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70.3 at Festival of Races: Race Report

3 Disciplines Festival of Races is a 3 Disciplines Racing event located in East Tawas, MI.  I stayed at my Mom's place in Gaylord to keep from making too long of a drive on race morning. After I picked up my race packet, I was able to catch the all important sunrise over the parking lot.



I wasn't sure what to set my goals at, but I thought 6 hours for a rockstar goal sounded good.  So, with that as I base, I thought super happy would be 6:15 and 6:30 would be my "better do" goal.  As we lined up on the beach, I was NERVOUS!  A different nervous than any race so far.  I was doing 70.3 miles in the next 6-7 hours... craziness!


Swim - 1.2 mi - 42:57 -  3/7 Age Group - 43/101 overall - My pace on this was 1.7 mph - which is not far off of my olympic pace.  We swam back into the sun, which was tough to site, so I was probably all over the course, but I did it, and still had juice to pick it up at the end.  I left the water thinking...  I could do more :-

Bike 56mi - 2:58:41 - 18.8 mph 4/7 Age Group - 53/101 overall - This was a challenging course with a couple of big hills.  Once we got past the olympic turnaround, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the ride.  On several occasions you come over a hill to look down on lakes and wildnerness.  The TriShop.com crew was out with water bottles, which was great too!  I loved this bike course and can't wait to tackle it again next year.  As I finished, I was still thinking - I could do more...

Run - 13.1 miles - 2:14:00 - 10:14 min/mi -  4/7 Age Group - 60/10 overall - What, what!?!?!?  My first stand alone half marathon was 2:22...  How did I just run a half marathon after 3:45 of swimming and biking at 2:14?  It was a hard fought 13.1 miles.  I walked at aid stations and on the last pass, stretched those walks out a little longer than I planned.  But I did it.  I did not end the run thinking "I could do more."  I had the awesome feeling of, "I gave it my all."  The volunteers and other athletes on the course were so encouraging and motivating!  I love this sport!

Results = 6:02:46 - 3rd Age Group (F35-39), 13/35 Female overall - 55/101 overall I can't wait to do it again :-)





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