Monday, May 31, 2010

Quickie Race Report


It was freezing cold. Freezing cold. Had trouble putting helmet, etc. on after the swim. The sun had come out at the beginning of the day, so I opted not to put on a jacket. Bad decision. 4 laps of 20 km were brutally cold in my tri suit.

My teeth were chattering uncontrollably and I kept monitoring my core to see if I would have to drop out. I used all kinds of self talk to try and relax and get through the bike.

Felt AWESOME and strong on the fourth leg -- so good!

Run was my first race attempt with a camel back. There was one dude that had made a semi-snide comment about my camel bak as I arranged my stuff in transition before the race. You have got to hand it to the guy though -- I passed him (I didn't even know it) and he shouted "Great job!" the two times I saw him. :) By the way -- I loved having the camel bak and am definitely going to use it again!

Results: A touch faster than last year but like Sara said, "It's not indicative of your current fitness." Last year, I tapered pretty hard, this year, I raced at the end of a hardcore camp with no taper. All is good -- in fact all is great! Everything is lining up for Ironman Coeur D'Alene!!! YAY!!

I am staying in Victoria with my coach for another week to get more REAL hills in. And train, train, train.

3rd in age group -- I got a hat!! YAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next stop...IMCDA!!!! :) :) :) :)

17 comments:

runningman said...

Great job Julie, keep up the training we're alllllllllllllllllllllmost there!!!!

Keith said...

A hat. For freezing your ass off. It had better be a damn nice hat.

Congrats on the podium!!! Yay!

Beth said...

You are hardcore. After standing on the side of the road in the rain and wind for 4 hours for Graeme's bike race on Saturday I made the decision not to race. I do NOT do well in cold and was worried about hypothermia! Conrgats on doing the race and the 3rd place!

Kelly B. said...

Nice work Julie!! A HAT!!
So when you win something at a race does that make you a pro?

And I don't think I knew you are up for IMCDA!!! How exciting! Can't wait to watch you ROCK IT out there!!!

Jenna said...

I can almost feel how fast you typed that out!! Well done and no kidding - to go faster in a tired state - awesome!!

Charlie Browne said...

How does one spell ROCKSTAR!

Julie said...

Beth -- seriously, you made the right decision -- it was very cold, and like you said, if you have problems, Sunday would have caused serious problems.

Amber Dawn said...

great race lady! I am so jealous you get to stay in Vic! Enjoy!!!

Runner Leana said...

Congratulations Julie!!! You are so ready for CDA. Go kick some butt!!!!

Cath said...

Go girl! Enjoy Victoria - we're still biking in snow here! Turned to rain though today - that's progress, yaaaay!

Sparfy said...

we used the camel backs all the time in the adventure races. great idea that! :-)

Susi said...

fantastic job julie!!! i'm so proud of you. you are going to ROCK imcda!!! it's a brilliant race course!

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Big Daddy Diesel said...

congrats on the poduim finish!!!

KK said...

Congrats, Jules. You look adorable in your new hat. Awesome! I was cold for you reading this-yuck! Way to stick it out and throw the hammer down. I guess I didn't realize you were doing C'da. GOOD LUCK. Wow you are going to kick some boo-tay!

Amy said...

Um, how cute are you in that picture???????!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on such a strong race! You are just going to crush IM CDA. And I can't wait to hear all about it.

PS- glad the guy was nice when you passed him. :)