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Race Result

Racer: Marla Shapiro
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 45 - 49
Time: 4:04:51
Overall Place: 1630
Age Group Place: 67 / 71
Comment: acepting the body I have, and not the one I'd planned to race with

Race Report:

My first tri was Celebration sprint last year - I'd never been a runner, & hadn't biked since I was a kid, but with my first 10K last November, I figured I was on track to be in good shape for Columbia. I didn't plan on spraining my ankle or trashing my hip, though, and my ortho told me 6 weeks ago to forget about racing yesterday. But, I race with Team Fight, and with a lot of cancer in my life, it was really important to me to show up. And, it was a good life lesson for me, too, about making peace with where I am (more importantly, where I'm not!), and just doing whatever I can. So, all in all, I couldn't have been more pleased, though my daughter thought that my crying at the finish line "was really pretty weird."

Swim: 30:45 (28/71 AG, 992 overall) – particularly satisfying since the last time I was in that lake, I left by ambulance. No SIPE yesterday!

T1: 6:41

Bike: 1:49:19, 13.9 pace (66/71 AG, 1610 overall) – I’m really pleased with that, since it’s faster than when I last rode that course injury-free. Liberal use of lowest gears let my hip tolerate the hills.

T2: 3:46

Shuffle-jog: 1:34:21, 15:21 pace (70/71 AG, 1670 overall) – I have to be happy with this, considering I’d worked my way back up to only 3 super-slow miles before the race, and I probably stopped completely every half mile or so to stretch. Many thanks to all the runners and volunteers who were so encouraging, not to mention Gwyn who walked me up the first intimidating hill, and Kevin who even slowed to walk with me for a while. Thanks, too, to my wonderful mentor Aldona – she said she didn’t do much, but her timely advice and really “being there” for me did more for me than she realized.