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Race Result

Racer: Wendy Newton
Race: Columbia Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 35 - 39
Time: 3:38:04
Overall Place: 1322 / 1485
Age Group Place: 2 / 3
Comment: Talk about confidence building!



Race Report:

I’ve never been so happy to race Columbia in 6 years. There was no dread, no panic, no pressure. I was just happy to be there, remain upright to the end and see really what my body could do. You all may remember my panicked posts from late January about recovery from an appendectomy. The right answer is not from the guy on the Internet who was ‘back on the trainer in two days’. In fact, I wasn’t released back to actual training until the middle of April, but I was walking 15-20 miles a week. So I did Clyde’s and mostly walked.
Then Susan convinced me to re-align my goals and do the IG Triple Crown, so I signed up for the half marathon. I had a great run/walk plan, a negative split and finished in a miraculous 2:47-ish.
I was not chatty pre-race. I was in a zone. I was determined to finish. Hooray for the familiarity of the MMTRI tent and all of my friends. When I contemplated quitting triathlon altogether, it was the notion of not seeing you guys that sucked me back in.
It’s my first year as a Master Athena…my goal pre surgery was to be on the podium for every race. Does it still count if I was 2nd out of 3?
Swim 39:01
WOOO HOO! I’ve posted 45, 42, 48, but 39?!? When I looked at my Garmin I squealed with delight, and high fived coach Liz while announcing to the world that I’d had my 2nd best swim at Columbia. EVER. My pre-surgery goal was under 30 minutes. Not bad for taking a few months off!
T1 4:20 I was so happy about my swim I clearly rushed through T1. This is me at lightning speed!
Bike 1:32:37
The bike is usually my strength, but the recovery prevented me from much saddle time at all. My thigh kept making my liver angry. My training runs were 1:42, & 1:39. I was prepared to have my slowest Columbia ever. WOOO HOOO! AGAIN! The body is a pretty amazing thing, isn’t it? I had the wonderful gift of leap frogging with some women around my age, I’d pass them going down the hill, they’d catch me at the top. No worries, though, I still passed them at the end on 108. I do love love love the bike.
T2 2:07
Run: 1:20:02
Since my training consisted of walking around my neighborhood and the IG Half, my hopes were not high. On my only distance training run I did 1:16 after a 20 mile bike. I’m ecstatic with my time, running is my weakest area to begin with and I did practically no training.
The best part was meeting up with my 9 year old, Dominic 20 yards before the finish chute and my 13 year old, Anthony right at the finish chute. I got my massage from Tony Staub, went home for my ice bath, took a nap and was back to my normal life by evening.

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement. Especially Susan Coghlan for getting my butt running, and Coach Liz for keeping me from doing too much. WOOT! New Jersey and Iowa Athenas – HERE I COME!