Saturday, October 2, 2010

Scott Tinley's Race Report

I went into this race knowing it was only 3 weeks after Ironman Wisconsin and well aware that I may not feel amazing during the race. I like the TriCalifornia races. This one in particular is a smaller race and a great, tough course.

Before the race the pros were told the water was 70 degrees, which meant no wetsuits. None of us were prepared for this, as we all thought the water was 65. I had no legal speedsuit with me and a top that would be 10x more effective than a drag suit at slowing me down. Thankfully I had a sports bra in my bag, so I threw that on and made it work with my bike shorts.


My 1.5 mile swim took 38 minutes. I honestly have no idea if this is a good time (for me) or not because I normally swim 1.2 mile races. The water was beautiful and calm and I spent most of the swim alone, traveling in a surprisingly straight path. I came out of the water 5th female pro.


I followed up my uneventful swim with the world's longest transition. Trying to put my tri top on while wet and getting stuck, having trouble clasping my helmet, etc. 

Ah finally. On the bike. Time to do some work.


I spent the first 15 miles feeling like my legs were completely flat. And then thankfully they warmed up and I felt great for the rest of the bike. The course was awesome. A bit of everything - hills, fun descents, beautiful scenery, etc. I pulled my watts up and enjoyed the course. The 49.9 miles took me 2:22. I came off the bike in 4th.


The run was one of the hardest runs I have done in a very long time. The legs had nothing. I was uncomfortable. I felt like DEATH. The run is a two-loop course with a very steep hill thrown into the middle. We are talking an evil hill. It was toasty hot too. I trudged along.


At the top of that evil hill....I like all the fall leaves in this picture.

The 9 mile run took me 1:08. For a total race time of 4:11 and a 4th place finish.


My friend Emily had an awesome race and finished 2nd. Whooooo hoooooo FUN!

Next up is Austin 70.3 in two weeks. Go go gadget legs.

14 comments:

Megan said...

I love that you wear your hair in pigtail braids :) Glad you had a fun race!

Beth said...

Congrats Charisa! I'm sure in two weeks times those run legs will want to come out to play. :)

Christi said...

Great job! I can't believe you raced so soon after an IM but then you are the pro and you rawked it!

Congrats!

celmore said...

Great race report!!! Congrats on the 4th place finish. God luck in Austin.

Marit C-L said...

YIPPEEE!! Nice job Charisa - especially coming off IM! Way to work it!!! And for feeling like death on the run - you still pulled out a great race! EXCELLENT!

Libby said...

congrats!!! awesome job! I love that you can even race 3 weeks after an IM!!!! good luck in austin! I love the fall pic by the way... missing the leaves changing!

solarpowered said...

Woot! Great job! Congratulations!

ADC said...

Great job. Congrats.

Kiet said...

You are so quick with these race reports. I'm gonna try and follow your lead in the future. And it's so awesome that you won money, I still can't wrap around the concept that someone gave you money for something you would have done out of love.

IAN said...

How did you get home Princess Cha Boom Boom?

Matt said...

Congrats on yet another solid performance for 2010! Raced against a fellow Spokanite (Nine Mile Falls) down there ;)

Kiki said...

That is a great venue, and that hill on the run is just plain brutal! Great job.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

A hill that feels like death - that's never good. Way to push through and finish strong! I tried putting on arm warmers while wet and that took forever.

Giorgio said...

Great race, considering you did it only 3 weeks after Ironman Wisconsin.

Congrats on the 4th place finish!