Summer Open Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Longmont, Colorado
United States
Without Limits Productions
60'sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 04m 35s
Overall Rank = 27/356
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/38
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in Longmont the day before. Was a little worried cuz the whole family is pretty sick right now. My daughter had a horrible nights sleep. I swear nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing your baby sick for the first time. This was her first time in a hotel and our first time racing with a newborn. Beyond that it was the usual race morning.
Event warmup:

Ran out on the road for about a mile, got my wetsuit on and swam out to the first bouy and back.
  • 13m 18s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

Swim includes about a minute run up to T1. Based on my OWS at Chatfield, the day prior, is close to where I should be. Found a decent set a feet and stayed on them for the first 500 or so and realized I should've been swimming much faster. Went around him and pushed it into the beach.
What would you do differently?:

Wished I swam harder from the start, but I just got comfortable not really pushing the pace. I know I can swim much faster than this, but overall I'm pretty happy seeing how my time in the pool has been very limited this year. I'm swimming faster on way fewer hours.
Transition 1
  • 00m 47s

Really hammered T1 fastest in division and right up there with the elites. I'm sure I've said it before, but DeSoto may not be the fastest suit in the water, but they sure come off easy.
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 31s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 25.21 mile/hr

Not sure if it was the conditions or what but my power was 10 watts higher than I averaged last year, but my time was slower. Not really a concern though cuz I was the only one in my age group that averaged over 25 mph. That makes me very happy! My bike mileage is way down from this time last year, but I'm doing a lot of quality and not just turning wheels to pad my training log.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I drilled it to the best of my ability on the day.
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s

Not much to say here. 2nd fastest T2 in division. Not sure where I lost that 8 seconds. Racked the bike, got my shoes on, and ran out with race belt and visor in hand.
What would you do differently?:

Can't complain.
  • 20m 19s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 33s  min/mile

What happened here is beyond me. I've been running this pace for twice the mileage in training. I didn't overcook the bike. I felt like I was running much quicker. My 5k times this year have been faster than ever before. There were mile markers and at the first one I glanced at my watch to check lap split and thought "Wow that was a slow opening mile". I racked next to Uli Bromme and she asked me if I thought the run felt long. Told her the first mile felt long by a ways and she agreed. Long or not it was good for 4th in Age Group.
What would you do differently?:

Obviously run way faster. My short speed has gotten much faster in the last 6 weeks, but it's still a weakness for me in this sport.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much. Just jogged around until I found my wonderful cheering squad.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No excuses

Event comments:

The first race of the season and I'm satisfied. The focus this year will be on getting faster and learning how to be a good father. That said I may or may not do any long course. I'm leaning towards doing Lake Stevens 70.3 again (cuz it's my favorite HIM course) and a smattering of X-Terra races. I know I got some good fitness right now and it's just a matter of getting my head into race mode.

Last updated: 2010-05-14 12:00 AM
00:13:18 | 820 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/38
Overall: 122/356
Performance: Below average
Suit: DeSoto First Wave
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:47
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:29:31 | 12.4 miles | 25.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/38
Overall: 12/356
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:19 | 03.1 miles | 06m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/38
Overall: 37/356
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4