a Bri Gaal's Blog: St. Anthony's Recap

Sunday, April 27, 2008

St. Anthony's Recap

It was a good day for me all in all - I can't be unhappy with sneaking into the top ten of the elite amateur division (I was 9th), something I really wasn't expecting. My time from last year was 7 minutes slower (!!) YIKES! So that's the scientific difference between working part-time and full-time :)

I'll write a longer race report later, but here's my recap. Got to the start and finally met Jen Harrison and Beth Shutt face to face - which was pretty impressive seeing as we were all in our wetsuits, cap and googles. The horn (kind of ) blew and I sprinted out as fast as I could. If there is one thing I do well, it's the start. I can high step and dolphin dive with the best of them. So I end up like even with 2nd place which is ridiculous since I'm not that good of a swimmer, but sometimes I get lucky and it helps me latch onto some faster feet. This year's swim was more on the gentle to mid-cycle of a washing machine and we had to deal with a current which seemed to make our times quite slow. But I wasn't too far behind Jen Harrison getting out and she is a great swimmer so I new I had pulled a better-than-Bri swim out of somewhere.

I had my shoes clipped to my bike and that was a bit of a debacle leaving transition. Why is it when I practice I have no problems but then in the race I have all sorts of problems?! I also managed to drop the gel I wanted to take on the bike. My bike felt okay - I'm nowhere near my bike shape of last year, but averaged 22.1mph so that's good for me. I rode most of it by myself except for passing a few girls and having a few pass me. There was one little pack that was running a nice draft-like paceline, but luckily I passed all those girls on the run.

I started the run and just didn't feel comfortable. I tried to stay positive but had several different talks with myself about not quitting or stopping or sitting on the curb until the sun went down. I was passed, I passed some others - it was a bit of a death march the last two miles and nowhere near what I'm capable of. But it is what it is and I went as hard as I could. Honestly, with the amount of time I've put into my training, I am really happy with my result. I do need to buckle down and try to hit Eagleman hard, so I'm going to try and be serious over the next few weeks.

I had a great time talking with Beth and Jen (although I didn't get to talk to Jen very much - I wish I had found her earlier). And we stayed almost through the entire awards ceremony and had a lot of fun with Kathy Frailing and Christina Noordstar - they are really cool chicks. Off to some parties tonight before our 7am flight back to RDU tomorrow and then straight into work. Augghh!


At April 27, 2008 7:43 PM , Blogger Beth said...

GREAT JOB Bri!! I know you can go much faster but given your lack of time for training I think your result is awesome!! And your swim - holy cow!!! :)

Great meeting you and Marty - I was really looking forward to it and was so glad we had some time to talk! Hope you have a great trip home. Look out Eagleman!!

At April 27, 2008 9:51 PM , Blogger Maijaleena said...

Congrats on a great race. When I was racing in the cold up north today I was wishing I was racing in the warm weather down there.

At April 28, 2008 1:04 AM , Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Hooray Bri!!! NICE JOB!!! You did awesome and have lots to be proud of! What a great weekend and fun time is sounds like (you had!). Enjoy the festivities and safe travels back to North Carolina :)

At April 28, 2008 7:02 PM , Blogger Jennifer Harrison said...

Great finally "officially" meeting you and Marty...Marty, I am NOT a stalker! HEE HEE....Congrats on your race! Nice chatting w/ you! Jen H.

At April 30, 2008 8:07 AM , Blogger BreeWee said...

I am so bummed I didn't get to meet you! Bri & Bree... next time! GREAT race and I had to laugh becasue I think I have the dolphin dive down too and it got me up to the front (didn't last long) but it was cool leading for a breath! Oh, the shoe clip in thing... I was watching some ITU races & a couple of the gals didn't even clip in till the second loop! So many of them road on top of the shoes till they were riding full pace or in the pack SO NO WORRIES! You are there!
GREAT race and I hope the rest of your season is awesome too!

At April 30, 2008 8:08 AM , Blogger BreeWee said...

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At May 2, 2008 7:25 PM , Blogger elmiha said...

LOL...love your comment about the swim start. I am the same way in my age group...gun goes off and I'm at a full sprint, dive, dive, dive...doh! I'm in first...now what? Oh look, there go some feet, better try to grab on!


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