Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Without Limits
Total Time = 5h 38m 23s
Overall Rank = 137/552
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 20/55
Pre-race routine:

The usual: bagel w/ peanut butter, banana, and coffee. Arrived at transition with about 50 minutes to setup.
Event warmup:

A quick swim to acclimate.
  • 39m 35s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Overall a good swim for me, planned 40-45 minutes and came in well under that.
What would you do differently?:

I need to find a way to go out a little faster so I don't have to navigate so much traffic, but have had bad luck with that strategy in the past.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

Not in a big hurry here, but I was able to run in and out of transition pretty comfortably.
What would you do differently?:

My suit got caught on my timing chip. Cheap wetsuit with ankle zippers is a good idea theoretically, but the zippers tend to ball up and get caught. Looking at a new TYR wetsuit for next season.
  • 2h 50m 57s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.65 mile/hr

For me a great ride. Exceeded my plan to ride 19 mph and had some great leap frog sessions with a few other riders. Nice to have someone to push you a little.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing... Well maybe ride a little more, got a little saddle sore.
Transition 2
  • 03m 24s

In even less of a hurry here. Nearly fell dismounting my bike, but overall it was fine. I didn't forget anything.
What would you do differently?:

Slow down more for dismount.
  • 2h 02m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

Last 3 miles were a killer. Planned to be sub 2 hours and was on pace until mile 10.
What would you do differently?:

Moooorrrrre training. Just ran out of gas. Probably would have helped to log some more miles on concrete to prepare. My back and kneess were pretty sore.
Post race
Warm down:

Slip and slide rocked!!! Thanks to the volunteers that pulled me through and helped me out at the end. Walked around, lot's of fluid Mix1 vanilla, yummy. Was finally able to stomach my lunch on the ride home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, training, training, or lack there of.

Event comments:

Great race. Thanks to Lance and all of the voluteers! Really happy with my perfromance for my first HIM. As always, learned more about myself and am looking forward to giving it another shot.

Last updated: 2011-05-25 12:00 AM
00:39:35 | 2112 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/55
Overall: 0/552
Performance: Good
Suit: Promotion
Course: Out and back triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
02:50:57 | 56 miles | 19.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/55
Overall: 0/552
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Big loop through eastern CO, not much to see.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:24
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
02:02:16 | 13.1 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/55
Overall: 0/552
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back on concrete. Ouch!!!
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4