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Race Result

Racer: Melissa Shelton
Race: Osprey Triathlon
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011
Location: Public Landing, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Female 40 - 44
Time: 1:38:01
Overall Place: 127 / 327
Age Group Place: 5 / 16
Comment: Great weather and PR's my swim



Race Report:

Melissa Shelton
Osprey Sprint Tri (0.50 Mi SWIM - 15.2 Mi BIKE - 3.1 Mi RUN)
Overall: 1:38:01 127/327
Master's Women: 10/72
AG (40-44) 5/16
Swim 15:57
T1 2:14
Bike 52:25
T2 :40
Run 26:45

(Bare with me, this is my first race report and second time typing it...GRrrr)

WOW! Did we get lucky with the weather! It rained on the drive to OC Friday and I think it rained all night. Had some spaghetti at the Dough Roller, relaxed and went to bed...listening to the rain. I didn’t sleep real well which was ok because I made sure I got a good night’s rest the night before, the night before, follow? The weather cleared up in the am and I was ELATED when I realized how warm (68 degrees, which was warmer than the air temp of 58 degrees) and calm the water was. I wore my sleeveless wet suit, did a short 100m warm up then waited shivering for the beach start. This time I remembered not to start too fast and to focus on gliding. It must have paid off because I PR’d my swim. YEAH! Thanks Dave for all the OWS practice opportunities.

T2: A little slower than expected. At the last minute I decided to put on a long sleeve shirt which was difficult being wet. Next time, I’ll leave it.

The bike was flat which I'm not a fan of and there was a lot of wind (10 mph gust) in every direction it seemed which SUCKED. HIGHLIGHT: A girl in my AG passed me at mile 11 which kicked my competitiveness into overdrive. I had a feeling she was going to out run me so I knew I had to catch her on the run and get out of T2 as fast as I can. I passed her right before transition and didn’t look back.

T2: Rack, throw helmet down and grab my MMTC visor :) It’s pretty quick because I bike in my running shoes. ;)

According to some Garmin wearers, the run might have been longer than a 5K which didn’t help my already slow pace I developed training for the Nations. It was a pretty flat out and back course. Yes, as I suspected, that chic ended up passing me at the half way point. I thanked her at the finish for the motivation.

Considering I didn’t swim or bike and only ran 2x since Nations, I was pretty happy with my times. All in all it was a great race and season.

Thank you MMTC!