Sunday, November 6, 2011

Amica 19.7 Triathlon Race Report

It's been over three years since I raced a sprint triathlon. I forgot how fast they are over. And how hard it is to breathe while racing all-out.

Some day when I am very old I think I will look back on my racing and be most of happy about the friends I have made through this sport. As usual, Angi, Amy and I spent a good amount of time laughing on our warmup. 

 I came out of the 750m swim about 1:30 back from the leader and in 4th.

Off on the QR (with some awesome Profile bars & wheels!) to chase girls down.

Please notice my gymnast-dismount skills. Yes. All those years spent in gymnastics do occasionally come in handy. I somehow biked the fastest female bike split and closed the gap when I got to T2.

Off to run 5k I went, in my fun speedy Zoot shoes.  In typical sprint fashion I went out much too fast and got a side stitch for the first mile. I managed to move into 2nd and stay there. My chip time shows I ran 18:22 - I think it was a bit short because I did not feel I was running that fast.

Yeah! 2nd again. And done!

My friends Karleen and Rich brought their new pup Kai to spectate.

And my swim coach was on hand with her puppy Eiger. I think she may have mentioned "we have work to do" at some point regarding my swim....oops. Definitely a work in progress! But I have come oh-so-far in the swim area, so I will take what I can get.

This however, was the best part of the race. My friend Mike and I had a straight-up time bet.

I won. By 11 seconds.

Big thanks to my homestay Michele who made the weekend so fun and makes amazing home-made Italian food!! I am spoiled.

A million thanks-yous to those that make racing so much so very possible!!!
  • Zoot – From my awesome running shoes, to the wetsuit that I'm finally doing justice, I love all your gear. And even more I love the Zoot family.
  • Profile Design – I love my aero bars with my name on them!! And my wheels are super light and fast. And my aero drink holder works seamlessly.
  • TriSports.com – the support you provide is amazing,  I never have to worry about something being in stock. Thank you!
  • QR – Love love love my bike! It is fast.
  • Rudy Project – my sunglasses and helmet are the best out there.
  • ZipVit – From race nutrition to recovery - thank you, I am covered.
  • XEndurance – podium again. Thank you.
  • SableWater Optics – I can see when I swim. Always. This rocks!
  • K-Edge – Haven’t dropped my chain once all year – thanks!
  • MicroscopeWorld.com – I love my job, thank you for always working around my crazy training & racing schedule.

13 comments:

Thomas Gerlach said...

Good stuff. Nice work on 2nd place!!!

Beth said...

Congrats on another great one! :)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats!!!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

That flying dis mount won it for you!!! Gymnastics paid off!!

J. L. said...

When I was reading this race report I kept thinking of the little Speedy Gonzales mouse saying "andale, andale." Good job!

Christi said...

Congratulations on a great race!

Kim said...

Great race Charisa! So fast and furious and fun!! Nice work!!

ali said...

Awesome job on the sprint:)! Loved the pics:)!!

Steve said...

Congrats. Another fun weekend for you. I have decided when I grow up I am going to be you. I will tweak a few things so I can still do some unhealthy stuff. :)

Kiet said...

You may have taken second in your last two races, but you sure have taken a lot of firsts in your betting records. You are getting damn fast C, so proud of ya.

Jason said...

I loved the comment regarding out of breathe. Reasons #1 through 1000 why I did not race a sprint this year and don't have one on the schedule for next year.

I now look at Oly's as Sprints to go all out in and forget that 0 to 60 in 6 seconds stuff....

Congratulations on a great race again. Great job out there.

Oh, and I just fell down watching you dismount. Imagine me trying to do that onm y bike.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Speedy at any distance! Congrats!

solarpowered said...

Sweet! Congratulations!

But whoa -- that dismount makes me cringe because I just know I'd fall flat on my face.