Sunday, June 5, 2011

Longmont Triathlon Race Report

I really did not know what to expect at today’s sprint tri. So, you bet I was happy with 3rd place in my division (F40-44)! 3/20 division, 11/139 overall woman. Time: 1:18:14 (525 yd swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run)

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I took over two minutes off of last year’s time. My swim and bike (thanks Trek Lexa!) were both faster and my transition times were about half of what they were last year. My run was 23 seconds slower, but who’s counting. I’m still catching up there.

Here’s my transition area, pre-race. I bring my Care Bears lucky towel. That’s how I roll. You know all the dudes with their special TYR and Zoot towels were jealous. Some asked where I got it. These guys should really shop at Wal-Mart more.

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I am digging this hoodie bathing suit combo.

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The race was smooth sailing. I did not make any messes and I had only two glitches.

  1. My f*cking goggles. They kept filling with water. I had to stop three times to fix them. I’m sure I added a good minute there.
  2. As I went out on the run I passed a girl with headphones on. Not earbuds, but full blown headphones. Like the kind your wore in the 70s. She didn’t hear me coming and hocked a loogie right on me. It trickled down my leg and I felt like gagging. She was so apologetic, I told her it was fine. But it wasn’t. Gross. Now I am Shut Up and Run with a Loogie (SUARWAL).

The swim felt easy. The bike was tougher for me and I had to push just to get an 18.2 mph average. The run felt really good. I paced well and did the 5K in 25:03.

I wasn’t dying when I crossed the finish line, but was ready to be done.

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Ken killed his time, PR’ing by six minutes from last year. Guess all this HIM training is paying off.

I got emotional with the trophy. I know placing in your age group depends on who comes out that day and not necessarily that you are the strongest or fastest. But for me the trophy represents my continued comeback from the nasty injury. It just feels SO mother eff’ing good to be out there again.

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I love this picture because I look like I’m having a stroke (eye area) and Ken is chewing.

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Now going to stuff my face with Chipotle.

Happy Sunday!

SUAR

70 comments:

  1. Congrats on the trophy! That has GOT to feel great! Did you tell them you got it at Target? That's where we got our Care Bears towel.
    You look so happy…even when you're having a stroke :P

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  2. DDVMM@comcast.netJune 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Congratulations!!! Gross about the loogie, but my kids are dying laughing here!! I think I need a care bears towel for good luck now!What kind of top are you wearing?

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  3. DDVMM: it's a Pearl Izumi top. Not sure if it's for tris or just cycling, but it works.

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  4. YEAH freaking awesome performance out there! Congrats on the big improvements in swim, bike and transition and toughing out a strong run! Definitely celebrate that trophy, too! You earned it!

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  5. Sure wish I would have seen you! I was at the Max Muscle booth. You are such an inspiration to me! Great job!

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  6. Cool! Nice job. Makes me want to tri it. Get it?? TRIIIIII it. Say it fast.

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  7. Woohoo! How fantastic is that!! Sorry about the loogie - at least you had a nice towel to wipe up with later???

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  8. That is awesome, don't down play it, you rock!

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  9. Congratulations! I'm thinking of training for my first sprint triathlon for 2012 - you're inspiring!!!!

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  10. And I love the Care Bears towel - I'm definitely all about the cool "kiddy" stuff - I'd go with Rainbow Brite if I could find one!

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  11. Holy Loogies SUAR, that is freaking awesome. Hell yeah you should feel emotional about that trophy, you have come a LONG way. Congrats.

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  12. Wow Congrats. Me jealous (not of loogie..ewww.)

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  13. Yee-Haa!!!! That is awesome (except for the spitting part) but the training is certainly paying off. Keep on rocking it.

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  14. Nice job Beth!!! You are rolling with this tri training!!!

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  15. Great job Beth!!! You are gonna smoke Boulder!

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  16. Glad you had a good race. Always nice to get AG award. That was a pretty good 5k time all things considered.

    The good thing from getting spit on: Something traumatic to blog about, and sympathy from blogger land.

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  17. Nice job! I do one sprint tri every year...but I don't have Care Bears...

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  18. Congrats on the AG award!! Awesome job and also awesome that you improved your time from last year......NOT AWESOME....getting spit on...that is seriously disgusting!!

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  19. Awesome! I don't knock the age-group awards. I mean, ALL awards depend on who comes out to race that day! So enjoy it and congratulations!

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  20. Congrats!!! Amazing job :) Any trophy is a an amazing accomplishment!! Can you do a review of your bike? I am thinking of getting this one but I am not sure!

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  21. Pretty awesome - especially for a recently convalescing hip fracture who still has scabs on her knees from a nasty training incident. Well done!!

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  22. Awesome! Gross about the spit though! Oh well, just a day in the life for you, right?
    :)

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  23. Hi! You have a nice informative blog. I’ve learned something about it. I have mine too www.claire-fernandez.blogspot.com...thanks

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  24. Great job, glad you're out there again and feeling good!

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  25. Congrats on the awesome race! Maybe the loogie was good luck!
    And I bet your care bears made it that much easier to spot your gear :)

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  26. Absolutely fantastic! Congrats!

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  27. Congrats Beth! Super job! You should be damn damn proud of that trophy and everything it represents!!! You made it-you're back, you're going STRONG!!!!

    OMG-loogie! I would have accidentally got her back with a farmer blow...

    Great job-Proud of you!!!

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  28. What an amazing amount of room you had in transition! Congrats on the great result. That will build confidence for your half IM.

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  29. Way to go Beth! Gotta love the hardware. Long road from aquajogging - you should be all kinds of proud. Should have put a beatdown on the girl who spit on you. That would have qualified you for the quadrathalon (swim, bike, run, open-can-of-whoopass), and would most likely have netted you first in your age group. Something to keep in mind for next year.

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  30. You are my freaking idol! Maybe you're a freak of nature (i'll tell myself that to feel better). You're the second person to mention that a chick hocked a loogie on her during a tri...why? At least look first! Geez.

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  31. This is awesome, way to go Beth! I'm doing a spring tri next weekend (Sunday, EEK!) too... it's my very first tri EVER and I'm SO frickin' nervous... any pointers??

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  32. Congrats on 3rd place and a PR to boot!

    What kind of goggles are you using? I have a great pair that I will have to dig up (and dust off) so I remember the name. They were great and never leaked.

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  33. Wow! Congratulations on the PR and placing!

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  34. KILLER!!! I'm mostly excited about how much YOU'RE excited about being back in the game :D PS I ran a mistaken 13mi today (supposed to be 11 in my training cycle) and stuffed MY face with Qdobes...mmmmyfavorite thing about training ;)

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  35. Hurray!! Good for you! Also wondering what running gods you pissed off to be subject to the indignities you regularly seem to face (loogies!?!?!?). Ah well, who cares? You placed!!

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  36. Your such a rocking superstar!!!!!! HEADPHONES?? I had to read that one twice!! So at Boulder be sure to wait for me when you're done.. :)

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  37. Nice result Beth, but I think the loogie tactic is a loser longterm

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  38. You go! Awesome. The loogie, not so much. Yuck. This will set you up nicely for the 1/2 IM.

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  39. Mmmmm....Chipotle. Chicken salad with guac, corn, rice and beans too? I love that you said the run was the easiest part....my legs would have been jelly after the swim and bike. Kudos to you!!!

    Did you sleep with the trophy? Do you name them like Tank in Surf's Up? "These are my ladies..."

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  40. wow congrats! Youre blog has been such an inspiration for me to keep going!

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  41. I love your updates. Great job! I am not even tempted to start running, but I do plan on walking faster and seeing how fast I can do a mile.
    I will start this soon..(soon as I get some motivation)

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  42. Way to go girl! Show off that trophy and be proud of your accomplishments....you rock!

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  43. Way to go! Congratulations! =)

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  44. you rock ... nothing compared to my pitiful race report from yesterday

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  45. Holy whoa - placing in the age group is awesome!! Let that trophy mean whatever YOU want it to, don't knock with who did/didn't come out that day - you were the strongest and the fastest! :)

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  46. Congrats!! You did awesome! I've always wondered, is a sprint tri for beginners?

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  47. Congrats, and an age group award is awesome.

    Sounds like you handled that loogie a lot more graciously than I would have done, that's for sure.

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  48. Great Job Beth!! A PR and a trophy, very cool specially when you think where you where a few short months ago... Awesome! And this on a warm, humid, hazy morning. Congrats!

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  49. Hurrah for COMEBACKS!!! You rock, Beth! Thanks for sharing it all. Always love reading about your latest exploits.

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  50. good job! That visual of someone wearing huge headphones makes me laugh. :)

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  51. Wow, congratulations on PRing AND a great AG trophy! That loogie girl is grossening.

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  52. Awesome! Congratulations :)

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  53. so freaking awesome.

    the carebears towel rocks.

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  54. Your accomplishments are amazing. You had a fantastic sprint. You must be feeling confident for the upcoming irongirl. Great job!
    Do you have your training plan on line? My hubby is doing a few sprints this summer.

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  55. Congratulations!!! So proud of you (I'm a mother so I can say that).

    Love the pic with your kids. Nice guns!

    And the loogie...probably skipping dinner now.

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  56. oh goggle issues are soooo not cool, but way to go on probably cussing them out so you could still rock your way to 3rd!

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  57. awesome trophy!! a 25 minute 5km? i hate you a little bit right now.

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  58. Congratulations, girl - that is fantastic!!! You are way speedy on the bike and your 5K time is fantastic considering all. Woohoo, very happy for you!

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  59. Way to go!!

    The loogie stuff is too funny. I've had my own sliding down my arm, but to have someone else's - bleh!

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  60. Push to get to 18.2 average?? Dang....I have to push to get to 14. I'd love suggestions for getting more power out of my legs/bike!!

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  61. Ahhh you are awesome!!! Congrats on such a great race AND the AG place! Watch out 70.3 :)

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  62. Oh, I forgot to say in my last comment (other post) to put more time into the bike. My peak bike week was around 9 hours bike alone. I did 3 hour bike rides at least 4-5 weeks in a row. I came of the bike FRESH and averaged 30km/hr (3:01 for 90km).

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  63. Congratulations in finishing the triathlon, I'll be sure to join the next event. Thanks.

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