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<p>Coming out of lurking to post this report as I am pretty stoked about it. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif" style="width:33px;height:35px;" title=""></p>
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<p>A quick background on me:  I used to post in the Run and Race Reports forum a year or two back but have relocated twice in a little over a years time thus rendering my training relatively inconsistent. I moved first from Long Island, NY to Cincy, OH and then from Cincy to NW Ohio.  I ran track in college (400m, 800m and pentathlon indoors).  I've run several half marathons with a PR of 1:57 and countless 5Ks including 2 seasons of collegiate XC.  I have a BA and MA in exercise physiology so I am basically self-coached, since as a graduate assistant we spent 12 hours a day metabolically testing some pretty speedy triathletes :) Maybe I'll eventually look into a swim coach.... First tri was on a mountain bike at the end of grad school in 2008- the FDNY Triathlon.   Bought a Specialized Dolce Elite this spring and competed in one tri in June where I realized that multi-sport is where its at-- I am not amazing in any one particular discipline but I can be pretty darn strong in each.  I finished 5th/14 in the 25-29 age group-- the first 3 girls were smokin' fast!</p>
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<p>Which brings me to Saturday 7/10/2010.  With my "A race" being a sprint triathlon August 8th I agreed to head down to southern OH with a close girlfriend of mine who wanted to test the waters in a triathlon.  The Girls Tri Too series is new this year and its 6 event series of women's only super short sprint races the coincide with the Wheelie Fun sprint/Olympic summer tri series.  The events are supposed to be non-competitive but I was really curious to see what I could do in an event this short, especially since I was a short distance athlete most of my life. The race was 250yd swim, 7 mile bike and a 2 mile run. </p>
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<p>I headed down to the event site on Friday night to the course preview and swim clinic to show my friend where to set up, how trasitions will work etc.  It down poured throughout the entire preview but the forecast called for a high of 80 and sunny for Saturday.  Sure enough Saturday dawned a GORGEOUS day.  We got to the race site 90 min early, got our packets, set our stuff in transition, and hydrated a bit before we headed down to the lake to test the water.  80 degress of awesome :)</p>
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<p>I started in the first wave of women even though the swim is by far my weakest event.  I was predicting being out of the water in 5:30 or so.  It was a time trial start (2 at a time) and they yelled GO! and we were off.  250yds ended awfully quickly and I was out of the water in 5:45.  T1 on my watch was 3:58 (there was approximately a 200m run from the shore to transition. </p>
<p>Official results have me at 7:31 swim and 2:05 for T1. </p>
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<p>Bike was a rolling hills course.  Let me just say here that I have not yet bought clips and bike shoes (for financial reasons) so I was in my running shoes.  Where I live in NW Ohio is completely flat so although I did intervals with increasing wattage on the stationary bike once a week, it was pretty intense.  Official results had my 7 mile bike 22:54 for about 18.4mph avg.  I can't be disappointed with that too much since I haven't trained for a hilly course. </p>
<p>T2 was 1 minute even. </p>
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<p>YAY the run. Something I can do! The out and back course was a gradual up hill for m1 and gradual down hill for m2.  I finished in 15:03 for just over a 7:30 mile pace. </p>
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<p>Total time was 48:34.  26th/159 overall and 4th/19 in the 25-29 AG. </p>
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<p>Thoughts: I'm built for shorter distances.  I was originally thinking about a 70.3 event next summer but now I'm thinking I'd like to focus the next few years on the sprint and olympic distances. Thanks for reading and maybe I'll join the daily thread soon! :)</p>
 

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<p>Great job Liz!!!!  I have no doubt at all that with a couple seasons of dedicated work on the bike and in the pool, you'll be a contender!</p>
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<p>(next time we want photos - we'll let it slide since this is your first race report)  :)</p>
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<p>edit - wth?  this new forum doesn't have just a basic vanilla smiley face emoticon???</p>
 

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<p>MBannon, Thank you so much, I appreciate the encouragement (seriously wtheck with the smileys!) :)</p>
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<p>I commited to tri training (aka did my first swim workout in 2 years) the weekend of April 25th after sitting on my butt for 2 weeks for wisdom tooth surgery.  I plan to hammer this winter in the pool and invest in a trainer this fall for my bike to do work there as well. Thanks again!</p>
 

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<p>LIz:  Welcome!  What a great RR, you rocked it!!!!!    <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif" style="width:225px;height:33px;" title="">Yes, there is something to be said about the shorter distances.  I've decided I really like it.  You can still train hard but it doesn't take as much time as training for the really long stuff.</p>
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<p>And yes!!  You need to post on the daily, we need new blood!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif" style="width:18px;height:18px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p>Julie-- Thank ya, ma'm <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wave.gif" style="width:25px;height:15px;" title=""> I'm totally more of a high intensity, short duration, get the job done and get out type girl myself.  I will start posting on the daily today!</p>
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<p>4boysmom-- Yup! That was exactly where we went.  Up the gravel road. The trail kind of brought me back to my XC days.  I thought it was a great, scenic course! (other than the various poison ivy leaves on a very narrow trail!) I love that HFP is doing these events too-- my friend did the mountain bike division (her first tri) and finished 3rd.   She has TOTALLY caught the triathlon bug. Score one for team triathlon. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif" style="width:26px;height:28px;" title=""> Great job, btw, on your race! The hills were very gradual, but there! For a while on the flats I was holding at 23mph.... then came long gradual hill <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""> So much for fresh legs to run on!</p>
 

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<p>Nicely done!  You are smokin' out there!!!   <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p>nice job, speedy!   and welcome aboard.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the welcome cake, yo, tammy and EM :) I'm going to be doing another one of these Girls Tri Too events in September after my A race in August.  I'm trying to decide my goals for this one? 47:30? Hmmm <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif" style="width:37px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
 
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