Monday, June 28, 2010

Buffalo Springs 70.3 Race Report

This post should probably be entitled don't ever give up - as that seems to be a pattern for me lately.


The swim starts in a small cove on the edge of the lake. Age groupers were allowed to wear wetsuits, pros were not.

I am closest to the camera in this picture - dolphining. And unfortunately, the only time I was near the front of the swim pack all day. I swam hard, yet still saw almost every other pro girl swim away from me. Oops!

I PRd my swim with a 28:43, although the course may have been short.

Off onto the bike and my main goal was #1 - Keep Nick from catching me as long as possible and #2 - keep the watts up. The bike was windy, but nothing like Boise. It was mostly headwind or tailwind all day. At least we got to mix it up! I held Nick off til mile 40 and felt I accomplished goal #2 fairly well. My 2:41 bike split was not what I was looking for, but I don't feel I had a terrible bike either. I felt strong on the bike, especially toward the end. I came into T2 in 16th place. 18 pro girls had started, so I had my work cut out for me.

Coming into this race, once again my goal had been to get into the top 5. Leaving T2 I revised that goal to top 10, but also figured you never know, so I didn't give up. It was warm on the run. I set off to catch Nick and hopefully run with him. I caught him at mile 2, but his legs didn't want to play, so I kept going.

A few miles later he gave Steven the best racing pose of the day, which could also represent the entire weekend. He spent the rest of his run giving high fives to kids and having a fun run, making the most of a hard day and still finishing 10th (Fast Brian finished 10th as well).

By mile 10 I had moved into 9th place and Fast Brian caught me. I figured there are rare times at home where I can "hang on" so as he ran past I sped up and tried to go with him. It worked, and in the last few miles I moved into 6th. My 1:30 run split was the 2nd fastest female pro run split of the day, but to me the larger accomplishment was moving from 16th into 6th in the course of 13.1 miles.

I am so proud of Ian who finished 10th in a stacked pro men's field. We train a lot together and he's one of the hardest working pros I know. This finish is just a glimpse of what Ian is capable of. It wasn't until after the race I learned that the $ went six deep at this race, so a payday for the job I love is always nice.

A HUGE THANKS TO:
Steven who is by far the best photographer, supporter and husband I could ever wish for. All the awesome pictures I post from racing are a result of him racing around the course with his camera. Not only does he take good pictures, he motivates me to never give up as well.

Nick & Fast Brian - for making traveling to races, working our butts off and hanging out in Texas such a fun time. Racing isn't always easy and these boys are so fun to laugh and hang out with, I feel very lucky to have them for friends.

My sponsors - not only do you support me with your awesome products, but the people behind the products are hard-working, good people, and for that I'm grateful.

Next up is Ironman Lake Placid in four weeks. I do believe I'm ready!

29 comments:

SSB said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see you tear up the course at LP. And awesome news about the $$.

Molly said...

Woohoo!! I was so excited to see how you did when tracking you online. It will get better and better with time, you're off to a brilliant start!

Kim said...

yay charisa! that is one smokin fast run split. way to run your way to 6th place! you're money!

D10 said...

Amazing job out there! Way to keep pushing. Can't wait to see what you do at Lake Placid.

Tawnee said...

What a KILLER run (and swim and bike haha)! I had fun tracking you and the crew during the race... keep charging hard!

Beth said...

So AWESOME Charisa!! Was so excited to see you place so high (and get in the $!!!) but it's even more exciting when I hear HOW you did it - with that lethal run of yours! Congrats. IMLP here you come!! :)

Keith said...

I am awed - I did my first sprint tri this weekend, and I look at what you manage to put out there, and it's amazing! Way to go!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

OK OK,, can I adopt you too???
Buffalo Springs and I don't have a good past... it's good to see it brought to it's knees.
Must have been really neat passing the then 6th place woman so close to the end...

Michelle Simmons said...

Congrats on your pay day!! Nice to see you out there. ;)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Yeah! Nice job. And ya got a paycheck for it!

Running and living said...

I tracked you and was blown away with your run. I know it must have been such a mental battle. Congrats on an awesome, well deserved race!!! You are getting faster and faster, and I know how much tougher it is to race among the pros!

IAN said...

You F-ING SMASHED it. UN-BE-LIEV-ABLE! I was bragging to people that I am your friend.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Yay! Payday is an extra bonus for a day you just put it all out there. What a fast girl! Super happy for you Charisa!!

Yasi said...

It was so exciting to read this! Great swim PR and stellar job on the run!

Teresa said...

I hope the world reads this post because SO many can learn from what you did this past weekend. In a time where most would throw in the towel you seeked out the opportunity to "make" the day happen and you came out on top! Nice job Charisa!

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ironmomma.com said...

Nice race Charissa! we will see you in Placid! We will be on the hill, you will know us when you see us! We are the loudest!

t-odd said...

Money money money! Nice work! I've said it before, that's why they call it a triathlon - it's not a swim race, a bike race or a foot race. Way be a pro!

Kiki said...

Awesome job1 You are amazing. Have to say it is nice to see a run photo where it looks like you are working hard for the 1:30 split. You usually make it look WAY TOO EASY!!

Kiet said...

Yes, I do believe you are ready for IM Lake Placid!

Matt said...

Solid race, great work! great race + check= awesome!

ADC said...

You are sooo ready for IMLP. Huuuuge congrats!

solarpowered said...

Congratulations! That's some awesome movement on that run! Can't wait to "watch" you in LP!

Jill Costantino said...

Way to go out there lady -nice job and way to run yourself up to 6th - WOW!!!! INSPIRING!
Can't wait to watch you kick some butt in LP.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Wow! Congrats on a great race. I can't believe you moved up that far! That just goes to show that you should never underestimate yourself!

endurancegirl said...

i'm going to store this blog post in my memory bank for all those times I throw in the towel WAY too early. Awesome that you collected the $$, but really, only a matter of time before you collect the first place medal as well!

Irene said...

Congratulations! I'm definitely in awe.

Wonderful photos, too!

Came here through Meg Runs blog, but I've read your blog before.

Ordinarylife said...

Congratulations, awesome race!

BreeWee said...

you are my hero :)

Bob Almighty said...

awesome Job...and payday is always nice too. Good luck in Placid as the weather has been pretty warm over here in New England.