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Kansas City, Kansas
United States
Kansas City Corporate Challenge
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 02m 29s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This was "only corporate challenge," so I wasn't too worried about the race. We went to a friend's BBQ the night before, and just made sure we left at 10:30. Got home and spent about a half hour getting my stuff together and bike ready. Dave helped me apply the tri-tats (never used these for a race before). Went to bed at midnight and had the alarm set for 5 am. The good thing about a sprint race is you don't really need to bring as much crap. In the morning, I ate some instant oatmeal, used the restroom way too many times for an "easy race" and then headed out.
Event warmup:

This triathlon is at Shawnee Mission Park (about 8 miles from my house) and it only takes about 30 min to ride there. I knew it would be at least 20 min + parking drama if I drove, so I decided to just ride my bike to the event. That worked out well, and helped wake me up.
Swim
  • 11m 2s
  • 585 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards
Comments:

I jokingly dismiss this race as "just corporate challenge" but there was more contact in this swim than I've experienced in Ironman races. I think the reason was that they had the kayakers/lifeguards in really close to the buoys (like less than 25 yards), so everyone was forced into a bottleneck. It helped sighting, but it made it difficult to get around certain people. There was one girl who kept switching to breaststroke. I could not get around her - first got a kick to the goggles and had to stop/readjust, and then a little later she kicked me in the gut. Then one of the lifeguards wasn't paying attention (chatting with another LG) and let her surfboard swing into our paths. As I passed it, I grabbed the end and then shoved it away. Only then did I remember that we had our race numbers clearly printed on stickers on our caps. Oh, well, I doubt she even would have realized that was intentional. The rest of the swim was pretty uneventful. It was very hard to sight after the turnaround due to the sun, so I just followed the people immediately in front of me and that worked out fine. I exited the water around 11 min, and was disappointed at first because I'd felt pretty strong... however, I was thinking at the time that the course was 500 yds for some reason, but now I know it is longer, so it was actually a good pace for me.
What would you do differently?:

Kick back. LOL
Transition 1
  • 02m 5s
Comments:

Should've been faster here, but I'd forgotten to top off my aero drink after I'd gotten to the park, so had to take a few seconds to do that. I probably spent too much time toweling off my feet, but they were really gritty & grimy and I didn't want rocks in my socks the rest of the race.
What would you do differently?:

The flying mount - will I ever learn how to jump on the bike?
Bike
  • 28m 10s
  • 9 miles
  • 19.17 mile/hr
Comments:

I don't have too much to say about this other than that I'm really happy with my performance. I've been averaging in the 16s on most rides, so I'm thrilled I was able to pull out 19.2 on such a hilly course. I would estimate my effort level at 90%. I got close to the puking zone on a couple occasions. (ok, I actually did have a little come up with one burp) TMI?

But overall, I felt really good on the bike. I love the bike! I only got passed by one woman the whole time - but did a lot of passing myself. That always feels good. And I think people did a lot better with staying to the right this year also. I was never worried about people swerving around, either, so that's an improvement. I had the sixth fastest female bike split today. :)
What would you do differently?:

Have about 15 lbs less to carry up the hills.
Transition 2
  • 00m 44s
Comments:

Good T1 - 5th fastest time for women. Of course, an excellent rack spot never hurts!
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Run
  • 20m 30s
  • 2.4 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

KCCC is fun for me in that the swim is a good distance, the bike is challenging but short, and the run is SUPER SHORT. Don't get me wrong, I like running, but I am just not naturally gifted at it, so it's a great place for me to lose time. It always amazes me that there are women who can run 7 (or less!) minute miles. So 2.4 miles is good because I can actually hold a decent pace for that long. The plan was to run a solid effort for the first mile, then reassess my pace. At that point, I was still feeling pretty good, so picked it up a little. I started getting a little side stitch and heavy legs around the 2 mile point, when you have to go back uphill, so I know I slowed there, but I kept telling myself to just hang on - it was almost over. I did get passed towards the end by one women - but she was the only one and I think she was on a team anyway. Of course, the real fasties were already all ahead of me since the swim, so I never saw them. But still, it's an ego boost to only get passed once on the course.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked a little on the trail just past the finish line to cool down, and found some friends to talk to.. had a chocolate milk and a half banana. Then reapplied sunscreen and hopped back on the bike for the ride home. It was a tougher ride back since the wind had picked up (headwind, of course) and my legs were cooked, but it was nice to spin them out for a while.

Event comments:

For as short a race as this was, it was pretty tough. I gave it my best and am happy with the results. I finished 8th (my lucky number) out of 141 women overall, and I'm not sure if they are doing 5-year or 10-year age groups for this race, but I'll be either 3rd or 4th in my age group, whichever it is. Although I didn't do any better this year in age group placing (got 3rd place last year), I improved my time 2 minutes over last year, and that was my main goal, so I'm very happy with how this race went.




Last updated: 2012-06-17 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:11:02 | 585 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:28:10 | 09 miles | 19.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course: Hilly!
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 00:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:20:30 | 02.4 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2012-06-18 7:27 PM
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Wow! 19 mph+ bike! With HILLS! And the whole fact that you rode there and back has to count for something.
2012-06-18 8:26 PM
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Nice race Linda!

This was my 2nd ever tri.  I did the 5150 at Longview a few weeks back, so I fooled myself into thinking the shorter distance was going to be 'easier.'  Those hills killed me on the bike.  

2012-06-22 4:28 PM
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Speedy! Wow you swam faster than me! I was boxed in for a while, some guy on my left, a gal on my right, i was breathing left, she was breathing right, and for about 50 yards we couldn't get out of sync. Everytime I would breath she would breath, and there was her mouth and her front side up against me. A very awkward stretch!
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