, hat, grabbed a gel and headed out.

RUN: 1:08:35
As I was heading out, there was another woman (Michelle) heading out too. We jogged/ walked 3/2 for the first two miles. Then on the next run segment, I decided to keep running ahead. I ran (walked Constitution Ave hill) the rest of the way. The spectators and course volunteers were awesome and I pretended they were all cheering for me. It was great running past the monuments and seeing the view from Capitol Hill. The announcer said my name as I crossed the finish with a smile. I grabbed an ice cold towel, water, my medal, and waited for Michelle to finish. I thanked her for her company on the first 2 miles and then went to grab some food and more fluids before taking the shuttle back to transition.

POST RACE: I got my gear bag, packed up my stuff and was thankful I only parked a mile away at the police station. I rode my bike slow and easy feeling really good and very proud of myself. Now to focus on Iron Girl.

TOTAL TIME: 3:08:39


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