Monday, October 24, 2011

SOMA Triathlon Race Report

This was my first time racing the SOMA 1/2 ironman. My last half was in Ireland, where the weather was about as polar opposite as you can get from the desert of Arizona.

Eating my ZipVit gel before jumping into the swim.

The swim is a single loop and I figured it would be fairly uneventful. The first five plus minutes felt like full contact football (not that I would know what this feels like, but I'm guessing). I felt strong out to the turn around. And then I fell apart. 

I somehow swam zig-zags, was with a pack without drafting, and came out of the water in 32 minutes in 5th place - not where I had planned to come out of the water.

Onto the QR to try to make up time I lost in the swim.

I was Chasing Amy for about 30ish miles. And then she dropped me.

I didn't feel great on the bike, but I didn't feel completely terrible. I came off the bike still in 5th, riding a 2:28. I figured with the many U-turns on the course that probably was a decent bike split.

It was hot. I made full use of the aid-station hydration buffets.

I didn't show up at SOMA to finish 5th and seeing that there was only a run left, I figured this was not the time to give up. Somehow the two loop run course went by quickly. I passed a few girls and found myself in second trying to win.

My 1:25 run left me 38 seconds shy of the win. A great day of racing.

I really love racing. There is nothing better than fighting it out, chasing, giving it your all for over four hours. It's even better when you are racing your friends. I think I laughed more this weekend pre and post-race than I have in a while thanks to Amy.

My homestay Karleen and her husband Rich were amazing hosts.

Big thanks to my sponsors for helping me race (lots) and thanks to SOMA for hosting a great race. And finally my awesome husband - there were several times yesterday when it would have been super easy to back down and be happy with finishing further back. Thank you for not just telling me I was closing gaps, but knowing better than anyone that I could. Four weeks left til Ironman Arizona.

24 comments:

Beth said...

Congrats on another awesome race!! You are ready to rock and roll in Arizona again soon! :)

J. L. said...

Wow, way to hit it hard on the run! Congrats on 2nd!

Angela and David said...

Congrats! Such a solid performance and great run.

jc said...

awesome. great run!

Kiet said...

It is very apparent that you love racing...5th to 2nd and almost the W on the run, and a 1:25 split, yikes!

TRI714 said...

Great regroup and close !!

Kim said...

dang girl, way to run yourself into 2nd place!!

Damie said...

wow- wow! what an awesome race!!!!!!!!! So fun that you got to hang out with Amy as well. Great girl. Keep it up- Arizona just around the corner!!!!

Christi said...

Way to fight through and take a great spot on the podium!

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Darn 38 seconds. AMAZING race, Charissa! Congrats!

Matt said...

way to push hard til the end. Killer race Charisa!! Congrats!!

ali said...

awesome pics and race!! congrats and on to the next one:))!!

Amy Beth Kloner said...

I have no idea what we were laughing about but I think that last photo would make for a fun Caption Contest, don't you? Hehehee...

So great hanging out with u and Steven. And I couldn't be happier to see you light up that run course.
xoxo

Steve said...

Congrats!! :) You have a tremendous ability to put your body through the ringer a lot. Gotta be thankful for that. :)

Jill Costantino said...

SUPER Congrats:) Wow - fast run!

Jason said...

Congrats on a great race and awesome finish.

I also just noticed the top of your helmet looks like wings and I love that. With your bike splits its as if you are actually flying.

Meaghan said...

Congrats on a KICK ASS race!!! You should be VERY proud of your execution!

m said...

Congrats on a great race!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

This brings back memories, I worked 11 years on Mill Ave, about a mile from Tempe Town Lake

Congrats on placing 2nd, that is awesome

Did you goto Slices Pizza on Mill Ave? Best kept secret in Tempe

Kim said...

Wow C! Nice WORK out there.. way to never give up and give it your all! You amaze me!!!

solarpowered said...

Sweet! Way to dig in and get on that podium!!! Congrats!

GoBigGreen said...

Just catching up Charisa! Congrats, way to claw ( paw?) your way into 2nd! my friend Matt Payne was there fromMN, said it was HOT!

James Adams said...

Charisa, it was great seeing you guys too. Congrats on your awesome race and a great year!

Slater Fletcher said...

YES!!!!

"I really love racing"


I love it! Your continual progression and positive attitude are awesome! Your bike position has come a long way too :-)

Keep rocking it!

Slate