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Lumberman Olympic Distance: Race Report

I am totally stealing this idea from Swim Bike Mom, to do a race report after the race.  To remember (and share) the details as best as I can, before they are gone.  Wish I would have done this for the previous races this year - but since I know I have MANY races in my future...  I will start now :-)

Lumberman is a 3 Disciplines Racing event located in Cadillac, MI.  Since this is 3 hours from home, I did not want to leave at 2:30am, so I got a room through hotels.com again.  This is the 3rd time I have done this in 2014 (saving up for my free night :-))  I ended up a Caberfae Peaks, which is a ski resort.  This was the view from my room:
 After settling in, I went out for the hour long bike ride called for in my HIM training.  I decided to "take it easy" to make sure I didn't tire my legs for the race...  Ya - check out this elevation change:
so much for an easy ride.

After a rough night of sleep (thanks to a few guys that stayed up all night partying by the pool), I got out the door at 5:30 in time to drive into this awesome sunrise.  This is one of my favorite parts of race day!


Swim - 1500 m... (well it was supposed to be.  I think I did closer to a full mile, because I fail at siting in the sun.)  29:26 - 27/75 overall men and women - 8/21 women - It was pretty windy and choppy, but overall I was happy with how I felt in the water.  

Bike 40 km - 1:19:36 - 18.7mph 32/75 overall men and women - This bike course started out very flat.  I had a little mishap taking the straw of my water bottle to the inside of my top lip on a bump.  Bled for a bit (yuck) but no major damage.  Once the sprint athletes hit their turn around - it was classified as rolling hills...  Rolling hills my a$$!  Which I said out loud a couple of times.  I did not have my TomTom running for the bike, so I recreated the route on mapmyfitness.  That second climb is where I got passed... 3 very fast women took me on those hills and I never caught them.  Even with all my work at Stoney Creek, I still have some work to do on those hills!  

Run - 6.75 miles - 1:03:03 - 9:21 min/mi - 33/75 overall men and women - I felt strong at the start of the run.  Felt like a million bucks when I passed the 19 yo in her MSU tri-suit.  Then I hit mile 4... in the hot sun, a serious brick wall.  I walked a lot after that.  Here is my TomTom data (ignore the last split, I forgot to stop the watch at the finish line - I always do - so it has 7 extra minutes)


My transitions did look better than usual T1 = 2:16 and T2 = 1:38.  Still need to work on transition, though!

Results = 2:55:57 - 2nd Age Group (35-39), 8/24 overall women, and 31/75 overall men and women.  This is a PR!!  Previous Olympic Distance PR was at Big Fish (2:57:35) which was "only" a 10k, 6.2 mile, run.  I am happy :-)

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