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Race Result

Racer: Marla Shapiro
Race: Celebration Sprint Triathlon
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Female 45 - 49
Time: 2:35:41
Overall Place: 1088 / 1402
Age Group Place: 48 / 76
Comment: Finished my 1st triathlon & had so much fun!

Race Report:

Swim (25:06) - I was confident (only) about the swim, so was surprised to feel horribly nauseous just a couple of minutes into it, which freaked me out. I alternated breaststroke/freestyle for what seemed like forever until I felt a little better, then finished the swim going my own pace – 25:07 was slower than I’d hoped, but I’ll take it. Fighting through the bodies & attack of the killer seaweed kept it interesting at the end.

T1 (6:12) - I knew that I was taking my time in transition, but didn’t realize just what a slug I was (6:12), though at least I left transition with my heart-rate down & feeling rested.

Bike (1:17) - I’d ridden the course only 5 or 6 times & had only a couple other road rides under my belt beyond that, so was most nervous about my (lack of) prep for the bike, yet I had my best ride ever on the course (1:17) with my fastest max speed & average mph (13.5) thus far. Loved what the adrenaline rush did for my legs, and being able to enjoy the scenery without worrying about dodging traffic, too. The volunteers on the course were so cheerful & encouraging. I took a couple of minutes to stop and drink water at the turnaround and was stoked to not feel totally trashed on the hills. Centennial Park never looked so good as it did at the end of that ride. I’m very grateful to the MMTC Sunday morning ride leaders for their time and good advice. T2 (3:26) - stopped to stretch.

Run (43:21) - I knew the run would suck bc I haven’t been able to run for the last couple of weeks without a lot of pain (beyond being new to the running thing in general), so I mostly walked, but had great conversations along the way. I’d hoped to be able to get 10-12 minutes/mile, but I’ll happily take my 13:09 pace bc it means that I finished! I stuffed my bra with ice at every stop, which never would’ve occurred to me had I not read so many RR’s on the list – what a difference it made; I had no idea it was really as hot as it was.

It was truly a great day for me, and racing for Team Fight helped me keep it all in perspective. Plus, I have some good benchmarks to beat for IG …though first I’m looking forward to watching my 11-year-old race the Columbia Kidz Tri in July!

Many, many thanks for all the support & good karma (not to mention the chocolate chip cookies!)