Monday, July 7, 2008

Patriot Man 1/2 Iron

Everything is measured to ensure proper linear set up, note all corners of towel meeting,glasses spit shined, gel flask perfectly balanced against running shoes.BTW.. all planets must be aligned whenever I race too. :-)

Ok, lets start by saying this was NOT a competitive race. Patriot Man is in
it's second year and this year was A BEAR for them to fill. Why? Because NA Sports dumped RI 70.3 the weekend following this race. Anything with an M-DOT attached is going to crush the local race directors struggling to make options available so that we as triathletes are not slaves to the current giant in the triathlon world of Ironman and 70.3. Trust me, I debated whether to do RI or this and honestly, Florida 70.3 ran smooth as butta but the better of me said, go with Patriot. When asked on the application why I chose Patriot Man, I stated, "to support the local race directors" Minutes later, I got a personal email from the race director who said, "Bless You"
Pretty funny...

Wave one Elites (just a handful, which included only 4 women)
Wave two: Men 50 and over
Wave three: Women 40 and over
4 more waves after me

Pretty much a standard swim with nothing worth mentioning. I was hoping for some fast feet to latch on to. None to be found. I led the pack entire way and no one latched on to me that I could tell

Exiting the water, I was 3rd female I was told entering transition.I guess I must have caught 2 of the women in
Elite wave.

I found It thanks to my way cool watermelon mylar dancing around on the rack signaling me to GET OVER HERE!! Off I went feeling kinda lousy until mile 7 and things started to come together but just as things started to come together, the DREADED happened! YES!!! IT DID!!!!
KABOOOM! At mile 24.9/ 1:17 minutes into my ride, my rear tubular flatted.
The color must have drained from my face. I was all alone and all I could think was, YOU ARE DOOOOOOOOMED YOUR DAY IS DONE!
Snap out of it, I said. YOU CAN DO THIS! So ... I did.
4 minutes later. wheel off, tire off, spare on, air in. wheel back on. Don't pull a Bree and make sure brakes are not rubbing (hehe) OFF I WENT!
Back in the game! I was even more focused now to try and make up time.
I passed 2 Elite wave women on my second loop and my friend PUREMADNESSWEAR.COM Jen, (little plug) was the only woman out front. Well I knew I couldn't catch her. We train together on the bike and I knew it would be impossible. I was happy happy happy though cause I kept my head on straight and changed that damn tire QUICK and
didn't let it ruin my day!! Bike 58.3 miles 2:51

HELLLLOOOOOOO WATERMELON MYLAR! I SEE YOU and I am going to have a FAST FAST transition so Jen can't yell at me!!! Woooo Hoooooo!!! Off I went still second woman overall with ooooops NO SOCKS ON. What was I thinking? They were right there, in my shoes. I was a lazy a$$ and didn't want to take the time to put them on. I knew Sarah Keller was a FAST FAST runner and even though I passed her on the bike and re-passed her after my flat, she was gonna mow me down on that run. My goal was to see how long I could hold her off.
6 miles and BAM! there she was like a gazelle, wizbanging by me.
Then the other elite female got me at mile 10 WAAAAHHHHHHHH!
and then a relay girl and one other. My run was subpar with a 1:49. ICK! I needed a 1:44 to be happy and I was running as FAST as my legs would allow but I am still playing catch up with my run fitness, physically and mentally and I will FIX this before Timberpaloosa because I am DAMN tired of hanging on by my fingernails and feeling depleted instead of in control when it comes time to tie up those running shoes.
Maybe I should get some shock therapy? HA!!
So here i sit, with oosing blistered feet and happy to have raced a great course with great people and most importantly, NEVER will I have the fear of flatting again and if I can change a tubular snappy and efficiently, SO CAN YOU!
Then when you get out on the run course and you (hopefully) pass some guys that zoomed by watching you change your flat, and THEN say.. "Hey, wasn't that you on the bike course that flatted and now your passing me?" You can say, Yup! SEE YOU AT THE FINISH!!!!!!!!

Winner!Puremadness Jen, Team mate Karen, and the tire changer


Anonymous said...

Great racin' but I am just super impressed with your quick flat change! You could have easily called it a day and quit but your didn't!!! WAY TO GO!! I love the balloon...was Coach pleased with your speedy transitions?!

rr said...

You are a rockstar! A changed tubular?? That's awesome.. you totally didn't let it phase you, I don't know that I could do that. Congrats on a great race!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so impressed with you, best of luck for your next races.

Mel said...

Great job sista....Look how GREAT you did even with a FLAT!!! I would totally be screwed if I flat during a race...I have NO clue on how to change a tire....Glad to hear you had NO problems finding your bike this time :)

Cathy said...

Woohoo! Everyone who races should know how to change a flat - see how it helped you??? Congrats on a stellar race.

BreeWee said...

Whoa, you can fix a flat! Super job finding your bike... your little area looks so neat and clean! Even more cool how you held it together when you were given the darn flat and managed a good finish!

LOVE the new photo of you doing yard work in compression socks too- hilarious!

GetBackJoJo said...

I love that race marker! ha ha! You had a sick bike split given that you flatted! I'm toast if I flat in a race. Your post made me think I should begin practicing starting tonight! Also, good job at Cohasset! I did that race too and saw your name in the results (ahead of me, of course!)

Damie said...

I, too, am super impressed by your tubular change!!! Awesome, awesome!

kerrie said...

hmmm, where did my comment go???
okay, repost.
yes, you are a rockstar! glad the balloon worked out for you;)...but like the others, i can't believe you changed a tubular and that it worked! that is my worst nightmare and i would have been too busy crying at the side of the road to even figure it out.
now, what i wanted to know was if you are recovered yet!?! how are the feet?

Trigirlpink said...

ohhhh.. my poor feet... Never again will I go without socks for a 1/2 distance.
I wouldn't even call them bisters, it's like raw skin on my arches. ICK!

And all you chicka chicks..YOU CAN AND WILL NOT PANIC if you flat and have to change a tubular. Piece-0-cake. I think having a tubular that goes on the rim really ez without having to pre-stretch is KEY.

Heres what I have:

The Vittoria Triathlon EVO CS tire is the tire that Norman Stadler, “The Norminator”, used to win the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. The Vittoria Triathlon tire uses a butyl inner tube to maintain air pressure, which means you won't lose air pressure upon leaving your bike in transition overnight! Weighing in at a mere 190 grams put the Vittoria Triathlon tire as a race day must. Combine that with its improved aerodynamic 21mm profile, 290 TPI, and additional Kevlar wrapping and you have bullet, race-proven tire!

bullet proof?? lol
The other thing is to carry a razor blade. Just a small one. Wrap it in aluminum foil and attach it to your spare set up.
FORGET ABOUT RIPPING THE TIRE OFF! Carefully cutting the tire (away from you as you hold the wheel) is much faster!

Dolphin Boy said...

OMG, you gotta a pink Elite with 808's zipp pink? WTF?
I even notice your Bento box is Pink! Are you colored blind?
Do you have a Pink Sperm Helmet too?

Dolphin Boy said...

no pink bikes allowed at Kamp Kona!
Some how I knew you would be the first to sign up!!LOL

Steve Stenzel said...

NICE JOB!!! Way to handle that flat like a pro!

And "...corners of towel meeting...", you're obsessive...


Well done!!

Marit C-L said...

Hooray! I've been out of the loop - and low and behold you did GREAT! You are an inspiration with your FLAT - and you kept going! Yea yea - totally awesome. Any secrets? Any hints or suggestions???

Great watermelon marker - LOVE it!