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Race Result

Racer: Kristina Adams
Race: IronGirl Columbia
Date: Sunday, August 27, 2006
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Female 30 - 34
Time: 1:52:14
Overall Place: 124 / 1272
Age Group Place: 15 / 208
Comment: My first triathlon!

Race Report:

This was my first triathlon ever and I finished knowing I was going to do more!

The swim was mentally the most challenging mostly because I'm not a swimmer and was nervous about swimming in a lake with other people around me. That, and my training for this part consisted of swimming in my family's backyard 40ft swimming pool about 10 times before the race. I breast-stroked the whole thing!

I got to the bike and was finally ready to race! There were a lot of women out there on all types of bikes but I felt pretty good powering up 108. When I turned onto Mt. Albert, there were women strewn all over the road and I was worried how to get up it (we were supposed to only pass to people's left) - but I ended up "threading the needle" and getting to the top without a hitch. I was thrilled to turn around at the middle school and head back. I came into the transition zone still feeling strong.

After the bike, however, the run was TOUGH! Luckily, the Village People were manning a water stop so that made me smile. I later found out that they were MMTC folks - part of the reason I decided to join the club. Fun people! The run was tough with all of the climbing and I felt like my legs were just big pieces of lead most of the time.

It was nice to see my family and friends at the finish line. I felt elated when I was done - triathlon is such an accomplishment once you finish! I'm looking forward to doing more in 2007.

Last thing - I've doing running and cycling races in the past, but this was by far the best run race that I've ever competed in!