Sunday, March 28, 2010

CA 70.3 Race Report

Racing my first pro race in my own backyard was nothing but great. The number of friends racing and cheering kept me going all day. THANK YOU for anyone who cheered, I feel so lucky to have such a great group of athletic friends.

The swim was my favorite part of the day. (It should be noted I have never said this before). This is a picture of me leading the second pack of girls around the harbor and out of the water. And although I missed my swim bet (It is extended for Wildflower!), I PRd my swim with a 28:55 and for one of the first times ever, felt like I had a decent swim. Whooooo hooooo!

I had been told the main difference in racing pro and amateur is the amount of time I would spend by myself. This was spot-on. I headed out on the bike completely alone. During the entire ride I passed two girls, a couple passed me and ten age group men went by. That was it. The rest of the time it was me, some beautiful scenery and a power meter telling me to stop daydreaming and gazing at the green grass and flowers and race harder. My bike split was 2:45, same as last year and let's just say I have new motivation to work on my bike.

The run was fun, and different. The lead men went by on their second loop with their bicycle escorts. And then nothing, just me running alone, chasing girls I could not see. It was a very different race and I loved it. I ran 1:30. I'm going to need to learn how to race harder without being able to see my competition.

Dirk made sure the rookie pros didn't fall apart in the talented field. Ian finished 15th, I was 16th and Kevin 17th. The three musketeers like to stick together. In all seriousness - these boys motivate me and make me laugh. They are a huge part of what makes training and racing so very fun.

My time was 4:50 - two minutes faster than last year, but more than anything the race was a great learning experience of what this year will hold.

My Dad bonked on the run, but still had a great Blazeman roll left in him.

A huge thanks to: Steven for being more supportive than I thought possible. SableWater Optics for helping me navigate a pack of girls in a straight line while swimming into the sun. QR, Zipp and Profile for an awesome ride. GU for keeping me from bonking. Rudy for protecting my head and eyes. MicroscopeWorld.com for all those flexible work hours when I am off training. TriSports.com for the support and Zoot who not only keeps me running in awesome shoes, but has made me part of their family!

30 comments:

FLATOUT JIM said...

What the heck are you smiling about? You are a professional now. You are supposed to be in pain, and looking like it.

JK! Good job speedy.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your first pro race! You did awesome! I love the pics...especially the one of your dad. :)

Yasi said...

Great job out there! And awesome work on the swim!

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Strong work...That is very good stuff. Makes me want to train a bit harder.

Molly said...

Way to go! You are so awesome!!!

Running and living said...

Great job and great attitude, as always, Charisa! You were amazing to pull those times on the bike and run while racing alone! I thought of you today during my swim:)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Smile away!! Congrats

besides being alone alot, did this race feel any different then other races you did. I am interested how it felt racing pro vs ag

Michelle Simmons said...

Congrats, Charisa! Glad you had such a great day! :)

D10 said...

Amazing job!! You looked like you were having so much fun. Great picture of your dad too.

Heidi Austin said...

congrats charisa that is awesome.... i love your pics. you look so happy to be out there racing! glad it was a good day and you shaved off a few minutes :)

Beth said...

So excited for you Charisa!!! Look at that swim!! And as great as this race was I'm sure it will only get better as you learn to (like you said) push and race hard even when you can't see someone right ahead of you. As always, love the run picture of your smile! Congrats!!

Pamela said...

Congratulations, Charisa - you look like you were having a blast. Your attitude is contagious! Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your first pro season.

Amanda said...

Great job out there!!! and smiley pics let us all know you had fun. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kiet said...

Sounds like you and me both had some learning but fun experiences out there yesterday.

Renee said...

Way to go!! Congrats on yours first pro race!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Woooo hooo on the pro rank debut!
Good job

OH, tell Dad I have a pair of compression socks just like his... SWEEEET... and I train to bonk on the run... and it never fails

Uncle Ruckus said...

well done charisa, very well done indeed.

Angela and David Kidd said...

Awesome job! Looks like all that swimming has paid off. Great job.

Jill Costantino said...

Woop woop - way to go out there Lady! Congrats on a great day!

Cy said...

Congrats C!

Just love your run photo. Beautiful smile.

jameson said...

awesome race...and a great learning experience... big things are your future... no doubt!

thanks for having us over last night... super fun. lets all get together again soon.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

You are badass!! Good job! I would feel weird about racing by myself too!!

Kim said...

charisa, youre a rockstar! look how much fun you had, and you kicked ass! awesome job, congratulations!

rocketpants said...

Congrats on your race!! Swimming like a fish and learning what its like to race pro. Great job.

Eli Carlson said...

Great job girl! Awesome photos.

Sherri said...

Your amazing! Love the photos!

Libby said...

congrats on the race girl!!!! you kicked butt and what a special thing to have your dad there racing too. fantastic start to your pro career and can't wait to see how far you go!! Love the QR by the way, I'm head over heels for my lucero :)

Bob Almighty said...

Awesome Job, the smile thing is always good on the run.

Also your Dad rolls like a champ!

Slater Fletcher said...

That run picture looks like it is right out of a magazine...! Great race and congrats!

solarpowered said...

Fantastic! Congrats on such a strong, solid pro debut. I'm so happy for you!