Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Boise 70.3 Race Report

The 2pm race start was great for the fact that there was no 4am alarm clock. Although I think it just added to the "waiting" period before the race, which I wasn't crazy about.



The water felt ColdColdColdCold when I hopped in. I was sure my feet were going to be blocks of frozen meat when I got out. But after a short warmup it was fine.

The swim consisted of me finding feet to draft on (success!), realizing those feet were going slower than I should be (dangit!), taking off to find new feet and spending the rest of the race chasing and closing on those feet, but never grabbing them. I did not swim crooked. There was some chop and I felt like I was getting blown off course a few times. Although I didn't win my swim bet of 27:xx, I'm actually not disappointed. I swam hard from the gun and worked out there. Some days it comes together, others it doesn't.

Straight onto the bike and I knew the entire ride was going to be WINDY. I was riding my Zipp disk and I do not regret this at all, the disk is awesome. That being said, there were many times when I rode for long periods of time at this angle: / or sometimes like this: \ . The winds reminded me of Kona at times.

At about mile 15 a bee somehow found his way into the side of my jersey. The wind was so strong at that point letting go of the handle bars to remove him wasn't an option. He promptly stung me. Twice. Awesome.

It was hot. And dry. I drank five bottles on the bike and I think I was still dehydrated when I came off. The QR's Shift Technology made for an easier ride in the wind and although the conditions were crazy, I was comfortable the entire ride.

Coming into T2 I did my standard flying dismount. I may have come in a bit too fast on this one though because when my feet hit the ground and I started running I realized I needed to SPRINT because I was still moving so fast. So I promptly pressed on the bike's brakes, because that's how you slow down right?! Well, apparently when you're running next to the bike and press the brakes, the bike stops, but you don't. So the back end of the QR flew up into the air and I kept moving, which of course caused me to nearly eat asphalt right in front of many spectators. The announcer on the loudspeaker said "Charisa Wernick, pro female is entering T2, and WHOAAAAAA she nearly bit it!" Classic. I'm quite sad I have no photos or video of this - I'm sure it would provide some awesome entertainment and those of you at work might spit coffee out your nose from laughing so hard.

That's Coach Dirk in the background. He's saying GET OUT! Getoutofhere! I'm laughing because of course I keep dropping my GU and can't get my shoe on, etc.

Out onto the run and a spectator tells me I'm in 9th. Oh man I have a lot of work to do because coming into this race I really had my sights set on 5th. So off I ran, hoping I could reel some girls in. By mile 4 I moved into 7th. I spent the rest of the race chasing and closing the gap, but the 1:29 run split ended up being less than 2 minutes shy of getting me into 5th and the money.

Down the finish chute I can see the girl in front of me, but not enough space to catch her... I'm still happy with the race. It was a tough day and I gave it everything I had.

A huge thank you to the people and companies who believe in and support me:  Zoot, Profile Design, QR, TriSports.com, Sable WaterOptics, Rudy Project, GU, SCAPE sunscreen, Zipp Wheels, Smack! Media and MicroscopeWorld.com. I could not do this without your support.

Thanks for following my journey. I get to race the same distance again in two weeks at Buffalo Springs 70.3.

27 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats!!

SSB said...

Congrats! You're getting faster and you'll get the $$ soon.

Running and living said...

OK< I can't get passed the bee stings. You are tough!!!! COngrats, that run of yours is amazing!!!

Matt said...

congrats on a stellar day! Looks like your a little spoiled, having your coach in T2 aint too shabby ;) Keep up the hard work!

I have dont the bike/braking thing too..can be a bit nerve racking.

Molly said...

Congrats on a kickass race!!! You really got different conditions than we had last year but still that wind alright! Way to go :)

GoBigGreen said...

Ouch I have been stung on the bike too when it went down my jersey. Ouch.
As for the flying dismount I did the same thing in kansas and had to really haul to keep up with my bike. Glad you stayed upright! good luck in BS!

Jill Costantino said...

Wow - what a race and what DRAMA for you - 2 bee stings, CRAZY wind, and the almost eating asphalt! HUGE Congrats to you - it was fun following online! Next up the $ spot!

Kim said...

doh, stupid bees and wind! you still pulled out a great race though. congrats on job well done!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

nice! flying dismount off bike...that would be cool to see!

and bee stings? dangs.

this is a fun post to read to motivate me for my bike ride today;-) thx

cat. said...

YOU'RE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kiki said...

Fantastic job! All your hard work is paying off, you rocked that run!!!

Teresa said...

I heard some spectators talking about your dismount stunt! :) It was fun to watch you race...nice job!!

tn

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

You still did an awesome job! I love how you were still having fun laughing at yourself on the course. I would be freaking out!

Beth said...

I've had some pretty nice flying dismounts too. And when I say pretty nice, I mean disaterous!! :) Congrats on another great race Charisa!! You will be in that money in no time!!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Love your attitude Charisa! Laughing in the face of bee stings and scary wind. So glad that you didn't eat asphalt - that's no good for fuel at all. I want to know how you go and do this again in two weeks!

kristinschleicher said...

Congrats! I hope the wind holds off in Buffalo Springs, it was crazy there in April (although going down into the canyon at 40+ mph = kind of awesome). Two minutes is like a rounding error, you'll get that money soon :)

Colleen said...

rockstar!!! CONGRATS!! $$ soon enough!! yahhh!

Jennifer Harrison said...

WOW !! Well done, indeed! Congrats !!!!

Eli Carlson said...

You are terrific! Great photos, great result and a great report. I love watching you kick butt, and have so much fun doing it. The prize money is secondary.

jameson said...

SOLID!!! that podium is in your future... just keep doing what you are doing.

Yasi said...

Great job out there Charisa! You'll definitely get up there soon, after all, you're a rockstar.

ADC said...

Great race, congrats. And this is why Steven should not be racing - he needs to capture on camera those funny moments for us to spit our coffee.

P.S. Your word verification for me is defra. You know that defra is a UK government department for which Chrissie Wellington used to work - that must be a good sign!!!

Isela said...

Awesome work on your race!

Lisa G said...

Great job! You did awesome! I'm sure you will get top 5 in Buffalo springs. I can relate on the whole getting off the flying dismount too quickly - when I was learning this skill back in the day, I ended up crashing and separating my shoulder!

Josh said...

Nice work out there!

Rebecca DeWire said...

Awesome racing! Congrats.

Lindsay said...

major congrats:)