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Chattanooga Waterfront Tri race report July 19, 2010

Posted by bettyjoan in Mentoring, Races.
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It’s been an interesting tri season, that’s for sure.  My first race, the DC Tri, involved a flat tire and a police escort.  Iron Girl Atlanta was a pratically perfect race, ending in a very exciting PR.  I even threw the Peachtree Road Race in the mix, marking my first experience with that famous 10K.  I was really looking forward to Chattanooga, not only because it would be the last tri of 2010, but because I wanted to beat my time from last year and end my season on a high note.  Let’s just say that things didn’t go quite according to plan…

I got to Chattyvegas on Saturday afternoon, though not as early as I’d hoped due to a massive accident on I-75.  I picked up my packet and showed some first-timers the lay of the land.  I relaxed and hydrated, and I attended the emotional team pasta dinner.  I gave my mentorees gifts and told them how proud I was of all of them – I cannot imagine a more talented, dedicated group.  They all did so great with their training AND their fundraising!  After I was carbed up, I headed to bed.  I was so glad I got a king-size bed all to myself!

After a surprisingly good night’s sleep, I woke at 4 AM and packed the ol’ transition bag.  After a team photo, we headed to the race site (a very short walk from the hotel, thank goodness).  I got a SWEET corner spot on the bike rack, and all of my stuff was set up in record time.  Unfortunately, the 30-39 age group was toward the back of the pack this year, so I ended up lollygagging around for a LONG time before heading to the swim start.  After what seemed like an eternity, my group lined up to get in the water.  For some reason, though, it was an absolute clusterfuck on the dock, and the race volunteers were screaming at people to get in order, and there was a lot of chaos.  As I tried to move out of the way to let someone with a lower number swim in front of me, WHACK – I smacked my foot on a large metal pipe.  The pain was intense, but I had to start swimming, so I hoped it would work itself out.  I had a good swim, though I felt like I was weaving a bit.  I got out of the water, and there was good news and bad news.  The good news?  I shaved a minute off my swim from last year and finished in 31:41.

The bad news?  The minute I put my foot on solid ground, I felt pain all the way up my leg.  I told myself it was just a bruise and that it would work itself out, so I limped to my bike and started the challenging cycling course.  Since my wave was almost last, the heat had increased significantly – but honestly, I didn’t even notice.  The pain in my foot got worse and worse as the injury swelled in my bike shoe.  I tried not to think about it, but with every mile, I couldn’t help but worry that I was doing further damage.  Finally, around mile 15, the pain and swelling got so bad that I had to pull over and summon the paddywagon.  So, my race ended about halfway through the bike leg – bummer!  The ambulance took me back to the medical tent, where I got iced and wrapped and instructed to see a doctor.

Honestly, even though I was disappointed, I handled the DNF pretty darn well.  After all, my very first marathon is coming up, and I would be even more disappointed if I had to drop out of Chicago because of an injury that I aggravated.  Also, I got to see every one of my mentorees cross the finish line, which I wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise.  And THAT was inspiring and wonderful!

All in all, Chattanooga was still a great race weekend – the team went out and celebrated together afterward, and a good time was had by all.  I can’t wait to go back next year – I will definitely have a score to settle!  🙂



1. Amy - July 22, 2010

Bummer about the injury! Do you know what’s wrong with your foot?

2. bettyjoan - August 6, 2010

Nothing long-term, thank goodness – I mucked up the tendons in my foot, but after some ice and rest and whatnot, it got better and I am back to training!

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