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Race Result

Racer: Stacy Taylor
Race: Lake Montclair Triathlon (Olympic)
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2007
Location: Montclair, VA
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Female 40 - 44
Time: 2:51:20
Overall Place: 186 / 374
Age Group Place: 11 / 34
Comment: Get your swim stroke analyzed!!!!!!!

Race Report:

Shout out to our fellow RATs who completed Montclair - David C (2nd place overall) Kevin K (3rd in his age group), Reid and Miro and any others I missed great job!

This race is well supported and they have great volunteers.

Having done this race last year in 3:02, my goal was to break 3 hours.

The Swim:
Lake Montclair is a great place to swim. Water temp was about 76 and it is like glass. I completed the swim in 36:16 (3 minutes faster than last year). Having gone to the swim clinic the day before, I realized for the first time (and it was blatantly obvious) that I was not following all the way through on my stroke. During the swim Sunday, I consciously thought of completing a full stroke and follow through the entire swim and it made a world of difference. I was of the school of thought that the faster you move your arms the faster you go - NOT!

For ANYONE - slow, fast or in between, if you get the chance - get a video analysis done on your swim stroke. I have only been swimming about a year and half and never have had formal coaching of any kind, so the analysis was invaluable to me. Team Luna Chix and our own Mike Gillette and Katie Davidson made the experience well worth the time and worth way more than the $30.

Back to the race. T1 went smooth. The bike is a four loop (6 miles each). For whatever reason, I did about the same time as last year (1:20:25). T2 went fine as well.

The Run: There is a short doozy of a hill coming right out of transition until it levels out at the top on the way over the spillway. Then the real fun begins this is a very hilly run course (I must have blocked this out from last year). Up, down, up, up, up, down, up, up - ok you get the point. I finished in 51:14 (almost 4 minutes faster than last year).