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Swim4Purpose: Doug Saar

Race Result

Racer: Dawn Szarek
Race: Eagleman Ironman 70.3
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Location: Cambridge, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Half Ironman
Age Group: Female 35 - 39
Time: 6:17:14
Overall Place: 1215 / 1828
Age Group Place: 58 / 89
Comment: Loved this race! Big learning experience

Race Report:

Swim: 54:56
As always the swim is my biggest challenge, I’m just not sure what I’m doing wrong but I’ll just have to keep working at it I have a lesson set up with Doug Saar this month and hoping that we can get this worked out. I enjoyed the swim, it just takes me forever out there!
T1 – 3:28
I don’t think that’s too bad considering the mud pit we were fighting through to get in and out of transition, I think it may have been worse than the 50k I did last year. I never thought to actually pick the bike up and run with it, lesson learned. 
Bike- 2:57:10
Ah, the bike, my best leg yesterday, I’ve never gone under 3 in a half IM, better yet biking 18.97 mph, it’s faster than my fastest sprint avg. It was definitely a learning lesson for me, going hard on the bike didn’t leave much for running legs, but I’m just happy to know that I can bike harder and now will just have to work on being able to run better after it, I already knew I could run so I will take it. I even stopped and hopped off my bike around mile 4 because I thought I hear a tire pop, jumped off to check and nothing was wrong, must’ve been someone around me, so I hopped back on and took off. Coming into T2 I was having trouble unclipping, neither foot wanted to come out, I thought I was going to crash into a volunteer, but fortunately one came out last minute, still getting used to the new pedals.
T-2 – 2:51
Again, another mud pit, just did what I could to get out of it, once I got out of there I knew it was off the run, my favorite part of the race, (maybe not so much for this one).
Run – 2:18:49
My slowest run to date. Felt pretty good for the first 2 miles, they were actually under 9’s, then it heat me, the heat and humidity which I just don’t race well in and legs felt deal. I still felt okay up until the turn around, then it all fell apart, I’ve never walked so much in a ½ . This was a huge learning experience for me.
What I did love about this race was that I was able to see so many familiar faces out on the course, between all the mmtc crew and Team fighters it was great having all the encouragement to keep going.
Huge thanks to my Coach Suzy Serpico for her help at the finish when she thought I was going to collapse, my volunteer even walked with me because I think she thought I was going down.
The race is a 3 min PR on the ½ IM for me, still a lot of work to do but overall very happy with the outcome of this race, well besides the chaffing! Thanks to everyone at the MMTC tent for their help!