Ironman 70.3 Boulder - Triathlon

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
74F / 23C
Total Time = 5h 31m 22s
Overall Rank = 530/1674
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 63/153
Pre-race routine:

My wife and I woke up at 3am. I showered, made coffee, ate 1 cup of oatmeal and we left our hotel around 4:30am. We wanted to get there early since the traffic can back up quickly. Once we got to the Boulder Reservoir , the traffic backed up for a few miles so getting in early was the best.
Event warmup:

Nothing, stayed with my wife and friends until my swim start. I wandered over to my swim start and got into my group for the rolling swim start.
  • 37m 35s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

For my first 70.3, I was nervous looking at the swim course. It all went away when I hit the water. The first 800 yard seemed to take forever but I kept pushing through. With 200 yards left, there was a girl who was doing a modified freestyle stroke and ended up elbowing my in my lower teeth. I was slightly upset but we were trying to get the best line for our swim exit. The rolling swim start was not exactly that... The pros started at 7:00 and I did not get into the water until 10 pros exited the water.
What would you do differently?:

Sight, sight, and sight... I found myself off course twice but I made up for it.
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

It was a fairly long T1 distance so I'm very happy with 3:15. I decided to not have sunscreen applied to me since I have a good base of a tan going and I did not thinking need it.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster?
  • 2h 39m 19s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.05 mile/hr

I kept hearing how the altitude would affect me. I went out thinking I would finish in 3 hours and I killed it. It was like a Sunday ride and I was cruising. I exited T2, kissed my wife and said I murdered that bike course. I was beyond surprised at my finish time. At about mile 30, near the second aid station, the police officer did not do a great job directing traffic. There were about 10 of us who just about got tagged by a couple cars. With the aid stations, the cars in the road, I was forced into the opposite lane of travel and I'm really happy I was not penalized for doing it. My nutrition on my bike was interesting. I only consumed about 30 ounces of my 40 ounce speedfil and I consumed 1 pack of power bar energy chews. I did not feel under hydrated or under fueled during the bike. I was happy to skip all aid stations.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all!
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

I ran passed my rack and had to run back one more rack. Again, I was surprised I was under 2 minutes. T2 went very well. I again opted to not have sunscreen applied to me and I exited out, kissed my wife and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Locate my rack better!
  • 2h 09m 34s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 52s  min/mile

Yes, it was very hot but by the time I reached the aid stations, I was getting cooled down. I had a pattern with each aid station... Grab two cups of water, drink one, dump one on my head. I grabbed two sponges, put be one on each of my kidneys and just put more water on them at each aid station. At every other station, I would grab either power aid or cola. I felt great until mile 12 and then I could not wait to be done. At mile 12, I was telling myself I could do it. I started to get emotional and I fought off the tears. I fought them off until I made my final turn to the finish chute and he emotions came back. I tried really hard not to cry and I'm happy I didn't. I have no idea why I was emotional but it was very humbling experience.
What would you do differently?:

Keep better track of my mile splits,
Post race
Warm down:

I laid down on the grass for 2 hours. I had sever motion sickness and every time I would move, thought I was going to throw up. If I stood up, I would sweat profusely and be brought back to the ground. After being on the ground for about 2 hours, I put sugar in my body and that helped tremendously.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, it went exactly as planned. I could not have asked for a better race considering this is my first 70.3.

Event comments:

It's the Mecca of triathlons! You must race in Boulder! The altitude was not an issue whatsoever. By the way, I saw Craig Alexander cheering us on at the intersection of Highway 36 x Ute Highway. I could not have asked for a better race and I was blown away by my final time.

Last updated: 2012-11-06 12:00 AM
00:37:35 | 2112 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 67/153
Overall: 627/1674
Performance: Good
Suit: Full sleeve Xterra Vector Pro3
Course: Modified square with two turns.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:39:19 | 56 miles | 21.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 58/153
Overall: 463/1674
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 1 loop north of town and through farm land and back into town.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
02:09:34 | 13.1 miles | 09m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 63/153
Overall: 530/1674
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop run course with no shade. The course was ran on a hard compact dirt/gravel road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5