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Race Result

Racer: Marla Shapiro
Race: Half Full Olympic
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 45 - 49
Time: 4:43:49
Overall Place: 61 / 100
Age Group Place: 9 / 13
Comment: What a great day!

Race Report:

I felt ill, nervous about water temps, & way too cold all at various times yesterday, but never have I had so much fun at a race, thanks to the incredible camaraderie, enthusiastic & tireless volunteers/supporters, and the wonderful cause that we all came together to support.

One advantage of settings one's goal at "just finishing before the course closes" is that it frees you up to really enjoy the day, whether it's stopping to chat with cold water stop volunteers or MMTC members who are there to support you (thanks, Heather!), visit portapotties to avoid needless suffering, or walk through the run with a teammate who's sore. I hope that I'm never so focused on going fast that I forget to say thanks or won't help someone who needs it, though my 10-minute T1 might have some room for improvement....

Many, many thanks to all the volunteers who made the day possible, and to all who raced to support UCF. Really enjoyed seeing the couples racing together, and that phalanx of yellow that assaulted the finish line together after the 70. Major kudos to all the athletes who completed 2 loops of the bike & run course - unfathomable to me now, but I'm really looking forward to joining you next year!