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Well, before today, I had not. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
So... I got up and got around this morning. The transition area was open from 7:00-7:45 and the race started at 8:00. However, my wave didn't begin until 9:50. Ugh a lot of waiting around. I was on a team with two other gals, so we were all the same wave. That was nice because I had someone to hang out with that whole time!<br><br>
So eventually, after drinking lots of water and peeing several times, it is finally our turn. We get in the water and away we go. It's a 300 yd pool swim, which I did in about 7:40. That's good for me.<br><br>
So we all head out to our bikes. We get ready and take off on our bikes. I always forget how much I just like riding my bike. It's fun. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You zoom around and it makes me feel like a kid! So I was behind one of my teammates and ahead of the other. We seemed like we were trying to kind of do the race together, so even tho I was feeling really good and could have pushed a lot harder, we stuck together. The big hill was a biotch as usual, but at the top, there was not only a water stop, but some kids with hoses, squirting us. Aaaahhh... <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> On the downhill/flat part, I really could have taken off, but decided against it. Lap 2, same thing.<br><br>
Here's the best part of the whole thing: I was making a turn and I realize that I know a bunch of the guys doing traffic there. I work for the municipality who puts the race on, and a bunch of my buddies from Streets are there. So I wave at them and am being a big dork... and I look down and I'm headed straight for this big road cone! There is nothing I can do, so I try to control this situation as best I can. Somehow I don't wipe out, but I'm SO embarassed. Of course, I know I'm going to get a lot of shit about this at work next week! (11 miles)<br><br>
Crisis avoided, we finish up the bike course and get ready to run. One of the gals is going to walk, becasue she has asthma and her inhaler is getting close to empty. She doesn't want to push it, and I can't blame her! I feel amazingly good, so the other gal and I decide to "run" it. We weren't fast, but we ran almost all of it. We walked for a couple minutes after the water stop, but we did good running most of it. (2 miles is all)<br><br>
We finished, and according to my watch, we're a little faster than last year. Which is great, since I really felt good at the end of the race, and felt like I could push a lot harder. I'm all excited now for the tri I'm doing in August, with a longer (open water) swim, a 12 mile bike ride, and a 5K. I'm also feeling a lot more confident.<br><br>
I must have found a good combination of fuel and water for me, since I usually am dehydrated at the end and slightly light headed. So I'm going to remember it and follow it next time!<br><br>
So that's my slightly embarassing, but successful RR. <img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif">
 

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How wonderful!<br><br>
I'm amazed you didn't wipe out on that cone. It's like the triathlon gods were looking out for you. Or maybe you're <i>just. that. good.</i>
 

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hee-hee!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I tried to really visualize myself reaching the top of that hill today, so that I wouldn't be just dreading it. It seemed to have helped. Who knew?<br><br>
I'm just so thrilled that I felt good at the end. I'm usually wiped out!
 

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ha! I have never rode over a road cone-- but I did run straight into one of those short medal poles used to stop cars from coming onto greenway trails.<br><br><br>
Congrats on your tri!!!
 

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Nice job, and nice aim <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> It sounds like you're really gonna rock your tri in August if you were feeling that good.<br><br>
Another question for you: what was the combo of fuel and hydration that worked so well for you?
 

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hehe. i always manage to do something embarrasing, and not just during races!<br><br>
Good job on an awesome tri! Do you enjoy going back to races you have done before? i really do. Some people i meet have doing the same race twice, but i enjoy it. I like to see how i compare year to year.
 

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Last year I tripped and fell during the run portion of this race. I'm a super klutz!!<br><br>
Diabalta- at about 7:00 am (I ended up starting my wave at 10:00) I had two slices of whole wheat toast plus natual peanut butter. I drank water pretty much constantly from the time I got up until I started. I probably drank 50 oz. But I almost always get dehydrated, so apparently this is the key. Just be prepared to potty a lot. That's the other good thing about tri shorts instead of a swim suit. Easy to pee.
 

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Oh, and yes Meri, I do. There are several races I do each year. This one, a small 5K at home (my first race ever), and usually the Muddy Buddy.<br><br>
I like the feeling of knowing what the hell I'm doing. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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