Harvest Moon Half-Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
50F / 10C
Total Time = 4h 54m 40s
Overall Rank = 22/227
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/25
Pre-race routine:

Slept in a bit and got up at 5 and ate some breakfast. Drove out to Aurora rez and the gates were closed still at 6 A.M. Got in and was second in transition near the bike in and out. It was very cold this morning around 38 degrees.
Event warmup:

Dynamic stretching and a short run. Got in the water to get acclimated to the 58 degree water. It was warmer than the air temp.
  • 37m 26s
  • 2300 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

I opted to wear the polar cap as well today. This was one of my best swims ever. I beat my friend Paul out of the vater by 15 seconds. I have never been this close to him. Very happy. I could not see anything on the way out. the sun was right there. So I just kept drafting on people around me. Coming back was much more wavey. Found some feet and sited well.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 1s

This was long because I put on a jacket, wool socks, cycling beanie and gloves. It was cold out there. So decent T1 considering.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 32m 15s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.07 mile/hr

It was nice heading east witht the tail wind. But going west was a bear. The wind was steady and right in your face. this course was also very hilly. alot like nationals only longer.I had a couple guys pass me on the bike. Overall it was a good ride. Peed on the biek twice while moving.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

Changed socks and took off all my riding clothes. So it was decent.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 42m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

this is where the wheels fell off. I was feeling poor from the start and knew I would struggle. First 6 miles were on pace to hit 1:35. Last 6 were torture. At mile 11 I thought about not finishing with running. I took 2 endurlytes and began running again. Felt a bit better and brouht it home. my buddy Paul caught me at mile 11 and went by me.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike . I think I didn't drink enough gatorade on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat in a daze, my wife and kids came out to cheer me at the finish, that was nice. I just felt like crap afterwards. I think I was getting sick. I am home today with a 103 degree temp. Don't know if that had anything to do with it. I think I was dehydrated as well.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Dehydration and lack of run distance in the last month.

Event comments:

great race put on by Darrin and Racing Underground.

Last updated: 2006-05-02 12:00 AM
00:37:26 | 2300 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 53/227
Performance: Good
Suit: QR full
Course: out and back, straight shot. The race director said the bouy at the end blew away over night so the course was about 3 minutes long.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:01
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:32:15 | 56 miles | 22.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 21/227
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Big loop that went down quicny and back to watkins road, right on I-70 then to Bennet, and left to watkins and left back down watkins road and right on quincy.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:42:03 | 13.1 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 36/227
Performance: Below average
Course: Followed the lake trail and out to the dam and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5