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

Thoughts:

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.

Rochester Duathlon 2017 – Sprint Distance Result

Official Result:

1:44:23 for 2.5K run + 14 miles bike + 5K run

We didn’t have a tracker on this event, so pretty much the total time is the only data I got. No each segment data or transition time. Also due to the weather the bike route got changed (distance changed).

#4 of 7 (right in the middle) for my age group (female only)
#11 of 20 (again right in the middle) for all female
#32 of 43 for all participant

Thoughts:

I think I did good considering…I run all the way (no walk) and I biked faster than my commute mode most of the time.

Need to cut out binge eating before the race…that is don’t eat 4.5 donuts 2 days before the race thinking that’s the only unhealthy food you are gonna eat and you can surely burn that off. Then a day before the race you end up eating a BOX of ice cream sandwiches ( = 12 sandwiches) because…I don’t know because there is a box of them in the freezer. Then you realize the food at the race looks awesome and you can’t stop yourself after the race….because you’re hungry.

I think I gained 5 pounds by doing the race.

Finger Lake Triathlon 2016 – Sprint Distance Result

Official Result:

Total Time: 1:45:56
Place: 207 (out of 353)
Place Female Only: 70 (out of 167)
Place Female Age Group 40-45: 6 (out of 17)
Swim: 16:06 (2:09 100s pace)
Bike: 54:34 (15.28 mile per hour)
Run: 30:20 (9:47 per mile)

Thoughts on the race:

Didn’t have to swim really…99% of the time I was doing dolphin dive because the water was shallow. Nice water temp at 71F. Waiting for the race was the worst part. The wind was pretty strong during the bike ride but I was expecting that…so no surprise there. The cool temp made the running much easier than the practice on Thursday…I think that’s the reason I was able to run under 10 min per mile (for the first time ever!). Need to get myself a pump. My tire was almost flat in the morning….luckily I was able to borrow one from a guy nearby. Need to figure out the best place to put the bike number…I got a bunch of paper cuts on my legs. That was annoying.

Next Goals:

Run – under 9 minutes per mile (next month)
Bike – over 16 miles per hour (next month)
Swim – 100% freestyle (that’s for next year)
Overall – less than 1:40:00 total time, would like to be top half for overall place.
I need to take swimming lessons over the winter. I’d like to squeeze a couple of dives too if I can (I need to find away to pay for all that)

Sodus Point Triathlon 2016 – Sprint Distance Result

Official Result:

Total Time : 2:00:06.92
Overall Place: 153 (out of 172)
All Female: 61 out of (77)
Swim – 23:15 (1.2 mph)
Bike – 1:01:32 (12.8 mph)
Run – 32: 02 (10:20 per mile)

Thoughts:

1) one-piece triathlon suit – hard to go to bathroom. Consider switching to a two-piece
2) good idea to have two sets of replacement tubes and CO2 bottles instead of just one
3) need to focus on race especially when riding a bicycle instead of getting distracted by pretty sceneries and farm animals.
4) do not plan anything after the race…you need a serious nap afterward.
5) if Darth Vader carrying an American flag with a six flag pole and a gas mask on can finish the race, so can you.
6) Bring your own stash of donuts. Healthy events like these provide cut vegetables and fruits, small cookies. My craving for post-race is donuts not fruits.