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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company, Inc.
Overcast
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 215/464
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 11/33
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:20. Got kids' stuff ready for sitter, little bit of coffee and cinnamon roll (yeah, yeah...they were just sitting there), then a quick shower. Double checked my bag and we were out the door by 5:05.
It was still dark out and I rode along pretty quietly. Had some traffic issues as people waited for parking garage, but we just went to our usual lot as soon as we could. Still had plenty of time.
Stopped at bathrooms (yes, they have non-portos), short line then into stall aaaaand no TP. WHAAAAT??? Yeah, race morning and stalls are running out of TP. lol Oh, the looks on people's faces when I told them. Maybe I should carry more tissue next time because no one else had any.
Event warmup:

Stretching and wandering the area. Got marked up. Watched the pros start the swim. Ate a Stinger Waffle. Met Bill from RWB. Quick porto stop and chatted with a lady from San Diego while we waited...man held the door for me and said "Have a good time." Ummmm, ok? I'll just assume he was talking about the race. ;)
Swim
  • 22m 26s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 59s / 100 meters
Comments:

750 isn't a long swim, but it's the longest OWS I've done...ever. So the whole sighting thing that I did better with on my last 400 OWS went out the door. It could have something to do with swimming in a 25m pool for 4months. All I know is that the "rescue" boat headed for me after the second turn and I had a hard left to make it back to the pack. I was bumped around a bit and thought I would get to the outside to avoid it. Ummmmm...guess I went a bit too far outside. I'd love to see a video of that swim. I know I looked like I was under the influence. I may even check YouTube for "drunk triathlon swimmer".
When I finally got back "on course", I knew I was being passed. Oh well. Made it to the last buoy and turned for home. At the stairs guys grabbed each arm and I thought they were pulling me up. Then one let go and there went my balance. I ended up sitting on the step with people trying to come up behind me. Why, oh why, is this exit such a problem for me????
I'm really bummed that I got so off course because I felt good the whole time. Breathing was great, and I wasn't nervous or getting tired. Was quite comfortable...except for that staying on course thing.
What would you do differently?:

I need more long OWS sighting practice. And figuring out how to let them haul me out of the water without looking like an idiot.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s
Comments:

Loooooong run from swim down to the far end of transition and all the way back to bike. Ran. Hard.
Wiped off feet. Socks/shoes on. Cap off /helmet on. Bike off rack and ran to mount line...passed two people as we ran out together.
Didn't hold back on this one.
What would you do differently?:

Not much until I decide to go sockless.
Bike
  • 38m 37s
  • 12.32 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr
Comments:

Knew after the swim that I had to push hard on the bike. I started passing people right away. Yelled HI to DH as he went by the other way a few minutes ahead of me. About 1/3 of the way through a lady passed me (it wasn't happening much) and I saw she had a good pace going. Decided she would be my "follow that!" bike and I found out she thought the same about me a few miles later when I was passing her. We shared some mutual admiration of each other's riding and chatted a bit over one of the bridges. It was really cool...and then she passed me right after a turn around. We went into the last couple of corners together, and I pulled into dismount right behind her.
What would you do differently?:

Can't think of anything.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s
Comments:

Decent transition. Rack bike. Helmet off. Shoes traded fast. Race belt on. Took in a Gu as I ran towards exit. Bumped into bike lady coming off her rack...found out her name is Holly.
What would you do differently?:

Thought this one went well.
Run
  • 30m 27s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

Ran out with Holly and legs were stiff. We grabbed water at the first stop and then she was... off. The volunteers along the run were great. Lots of energy and even making us laugh. Overheard people talking about a couple of them afterwards. Unlike the last TTL race, there was a nice cloud cover. Yes!
People started passing me in the first mile. Right now I pretty much expect that on the run. There was a girl in pink/black that I decided wouldn't get out of sight, and she didn't. We just chugged along. Quite a few strong 50y/o women passed with encouragement for us slower ladies. Getting into mile 2 I passed a few people as I felt my legs loosening. They were tossing water on us at the last stop and it felt great.
Having a hill in the last mile wasn't much fun, but knowing there was only the bridge and the homestretch left made it easier. I went by a couple of guys over the bridge as I kept pink/black in sight. I guess I don't yell ON YOUR LEFT loudly because I almost got bumped off curb when a guy didn't know I was there. Oooops. The sidewalk is narrow for two people on the bridge and the bikes were riding right next to us. Turned the last corner and pink/black was right there...I think I was about 5 seconds behind her at the finish. Announcer said her name and scrambled for mine as I hit the mat.
DH and icy cold towels were waiting at the finish :)
What would you do differently?:

Need to do some brick work to help with legs off the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, oranges, banana, bagel. DH and I had to leave pretty quickly since he had to get home, pack and drive back to airport by 1:30. Headed to transition to grab bikes and walk to car. Stopped for a post-race pic. Of course we hit DD for iced coffee as we left town.


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperienced swimmer and slow runner.

Event comments:

Hope to do this event again next year. Well supported and fun.
Oly maybe?
T-shirt is not my favorite design. Comfy but not anything special visually. Same with finisher's medal. Good quality bottle opener (yes, quite useful) but not a creative design.


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Last updated: 2013-07-22 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:22:26 | 750 meters | 02m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 27/33
Overall: 0/464
Performance: Below average
Suit: no
Course: rectangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
T1
Time: 02:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:38:37 | 12.32 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/33
Overall: 0/464
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Some small hills and rough spots. The brick road sections are always "fun". 3-4 tight u-turns and 90*. No room for errors on a few of these.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:30:27 | 03.1 miles | 09m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/33
Overall: 0/464
Performance: Average
Course: Around TT Lake
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2013-09-23 6:55 PM

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2013-09-23 7:04 PM
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Great job!!  Super SPEEDY bike split!

Having a kayaker redirect you back n course isn't so bad, at least you weren't hanging off the side of the thing  

2013-09-23 7:42 PM
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Great job!  Sounds like you and I have similar siting issues   You certainly made up for your swim detour on the bike - speedy time.
2013-09-23 9:12 PM
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Nice job! And purposely adding yardage to the swim makes you even more hard core!

Big congrats!
2013-09-23 10:42 PM
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Good job out there, congrats on your first OWS, they'll get easier from here.
2013-09-24 1:09 AM
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Quote - " Quick porto stop and chatted with a lady from San Diego while we waited...man held the door for me and said "Have a good time." Ummmm, ok? I'll just assume he was talking about the race."

Typical woman, always reading something else into a perfectly innocent comment from a guy ;(

Love the medal, maybe it's because it's a bottle opener

I wouldn't beat yourself up too badly about the swim, sounds like both transitions, the bike and the run went smoothly.


2013-09-24 10:24 AM
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I KNEW you'd kill it on the bike! (and that you'd hit up DD on the way home Cool)

Don't worry about the swim, I'm sure I added a good 200-250m on to my last swim - you're just THAT badazz that you needed to make the course more difficult for yourself!  Great job!! 

2013-09-24 11:22 AM
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You were just practicing for the Oly swim Wink.  Nice job and great pics!
2013-09-24 12:09 PM
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Nice race! 

I wouldn't complain about the medal.  Here in NC we don't get finisher's medals for most events!

2013-09-24 6:28 PM
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Originally posted by QueenZipp

Great job!!  Super SPEEDY bike split!

Having a kayaker redirect you back n course isn't so bad, at least you weren't hanging off the side of the thing  

hahaha! Thanks, Judi. I KNEW there had to be a positive side.

2013-09-24 6:34 PM
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Originally posted by amd723 Great job!  Sounds like you and I have similar siting issues   You certainly made up for your swim detour on the bike - speedy time.

Thanks!   Do you have a possible solution yet?  I'm still shaking my head at a) how much time it added, and b) how crazy it must have looked from shore. lol



2013-09-24 6:38 PM
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Originally posted by mtnbikerchk Nice job! And purposely adding yardage to the swim makes you even more hard core! Big congrats!

THANKS!

In that case, next year's Oly swim will be turning into a...Oh, no. My fingers just cramped thinking about typing it Tongue out

2013-09-24 6:42 PM
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Originally posted by 4agoodlife

Originally posted by amd723 Great job!  Sounds like you and I have similar siting issues   You certainly made up for your swim detour on the bike - speedy time.

Thanks!   Do you have a possible solution yet?  I'm still shaking my head at a) how much time it added, and b) how crazy it must have looked from shore. lol

sight more often, so I can correct the course sooner.

2013-09-24 6:48 PM
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Originally posted by Richardsdrr Quote - " Quick porto stop and chatted with a lady from San Diego while we waited...man held the door for me and said "Have a good time." Ummmm, ok? I'll just assume he was talking about the race." Typical woman, always reading something else into a perfectly innocent comment from a guy ;( Love the medal, maybe it's because it's a bottle opener I wouldn't beat yourself up too badly about the swim, sounds like both transitions, the bike and the run went smoothly.

Oh, Darren... typical man to say something so silly to a "typical woman" going into a porto. Laughing

Now I don't have to share a bottle opener with DH. hehehe

And, yes, you're totally right about the rest of the race. I need to focus on the good stuff.

2013-09-24 7:02 PM
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Originally posted by blueyedbikergirl

I KNEW you'd kill it on the bike! (and that you'd hit up DD on the way home Cool)

Don't worry about the swim, I'm sure I added a good 200-250m on to my last swim - you're just THAT badazz that you needed to make the course more difficult for yourself!  Great job!! 

Muchas gracias!  And, of course, DD was a no-brainer. hehe 

Nooooo...I just gotta get that swerve under control! Bet I could've tied a shoelace: over/under/around/through- with bunny ears somewhere in there.

2013-09-24 7:05 PM
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Originally posted by bcraht You were just practicing for the Oly swim Wink.  Nice job and great pics!

hahaha...Thank you   It was such a gorgeous desert morning for this race! Wish we had gotten more pics.



2013-09-24 7:10 PM
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Nice race! 

I wouldn't complain about the medal.  Here in NC we don't get finisher's medals for most events!

Thanks Laughing   Ok, I won't complain. I'm lucky to have a bottle opener that's all my own! heehee

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Nice race! 

I wouldn't complain about the medal.  Here in NC we don't get finisher's medals for most events!

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2013-09-25 6:18 AM
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HOT T.I.T.S. HOT T.I.T.S. oh and your bike was smokin', too

Top third of a very competitive AG is super, especially with a swim distance PR you struggled with in a race.

2013-09-25 11:36 AM
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Way to go!!!!!!!!!! You killed it! Nevermind the bit o' extra swim time/distance! You did great!!!!!!!!!!! Totally smoked the bike!

Woo!!!!!!!!!!!!

2013-09-25 11:59 AM
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Great job Erin!


2013-09-25 12:18 PM
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Great race Erin! 
2013-09-25 12:18 PM
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Great race Erin! 
2013-09-25 1:45 PM
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Neat pic of the sunrise.  Too bad you had trouble navigating the swim but you didn't let it put you down, you went out there an nailed the bike!  Speedy girl!!  Each race is a learning experience, IMO. Very good race overall, and you finished in the top 1/3 of your AG and top half OA, awesome!
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Nice job Erin. Keep that biking going strong, you are rocking it.
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