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Name: Amanda Shuman
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Age Group: Female 35 - 39
About Me: http://people.ucsc.edu/~ashuman
What I do to pay the bills: PhD student, slave to the university (TA) and part-time web programming and server monkey®
Who defends the ranch when I'm out training: Two other roommates who also like to hike, go rock climbing, mountain biking and all the other fun outdoorsy stuff.
Short term triathlon goals: Improve swimming technique. Get stronger overall.
Long term triathlon goals: Go longer... like to an Ironman. But it has to be a fun Ironman. Is that possible?
Fantasy triathlon goals: Win or place at an Ironman with cash awards.
Three favorite albums: U2 - How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, All That You Can't Leave Behind, Best of 1980-1990. It's hard to go wrong with U2.
Tiesto - Just Be (house/trance)
Jamie Cullum - Catching Tales (vocal jazz)
Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), Fountainhead (Rand), Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut), Siam Mapped (Thongchai), Silencing the Past (Trouillot), Training the Body for China (Brownell), Les Jeux Sont Faits (Sartre)
Favorite movie: L'Auberge Espagnole.
Chocolate: at least once a day, and often again before and after dinner.
Garlic: yum
Blue Cheese: allergic to milk and cheese
For breakfast, I usually have: cereal with fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc) or protein bread with either soy nut butter and organic low sugar strawberry preserves (healthy pb & j) or with fresh avocado and some turkey on top. A soy latte if it's in the budget and if not french press coffee or stove top expresso. Don't mess with my caffeine.
After a long day of training, my favorite meal is: Nutella and banana crepe for dessert. Soy chocolate soy milkshake. Salmon, rice or quinoa with cherry tomatoes, green beans, or squash. But if I'm eating out it will be Los Pinos or Tacqueria Vallarta: pollo tostada, pollo tacos, tortilla chips and fresh guac and salsa.
My best triathlon advice is: Don't worry, the swim isn't really that bad... sort of. [start of my first tri in the pacific: "Once you get past the swell it isn't that bad"]
You learn to like the pain so much it is no longer pain but pleasure. Seriously.
My best non-triathlon advice is: Enjoy yourself! Don't do anything you really don't like to do and this should include your job.
Enjoy being outside and in nature as much as possible!
What was I thinking when I signed up for my first race: Swimming can't be that hard to learn.... it's just like running and biking, right?
Everything I need to know I learned from: my mom, dad, and the cat
My deepest, darkest secret is: the first concert I ever went to was NKOTB.

and the truth is, the next concert I go to may also be NKOTB. Funny how that works...



Race Summary

Race Type # Done PR Race PR
Bike - Metric Century 1
Run - 5 km 5 GMU Victims' Rights 5k (Apr 12, 2005) 0:22:14
Run - 5 Mile / 8 km 2 Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler (Nov 24, 2005) 0:37:52
Run - 10 km 4 Rotary Resolution 10K (Jan 1, 2005) 0:47:55
Run - 10 mile 2 Backyard Burn - Wakefield (Spring, 10 mile) (Apr 17, 2005) 1:31:58
Run - Half Marathon 1 EX2 Off-Road Half Marathon (May 1, 2005) 2:15:30
Run - Marathon 3 Marine Corps Marathon (Oct 30, 2005) 3:36:02
Duathlon - Sprint 3 Greeting of the Geese (Oct 24, 2004) 1:21:03
Duathlon - International Distance 1 ITU World Championship - Short-course Duathlon (Sep 24, 2005) 2:52:00
Triathlon - Sprint 1 Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon (Jun 19, 2005) 1:30:09
Triathlon - International Distance 6 Diamond In The Rough (Jul 8, 2006) 2:20:26
Triathlon - Half Ironman 1 Eagleman (Jun 13, 2004) 5:53:43



Race Schedule

Date Name Type Results
Time O.A. A.G.
May 8, 2004 Mantua Raccoon Run 5k Run - 5 km View
0:22:32 2
Jun 13, 2004 Eagleman Triathlon - Half Ironman View
5:53:43 1027 11 / 19
Jul 25, 2004 Riverwatch Duathlon Duathlon - Sprint View
1:39:32 64 / 190 1 / 6
Aug 29, 2004 Reston Metric Century Bike - Metric Century View
Sep 12, 2004 Reston Triathlon Triathlon - International Distance View
2:32:41
Oct 2, 2004 St. Leo's 5k Run - 5 km View
0:23:40 1
Oct 24, 2004 Greeting of the Geese Duathlon - Sprint View
1:21:03 64 / 185 1
Oct 31, 2004 Goblin Gallup 5K Run - 5 km View
0:22:45 113 / 743 2 / 28
Nov 13, 2004 Richmond Marathon Run - Marathon View
4:12:00
Nov 25, 2004 Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler Run - 5 Mile / 8 km View
0:39:28
Dec 11, 2004 Rudolph's Red Nose 10k Run - 10 km View
0:48:16 8 / 83
Dec 12, 2004 Fall into Winter 10K Run - 10 km View
0:23:52
Jan 1, 2005 Rotary Resolution 10K Run - 10 km View
0:47:55 12 / 158 3 / 6
Apr 3, 2005 Virginia Duathlon Duathlon - Sprint View
1:33:31 8 / 19
Apr 12, 2005 GMU Victims' Rights 5k Run - 5 km View
0:22:14 10 1
Apr 17, 2005 Backyard Burn - Wakefield (Spring, 10 mile) Run - 10 mile View
1:31:58 55 / 144 7 / 21
May 1, 2005 EX2 Off-Road Half Marathon Run - Half Marathon View
2:15:30 2 / 30
May 14, 2005 Mantua Raccoon Run 5k Run - 5 km View
0:22:41 22 / 157 2 / 14
May 22, 2005 Columbia Triathlon Triathlon - International Distance View
2:42:32 50 / 393 4 / 19
Jun 5, 2005 Backyard Burn - Hemlock Overlook (Spring, 10 mile) Run - 10 mile View
1:47:00
Jun 19, 2005 Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon Triathlon - Sprint View
1:30:09 29 / 275 2 / 113
Jul 9, 2005 Diamond In The Rough Triathlon - International Distance View
2:36:29
Sep 11, 2005 Reston Triathlon Triathlon - International Distance View
2:35:27 171
Sep 24, 2005 ITU World Championship - Short-course Duathlon Duathlon - International Distance View
2:52:00
Oct 30, 2005 Marine Corps Marathon Run - Marathon View
3:36:02 1244 56 / 1516
Nov 24, 2005 Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler Run - 5 Mile / 8 km View
0:37:52 50 / 1080
Apr 17, 2006 Boston Marathon Run - Marathon View
3:45:33
May 21, 2006 Columbia Triathlon Triathlon - International Distance View
2:47:20 70 / 390 12 / 61
Jul 8, 2006 Diamond In The Rough Triathlon - International Distance View
2:20:26 7 / 97 2 / 20
Jan 1, 2007 Rotary Resolution 10K Run - 10 km None