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I did it!!!! Race report - Sri Chinmoy Self Transendance triempacher6seat
Aug 4, 2002 2:41 PM
I just had the time of my life this morning!!
This was my first triathlon, and it was a great experience. So great, in fact, that I plan on doing a few more! I thought olypic distance might be a bit much to start out on, but it proved fine.

Anyways, There were around 500 participants in total, and we were split up into 4 groups depending on our swim time. I was in the 3rd group, as I thought my time would be around 35 minutes. The start was pretty frantic... I got kicked in the face (luckily my goggles stayed on), but a minute later I swam right over the person who kicked me because, well, he was lagging ass and there was no room beside me =). The water was pretty cold, and including me, there were around 5 people not wearing wet suits. Other then that, I found my stroke quite easily and I exited the water after 30 minutes, a bit faster then planned, and I felt great! I even noticed I was leaving the lake with some people from the wave that was ahead of me. My transition was reasonably quick. Threw on my shirt, helmet, glasses and shoes then off I went. It seemed like I was only standing still for a second and before I knew it, I was riding off on my bike. The bike course wasn't all too hot. The first few kilometers were pretty rough roads, and the whole course was hilly with lots of blind corners etc. It had just rained too, so the roads were slick. I noticed myself passing a lot of people, and I stayed with a group of 3 or 4 riders, sort of playing cat and mouse with them the whole ride. This was also my first experience riding with other people, which proved to be very fun. On the way back I saw my training partner on the other side of the course, just getting back on her bike... as I went past she yelled "my SECOND flat!!". I was suprised by how many flats I saw, actually. Anyways, the group of five of us did a good job of working with each other, and we actually passed a lot of people. The second transition was alright too... and like the first, seemed over in a matter of seconds (of course it actually took longer). The run was a nice 10k run on chip trails around Elk Lake which I've done hundreds of times in the past when I was rowing at that lake, so it really helped to know exactly where I was on the course. I brought up my pace a bit for the last kilometer or so, and as I crossed the finish was greeted with cheers and applause from a crowd of what I would guess as 400ish. It was a great feeling to be supported like that, I was expecting cheers like that for the first few finishers, but I was amazed that everyone stuck around and cheered on all of the athletes. The second I stopped, my legs cramped like there was no tomorrow, and that wasn't too fun. I stretched and walked around for a while, grabbed some food and mingled with people. My time was 2 hours and 39 minutes, which I thought was decent, seeing as 1) it was my first tri and 2) I'd only been training for a month! I was in decent shape before that, from rowing and cycling, but my swimming and running came a long way in that short time.

I'd have to say the best feeling, besides finishing, is passing someone on their $3000 bike while I ride my $600 POS. =)
Congrats and welcome to Planet Tri!sn69
Aug 5, 2002 11:23 AM
Being a transplanted West Coaster, I'm curious to learn where this race was. The reason I ask is because there's also a Sri Chimnoy Swim/Run in La Jolla every year. It's a blast--swim from The Cove to La Jolla Shores, and then a three loop run along the beach under Scripps Pier.

Anyhow, congrats again. They only get more addictive. I highly recommend trying the Half Vineman for a first half IM attempt. Not too hilly, increadible scenery, terrific support.
Aug 8, 2002 10:30 AM
Great report! Sounds like you're a natural too. Have my first Olympic distance this weekend. . .