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Race Result

Racer: Jen Jardeleza
Race: Half Full Olympic
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 35 - 39
Time: 3:47:19
Age Group Place: 5 / 16
Comment: Cold and wet...



Race Report:

I signed up for this race after hearing Deb Taylor speak about her experience at the race the year before. I was going to race in memory of my college roomate, her mom passed away a few years ago after a short heroic battle from pancreatic cancer.

I have been plagued with an ankle sprain since March that hasn't healed...so I haven't been getting many miles in. Looking forward to the off season!

Swim- 27:52. Slow for me...and for the first time thanks to Doug Saar, my husband beat me in the swim. I guess I will be swimming more in the offseason to reclaim my pride of being the fastest swimmer in the house. It was cold..and I had a hard time getting into a good rhythm until the turn around. I am not sure how I feel about the counter clockwise swim after doing Columbia and Irongirl...kinda feels unnatural.

T1- 7:08. Yes this is a long time. I took my time dried off and went to the port a john twice. My hands were so cold that I fumbled my time of the month item onto the floor of the port a john. I had to go back and get another one... sorry for the TMI.

Bike- 2:02. I have to say I rode the course faster when I was dry and warm :) I took it out to hard in the beginning and the legs didn't cooperate towards the back half. I did get a good morning from Lance as he flew by me. Very cool. Took the turns slower because I didn't want to go home in an ambulance. Loved all of the ARMY crew and volunteers on the course!

T2- 3:!2

Run- 1:07- Well I wish I could of felt my toes or legs for the first 3.5 miles. Lots of back spasms...maybe due to the cold? I thought the course support was great. Lots of smiling faces in the cold weather. Every time I thought this sucks...I thought of Anne and her mom and I realized what I was going through was nothing in comparison to chemo, or the pain and told myself to suck it up. I did negative split the run, so happy about that.

I can't tell you how happy I was to see everyone at the tent. I changed and waited for the hubby and friends to finish. Our friend Craig was pulled from the bike course due to hypothermia. Tim rocked another podium and my prize was the car keys to drive home. Loved my first Rev3 race!