White Lake Race Report by Jill Fitzgibbons

Posted: May 12, 2009 in Race Reports

My White Lake Race Report

Friday:

Caravanning down to White Lake were Dan, Scott, and Jen in one car, Me and Maria in a second car, and Kevin with all of Maria’s luggage that didn’t fit in my car.  We hit alot of traffic, but still made it to the race site for packet pick up, then off to check in at Langston’s Motel.  Jen secured what are probably the best and most luxurious accommodations in all of White Lake: beachfront, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, and huge living area.  We are definitely renting this again for Club Wars!

Saturday:

Jen, Kevin, and I headed out to the race site for chip pickup and body marking at 5:30 am.  We hung out in the transition area for awhile- met a few of the other relay teams, who were all really nice.  After alot of waiting and bathroom runs, it was finally time for the relay wave.  The swim was wetsuit legal, but Jen opted to swim without.  About 5 minute before the start, Jen suddenly realized the swim was 1.2 miles, not 1.0 mile.  Not the greatest discovery right before a race, but it certainly didn’t slow her down any. 

After her swim, she sprinted into the transition area, and Kevin transferred the chip to me, and I took off running with my awesome super bike.   http://www.twitpic.com/4hhof

The bike ride was really fun at first.  I was averaging over 20-mph up until about mile 15-20, and felt great.  Then we turned and hit the headwind.  Everyone talks about it, but you always think they are exaggerating, but no- there is actually a headwind for the majority of a circular route.  Go figure.  Anyway, it wasn’t horrible, and it wasn’t really gusty, but it did mean that I couldn’t stop peddling at all without dropping significant speed. 

It was the longest  bike ride  I have ever  done without stopping – 3 hours and 12 minutes of pedaling, as there were no hills, no rest stops, not even a red light.  Just pedaling.  I’m not complaining – it was just different.  By mile 45 though,  I was cursing out loud, and had decided to pull my entry from B2B, but that passed, and I finally saw the beautiful white fence of the gated trailer park community indicating I was only a mile from the finish.  I rode in and handed off the chip to Kevin who took off for what would be a fairly unpleasant half marathon. When all was said and done, I think I averaged about 17.5 for the ride, which I was happy with. 

Kevin performed admirably on the run, even stopping to give his hatful of ice to another runner who was succumbing to the heat.  And as bad as it was with the heat, humidity, and complete lack of shade on the course, he still came across the finish line all smiles. 

Back at the “resort” (or as Scott called it- “Martha’s Vineyard for Fayetteville”) Jen made a fantastic pasta dinner, and we all turned in at 9pm to prepare for a second day of racing. 

Sunday:

Everyone was up and ready to go by 6:30.  Maria and I were doing the sprint. Jen, Dan, and Scott were doing a relay, and Kevin was the official cheerer/photographer/Sherpa. 

Maria was the first to go.  Jen had been mercilessly trash-talking Maria about how she was the better swimmer.  This apparently really spurred Maria on, as she turned in the best swim of the group.  This may or may not be due to the fact that Jen swam the wrong way for  a good 100m during her leg.  Who can say?  Only the next triathlon can determine who is the ultimate TFM swimmer.

I started about 30 minutes later.  The swim was good, although I had never swam in choppy water before so it was different.  Not as fast as I had hoped but I came in 68th overall in the swim.  Transition was fine and the bike didn’t feel nearly as bad as I expected it would.  I averaged a little under 19mph, and came out of the bike in 64th place. 

I am a crappy runner, and I was tired so I wasn’t expecting much, so I wasn’t disappointed   It actually went much better than I expected though thanks to Jen who felt that the swim wasn’t enough workout for her, so decided to keep me company on the run.  Jogged the majority of it with occasional walk breaks, chatting the whole time, which I’m sure didn’t help.   Part of the fun was seeing Maria, Suzy, and Shannon on the run. 

Anyway, the run moved me down to 154th place overall (guess we know what I need to work on).  My final time was 1:48.  I was hoping for under 1:45, but it was still my best race by a minute.  Without the bike ride the previous day, I think I could have performed better, but it was worth it.

It was really fun to stay for the awards ceremony and see all of the TRI for ME people  accept their prizes.  We had one of the only teams that showed up multiple times on the awards stand.  People definitely recognized the name by the end of the weekend

Anyway, sorry for the long report, but it was so much fun, I just had to share!  Can’t wait to do it again!

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