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Race Result

Racer: Marla Shapiro
Race: IronGirl Columbia
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Female 45 - 49
Time: 2:22:23
Overall Place: 907 / 1833
Age Group Place: 121 / 233
Comment: Beat all my CB times - felt great for my 2nd tri



Race Report:

As much as I tell myself that "all I have to do is finish," it's so hard for me not to be competitive. Racing for a a charity team (Team Fight) is a great reality check for me and helps me (try at least!) to focus on what's really important & what isn't.

This is the race I thought about when I set a crazy goal of completing a triathlon, so for me it was incredibly emotional and satisfying to cross the finish line, albeit slower than I'd hoped <g>, but still 13 minutes faster than CB overall. I still need to figure out how to settle into my rhythm faster in the water - I was almost a minute faster than in June, and although I didn't feel as incredibly sick & for as long as before, I was again surprised by how hard the swim was for me for the first half of it, since this is the piece that I feel the most confident about.

Riding the practice ride in the pouring rain last week was a great confidence boost, and I had my fastest ride ever on the course, 6 minutes faster than CB - I feel particularly good about this one, considering my first ride on a bike with gears was just 5 or 6 months ago.

My running still...well, I'll just say I have a long way to go, but nice to see that I ambled about 3 min faster than I did with bursitis in June.