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    My first race

    I did my first complete race yesterday, though it wasn't a tri, it was a duathlon. Even so, I couldn't believe the high I was on from finishing it. I'd participated in a pre-series race two weeks ago, but because I'd only been training three weeks at the time I only did the first run leg and the cycle leg. Yesterday I did the whole race, run/cycle/run, the distances being 3.2km for each of the runs (2 miles, I think), and 17km for the cycle (that's just over 10 miles).

    My times were:

    1st run - 21:33
    T1 - 1:04
    Bike - 50:53 (on a hybrid)
    T2 - 0:54
    2nd run - 20:44
    Total - 1:36:12

    I'm very happy, but already figuring out where I can cut down on my times over and above achieving better fitness. I know my transitions were pathetic, and I already know how I can make them better. Someone I spoke to after the race reckoned I could take as much as five minutes off my bike time once I buy a road bike (on the budget, should happen within the next month or so).

    But that's all by the way. Mainly I'm ecstatic to have done my first one, and most important to me, I really enjoyed it (I was worried I might not enjoy racing). Bring on the next one!
    I want to be out there
    where dark green fingers
    draw lines on wind-tossed,
    rain-grey skies.

    http://www.nadiawilliams.co.uk

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    Right on, sista - trying to save legs I can do about the runs in 9/mile, but the bike @ 50 for you should be cut down more than 5 if using a 700c21-23. My morning commute was 10 miles and thats done in under 30. I'm better @ cycling though, but you'll be amazed @ how much faster you'll be without the hybrid. Whatever it takes to get you started, thats what counts!

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    Thats Awesome, I'm proud of you! Are you hooked now?


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    You did a lot of thinks right. Your second run was slightly fast than the first, a sign that you kept yourself under control. Your transition times are not that bad, actually better than a lot that I have seen, and better than a couple of mine recently.

    As for the bike, maybe, maybe not, depends on the current bike and what new bike you buy. For now, if you haven't already done it, get some road tires for your bike and some pedal cages. Total cost would be about 40 USD, both will make a big difference.

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    Thanks for the replies, congrats and advice, everyone! Thanks for the pic, Jetta!

    exRunner, the bike is one of these:

    specialized-globe-sport-2007-hybrid-bike.jpg

    I have clipless pedals, and the bike is kitted out for touring (small pump clipped to frame, carrier on the back which I just can't get off as one of the bolts stripped). I don't want to make changes to this one as I want to keep it primarily for touring, and I do have money at the minute for a road bike. Even if it doesn't make a dramatic difference to my speed, it's still something I've been wanting to get for a while now.

    Still high...
    I want to be out there
    where dark green fingers
    draw lines on wind-tossed,
    rain-grey skies.

    http://www.nadiawilliams.co.uk

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    Fantastic! Congrats on a great first finish!!!
    Life IS an endurance sport. Finish Well.
    Finish Well Endurance

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    Thank you, Plainsman! I've been plotting all week how to get faster lol! There's just so much I can do to support the training I'm putting in.

    Jetta, I forgot to answer your question: I'd say I am pretty much hooked, yes!
    I want to be out there
    where dark green fingers
    draw lines on wind-tossed,
    rain-grey skies.

    http://www.nadiawilliams.co.uk

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    I knew you would be, looks like were both heading towards the "A" type personality!

    So with that being said lets make a plan to race Kona next year,lol!

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    I'm with you! You did mean the coffee, right??? :-)
    Life IS an endurance sport. Finish Well.
    Finish Well Endurance

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    exactly, i did find myself searching for kona qualifiers and Florida looked to have 2-70.3 races,let go I'll pick you up on the way by!

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    Count me in for the coffee thing lol!

    If you really want to hurt your eyes, you can see the full ugly reality of my achievement over here:



    At 42 seconds, you'll see two ladies chatting to each other on the right. That's me, in the blue top, chatting to a superwoman (yellow top) who had just done a 10km race the day before and thought, ah why the hell not just fit a little duathlon in on the same weekend! Gack!!!

    At 52 seconds, you can see the same blue-topped woman (me) standing still while waiting for everyone else to get on with it. She then starts her little shuffle-jog in the dust of the disappearing rest of the pack, and is not seen again on any of the other videos.

    Jokes aside, it's incredibly difficult for me to get over my massive ego and stick to this in spite of looking like a fool, puttering along right at the rear. At T1 mine was one of only two bikes left on the racks. At T2 just about everyone was inside already enjoying tea and sandwiches. Finish time the f***ing racks had already been dismantled and packed away. I found that horribly demoralising, though it really is just practical, and my bike had been treated very respectfully, put aside very neatly and my towel with stuff on also handled gently. The guys managing the race, doing the time chip thing, were very kind and sweet, I must say. Everyone was very encouraging, in spite of the gigantic gap between me and the rest of the universe it felt like lol!

    Ah, you know what, screw it. I finished the race, I loved it, and the bit of ego crushing is good for me. I struggle against these wild fantasies of doing magnificently better in the next one, but I have to dismiss such idiotic notions as pushing myself hard will do no good. There are two things which I'm curious about: in the first place, I was exhausted on that race day. I'd been overtraining, it seems, and standing on that start line, I honestly wondered if I could make it through the whole race (wowee, a whole 6km running and 17km cycling ) I'm taking things more sensibly now, while still gently adding to the load in my training programme every week. So I wonder if I'll do better if I'm feeling less run down and worn out. In the second place, no surprises as I think I keep going on and on about it, I should... should have my road bike by the next race in the series.

    I'm really curious to see what effect those two factors will have. The thing is, I was not collapse-point tired or much out of breath when I crossed the finish line. I did run a little faster near the end of the second run, but my throat closed up a little (I'd woken up with a bit of a head cold, I think it was that) so I had to return to normal pace. I really didn't push myself much at all. I'm not sure I want to: my ultimate aim is longer distances; endurance rather than speed. So I also want to be careful of falling into a trap of focusing on speed when really for my goals I should be focusing on endurance.

    I also tend to go on and on and on and on when I write anything, be it emails or forum posts. Sorry, guys.
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    I want to be out there
    where dark green fingers
    draw lines on wind-tossed,
    rain-grey skies.

    http://www.nadiawilliams.co.uk

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    I think you did amazing, who cares if you started at the back of the pack on the foot part, i turned in a horrible swim time for my race so I could start at the back of the race!

    You finished - period, you should be very proud of yourself!

    I did see guys with swoop helmets and carbon wheels pretty far back too so I guess the bike doesn't make the racer either. I know a lady here who did her first Tri on a mountain bike and she did pretty good.

    I think you had the first race jitters and now that you've got your first one done you'll be top of the pack before long!

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    Just remember race one is now under your belt. Most of the people in the race, from the video you posted, do not look like first timers. We all had to start somewhere. I take this thought to each race, "I want to perform better than my last race"

    So, pick your next race, set your training plan, and get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUGS View Post
    Just remember race one is now under your belt. Most of the people in the race, from the video you posted, do not look like first timers. We all had to start somewhere. I take this thought to each race, "I want to perform better than my last race"

    So, pick your next race, set your training plan, and get to it.
    Well, the winner of the ladies' section is the Irish National Series champ. Not a big country, but still, not exactly a first timer I hear what you're saying, first race under the belt, the next one will not be so unfamiliar and therefore easier on the nerves. I have been telling myself that: all of these superfit wonder-people started where I am now. It really helps to think that way! And I've tamed my wild imagination and set realistic goals:

    1. Slightly faster run. Let's say, I want to do it in 18 minutes rather than 20/21.
    2. Faster transitions. I need to practice transitions. I aim to take a minute off my time just by being more efficient here.
    3. More biking on the road as opposed to stationary bike. I went for a cycle on Sunday and realised all my stat bike training just doesn't do what the road does for you. Lucky me that I can already go out on the bike. The roads weren't iced, though I tells ya it was fecking freezing (feck is not a swear word quite in the same way as you know what http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feck) I was nearly turned into a lump of ice! Jeez, it was cold Sunday... but what a lovely cycle (I think I must be insane).
    4. This is within my means right now - getting a proper road bike. It's not the be-all and end-all, but I think it will make a difference.

    I have had a glass of red wine (granted, it was a large glass), and I'm absolutely zonked out of my mind. Would this be the increased exercise? It never used to get to me quite as intensely as it has tonight. I'd better shut up now, or I'm going to say something stupid. And yes, I write virtually faultlessly even when slightly tipsy (snort) because I'm anally retentive that way lol. Wish you could see how many times I've had to backspace and rewrite on this one, though hehehehehe...
    I want to be out there
    where dark green fingers
    draw lines on wind-tossed,
    rain-grey skies.

    http://www.nadiawilliams.co.uk

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