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<p>Really Short Version: 6:49 PR!!!!</p>
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<p>2009 Swim: 47:23 T1: 2:20 Bike: 1:29:16 T2: 1:43 Run: 1:23:09 Final: 3:43:52 </p>
<p>2010 Swim: 41:01 T1: 2:03 Bike: 1:28:12 T2: 1:28 Run: 1:24:18 Final: 3:37:03</p>
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<p>The story: This was our 3rd annual PNW race and camping weekend. We all chose beautiful Lake Chelan as our venue again this year. I had really lofty goals for this race- I definitely wanted to feel stronger, faster and healthier than I did last year. Most of all, I wanted revenge on this lake and in the swim.</p>
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<p>We arrived in Lake Chelan around the time transition opened on Friday.  DH, DD and I spent some time at the park, racked my bike and then set off to find our campground. We got our campsite ready to live in and waited for Hobey and Matt and their famillies. After all was right with our campsite the racers attended the mandatory meeting, we had dinner, relaxed, and turned in for the night.</p>
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<p>4:30 am came early. Breakfast was oatmeal with cranberries, cinnamon and brown sugar; coffee and I started sipping Gatorade. Once the family was ready to go we headed the 25 minutes into town. The weather forecast for the day was for sustained winds of 11-13 mph with gusts to 25 mph coming out of the northwest and highs in the mid 90’s. Our weather in the Seattle area had been less than summer and as such, this was going to be my warmest workout of the year.  When we drove into Chelan and the lake was scary!!!  I did my best to put away the fear and found a potty! Isn’t that what you do?</p>
<p>After setting up transition I went off to find my teammates for our group picture. When that was done, I got my wetsuit, cap, goggles, a gel and headed for the water. By that time my stomach was in knots and I was ready to puke. The waves with the wind were at 1-2 ft. swells and well, I had never swam in anything like that. DD took me aside and said, “Mom, focus on what you can control- you can’t control the wind, the water or the other swimmers. You can control what you do- so just do it, you know you can. I love you!”</p>
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<p>With that said, Hobey and I said good-bye to our guys and we headed for the water. Hobey was also a huge help out in the water- we just bobbed and talked and I think I made some kind of weird peace with it- it was going to be, what it was going to be. Finally it was time and our wave lined up- men and women all in one huge group. It was funny, everyone (except for Hobey) was trying to find the back of the group. After a while of doing the, “No, you go first” dance the count-down started and we were off. I did what I normally do- lifeguard stroke out picking and choosing my line and at one point it seemed like everyone picked up there head and just started bobbing. I could hear people coughing and gagging… and I thought- is this what an IM start looks like? I realized that I was better off and truly safer (from the water and my competitors) to get my face in the water and go. I found the buoy line and stayed on top of it- sometimes finding some feet to follow, sometimes not. I made the turn in no time and then started pushing coming back. I made it out of the water and looked down and saw 39:00 on my watch. Wooo Hooo!!!!  Almost immediately upon standing up I was hit with nausea and dizziness. It must have been all the waves and the water intake so I walked into T1.  (turns out that 6 people were pulled out of the water from our wave from distress in the water)</p>
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<p>I got through T1 and took off on my bike- now proudly called- “Flash- Supahstar”. My bike was pretty uneventful but I did make some really big mistakes with my pacing and my nutrition. It wasn’t until after the race and I was packing up did I realize what I had done. I mentioned to Hobey how dead my legs felt and that at one point I was actually pushing to get down a hill. She just smiled and said, "you were headed into the wind hon!"  Ooops!  And there was my nutrition- I usually start with a few sips of water, 15 minutes in I have a gu. After that I alternate between Gatorade, water and Margarita Shot-bloks (extra salt for the heat). And then if needed, I have an extra gu to take right before the run. If done right, my Gatorade is gone, my water is ¾ gone, shot-bloks consumed and gel remaining. I had all of my Gatorade, gel and 3 shot-bloks left while all of my water was gone. No wonder Tammy!!!!</p>
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<p>Run- Sloshy tummy, bloated and super hot- definitely not how I anticipated going into the run. I did what I could but just could not find a pace, a happy place or a happy tummy. I took Heed only on the run realizing what I had done but it was too late. The one positive- I ran more of the 2nd half and was much quicker coming in than going out. I finally started feeling better 1.5 miles out. I ran up the final hill and then down and into the finish line. DH was there to greet me with a huge hug and then I got one from DD.  Hobey and BD were right there too!  I headed  to the med tent- just to sit while Hobey found me some salt. Yeah, I love Hobey!!!! After stretching, finding some food and then watching Matt come in from his HIM, we all happily headed back to camp.</p>
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<p>Final thoughts- I was out riding this weekend when I realized that I was letting a bad run stop me from celebrating some great things in this race: I PR’d in the swim, transitions and bike. I am really happy with my swim given the wind and the waves. I am really happy with my bike and the strength that I have gained. I have spent much of the past year or so working on my swim and my bike.  It's now time that I start working on my running. </p>
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<p>Quickie vacation report- We took in some local wineries, a cider shop, and a cheese shop. Had some great food, drank some beer- okay, actually a lot of beer.  BD and DH spotted the beginnings of a forest fire in the mountains above our campsite.  We spent a couple of day in my favorite Bavarian Village- Leavenworth where DD and I went mtn. biking with Mr. Mtn. Goat Bannon. And then Mr. Mtn. Goat took DD rock climbing. And in exchange I got to play with his kiddos in the pool- giving Dh and Mrs. Mtn. Goat Bannon some much needed rest and relaxation.  All and all, a super fun weekend with the crew!</p>
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<p>I said it a few weeks ago but I'll repeat it here. You had an incredibly strong race. Swim PR....YAH!!!!! You looked really strong on the bike the both times I saw you and had a bike split to match and the run was what it was. Given the weather in the PNW leading up to the race, I think we all did what we could but really, the only people acclimated to the heat were the ones who lived in the rain shadow. You done well girlfriend!</p>
 

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<p>Awesome race and huge improvement over last year! I really like the part where your DD told you to  just focus on the things you could control - very sound advice! Sounds like you guys had a nice little vacation afterwards as well! Congratulations!</p>
 

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<p>Sorry you had such a shitty race.  Faster swim, faster T1, faster bike, faster T2, and then lost 1 minute on the run?  You're lucky your family took you back.</p>
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<p>Great job Tammy!  That water was very tough and the wind on the bike course definitely added to the challenge.  Next time pay better attention to your nutrition and avoid drinking too much for the last 20 or 30 minutes on the bike - that should stave off the sloshy tummy.</p>
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<p>Thanks for going mountain biking with me, I'm sorry I almost sent your daughter flying off a huge waterfall.  She and I had fun rock climbing the next day, though!</p>
 

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<p>Great race Tammy!  A HUGE swim PR in way less than ideal circumstances - smart DD telling you how to deal. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Sounds like you battled tougher swim conditions than you're used to, and still PR'd!  And suddenly racing in hot weather isn't going to be easy for anyone who's been through this PNW "summer."  Sounds like you did a heckuva job despite the roadblocks.  I look forward to seeing next year's run after you've had to the to focus on it.</p>
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<p>Great job!</p>
 

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<p>Congrats on a more than solid performace under way less than ideal conditions!</p>
<p>PR!!!  Woo hoo!!!</p>
 

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<p>You rocked it girl!!!!!!!!  To PR in those conditions is just amazing!!!!  You are a supastar!</p>
 
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