Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
55F / 13C
Total Time = 5h 12m 34s
Overall Rank = 80/340
Age Group = M20-24
Age Group Rank = 6/9
Pre-race routine:

I woke up, ate a bowl of cereal and an apple, then hit the road. Traffic wasn't great but I still got there with plenty of time to set up.
Event warmup:

I didn't really do much warming up because I didn't want to take my sweats off. It was so cold and windy, and because I am still in the process of moving I have NONE of my cold weather gear. Little did I know just how bad it would be..
  • 33m 14s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

I was expecting a swim around 40:00 so this was fantastic! I suspect the course was measured a little short, but even so I swam really well. I stayed pretty straight and drafted when I could. I was very comfortable which was my main goal.
What would you do differently?:

Not much this was a solid swim, maybe I could've drafted a little more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

I got up the beach and into T1 pretty quickly, but I wasn't in a real rush when I got there. Once the wetsuit came off I realized just how cold I was going to be from now on. My hands were pretty cold so putting my socks and shoes on was kinda difficult.
What would you do differently?:

I could've moved faster in transition, but given the circumstance I'm not too worried about it.
  • 2h 51m 52s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.55 mile/hr

This was the hardest part of the race for me. Beyond the physical demands, it was also mentally and emotionally challenging. I've never suffered so much on the bike in my life. It was so cold I thought I was getting frost bite on my toes, and my fingers were so cold I couldn't operate them well enough to open a gel packet. There were times when I just wanted to get off the bike and start crying. It was a constant internal struggle to keep going.

Then there was the issue of urinating. Around mile 20 I started feeling like I really had to go. At mile 30 it was becoming extremely urgent and I realized there was no way I would make it to transition, so I decided I would try to go on myself. This was not working. Even though I had to go so bad it hurt, I just couldn't get myself to go. I saw several guys pulled over doing the tripod thing while still on their bikes, something I couldn't do because of wearing a one piece tri suit. I kept trying, hoping the next painful bump would finally just sqeeze it out. Finally I just pulled over and ran into a bush, and it STILL wouldn't go! For 15 seconds I was just standing there thinking "do I even have to go, or is something else wrong?" It finally started pretty slow, then got up to speed.. I think everything was just frozen down there!

By the end of the ride I was just looking forward to the run, hoping that it would warm me up.
What would you do differently?:

I can't really blame myself for not being prepared for the conditions because I just don't have all my stuff in the new apartment yet. I should probably try to learn how to pee on the bike, because that really took my focus away from racing.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

Much faster transition here. As sick as it sounds, I was just excited to start running!
What would you do differently?:

I didn't get my feet out of the shoes early enough and had to stop at the dismount line, otherwise this was a solid T2.
  • 1h 44m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

When I left tranistion I checked my watch and it was at 3:28:XX and I thought to myself "Oh wow, I just need a 1:31:00 Half Marathon to break 5 hours"! In my competitive haze I actually thought this was possible. So I started out running 7:00-7:10 miles. That didn't last. I didn't completely blow up, but my pace definitely suffered. I still broke 1:45:00, which was an early season goal for a stand alone, so I'm really happy with this run.
What would you do differently?:

I'm sure I would've had a faster time if I had paced myself better, but I don't regret it. I'll always be happy knowing I went for it, rather than coming in a few minutes faster and wondering what could have been.
Post race
Warm down:

I paced around by the finish line to congratulate some of the people coming in behind me. My legs started locking up really bad, and the walk to transition was slow and painful. I was able to pack up and head down to grab some food, which was TERRIFIC. It was kind of a mexican buffet, where you got to make your own taco. It was just great. Even though I was back in sweats, I was getting really cold and it started raining so I skipped the awards and just headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm extremely happy with my time (5:30:00 was my goal going in) so I can't really criticize myself in terms of how fast I went.

Event comments:

This was a really fun race. The volunteers were fantastic, I can't thank them enough, and there was lots of support out there. The conditions didn't cooperate but thats just bad luck. I've never been challenged on so many levels, and am extremely proud of how I came through it all.

Last updated: 2009-09-05 12:00 AM
00:33:14 | 2112 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/9
Overall: 171/340
Performance: Good
Course: An out and back in the reservoir. Water was calm at first but was a little rougher out by the turn around.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:17
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
02:51:52 | 56 miles | 19.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/9
Overall: 122/340
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: After leaving the park you did a short out and back and then a big loop before coming back in the park. It was mostly flat/rolling with a few small climbs toward the end.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:44:26 | 13.1 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/9
Overall: 62/340
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back course on the rolling trails through the park. It was mostly paved sidewalk, with some sections of gravel.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5