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Discussion: Hits Ocala RR

Subject: Hits Ocala RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: During Ironman training one very often feels unprepared. This was one of those days. After a long prior weekend of training and racing a half Mary I kept thinking, "No problem, you just have to repeat that." Only problem was that I had to do it all in one day - yikes!

After a lovely pre-race dinner of pasta and ice cream with the Wardles, Mario (my BFF) and I got into bed early and crashed. In the morning we had a lot to do: apply our tattoos, eat, poop, you know the drill. We get to the race site about an hour after Clyde (it appears from my experience that really fast people are also really neurotic) :) Transition is very well organized and we have no trouble finding our spots and setting up our area. We head down to the water with plenty of time to spare.

The swim is an out and back with a bunch of buoys, I can't even see the last one because it is so far away (not a good sign). It was an in water start which was kind of nice. Mario and I start in our normal "bubble" fashion (we breathe on opposite sides so we generate what we call the "bubble" as to avoid excessive contact). Not a bad start for me but it looks like Mario is having some trouble so she jets off to the right. A few minutes later I am doing the bubble with someone else (hello there random person who is perfectly in synch with my stroke - I find out later it was Mario, no wonder). A couple of buoys later she pulled ahead and we lost each other. My goggles were completely fogged and my shoulders were already starting to whine. The fast pack took off very fast and I couldn't see anyone in front of me nor could I see any buoys either. I stopped to breast stroke/tread water a few times searching for any recognizable object (an arm, a big red buoy, a blue cap...nothing). Note* in my last race I overshot the last buoy by about 200 yards and had to double back so I was a bit over anxious about doing this again. At one point I even turned around and starting swimming back only to look up and see an army of swimmers coming at me. YIKES - I turn back around and kick it up a notch so I don't get run over. I finally reach the turn around and I feel like I have swum the English Channel. The way back was not pretty. I think my arm is broken.
Swim = 40

Transition was fun since I got out of the water right after Mario. We chatted a bit and she took off on her bike. Got my stuff and hopped on my bike. My legs felt like a disaster waiting to happen so I tried to spin a bit and loosen them up. Not working. The roads were kind of crappy and I was extremely uncomfortable for some reason. I kept shifting my weight and standing up every so often. About mile 30 I rolled up on a boy named Dallas and we chatted for a bit which was a nice break from the previously deserted course. The route overall was very nice besides the road conditions. Had some nice shaded areas and some "rolling" type hills (or as Clyde calls them, undulations). For some reason I just couldn't get into a groove and felt completely uncomfortable for 95% of my ride. For once, I could not wait to get off my bike.
Bike = 2:42

I roll into transition shortly after Mario so we chat some more, use the restroom, and begin the run together. The first 3 miles was in the woods on a dirt trail which I LOVED. I wish the whole run would have been in there. After that, Mario takes off like a bottle rocket and I can't even see her anymore. I pass one person and get passed by 3 or 4. Otherwise I was very lonely. Coming out of the forest I see Vikki and the girls cheering at the first aid station which was very cool (I never have cheerleaders!). Now I'm off to complete the rest of the death march in the blazing sun. There is only one volunteer at each aid station and all of them seem a bit confused as to their purpose. Pretty much it was a get your own stuff kind of thing. My legs seem to be happy to be off the bike but not so happy to be running. I stop at each aid station to refuel and get more ice. I am putting ice wherever I have spots to put ice (down my bra, down my shorts). I am a hot mess. I get to mile 7 and the guy at the aid station yells, "What do you need?" I yell, "Everything!" He hands me a cup of water, a cup of Heed and scoops up two handfuls of ice. He says, "What do you want me to do with the ice?" I said, "Pour it down my bra." He looks dumbfounded and says, "Really?" I said "yes, NOW!" He pours it down my bra and says, "Wow, I feel like I should know your name." This is a guy who clearly does not get a lot of action, haha. The run was an out and back so I see all of my fast friends coming back from the turn which was nice (any distraction at this point is nice). Everyone looks like they are suffering as well. The run seems to drag on forever. I consider walking numerous times but my goal was to nail my run so I forge onward. Seriously, the course went on for.ev.er. I finally get to mile 12 and I see a girl up ahead from my local tri community who I know is in my AG. She appears to be over a half mile ahead but looks like she is hurting. I try to turn up the beans but I don't have a lot left in the pot and the last mile was uphill (yes, Clyde, that was uphill). I finally turn the corner to the chute and sprint to the finish. I missed beating her by 30 seconds (shaking angry fist) and took second in my AG (don't get excited, I think that was also last in my AG). I did, however, PR my HIM run which was the goal of the day (other than having fun, of course).
Run = 2:08

Overall I thought the race was very well organized and I truly enjoyed the day (well, besides for the major suffering). Next stop = Brazil (oh my).
Overall 5:36

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Jim K.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: Well done SC.....good luck in Brazil...I'll be stalking!!! Wishing I was going now to be part of your "bra support" team :-)

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message:
Wait, are you calling me neurotic?? Do you really think I am? I'm not, am I?

FINALLY, your race report. Anyone would think you've been busy or something. Thanks for making it such a fun race to be at and well done on sticking it out on a day you weren't your most comfortable. And of course, legitimately you won your AG. No-one should accept prizes after riding paceline... ahem.

BTW, Mario??

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: C - If the spandex fits.... :)

Mario = due to her strong resemblance to Super Mario while running :).

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Kris D.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: on a day you feel like crap you are still 10 min faster than me-Congrats.

What happens if the spandex doesn't fit? (seen a couple of those)

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: john m.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Good test run for Brazil. Building confidence in your training is a key to success. Hits series seems to be off to a good start, all positive feedback from Ontri peeps. Good job!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Brad H.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Congrats on your HIM run PR and another strong race! Even if it's late, we still like reading race reports, so thanks! Good luck in Brazil!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Teri d.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Way to stick it out, Suzanne. That's a great time for a race that you felt so "uncomfortable" for so much of it. I would love to go that fast, period. Awesome job. You'll have a blast at Brazil.

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Scott M.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Wow, that's a hell of a solid time for not feeling it. Way to go! All this talk of ice and bras, you guys might just yet convince me to try one of those longer races....

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Pretty good race. Great going on the run and giving that volunteer a thrill.
What happened to those googles and how will you make sure that they don't fog up again?

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: I normally use my "race" goggles when I race but apparently my race goggles became my training goggles and I didn't buy new goggles for his race as it was really more of a fun race. New goggles rarely fog up for me.

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Stacia J.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: I want to come to your house so you can teach me how to ride my bike. I'm thinking the ice down the bra could give me something to look forward to for Quassy - excellent idea!
Awesome race, you are fast!!! Good luck in Brazil!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: barbara g.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: Your race report made me laugh out loud. Man I wish I could have your bike speed - even "uncomfortable". Way to go, and whatever you are doing for your run is working really well!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Heather N.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: Thanks for the RR--enjoyed reading it and you are fast!!! Inspiring...

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Willard H.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: I enjoyed reading the RR. You did great! Good luck in Brazil!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: charlotte d.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: Suzanne, you are a beast!! And I would give everything to see that guy's face pouring ice on your bra, You fulfilled is fantasy for sure, hahaha!! Good luck for IM Brazil!!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Leo F.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: Way to push through a tough one. Getting through the tough ones is what makes you better for the next one. Go kill it in Brazil!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Jackie the Lurker

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: As always, a very entertaining RR. Good 'tune-up' race. You'll do great in Brazil. Does "Mario" have moustache too? lol
As for the ice... yes in the bra top works great, doesn't it. Just don't wear a white top... or in your case... do wear a white top!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Carol R.

Written on: Friday April 20, 2012

Message: thanks suzanne, for sharing! very entertaining and inspiring. good luck in brazil!

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Steven R.

Written on: Thursday April 26, 2012

Message: Great report Suzanne ! Sounds like your on track for Brazil !

Subject: RE: Hits Ocala RR

By: Amanda D.

Written on: Thursday April 26, 2012

Message: Strong work sister. you're coming along very nicely with your running! Proud of you! You're going to have a great race in Brazil. And, there is nothing wrong with neurotic.. :)

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