Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
40F / 4C
Total Time = 7h 21m 36s
Overall Rank = 297/329
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/24
Pre-race routine:

Becca came up the night before and we shared a bottle of wine with pasta and mahi mahi for dinner :) I love how I manage to get some alcohol in the night prior to almost every race I've done this year! That's what a year in Iraq with no alcohol will do to you.

Woke up at 5, ate a PB&J and a little bit of coffee. Left at 5:30 and made it to the reservoir a little after 6. Basically tried not to freak out while getting my stuff together. It was cold. Really cold.
Event warmup:

Rode the bike around the parking lot to make sure I was in the right gear.
  • 53m 3s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards

Well, I didn't freak out during the swim like I did during the Loveland Oly a few months back, so that was good. Considering my time, I wonder why I even bother swimming in the pool! It seems as if all form and technique fly out the window and I just try to survive. At least I was moving. Towards the end though I was getting really cold and my arms were not moving as well.
What would you do differently?:

Um. Really work on swimming more so I'm more confident in the distance. There really is no reason why that distance should take me 50+ minutes!
Transition 1
  • 00m

I'm not sure what the time in T1 was b/c I forgot to put my timing chip back on after peeling off my wetsuit. Also, I couldn't decide whether to put on arm warmers or a LS shirt. I went ahead with the LS shirt.
  • 00m
  • 56 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr

I really held back on the bike knowing I had the 1/2 marathon to do. I felt good the entire time. Took in about 600 calories. Stopped behind a tree to go potty at about the 1/2 way point.
What would you do differently?:

I did not train much at all most of July and August. Excuses could include moving and starting a new job, but really, no excuse!
Transition 2
  • 00m

I did remember to put my timing chip back on during T2! No issues with T2; did hit the porta potty on the way out!
  • 2h 36m 2s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 55s  min/mile

Becca ran the 1/2 with me and that saved me! I think I would have been in tears if she wasn't there chit chatting with me the entire way! I actually felt pretty good the entire run. I didn't push at all, just kept moving at a decent pace. We walked the uphills and through the water points. I took in about 400 calories the first 2/3 of the run. We cheered people along the course and I finished smiling!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a bit. Ate a little of the BBQ they had.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really didn't train from mid-July on... I was in Ohio for a few weeks, then came back to Colorado and moved and started working, so that limited my training time/energy.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed myself this race. I have the Best Boyfriend Ever cheering me on and congratulating me when I finished. The race was very organized and well run, volunteers were AWESOME! I definitely want to do this next year.

More pictures are here if you want to see :)


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Last updated: 2008-03-20 12:00 AM
00:53:03 | 2112 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/329
My HRM crapped out, so I have no idea what time/HR. *sigh* The water was really cold!
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Out and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:00:00 | 56 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/329
Again, no idea. I had my Garmin going but it ran out of battery about 3:30 into it. I was almost finished at that point though.
Course: I liked the course. Out and back for a short distance and then a big loop.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:36:02 | 13.1 miles | 11m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/329
No HRM and no Garmin. See above :)
Course: Out and back.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5