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Race Result

Racer: Jill Smulson
Race: Celebration Sprint Triathlon
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Female 30 - 34
Time: 1:57:50
Overall Place: 57 / 519
Age Group Place: 13 / 64
Comment: Just because others walk, doesn't mean I have to as well.

Race Report:

I have decided to write a slightly different kind of race report. Everyone knows you get up early and eat something, then race, blah, blah, blah. I am going to share my observations about myself during the race.

This was my sixth time doing this course. I have completed three Iron Girls and this was my third Celebration/Celebrating Heroes. Each time I have raced this course, I have PR’ed, except one time when I raced with the stomach bug.

Swim - 22:15
I am a better swimmer than I give myself credit. I know this and still placed myself towards the back and outside of the group. Until the first turn, I used up too much energy trying to swim around people. Sorry to the girl whose feet I kept tickling in the water. Next time I need to place myself in better swimming position.

T1/T2 – 2:37/1:16
Your transition spot makes all the difference. Last year, entering this age group, I was placed right near the Bike In/Out on an end. Perfect position. This year, still in the same age group, I was close to the Swim In/Run Out all the way on the inside of a row. I had to run the whole length of transition with my bike both in and out. I am not complaining, just stating that, I probably could have shaved another minute or so off of my total transition time had my bike position been closer to the Bike In/Out.

Bike – 1:01:11
I am tired of hearing, “I guess I’ll see you on the next uphill” as I am passed on the down hills. Then on the up hills I hear, “I knew I would see you again.” I am light and a good climber so I play cat and mouse with many on the bike course. On the down hills, I am in my hardest gear and pedaling as hard as I can in some places, I just do not have gravity on my side to make me go any faster.

Run – 30:33
Just because others are walking does not mean I have to as well. Running is my least favorite of the three sports. I have improved significantly in the past few years. I did my first triathlon in 2008 and could not even run 1 mile at that time. When I got to the Gatorade Hill section of the course, people are always walking, I knew my body was capable of continuing to run, even if my head told me to take a break. It really is a mind game. Phil was at the MMTC waterstop and cheered me on going out and back on the hill. That really helped me not want to walk at all. I also realized on a training run for this course that if I keep my run steady I can finish faster than if I run too fast than have to walk. (Also, Mary has been telling me this for quite some time and that I need to learn to pace myself.)

My overall time was 1:57:50, 13th in my age group. I was very happy with this race. I also liked being in an early wave. The MMTC tent was fabulous as always. Fantastic job to all the racers and volunteers.