Linda GallowSAN JOSE, CA - First year pro and Multisports.com coached athlete, Linda
Gallo, won the San Jose Internation Traithlon on June 13, 2004. Her time
of 2:04:34 was more than three minutes ahead of runner up Erin McCarty.
Linda was first overall out of the water in a smokin' 16:46, even ahead
of all the male pros including overall winner, Marc Lees of Australia.
She maintained her lead with the 3rd fastest women's bike split of the
day and then sealed the deal with the fastest run split of the day.
Here's Linda's race report:
I was psyched for this race since it's local (which means I got to sleep
in my own bed, no extra packing, lots of people I know to mingle with
after) and because J&A always puts on a great race every year.
It's an early start at 7:00 AM. Weather was perfect. It was a typical
sunny day for June in the south bay. Got to transition about 5:30 and
got everything together. Headed out for a 15 min warmup run around 6:10
or so and then got into the lake by 6:45 to make sure I got the water
flowing through my wetsuit and I was ready to go.
They start the elite wave with the collegiate wave so it was a pretty
large wave. I lined up right in front next to Ted Simpkins who I know is
a great swimmer. The collegiates let us elites (about 2 dozen or so)
line up in front and didn't really contest, so it was a clean start
without too much bumping. I had a great start. Got on Ted's feet with
200 yards or so. There were 3 of us together for the majority of the
swim. The third guy was a collegiate. We swam in a line (I was nicely
drafting in third) for about the first 2/3 of the swim. Then we all
spread out going around one bouy and ended up swimming 3 abreast to the
next turn bouy where we turned to head to shore. The collegiate and I
swam in next to each other and put about 10 seconds on Ted. I was very
comfortable throughout the swim. Never felt that I was really pushing
the pace and never went past aerobic. I came out of the water feeling
pretty good AND was pretty fired up that I beat ALL the men elites!!!
Wahoo!! That was pretty cool. Although the announcer didn't know who I
was and was a bit surprised that I was a woman when he figured it out.
I was having a really quick transition until I crossed the mount line
and after hopping on the seat had trouble getting my feet on the top of
the pedals. Eventually got it without losing too much time and was off
on the bike course. I headed out right behind the motor bike which was
pretty sweet! Then I got passed by Ted within the first mile and the
motor bike took off ahead with him. My goal for this race was to HAMMER
the bike and note the effect on the run. So I set off in a pretty big
gear and just focused on turning the pedals over at a good cadence. This
course is more or less flat except for a hill around mile 14 and a
couple rollers. Legs burned the first few miles (likely due to the swim,
transition, etc..) but then I settled into a good groove and held that.
Last year I was passed by Erin (who won the race last year) about mile 7
of the bike. I got past that point still feeling good and knew that if I
stayed ahead of her on the bike I was doing really well. I saw her and
Holly at the out and back turnaround (mile 10) and had about a minute
plus on them. Kept going strong and got to the end of the bike still in
first!! This got me more fired up and gave me a lot of confidence in my
biking in this race and for future races.
I had a bit of a rough transition. I swung my leg over my bike to
dismount and didn't slow down quite enough. I came off running at a pace
that was a good bit too fast. I stumbled a bit, but managed to stay
upright. Dropped my bike though in my efforts to keep myself upright. I
don't think it cost me much, just didn't look very graceful by any
means.. Put my flats on, grabbed my hat, race number, and Gu's and
headed out on the run. I attempted to put the Gu's in my jersey pocket
as I was running and managed to drop both of them. Doh! I wasn't going
back for them though. I hoped there was Gel on the course, otherwise I
figured I'd make it. Felt pretty strong running right from the start. I
got passed by one of the elite men with the first mile and he told me I
had a minute or so on Erin. Nice. I felt pretty strong the whole run.
Started to feel a bit tired around mile 4 which I think was due to not
taking in anything but water since the bike. They were handing out Lava
Gel on the run which I had never heard of, but at this point I wasn't
too picky. I grabbed one and carried it for a few minutes before I
decided it was better to take it than run in on empty. Not bad! I was
pretty impressed. Went down smooth and without water. Finished the race
strong holding a steady pace through the 10k.
The run was accurate this year. It was short last year (How does that
happen when there is an out and back on the course??). I ran one of my
better, if not best, triathlon 10k's; AND after going for it on the
bike. So, overall a great day! A bit sore post race, but well worth it.
Finished first by a solid 3 minutes! Marc Lees was out here representing
Zoot and won the men's race. Some great company to be on the podium
Full Race Results can be found at: