Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Without Limits
85F / 29C
Total Time = 6h 09m 32s
Overall Rank = 242/552
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 22/34
Pre-race routine:

early morning cliff bar and apple
Event warmup:

got in the water for a little swim to start up...was ok
  • 36m 49s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

overall swim was nice...had one big lung full of water but I coughed it out and moved on.
Transition 1
  • 02m 12s
  • 3h 07m 32s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.92 mile/hr

This was where the day fell apart. I took two water bottles and plenty of nutrition but I missed the first aid station getting a Gatorade so by the time I got to the second I was out of fluid. I got a Gatorade at the second but shortly after, there was a bump going over a bridge and that was ejected from my holder. I should've stopped to get it but I was stupid. I also dropped my first electrolyte pill and didn't take the second so I was going south quickly after the halfway point. I got my second electrolyte pill and some water at the last aid station but I missed the Gatorade again. I tried to use the pills I had saved up for the run but the zip-lock had gotten water in it during the swim so they were basically mush. I tried to suck what I could out of the zip lock but I'm afraid I didn't get much.

So basically I did the entire ride on two bottles of Gatorade and one bottle of water with 1.5 electrolyte tabs instead of 5 of fluid and 3 tabs. Bad news for the cramping legs.
What would you do differently?:

nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.
Transition 2
  • 02m 31s
  • 2h 20m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 43s  min/mile

This is where the lack of nutrition caught up to me. I cramped up within .5 miles of starting off and really never got past it. Stopping and massaging at every aid station and drinking Gatorade I muddled through but it was nasty...as the time attests.
Post race
Warm down:

walking around trying to uncramp

Event comments:

lessons learned ...take the third bottle just in case you miss the first aid station and have extra electrolyte tabs. Maybe eat more on the bike but I think I ate a lot so maybe that was fine.

Last updated: 2011-04-13 12:00 AM
00:36:49 | 2112 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/34
Overall: 182/552
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:12
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:07:32 | 56 miles | 17.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 27/34
Overall: 276/552
Performance: Bad
Wind: Headwind
Course: big square in the rolling hills of Aurora
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:31
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:20:29 | 13.1 miles | 10m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/34
Overall: 256/552
Course: out and back around Aurora Reservoir
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]