The Battle at Bristol Mountain 2018

Thoughts on the races:

1K vertical is HARD. I could only “run” maybe first 30 ft then it’s pretty much walking uphill….and the walking is HARD. Lot more challenging that I imagined. Comet (the double diamond skill slope) is giving me nightmare both in winter (ski – too steep for me to go down) and summer. Damn Comet!

5K was also THE hardest 5K course I ever done. BUT I did well. First time I made top 3 in my age group, top 8 in all female, and top 30 overall in any race.

1K Vertical Result

Bib Number: 59
Distance: 1K
Total Time: 23:32.0
Place: 52 out of 153
Age Group (Female 40-49): 6 out of 27

5K Trail Running

Bib Number: 96
Distance: 5K
Total Time: 49:52.0
Place: 30 out of 123
All Female : 8 out of ?
Age Group (Female 40-49): 3 out of 26

Next Year’s Goals:

1K Vertical – Top 3 in my age group, reduce the time by 2 minutes (no resting next time)
5K – Top 2 in my age group, top 6 in all female, run all the way.

Musselman Weekend 2018 – MiniMusselman Result

Official Result:

Bib Number: 516
Total Time: 2:03:28 (in 2017 – 2:02:52)
Swim: 17:08 (in 2017 – 18:38)
Bike: 1:02:19 (in 2017 – 1:03:24)
Run: 33:35 (in 2017 – 32:41)
Overall Place: 440/595 (in 2017 – 485/612)
Female Place: 193/306 (in 2017 – 222/317)
Age Group: 23/32 (in 2017 – 31/42)


Positives – 1. I swam 100% freestyle (except maybe 2-3 stokes of breaststroke just for sighting purpose) for the distance, 2. shaved a minute and a half from last year’s swim time, and 3. all so saved a minute on the bike.

Negatives – 1. I was hoping my run would be better than last year, but it wasn’t. Almost a full minute slower. I still run all the way…no walking. I think it’s because it was so much warmer (hotter) than last year. My weakness is heat. I felt exhausted before hitting the first mile into the run. Having my own hydration didn’t help at this point. 2. The overall slower time for the race compared to last year was the first transition time. I got hungry. I wasn’t quite in “competitive” mode. I picked a few refueling “samples” before the race, and I indulged some nuts and chocolate spread…passion for food overtook at that point.

Lesson learned – 1. don’t get sample food before the race, 2. have better refueling plan, and 3. be in better shape (esp. running)

Overall I’m happy with the result…sure the race time is slower but I made pretty decent improvement in swimming & cycling. I just have to get better during transition. This was the first triathlon race of the season. Next year, I should enter a smaller/cheaper race prior to Musselman as a refresh session (so that I will be more prepared, focused, and more competitive.

Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series 2018

Official Result:

Series Bib Number: 339

Race #1 Result – April 11, 2018

Bib Number: 603
Distance: 4-6 miles (unknown)
Total Time: 1:11:09.00
Place: 278 out of 328

Race #2 Result – May 9, 2018

Bib Number: 657
Distance: 4-6 miles (unknown)
Total Time: 51:26
Place: 208 out of 352

Race #3 Result – June 13, 2018

Bib Number: 339
Distance: 4ish miles (unknown)
Total Time: 47:28
Place: 192 out of 335

Race #4 Result – July 11, 2018

Bib Number: 339
Distance: 5ish miles (unknown)
Total Time: 1:01:02
Place: 170 out of 303

Race #5 Result

Bib Number: 339
Distance: 4.5ish miles (unknown)
Total Time: 53:32
Place: 158 out of 259

Race #6 Result
Overall Race Series Result

Total Time:
Age Group (Female 40-49):

Thoughts on the races:

Next Goals:

The Fast & The Furriest 2018

Official Result:

Bib Number: 829
Distance: 5K
Total Time: 40:35
Pace: 9:41
Place: 113 (out of 321)
Place Female Only: 51 (out of 213)
Place Female Age Group 40-44: 7 (out of 11)

Thoughts on the race:

Just okay.

Next Goals:

  1. Run at 9:30 pace before end of the season

Cabin Fever Trail Race 2018

Official Result:

Bib Number: 293
Distance: 4 miles
Total Time: 50:05
Place: 49 (out of 137)
Place Female Age Group 40-49: 4 (out of 31)

Thoughts on the race:

Yay for top 15% on Female Age Group and top 40% on overall…and I wasn’t even running at the full speed. Next time, I need TRACTION gear for my shoes and I can definitely go faster. 40% icy trail according to the race official. I only slipped once AND I caught myself with one hand with no injury…so proud! I got my runner’s high too. I’d say it’s a good start for 2018 🙂

Next Goals:

  1. Don’t fall
  2. Be top #3 on the female age group (go for the bronze!)
  3. Buy traction gear

Webster Turkey Trot 2017

Official Result:

Bib Number: 1266
Distance: 4.4 miles
Total Time: 40:35
Pace: 9:44
Place: 1172 (out of 2269)
Place Female Only: 497 (out of 1204)
Place Female Age Group 40-44: 40 (out of 109)

Thoughts on the race:

I’m pretty happy I made under 10:00 pace, and that was done without exhausting myself. I’m also feeling good about being top 50 percentile in Female Age Group and All Female.

Next Goals:

  1. I should be able to run at 9:30 pace next time
  2. I want to be top 50% overall

Dirt Cheap Stage Race 2017

Thoughts on the races:

I did as expected on race #1 and race #2. I was comfortable with the distance and I knew I could run all the way even if it’s slower (because it’s trail instead of road).

I was so not prepared for the last race, however. My original goal was to run through the entire course. That quickly changed to “just don’t give up.” 1) not enough training to cover 11 mile distance in a trail or on a road, 2) not doing enough trail running period, 3) Didn’t break-in the new running shoes, 4) didn’t plan any rehydration or refueling during the race, 5) didn’t practice the race routes in advance, 6) not having any experience running long distance in 20 degree weather.

It was COLD!

Official Result:

Bib Number: 168

Race #1 Result

Distance: 3.11 miles
Total Time: 39:14.0
Place: 119 out of 203
Age Group (Female 40-49): 6 out of 32

Race #2 Result

Distance: 5.5 miles
Total Time: 1:00:30.0
Place: 140 out of 197
Age Group (Female 40-49): 5 out of 30

Race #3 Result

Distance: 11 miles
Total Time: 2:21:36
Place: 124 out of 220
Age Group (Female 40-49): unknown

Overall Race Series Result

Total Time: 4:01:27
Place: 108 out of 175
Age Group (Female 40-49): 5 out of 30

Next Goals:

I’m definitely doing this race again next year…and I’m going to run entire 11 miles.

Also I’d love to see myself being at top 100 overall.

I need to improve my running pace in general. I found that I’m pretty good at going UP the hill…but not so much going down. I think I’m really scared of falling (because it happens ALL THE TIME). I need to get over that fear.

Wineglass Half Marathon 2017

Official Result:

Bib Number: 4205
Total Time: 2:21:39.08
Place: 1739 (out of 2824)
Place Female Only: 1201 (out of 2128)
Place Female Age Group 40-44: 207 (out of 317)

Thoughts on the race:

I can’t believe I actually run ALL THE WAY. I’ve NEVER EVER run this far before EVER. So just for that, I’m feeling good.

Weatherwise….foggy and cold, really cold. I wish I had my gloves with me. My hands were numb during the entire race. I had a cotton long sleeve shirt, a t-shirt, then a windbreaker on top of those. with a cropped sweatpants. Never got warm enough to wanting to take a layer off….actually I wanted to put one more layer.

Next Goals:

I’d love to finish less than 2:10:00 next time. If I can take off the 10 lbs I gained this year, I think that’s doable. I wasn’t out of breath or completely exhausted at the end of the race. I think I paced myself a bit too slow (because I wasn’t sure if I can cover the distance).

Not sure if I want to sign up for this particular race next year:

  1. Pretty far from my house. I have to place my pups in the kennel overnight. I also have to secure a hotel room for a night for myself unless I’m willing to wake up and leave at 3am in the morning…which I’m not.
  2. Required shuttle ride from Corning to the start line is a nerve wrecking. Waiting to get on the bus at the pickup point was more than 30 minutes. Finding a parking lot to get to the pickup point was also difficult. You are constantly worried if you get to the start line on time. We barely made it even though we were at the shuttle pickup point well before the cut off time. Trying to use the bathroom before the race wasn’t smooth either.
  3. Finding a hotel room for next year is already almost impossible at this point…seriously.

Finger Lake Triathlon 2017 – Olympic Distance Result

Official Result:

Total Time: 3:34:25
Place: 116 (out of 139)
Place Female Only: 30 (out of 42)
Place Female Age Group 40-45: 4 (out of 6)
Swim: 39:26 (2:38 100s pace)
Bike: 1:43:15 (14.17 mile per hour)
Run: 1:05:48 (10:37 per mile)

Thoughts on the race:

I’m just happy that I finished the race….without resorting to walking. I’ve been slacking with training. 15 lbs more than last year’s race…and let me assure you, it’s not muscle weight gain.

I swam half breaststroke, half freestyle. My priority was conserving energy for later, and I think I made the right decision. Unlike last year, the water wasn’t shallow so we weren’t dolphin diving much.

Last week, when I did a dry run of the entire olympic course, I run out of fuel and had a energy crash. So I decided to refuel twice, one at the beginning of the bike route, and another at the halfway into the bike route. I went with Honey Stinger Waffles, and it worked well. Except that I should have opened the wrapper before getting on the bike. I almost lost balance trying to open that thing.

And the run, I knew I was going to be slower than last year…especially carrying extra 15 lbs & doubling the distance. I’m pretty happy that I was under 11 minutes per mile. And because I refueled properly, I had enough energy to complete the run without exhausting myself.

Next Goals:

Run – under 10 minutes per mile
Bike – over 15 miles per hour
Swim – 100% freestyle
Overall – less than 3:30:00 total time.

I already signed up with a group swimming lessons for the fall. Hopefully, I can finally swim faster with freestyle than breaststroke next year. I’ve been working on my arm during the summer. This fall I will be working on my legs, and the winter lessons will be putting the two together to get the form right.

Next race is Wineglass half marathon in Corning in about 4 weeks. My goal is to run daily, bike twice a week, and swim once a week. I’ll need to start counting calorie intakes to lose some weight so that it will be easy on my knees. I probably have to give up the daily Starbucks drink for a while too (maybe reduce it to every other day).

Musselman Weekend 2017 – MiniMusselman Result

Official Result:

Total Time: 2:02:52
Swim: 18:38
Bike: 1:03:24
Run: 32:41
Overall Place: 485/612
Female Place: 222/317
Age Group: 31/42


Not too happy about the result: 1) 10 lbs heavier than last year, 2) bottom 1/4 on average compared to right about 1/2 last year 3) has been lazy and not training enough
On the positive side, I did swim in freestyle most of the time (I’d say about 90 %), and I did run all the way, no walking.
Next race is Olympic distance at Finger Lake in Sept…I need to get serious about training…and cut out cheese, bread, and wine.