Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Slightly out of focus.....

28th.  Not quite where I wanted to finish but it was the first World Champs that I've actually finished (last year in Hamburg I ran 5k on a stress fracture before finding a hole in the fencing where I could get off the course!!) and considering how the race played out, it wasn't a terrible result.  28th in the world, I'll take that for now!

11.5. The water temperature.  13. The air temperature.  Surprisingly, I didn't find it too bad...as a pool swimmer, I hate cold water!!  The swim went well, it was like I was swimming in a bubble or my appendages were just too cold to feel any contact, but I was barely touched the entire swim! That rarely happens with 75 women starting!  I came out of the water in about 13-16th place, in a good spot but at the back of the front pack, so a solid T1 was in order.  

This is where I decided to put on an impromptu complimentary "what not to do in transition" clinic for the crowds.  I got to my bike no problem but my wetsuit was stuck to the frozen stump (my foot) at the end of my leg--I think it might have folded weird around my ankle. Anyway, by the time I actually got on my bike without my wetsuit dragging behind me, I missed the front group.  Crap!  I put my head down and just went--although my legs were feeling a little flat on the day.  Slowly the stragglers were being picked up by our group and then the group from behind up caught us and we were a one mega group with all the big runners chasing the 2 out front (including Helen Tucker, the eventual winner and one of my Noosa training partners--so inspirational!).  Not my ideal situation but my run has been solid, so I wasn't too worried.

Then into T2, I put myself in the top 4-8 girls coming off the bike, but again, decided to continue my free clinic.  My bike first got caught up with another girl who cut hard to her rack in front of me, then I proceeded to run right past my rack (excellent), then I couldn't get my bike into the rack, it fell on top of me, then after I put it back in, the girl next to me leaned on it and it fell out again (on top of me)...anyway, I finally got my shoes on and got onto the run a little farther behind than I would have liked.  

I knew I would have my work cut out for me on the run and coming out of T2 a little behind didn't help.  I found a couple girls to run with and tried to make up ground on those ahead of me.  In the end, the legs weren't feeling super fast and I was dropped by the group of 4 I was running with in the last 300m and finished 28th.  Oh, and I'm pretty sure the run course was long....everyones run times were a bit slow.

Not great, but not that bad, there were some big names that finished behind me. I just think my focus wasn't as sharp as it should have been and it cost me a few spots.  It was a tight race, if I had ran at the speed that I've been training and racing at, I may have ended up anywhere between 10-23rd...this I know, and won't let a slightly disappointing result hurt my confidence into Des Moines!  I just need to sharpen my focus, tweak a few things...no more free clinics...and I'll be good to go!  The Netherlands officially has 2 women's spots for Beijing secured and I still have 2 more chances to meet the NOC's qualifications for Beijing! 
Sharp as a tack!

Thanks for all the cheers out there on such a cold day!! It keeps me going!


BreeWee said...

2 more chances!!!??? Oh thank God! I thought that was it!! Good, so I still have hopes of knowing someone it the Olympics!!

LOVE the positive attitude, 28th in the world... WOW! Okay, no more free clinics...just get to Beijing already!

Lisa G said...

That is awesome that you still have 2 more chances to qualify! Too bad the weather was so terrible this weekend for everybody (the water was definitely chilly on Saturday for our race, but like you I didn't notice so much). I missed your 'free transition clinics' as I was positioned cheering at the corner of the very last bend into the finishing chute! I will be cheering for you in Des Moines.

Astrid, Stephen & Matt said...

I just saw NED had 2 spots guaranteed!! That's awesome ... and so why are thy still torturing you? I mean what's another orange track suit for the games, really!?

Shoot for the moon and if you don't make it - you'll still land amongst the stars!

Astrid, Stephen & Matt said...

I forgot to say - 28th in the world, not bad for a girl who had a full time job just over a year ago!

You Rock!

Iron Greg said...

Great job Lisa!!!
Was watching while riding on trainer inside here in rainy Calgary :(
It was great to see you fighting it out with the best in the world - I was yelling and cheering for you all the way along!!! Bring on Des Moines - YOU WILL DO IT!!!
Cheers, chat soon!! :)

Mike "Chewy" said...

28th at Worlds is GREAT Lisa! I saw your transition clinic at the swim exit, it was NOT that bad at all. The weather was so cold on Sunday, everyone had problems in transition - a few couldn't even unbuckle their helmets.

You're gonna nail it at Des Moines! We'll be cheering for you.

Mcevoy said...

Hi Lisa,
Greetings from Calgary.Congrats on your race at Worlds and best of luck in Des Moines. We know you can do it and make the Olympic Team. We will be cheering for you.
Christine & Karen McEvoy

Janna said...

Hi Lisa - Nice race. I've been watching your results (wow!) but just found this website today. Your "fan" who was interviewed on the ITU webcast in Vancouver was me. (I've left Calgary for White Rock & Nanaimo.)

Best of luck in Europe next week.

bo said...

Good Job... the legacy of the "Animal Lane" lives on... we'll be cheering...