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Iron Girl Triathlon, Lake Lanier Georgia

October 15, 2009

This is a review of the Iron Girl held on Sunday, June 28th, 2009.

Iron Girl Swim StartMy workplace is really into employee health and activity. I think this is fun because I am into the same thing. They supplement the cost of a lot of races and events around town to encourage employees to participate. This particular event, the Iron Girl also happen to be sponsored by and benefit a branch or our organization so participation was really pushed.

I had never done a triathlon before, but now that I have a few under my belt I can pick this one apart.

The Iron Girl event series consist of all women events. They do regular road races, duathlons and triathlons. This is their third year doing the Iron Girl in Georgia.

First, this event was run very well. I think the only problem I had was that there were very few signs directing people where to park the day before the event when we had to rack our bikes. That’s my only operational complaint.

There were at least 1,000 participants in this race and six “pros.” I thought that was pretty awesome. The start was a bit delayed due to some technical problems with the audio, but that was quickly resolved. They sent us off in waves for the 1/3 mile swim. The pros went first, I forget the order after that, but my wave, 20-29 was last. Just before us were the 50 and up, so we ended up having to make our way around a lot of these ladies as they completed their swim.

Motivational Sign on Steepest Hill Ever

Motivational Sign on Steepest Hill Ever

After the swim we had a quarter mile run to the transition area. This run was up one of the steepest hills I have ever conquered in my entire life. It was really really steep and really really long. Once I got to transition pretty much everyone’s bike was gone (partly due to the fact that I am a slow swimmer and partly because I was in the last wave). I grabbed my stuff (bike) and set off for the bike ride.

Happier times on the bike.

Happier times on the bike.

This ride was 18 miles and VERY hilly. There were two hills that were really intense, people were walking their bikes because they just couldn’t make it up. At one point I looked at my computer and was cruising at three MPH. I was surprised I didn’t just fall over I was going so slow.

Once the wretched bike ride ended I put on my running shoes and headed out for the 3 mile run. I was surprised to not have the crazy legs everyone spoke of. I did really well on the run and don’t think that anyone passed me. The run was also sort of hilly, but they were gradual hills that were really long, and this is the way I train, so I was accustomed to the terrain. When I crossed the finish line I was pretty excited that I had completed my first triathlon. I was also completely addicted. Just after a friend and I were talking about how much fun we had I overheard someone else saying that they would NEVER do that again. It was torture for them. To each her own.

I ended up finishing in 1:59:22. I didn’t have anything to compare this to, so I was pleased with my results. I know I will be able to do better next year, though.

I can’t wait until this race next year and for the triathlon season to start again.

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  1. Crystal Payne permalink
    January 7, 2010 1:02 PM

    Thank you for the race review. It is great to have a review of the race and helps those of us thinking of “tri”ing the first time. Hope to see you on the course this year – though I may be one of those you swim around!

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