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Pro Triathlete Tami

  • Ironman Wisconsin 2014: Tami's Report

    Tami Ritchie at Ironman Wisconsinby Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Ironman Wisconsin
    2.4 mile Swim, 112 mile Bike, 26.2 mile Run
    Madison, Wisconsin
    September 7, 2014

    Ironman Wisconsin started out well. Conditions were about as good as they can be on a Midwest September day. No rain in the forecast, and temps were warm enough but not too hot.

    For me, the swim went well. I found my swim groove again just in time for this race. I started on the outside of the pack of pros nearer to the beach, until I could settle in and then move closer to other swimmers and really start racing. A bunch of people sprinted off the start line, but I just kept to the outside, doing my thing. By about 500 yards, I had passed half of them. It took me until the first turn at 1000 yards to drop all the swimmers I would drop, and I caught a pack of men at 1300 yards. Then I simply stuck with that pack till the finish.

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  • Pigman Triathlon: Tami's Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Tami Ritchie on the bike at the Pigman TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Unlike Chisago, this race felt bad. The swim was oddly better, but then the bike felt bad, and the run was downright torturous. I couldn’t hit any paces or watts. When I did it was taking way too much effort. The race felt bad and it was bad.

    The only good thing I can say about it is that the piss-poorness of it was probably a reflection of the high quality Ironman training done the two weeks prior (and a busy work schedule), so I think the training and fitness were there.

    Without being able to take any rest time going into the race, I paid the price here… It will hopefully pay out dividends come Ironman Wisconsin.

    Full results from the Pigman Long and Olympic Triathlons are online at JMS Racing Services.

  • Chisago Lakes Triathlon: Tami's Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Tami Ritchie with a big lead at Chisago Lakes TriathlonChisago Lakes Triathlon
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Chisago City, Minnesota
    July 27, 2014

    Chisago Lakes Triathlon was a "big" little local race up in Minnesota. I did the half distance in the elite wave. (They also offer a sprint.) It was a windy day, but the rain held out except for brief moments on the run.

    The swim was in Lake Chisago—pretty, but very weedy in spots once you get swimming. My swim was quite poor, but thankfully I was still the first female out.

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  • Ironman 70.3 Muncie: Tami’s Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Tami Ritchie raced Ironman 70.3 MuncieIronman 70.3 Muncie was a train-through race for me. The week before, I had worked nights and I was just very busy in the weeks leading into the race. Though I didn’t go into it thinking I would break any records, I was still hoping to better my time from Kansas since the bike course is flatter.

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  • Ironman 70.3 Kansas: Tami's Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie at Ironman 70.3 KansasIronman 70.3 Kansas came and went like crazy! It felt like I didn’t have much time to think about the race. Perhaps this was a good thing—less time to worry and fret over details and things that aren’t going quite right.

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  • Ironman Texas: Tami's Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Tami Ritchie ran in Ironman Texas.It is very hard for me to write this race report for Ironman Texas. It feels like the same story over and over. Why can’t everything just go right (or as right as things can go in a roughly 10-hour race) and I have a good race that I’m happy with? It’s easy to have a pity party and get frustrated. And I think I did, for about two days. But then I got my head on straight again, and used another subpar race result as more fuel to the fire.

    You know all those sayings... Fall down nine times, get up 10. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

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