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A Windy and Cold Santa Rosa 70.3 - Update from Cherie Gruenfeld

by Cherie Gruenfeld May 25, 2017 1 min read 0 Comments

A Windy and Cold Santa Rosa 70.3 - Update from Cherie Gruenfeld

I just returned from doing Santa Rosa 70.3.

We all have areas of weakness, or what I like to refer to as: “Something I don’t do very well.”

I don’t do well in cold – water or air. And Santa Rosa was a real challenge in both areas.

The good news about this weakness is that there’s a counterbalance. I handle heat and humidity better than many. But I digress – this weekend was not about heat and humidity.

Entering the water, I looked like the Michelin Man. I had as many layers under my wetsuit and on my head as was possible. I set a new PR in T1 – for slow. With frozen hands, it took nearly twelve minutes to peel off all the layers and put on new layers to start the bike, which started with a bone-chilling three mile downhill.

It was a beautiful ride, which helped take my mind off the chilly winds and by T2, I was warmed up and ready to run.

I crossed the finish line in 6:23 which won the age group and, considering the unusually long transition times, I was happy with that.

As always, it was Perfect Amino that helped my day. It starts during training, where I use it before and after every workout. And on race day, regardless of challenges presented, I have confidence, knowing I’m strong and prepared.

-Cheri

Cherie Gruenfeld
Cherie Gruenfeld

Sixteen Ironman Age Group Wins Worldwide Nine-time World #1-ranked Amateur Ironman Triathlete. 2000 WTC Female Age Grouper of the Year 2001, 2007 USA Triathlon Female Grandmaster of the Year. Multiple-time USAT All-American Team (#1 Rank) "Everyday Champion" featured on Wheaties Energy Crunch cereal box. “My first triathlon was a Half IM in ’92 which qualified me for the IM World Championships in Kona. In ’92 in lived in Santa Monica, but now live in the Palm Springs desert with my husband, Lee, who is my biggest fan and supporter. He also writes and takes photos for the World Triathlon Corporation at many of my races. At the end of 2015, I announced my retirement from Ironman racing and am now focusing on 70.3s. My 2016 goal is to win the 70.3 World title in the W70-74 and setting a new course record.” For more information: http://www.cheriegruenfeld.com/



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