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Monday, July 07, 2008

Breath of Life Triathlon Race Report

For me it was a good race. And a race where I finally have a picture of myself running where I don't look like I'm about to die. Excellent.

If you look at the race stats, I'm number 15 out of 17 in my age category, which is a bit depressing on first glance. BUT, this is only my fourth olympic distance race ever, and I've only been doing this sport for less than three years, and my times are getting better. My overall time, 3 hours and 9 minutes, is 17 minutes faster than my previous fastest time. And, my 10k run was in 59 minutes. I've never run a 10k in under an hour, let alone having swam, biked, and then run a 10k!

Swim: Cold ocean water, a bit choppy, but a favorable current.
Transition: Ran way too far on sand to get to my bike. I was a little tired out.
Bike: 25 miles almost perfectly flat. I cruised at 16.7 mph. For me that's fast. Your grandma could probably pass me on the bike.
Transition 2: How did it take me over three minutes to get out of my bike shoes and put on my running shoes? I'm still not sure, but that could use some improvement. Maybe I was thrilled to hear my name on the loudspeaker: "Heather Shenkman is racking her bike and is looking strong and about to go out and run 10k!" It was some guy from my tri club who had the microphone. It was cool.
Run: Whooooo hoo! I just had fun with the run. Cheered for people from my tri club,mostly people I don't know, because when you're in a club with 1500 people, you simply can't know everyone. Told some 70 year-old man who was racing that he's my hero and that when I get to be his age I just want to be able to crawl across the finish line. No, really. He's my hero.
Finish: Heard my name on the loudspeaker again as I ran toward the finish line. Felt great. Ate a post-race Boca Burger, which I swear was the tastiest burger I've ever eaten in my life. The man serving the burger asked me, "How come all the early finishers eat meat and you're getting a veggie burger?" My response, "How do you know I wasn't just chilling out for an hour?" I wasn't, but I'm not going to let him think I'm weak because I don't eat meat.
So that's the race. Two weeks until Vineman 70.3, where I'll try to dawdle less in the transition areas.


Haden said...

Great…. my preparations for a marathon starts with the shopping for new running shoes.

Alec said...

Great work Heather. Those times sound pretty fast to me. Those must've been really fast people you were racing against.

That's pretty cool that they had veggie burgers at the finish. I typically don't see that at the races I attend. Not cool about that guy's comment though. I like your response, I doubt I would've thought of anything witty to say in that situation.

Good luck at Vineman!

affectioknit said...

Congratulations on a great race!!!

Anonymous said...

That's so awesome! Congratulations! Your picture is fabulous and your description really captures the experience. -victoria

Urban Vegan said...

Depressing? The journey is the destination.

Great, great job!