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Snow what!? I’m working out!

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My friend and I had plans today to meet at the gym to lift weights at noon. By 10:30am it was snowing. I decided that it would probably be safer to run to the gym than to drive. Safer, maybe, but one might argue it wasn’t a smart idea.

Temperature outside - 18!

Checking the temperature before I leave

Luckily I have built up a nice collection of cold weather running gear! As my friend can attest, I hate being overheated and usually don’t like to overdress. Thankfully today I recognized the need to layer from my toes to my ears! I was actually quite comfortable running, without getting too cold or too hot. The only exception was my face, which was stinging from the cold. My eyes were watering and I had trouble keeping them open between the wind, the cold, and the snow. The distance to the gym is just under a mile and a half. I felt good by the time I arrived, and the snow was only about an inch high on my trip. When I got to the gym I had a great workout with my friend and then bundled back up for the return trip. White out! My footprints from the run there were completely covered up! Running in several inch deep snow felt very different than running on pavement! It was slow going but I really enjoyed the experience. I was totally alone along a cold, quiet, and beautiful path.

Snow covered trail

Looking ahead

Snow covered trail with my footprints

Looking back along the trail

By the time I emerged from the wooded part of the trails to run along the path through our high school’s fields I couldn’t even tell where the path was versus the grass!

Snowy selfie

Snowy Selfie!

White out

Path still barely visible; It got harder to see!

I’m happy I made it out of the house for a workout and did something on this snowy day other than just sitting around the house. Now I’m off to enjoy a hot shower and a hot cup of coffee!

Post-run selfie

If you look closely you can see the snow in my hair and melted all over my face…

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February 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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What does good look like?

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I’m trying to come up with some goals for myself. Maybe goals for the year, or maybe just goals in general. I’m not sure what makes sense to set for goals. Should I try for a time? A race place? A race distance? A number of races completed? Some measure of consistency with my training? Some physical characteristic of my body (e.g. weight or body fat percentage)? I guess I have to decide why I do triathlon. If it were just to stay in shape then there are plenty of other activities I could choose that would either be more efficient or convenient. But I’m definitely not ever going to be a competitive triathlete. Part of me thinks that if I could *just train consistently* then I could be competitive within my age group (but really only in small races). But the kind of consistency and commitment that would take is probably a bit too much for me to accommodate given my work and family life. Maybe I should be measuring success by how good I feel, how happy I am. I feel much better now than I did last summer when I had all but stopped any regular exercise. I fought my way back to a baseline level of fitness mainly with the help of accountability to my friend 2-3 days a week. I don’t want to reach that point again. I want to maintain a baseline. But I also want to push it a little. Or a lot. Loosely I guess my goals for this year are:

1. Get back to where I was in 2012

2. Complete a spring, summer, and fall race (tentatively thinking International, Sprint, International)

3. Maintain consistency all the way through the season

I was doing great in 2012, but after the major push to train for Columbia I couldn’t maintain my training schedule and I even had to bail on going to Nationals. I don’t know if these are worthy goals, or specific enough. I’ll have to think about it a bit more.

On the training front, I managed to get in a 7 mile run over the weekend while we were at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. I was definitely glad I went running on Saturday because Sunday was blustery and in the teens! My Tuesday morning swim was canceled because of a snowstorm so I went three days in a row with no workouts (Sunday-Tuesday). Incredibly, I’m pretty sure that was the longest I’ve gone without a workout in more than a month! Wednesday morning I went to spin class and my swim practice was rescheduled for today. After two and a half days of chlorine fumes at Great Wolf Lodge the smell kind of makes me sick, but the swim felt great anyway. I should be starting a training plan for Rock Hall but I haven’t settled on a schedule yet. I also have some challenges coming up because of work and family events that will make it hard to follow a schedule. Balance. That’s what I need. Give a little, take a little. Just keep going.

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February 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

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Making a comeback

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It’s been, what, two years? I think something like that. Funny how I can’t stay consistent for more than a period of about three months, but I still try to stay at least at a minimum level of fitness even when I’m not able to train. Having both kids in school hit me like a ton of bricks. Somehow I thought that once the kids were school age things would get easier. Not even! Sure, some things are easier. The kids can dress themselves. I’m sure there are other things… But for the most part, the schedule is much more stressful because the school day is *really* short. We did the before and after care thing while my older was in school and my little one still in preschool. At that point we still had a 7am-5pm-ish schedule. Not anymore. Once they both started school and my older one had an increasing amount of homework, not to mention they are old enough to express their distaste for having to go to before and after care, we are juggling schedules to accommodate the 9:05am to 4pm school bus schedule. And then we have homework, activities, food preparation, etc, etc, etc.. All of that plus some stressful, but very exciting, changes at work left my training to flounder for a couple of years.

I then had the most awesome thing happen last August. I found a running partner! She has kids at the same school and we had chatted at a few school events and birthday parties. We kept saying we should run together some time. It finally clicked and we decided to give it a shot the week after Labor Day, just after school had started. At the time I was barely hanging on to that minimum level of fitness. I was maybe getting in a 1-2 mile run every week or even two. I did a couple of short races last season, completely untrained, and managed to finish, but it just wasn’t nearly as much fun. It doesn’t feel good to know you aren’t reaching your potential! Anyway, we started a couple times a week with 2.5-3 mile runs. Over the fall we established a pretty good routine. We discovered we were really well matched and definitely would encourage one another. We decided to enter a Turkey Trot 10k as a relay team (5K each). Our team name was “Making a Comeback” and guess what? We won the Female relay race! 🙂 It wasn’t a competitive field, the relay, but it felt so good to be back and to have a friend racing with me! We also did the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler on a cold December day, and reveled in the hot soup at the finish. We ran with head lights strapped to our foreheads after the time changed and bundled up more as it got colder out. When the temps dipped down to the 20s we moved our weekday morning runs to treadmills at the gym, but we kept it up, slowly increasing our weekend (outdoor) long runs to 5 miles, then 6 miles, and now up to 7 miles.

Somewhere around November we decided we would try to hit the pool every once in a while. We did that a few times, and I think we went to a morning spin class one December morning. None of this had any stress or competition in it. We were enjoying the regular exercise, the shared purpose and the shared experience as working mothers. I wasn’t trying to get down to a “racing weight” or really even to be super healthy with my diet. I was just trying to strike a balance. It has been wonderful!

It was in December that I finally started to look at the 2015 triathlon season and think about signing up for some races. We had made our morning workouts part of our lifestyle and now it was time to get a bit more serious. We entered the Cherry Blossom lottery. I got an entry, she did not (I’m optimistic that we can get her an entry during the transfer period). I also signed up for a half marathon in Rochester, NY with my college aged niece. That will be a fun weekend trip to see family! The hubs and I have not yet finalized our summer vacation and the kids’ summer camp plans, so it’s hard for me to plan for summer races, but I decided to go for an early season International distance race. In the past I’ve done The Columbia Triathlon in May. Maybe I’m not quite ready to compete with myself from a couple of years ago, and maybe I just want a smaller, more scenic (and less expensive!) option this year. Maybe I just want the extra two weeks of training. In any case, I registered for the Rock Hall International Triathlon. I’m still working to convince my friend to join me.

In January I joined back up with my old swim training group with Coach Liz. Last week we did a couple of time trials and I can see by comparison to my 2012 times that I have a ways to go to get back where I was. But I’m already feeling stronger in the water. My friend and I are adding a regular spin class to our morning schedule so our legs won’t be complete strangers to the bike come spring. I’m taking it little by little to figure out how this training thing will work with the whole day to day life thing. I’m not going to do the kind of training that I did in the past. This year it’s all about balance. And friends.

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February 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

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Iron Girl Columbia 2013 – Untrained but still fun!

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I just posted the following status on facebook:

Arrived home from my race to my kids running towards me down our road congratulating me and telling me “Happy Triathlon Day!” They had decided to throw me a post-race party so I walked in the house to a big glass of ice water and an orange peeled and on a plate next to a handmade card. After I showered off the lake grass (thank you Centennial Lake!) I went back downstairs to find Evie washing dishes and Zane making me a “five star sandwich!!” for all “your hard work!” I also collected coupons for a “day of loccuriousness” (wow, a word Zane couldn’t spell… that doesn’t happen very often). The coupon is good for “backrubs, beer, wine, and everything!” Then they ran outside in the rain to pick some weeds… er… flowers for me. 

Overwhelmed. I should do a triathlon every day!

Oh, and the race was good, too. I can’t complain at all considering my level of training (which is basically zilch aside from a few bike rides over the summer and a few 25 yard pool sprints during the kids’ swim meets “master’s” relays). 

Perhaps this should motivate me to make 2014 an “on” season since 2013 has been a non-existent season? I think so, yes…

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The kids were awesome when I got home. I was a bit disappointed not to have them at the race but it would have been tough for the hubs to get them there and it was rainy and crowded. And I wouldn’t have received the hero’s welcome I got either, I suppose. 

SO, the race. I really have not managed to get any traction in my training since last May after Columbia. That was caused by the craziness of building/buying/selling houses, moving (twice), the kids starting a new school (and one starting Kinder last year), a new position at work, and a myriad of other small factors. In fact I had to bail on the National Championship race last August because it didn’t make sense to spend a huge amount of money and mess up our summer vacation possibilities when I wasn’t even trained up for the race. I decided not to put any pressure on myself this year. Not to mention I decided not to spend a lot of money on race entries, training programs, and equipment. I signed up for only one race this year. Iron Girl Columbia, a sprint distance, women only race that I can practically walk to from home. It’s pricey, but well run, friendly, and like I said, super convenient. And it’s only a sprint distance so I figured I can do it even without any real training and still have fun (rather than feel like I’m punishing myself). 

My training has consisted of ~25-30 mile bike rides with the hubs some weekends, plus one long ride (~56 miles) a few weeks ago while the kids were away with grandparents. I did a bit of swimming, but not really much and not in the last couple of months. I have been running so little it is hard for me to go a 5K and my speed is way down. Like I said, this race was for fun. And I was hoping it would spark my excitement about triathlon again after the stresses of the last year. 

It did! I had a great race considering my level of fitness and training. The weather was not hot and it rained. I had decided to park at the race site so I was able to sit in my car and read my book after transition closed and during the very long wait for my wave. I was in the second to last wave. We started just after the race winner finished! My cap was Dayglo Orange. Or Dayglo Ugly, actually.

The swim was good. I wasn’t pushing, just keeping it nice and steady and trying my best to site. I didn’t go too far off course ever and I didn’t really have too much trouble with the crowded water. The second half of the swim was through fairly shallow water that was choking with lake weeds. So that was gross, but I just tried not to think about it and focused on keeping good body position in the water so I would be mostly above the weeds. I definitely felt my lack of training and could see a few more Dayglo Ugly caps bobbing ahead of me than I would like.

The bike course was new this year and I didn’t love it, but it turned out to be pretty convenient for spectators so there were lots of folks cheering along the course. I had one chance last weekend to ride the course so it wasn’t totally unfamiliar, but I definitely would have liked to have some more time getting used to the course. And of course, that triathlon bike I can’t bring myself to purchase would definitely help me step up my speed on the flats and downhills. But (and this is why I can never bring myself to get a tri bike) the best thing I can do to go faster is to train more.

The run is always my worst leg of the race. While I tend to blow past most people on the bike leg I definitely can’t say that about the run. With what little running I have been doing lately I knew today wouldn’t be one for the books, but I was very happy that the damages were not so bad and I think I only got passed by one woman in my age group.  I was also passed by one of my age group women during the bike leg who ended up placing 5th in our age group and had the 11th fastest bike time in the overall race. She was pretty amazing!

My age group had two waves so you never know where you stand until the final results are posted. I didn’t know how many people were ahead of me out of the water, nor did I see how many I passed on the bike. But I was pretty sure my position didn’t change much on the run, and maybe only by that one. I will have to more closely analyze the results at some point. The unofficial results are posted now and I came in 10/239 in my age group. I’ll take it! Two years ago I came in 9th in my AG and my goal for last year was to get a top five spot. I wasn’t able to register for the race last year because of the their web site issues, so that goal vanished. I guess I’m pretty much back to where I was before: pretty good for someone who didn’t train properly, and excited about next year!

 

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August 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

A few more thoughts on Columbia

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I’ve been reading MMTC race reports from Columbia and the biggest thing I think I can easily improve is my race day nutrition and hydration. Both times that I did the full Bike/Run in our group training sessions I’ve been only a bit slower on the bike than Sunday but have been able to finish the run several minutes faster than I did at the race, and without feeling nearly as awful as I did on race day. I think I should have drank more and had more to eat both before and during the race. I also should have slowed through a water stop or two to get some ice to cool myself off.  

 
Looking back over the morning, all I had was a mug of coffee and a packet of hot cereal at 5am, then some water (not even a full bottle) and about 1/4 of a bagel with maybe a spoonful of peanut butter while I was waiting fro the start. During the race I had two swallows of water on the bike (before I dropped my water bottle), then 2 chomps in T2 and a few very small swallows of water along the run course. From what I am reading (especially from the folks who were faster than me), that was not enough!
 
The nice thing about it is that I know I can definitely do even better!
 
I could be faster on the swim with practice sighting (especially into the sun). I think some practice would speed up my transitions. I really think I need to get over my fears and invest in a tri bike with an aero water bottle and that will help my bike time. Finally, I just need to keep plugging away at the solid training, and especially keep focusing on hard running efforts.

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May 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

All’s well that ends well

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The timing company found my finish time in their backup system even though my chip wasn’t functioning properly. I got my official finish time of 2:48:49.57, for a 14th place AG finish. Yes!

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May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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Race Report: The Columbia Triathlon

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My big race for the first half of the year has come and gone. I am elated by my performance, especially under some challenging circumstances. I am also incredibly disappointed because (at least thus far) it appears my timing chip malfunctioned after the swim and my race results say DNF and only show a time for the swim. I am so glad I wore my brand new Garmin 910XT because at least know for sure how I REALLY did. I’ll start with my race report, and then I have some thoughts on the “DNF” situation.

Unofficial Results (based on my Garmin 910XT data):
Swim – 26:23
T1 – 2:56
Bike – 1:22:24
T2 – 1:36
Run – 56:01
Overall Time – 2:49:20

This should have put me in 14th place in the Women’s 35-39 age group, resulting in qualification for the 5150 Championship race in September. I am already racing in the USAT Age Group Nationals in August, so I don’t think I would have been able to do the 5150 race anyway, but here’s the thing: I qualified for the USAT Nationals last year at Iron Girl, a sprint distance race that is far less competitive than The Columbia Triathlon. It’s definitely something I am proud of, but this, to me, is a bigger personal accomplishment. The course is a very challenging Olympic Distance and the field is much more competitive. Needless to say, this was my best race result ever!

Prep:

I did everything I could to prepare for this race. I have been working with a wonderful coach, who by the way finished in 2 hours, 25 minutes in the Open Elite Division (yeah, she’s awesome!). She helped me with a training plan and I worked out with her training group for one of my weekly swims and for a weekly Bike/Run workout over the last couple of months.

I’ve also worked hard since January to get down to “racing weight” and have less body fat to drag up the hills of the tough bike course. I have dropped about 10 pounds this year, probably a bit more than that. This is great, except for the fact that my wetsuit was way too big when I put it on a couple of weeks ago! So on Saturday I headed across the river to Virginia to Bonzai Sports to rent one a size down, which fit great.

Race Morning:

My wave was not scheduled to start until 8:05am, second to last. Still, I had to be out of transition before it closed around 6:45am. I got up at 4:45am. I had preset my coffee maker the night before so I would have it ready in the morning. I filled my travel mug, pulled on my tri suit, and made some Kashi Hot Cereal to eat. This has a bit more protein than regular oatmeal so I thought it would be a better choice. I headed out the door and made it to Centennial Park by 5:30am. That would give me plenty of time to park and set up my transition area. I like to be on the early side just to be safe! I set up my transition area and pumped up my tires.

Transition area

My transition area

Every time I go to a race and spend some time in the transition area I get a serious case of bike envy! Seeing all those fancy triathlon bikes is both inspiring and intimidating! I love my Specialized Roubaix road bike, but I still really want a tri bike!! The other thing about the transition area I noticed was just how badass these women looked. My age group is pretty awesome. I was definitely impressed with the incredibly fit, serious looking athletes setting up their transition areas around me. My rack placement was fine. I was just a bit closer than halfway down the row, so not a serious advantage, but not a huge disadvantage either. I spent some time internalizing my bike location, because I’ve overshot in past races and wasted time trying to find my stuff. Before I left the transition area I got by body sprayed with TriSlide, which seems to be akin to triathlon-branded Pam. I figured I needed all the help I could get to speed up my T1 by making my wetsuit come off more quickly!

I headed over to the start area with my friend Wendy and we found our coach’s tent. We had nothing but time, and way too much of it! I ate a few bites of a bagel with some peanut butter. I drank water. I used the porta potties. I chatted with my training group. I shivered uncontrollably, partially because I was cold and partially from nerves I think. I tried to watch my coach start, but really couldn’t see anything so I went back to hang out some more. I got a quick lesson in how to use the Multisport function on my new Garmin (thank goodness for that!). I decided to get my wetsuit on my legs to keep warm. After what seemed like forever (because it kinda was forever), it was FINALLY time to start. I headed over to the start and did a quick round of the dynamic stretches my coach taught me.

Swim:

Centennial Lake smelled particularly gross, and was particularly weedy. The sun glare made it extremely tough to see the course buoys for the first section of the swim. When the race started, I hit start on my watch and got moving. I started close to the front of the group and near the inside of the course. In retrospect I should have started a bit further to the right because of how the course turns. I didn’t push the swim at all, knowing I needed to settle in and get warmed up. My right goggle filled up with water as soon as I started swimming, further complicating my ability to sight. I swam the whole course with my right eye closed. I stayed steady and probably sped up as I moved along the course. After the initial start there wasn’t too much of a crowd, although it did seem like while hardly anyone was around, every time someone was nearby they were RIGHT ON TOP OF ME. I’m sure they were thinking the same thing about me! I finished the swim strong and feeling nicely warmed up. As I got out of the water I hit the button on my watch to switch to T1.

Columbia Triathlon Swim

Columbia Triathlon Swim

T1:

I ran towards the transition area listening to the cheers from the spectators and volunteers, just a tad disappointed that I didn’t have any friends or family at the race to cheer me on, but glad for such a friendly and enthusiastic crowd. I fumbled for the wetsuit zipper rope and pulled down the wetsuit to my waist. I ran straight to my transition area and immediately slid out of wetsuit. It came off pretty easily, so I guess the TriSlide made a difference! One at a time I wiped off each foot and put on a sock and bike shoe. I pulled off my cap and goggles and replaced them with my helmet and sunglasses. Then I grabbed my bike and headed up the steep hill to the bike out. I hit the button to start the bike time on my watch right before I mounted my bike.

Columbia Tri - T1

Wriggling out of my wetsuit didn’t take as long as I thought it would!

Bike:

I had a great bike! I have ridden this course, or at least major sections of it, several times over the last couple of months. I know it well enough now that even with my natural hesitations about turns and downhills I can keep my speed up almost the whole way, except for a few sharp turns. I rode the hills pretty strong, mostly passing people. I did get passed by a few men who I must have passed on the swim and by some really fast women from the wave after me (which was the last wave of the race). I am always so impressed with the speed of the really fast people out there! I held my own though, and averaged over 18mph on the course, setting a personal best of 1:22:24 according to my Garmin. Better yet, I know I can do it faster because I had to hold back a couple of times to keep from breaking the no-drafting rule. It’s really hard with a crowded course! I did have one problem on the bike, and it would prove to be a biggie in the long run. As I headed up the big hill on Green Bridge at the back of the course I decided to drink some water, knowing that the day would be hot and already feeling very thirsty. I am really bad at drinking while I ride, and true to form, after I took a sip of water my bottle slipped out of my hand as I tried to place it back into the holder under my seat. I only ride with one bottle because I barely ever make a dent in it anyway. I figured it wouldn’t be too big of a deal because there’s a bottle handoff on the return section of the course. When I got to the handoff area, however, they had only Gatorade, no water! I didn’t try to take a bottle of Gatorade because it doesn’t usually sit well with my stomach. In retrospect, this was a huge mistake! I finished the bike course strong, but definitely thirsty.

Columbia Tri Bike Leg

My Bike Leg Data

T2:

Nothing much to say here. I hit the button on my Garmin and made my way down the hill with my bike carefully so I wouldn’t slip. I racked my bike, switched my shoes, took my helmet and sunglasses off, snapped on my race bib belt, lamented my missing water bottle, and grabbed a couple of Gu Chomps to take with me on my run out of transition. Out of transition once more, and I hit the Garmin button to start timing my run.

Columbia Tri - T2

Not much exciting stuff to see here… included for completeness!

Run:

As I’ve said before on this blog, it’s the run, stupid! The run leg is where I have the hardest time and where I generally fall apart. I knew during this race that my body was fully capable of this run after the bike. I have done the full bike/run course twice in the last month. I also knew as I started the run that the heat would be an issue, and that I needed to try to get some water at the water stops. I took a cup at the water stop right outside of transition and managed to get a swallow to help get down the Gu Chomp I was chewing. I ate two chomps, but couldn’t stomach the third, so I tossed it into a trash can. I was running slowly, but thought I would settle in to a better pace. The first hill on the run course is brutal, and I shuffled up it ever so slowly, managing to avoid walking, but questioning whether that might have been faster than my shuffle-run (I don’t think so). A mile into the run I was still slow, and I still didn’t feel any better. The heat was really getting to me, but I knew the hard part of the run was still ahead. I had to accept that my pace was slow, and just keep chugging along. I was getting passed by some amazingly strong runners, but for the most part they were from other age groups, so I wasn’t going to let it get me down. At that point, I just kept reminding myself that my body can do this, and that I have to run my own race. As I started to hit the hills (and shuffled up each one agonizingly slowly), I took my coach’s advice and kept looking a bit ahead to a target to run to, then another, and another. I never stopped running. I never walked. I know I looked as awful as I felt because after the race when I talked to some of my friends who had seen me on the run, they said I was looking pretty bad and wobbly. I tried to get water at each stop, but didn’t want to walk them, so I would try to swallow some and dump the rest on my head to help cool me off. I was so hot!

I finally emerged from the hilly neighborhood, knowing I had a little bit of a break until the dreaded “Gatorade Hill.” I tried to stay calm, knowing how awful I felt. I got to the hill and refused to let myself look all the way up, instead focusing on my next marker (a piece of grass, a shadow, a tree, some spray painted words of encouragement). When I crested the hill without having walked I grabbed a cup of water and dumped it over my head. I should have tried to drink, but I didn’t think I could aim well enough without stopping. I was in bad shape! My coach has been telling us to give a little push of effort on the straight flat area along the dam (about a half mile to the finish), but as much as I tried there wasn’t much push I could give. I kept going and reached the last stretch of the race, which is a bit twisty and hilly, where my coach saw me and yelled encouragement. All I could think about was getting to the finish. I had come this far, and I knew I could make it to the end. I heard someone coming up behind me and was so glad it was a guy and not someone from my age group! I tried as hard as I could to push to the finish line. I heard my name from the announcer as I approached the finish, but things were getting a bit blurry. As I crossed the finish line I almost collapsed.

Columbia Tri Run

The moving time was 56:01, which is what I am counting for my own unofficial results purposes. You can see pretty clearly where I stopped, then went to the medical tent.

Post-Race:

Two volunteers held me up, one on each side. They decided I had to go to the medical tent. I couldn’t even argue, I knew they were right. They got me to the tent and helped me sit down (I resisted at first because I didn’t want my legs to start cramping up). The nurses starting doing tests (pulse oximeter, blood pressure, etc) and they made me drink some Gatorade. I suddenly realized I hadn’t stopped my Garmin! I hit the button and saw the time said 2:52 (and I knew I had actually finished a couple minutes earlier). I spent quite a bit of time in the medical tent, very well cared for by the volunteers, nurses, and the doctor. When I had recovered to the satisfaction of the doctor (and could pass a drunk driving… er balance… test), I left the medical tent and headed to the MMTC tent for some food and friends. After quite a while I realized I still had on my chip, so I walked back to the finish and gave the chip to one of the volunteers. I waited around for a long time hoping to see my results, but couldn’t ever find them. I did note that the top 15 in my age group didn’t include me, and that the 14th and 15th places were around 2:50:00, so I thought I must have JUST missed it. It wasn’t until I got home later that day that I found out there was a problem. The results were available online and I wasn’t there! I emailed my coach, and she eventually found my name under DNFs, showing only a swim time. I downloaded my Garmin data and realized I should have placed 14th (assuming nobody else in front of me had a similar issue). I felt sick, and sad, and frustrated, but so proud of my race.

The missing official results would have, under any circumstances, been disappointing, but this time I feel especially distraught and upset. This race is the very first one I have ever truly trained for with a plan and put my heart into so completely. I stayed committed over three months of training, juggling work, the two rugrats, and having my house on the market and over the last three weeks negotiating a contract to sell it and a contract to buy a new house. Not only did I train my heart out, but I truly left it all on that race course today. I know because I almost collapsed at the finish and had to be helped in to the medical tent immediately after crossing the finish line. And the last reason it’s so incredibly disappointing not to have official results is that I believe I would have placed 14th in my age group, qualifying me for the 2012 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship, which required a top 15 finish in your age group.

Update:
After emailing the Columbia Triathlon Association yesterday, this morning I received a note from them saying they have forwarded my issue to timing, so I am now optimistic that it will get straightened out! I also very much appreciate their responsiveness to my request. Fingers crossed now!

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May 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

Posted in Goals, Race Reports