Sunday, August 12, 2007


USAT Mideast Championship-- 5k run / 40k bike / 10k run

Put another duathlon in the books for me. I made it.

Pre-race- For some reason, I was really nervous for today's race. It was the mid-east Championship, Tri-club championship, and world qualifier. Everyone seemed so serious. The highlight was waiting in the Port-a-john line. The man in front of me who was 65 and in the Tri struck up a conversation. He wanted to know why did the Du and not the Tri. I explained that I could not swim. He was surprised because I have so much built in flotation in my body. (I am fluffy but what an idiot)

Run 1- 33:59/ 10:57 paceIt was already getting hot at 730 am. We took off and I found myself running with another lady. It was her second Du. We ran together at a nice pace and she talked the entire time. I just listened and it went fast. I was surprised at my time. Faster than what wanted. Luckily there was alot of cloud cover.

T1 - 2:04 I tried to get a couple of shot Blox in me but choked myself and skipped it. When I got on my bike the chain popped off.

Bike - 1:35:04 / 15.7mph ave speed. The sun came out and things heated up. Sugar gave me a great ride. It wasn't the bike that I had hoped for.

T2- 2:53 My legs did not want to go. Temperature up to 89. Got a quick drink. Took off my Evil Garmin as I've hit the wrong button again.

Run 2 - 1:31:02 / 14:42 pace My legs felt like cement and the first half mile was bad. I went to a 4 run: 1walk ratio. Alot of the Tri people were passing me. Everyone that went by gave me words of encouragement. It was awesome. I knew that I would finish but I was slowing down quickly. Every mile had a water station and I stopped at every one of them. With under 2 mile to go, a man in the tri was beside of me and told me that "We own this race now!" And he was right. I know I gave it everything that I had. Sometimes I feel like don't give it my all and I have too much left at the finish. I know that today this was not true. I had nothing left.

Total time = 3:45:19
2nd place in F 50-54 age group

Waddling with a trophy and alot of satisfaction...............


Flo said...

Yea, congrats!!! 2nd place - woo hoo!!!

Vickie said...

Wow! Good for you! Another trophy?

Joe said...

Hooray!! After all the nerves, the flu, the trip and an obtuse guy making comments about "flotation" you got it done!! And that's what is key!

Glad you felt that you gave it your all and left nothing on the course...that hurts while you are out there but is very satisfying to know when you are done.

Hope you had a good time with your daughter as well.

Bling to boot...way to go!!!

J~mom said...

Sweet!!! Great job!!!!!!!!

21stCenturyMom said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic! You got hardware and everything!!

Kim said...

Fantastic! I have been reading your blog for awhile. You are such an inspiration to me!

Fe-lady said...

Yeah Penguin! Congratulations on your 2nd place finish! Yeaaaaa! (we want pix!)

Duane said...

Yes! Way to go! Trophy- very cool! Leaving it all out there, even cooler!

Tom said...

Congratulations! You nailed it. The hardware makes it sweeter!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Awesome! WooooHooo! Giving it your all is comendable. Bringing home some bling is just icing on the cake. :)

Irene said...

WOOHOOO! 2nd place trophy! I'm so happy for you!!!