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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 35m 4s
Overall Rank = 965/
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 48/53
Pre-race routine:

Because I knew that my swim wave was not going off until 8:48 I tried to "sleep in" until 5 a.m. before heading to transition. Didn't happen - I was too excited to get there and get into the race feeling. Once we got everything set up though we did run back up the hotel (we had a perfect location!) and Booger grabbed some food. I ate part of a bagel with peanut butter on it and had coffee.
Event warmup:

Um, is shaking from nerves considered a warm-up? I was actually pretty calm until about 10 minutes before my wave started to line up. Jumped right in the water and paddled around.
  • 20m 13s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 42s / 100 meters

Keep in mind, until I rounded the last turn around buoy and saw the white caps enveloping me I thought I was pretty much still with my gals so to me this swim felt damned good! LOL! Being that I breathe to the right when I turned and saw all the 25-29s coming at me I fell prey to "negative talk."
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to swim and swim more.
Transition 1
  • 03m 13s

As I was exiting the water Booger said he could see in my face that I did not have the killer instinct this day and I hate to admit it but he is correct. Once I saw how much time I had given up in the swim I sort of "spit the bit" as we used to say in the horse racing biz.
What would you do differently?:

Not give up so easily and race every step.
  • 41m 28s
  • 20 kms
  • 28.79 km/hr

Considering that the bike is usually my best discipline and I rarely get passed on the bike I knew that I was just not in the game this day. I was not fighting for position at all anywhere, was riding conservatively and actually letting people who had no business passing me pass me. I later told Booger I just didn't have any "ass" to me.
What would you do differently?:

Not give up and worry about the competition. Race everyone like they are my competition. Overthinking was my enemy this day.
Transition 2
  • 01m 52s

Not as pitiful a transition as the first one but still conceded too much to others. Usually I race like an animal with no thought to who I'm racing.
What would you do differently?:

Act like I'm actually in a race.
  • 28m 22s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 41s  min/km

Loved the course, which I had run part of Friday morning. Wore Garmin so that I could track my pace. While this time is not impressive to mostly anyone else in the world, I was actually kind of pleased that I ran this as a tempo run and it felt easy. Not that it should have been easy because I WAS IN A DAMNED RACE but still...
What would you do differently?:

Um, run like I'm in a race?
Post race
Warm down:

Nada. Did the Jersey fist-pump at the finish line and got my much coveted medal.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My inability to swim didn't help but I lost it mentally mostly. I also think that travelling to the race was a bit of a energy-zapper but I'm not making any more excuses. I knew I gave up and I didn't push like I should have.

Event comments:

I would encourage anyone who qualifies for Nationals to go - the weekend in Milwaukee was just fabulous! I met Chrissie Wellington as soon as we got to the expo and then we got to sit with her at dinner that night. She is just the sweetest, most down to earth person you could ask for - love her!

It was AMAZING how we were treated - I felt like an elite athlete the entire weekend and I cannot rave about this race enough. It was definitely one of the best trips of my life!!!!

Last updated: 2013-07-15 12:00 AM
00:20:13 | 750 meters | 02m 42s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/53
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes - full
Course: Would this be considered a dog leg? Out and under walkway bridge (so cool!) then around the turn buoys then back about half way to very steep exit ramp.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:13
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:28 | 20 kms | 28.79 km/hr
Age Group: 0/53
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: Up a hill back down a hill up over a bridge back up and over the bridge.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:52
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:22 | 05 kms | 05m 41s  min/km
Age Group: 0/53
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Very very flat and fast. Lovely course!
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-08-14 9:57 AM

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Subject: USAT Age Group Nationals Sprint

2013-08-14 12:23 PM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: USAT Age Group Nationals Sprint

Lol - we really did have the same kind of experience!!

I'm so glad you had a great weekend, and next year we'll be back to actually "race" the race.  Deal?   Smile

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2013-08-14 1:51 PM
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That's a deal! BTW, I saw you in the crowd while watching the swim waves because now that I see your profile pic I was totally coveting your tri kit!


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2013-08-14 3:46 PM
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Originally posted by pugpenny That's a deal! BTW, I saw you in the crowd while watching the swim waves because now that I see your profile pic I was totally coveting your tri kit! Patti

We'll have to make a point of meeting up next year! 

Thanks - I absolutely LOVE the tri kit!  It's by Betty Designs and I've actually put my name in to be a "Betty" for next year 

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2013-08-16 1:48 PM
in reply to: blueyedbikergirl

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Every RR I read makes me want to attend this, and yours is no exception!  Even on a day that you "had no " (still trying to figure that one out, but it has such a great sound for the obvious meaning!), you clearly had a good go of it.

Congrats on getting out there and mixing it up!


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2013-10-03 10:29 AM
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Congrats - I'm planning on doing it this year as well!
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