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Discussion: Sweet Podium Finish

Subject: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Patricia M.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: This Saturday I did the Yucca Triathlon at White Sands Missle Range. It was an odd distance race with an 8K run, 45K bike, and 400M swim. I wanted to do it for a couple of reasons: it was my birthday, it was a great tune up distance for the Olympic race Elephant Man in a couple of weeks, and the base is just 30 minutes from my daughter and son-in-law's house so I could spend the rest of the weekend visiting them.

I left Fort Sumner on Friday afternoon at 4 and went to the school football game at Capitan and stayed until halftime (I had to do my duty as the school superintendent). The Foxes were winning, so I didn't feel to bad about being a ditcher, and I still had an hour and a half drive to Alamogordo (NM is a big state). I got up at 4 AM in order to make the next leg of the journey to get to the military base and was at the transition area and set up by 5:45 AM. I visited around transition and that was fun. There were a lot of college students from NMSU's triathlon team there, and I am helping them organize a triathlon for November, so it was fun to chat about that race too.

We took off at 7:30, and I was really pleased with my 8K time of 58 minutes. I know most of you Ontriers are much speedier than I am, but for me, this 12 minute mile pace is a SIGNIFICANT improvement and really surprised me. Frankly, I didn't know I could do that. I guess it must be the gift of birthday magic and my new birthday orange Newtons. I was only three minutes behind this other Athena that ALWAYS beats me. I kid you not, she always comes in ahead of me. She went to nationals in Athena last year, and she is super cocky and pretty braggy about it.

I jumped on the bike, and took off, and the first four miles of the bike are an gradual decline, so I knew I would be crying on the way back to transition, but I cranked it pretty hard. At the six mile point, I passed her, and I know that caught her quite by surprise. I know I am a pretty aggressive cyclist, and I know from looking at my bike splits in races this year that I am usually in the top third on bike times in races. I just cranked it hard because the swim is her best portion in triathlon. I saw her once more after the turnaround, and then beat it back to the transition point, and yes, that long slow incline was a beast. I did the bike in 1:33 and then my usual pitiful swim of 17 minutes. The great news was I still beat her by 11 minutes overall, and it feels AWESOME. I have had other wins this season, but not over someone who is a recognized, regular winner. When they were giving out the medals, the race director just started to hand her the first place medal, and she had to say, "No, I got second, she got first." Yes, that is the sound of my head swelling. Yes, I am being little miss braggy pants. Yes, I have stapled my medal on my bulletin board in my office with all of my bib numbers. Yes, I wore my medal to lunch with my daughter and son-in-law. Yes, I know it is silly, and yes, I don't even care. I realize this is unseemly in a 52 year-old woman.

This strong competitor and I will both be in the same sprint race on Saturday, and I am sure she will be looking to redeem herself. I am going to try to keep her from doing so :-) She is not doing Elephant Man and that will be the last one I am doing in the Southwest Challenge Series. Right now I am third in that series and she is second. I don't know that I can unseat her from that position given the current points, but there is always next year <grin>

Patricia

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Laura M.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: Huge congratulations Patricia!!!! 1st place and taking down your nemesis at the same time...sweet. We should all be able to celebrate our bday that way. What an odd race. I surely would have drowned after running and biking first.

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Lyn D.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: YAY!!! Awesome job, and happy birthday! Beating that Athena must be the best feeling.
Wear those braggypants with pride. :)

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: I love your race reports. You've got me smiling ear to ear.
Congratulations braggypants!

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Mary C.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: awesome Patricia - i love beating others in my AG - it is so fun...
interesting the swim was last - i would love to try a race like that..i have never seen one around here...the swim is always first - but great way to cool down.
way to go!
M

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: That's totally awesome! Braggy pants are in order for sure! GREAT job!!

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Dave S.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: Happy Birthday, brag away! you earned it with a great race.


Good luck with Elephantman, I will be there too for the long course.
My wife and I are driving down Friday.

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: dot m.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: Great job. Enjoy the glow.

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Teri d.

Written on: Monday September 12, 2011

Message: Congrats to you, Patricia, you've come a long way, baby!

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Bonnie L.

Written on: Tuesday September 13, 2011

Message: You go girl! As always, I enjoyed reading your race report and look forward to reading about Elephant Man in the near future.

Subject: RE: Sweet Podium Finish

By: Patricia M.

Written on: Tuesday September 13, 2011

Message: @ Dave S-- I will be wearing my Ontri Tri Not to Suck white/orange/blue tri jersey and a flower print skirt over my tri shorts. I have a black and white specialized expert transition and I hope to hook up with you at Elephant Man. I would be great to see another Ontrier.

Thanks for the well-wishes. I just hope to survive the swim so I can make it on to the bike and then to the run. That mile in the H2O is scaring me, but hey, I am all about embracing the fear.

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