Ironman Boulder - Triathlon

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
87F / 31C
Total Time = 13h 15m 2s
Overall Rank = 851/2814
Age Group = M 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 136/392
  • 1h 21m 47s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

The swim start was interesting because it was in waves unlike any other IM I've done (except Kentucky which is time trial). All in all I had a good swim. I was about 10 millets slower than what used to be my average but I'm fine with it considering that I didn't train for it. It was a good trade-off, a slower but decent swim time for extra time spent out running the trails.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 08m 50s

I was surprised to see my transition time, it felt slower.
  • 6h 16m 9s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.87 mile/hr

I was completely amazed at how well I did on the bike considering that my two "long" rides were 38 miles and I think I only had like 300 bike miles for the year. Again, a really good trade-off, less time on the bike meant more time to run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, well, it may have been a bit better had I trained a little more. I would have liked to at least get in a couple 70 mile rides and that might have limited some of my discomfort but I don't know that it would have speed me up any.
Transition 2
  • 10m 40s

Again, pretty happy with my transition. It felt longer. Maybe that's because T-2 was hotter than blazes.
What would you do differently?:

  • 5h 17m 36s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 07s  min/mile

I had a good run all in all. I was really worried that my lack of training on the bike would leave me completely hammered for the run but I did pretty well. The thing that slowed me down was my own dumb mistake somewhere around mile 15 when I took a gel and gatorade at the same time. As I was getting ready to do it I thought to myself that I shouldn't do it but I did it any what and soon got sick to my stomach. I probably lost about a minute per mile off my pace but overall I had a much better race than expected so it's pretty hard to complain.
What would you do differently?:

Not taken a gel with Gatorade at mile 15.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Choosing to skip most of my bike and swim training in favor of enjoying myself trail running. However, I still wouldn't change it. I'm just not into swimming and cycling any more. It's time to hang up the Ironman shoes for a while.

Event comments:

Even though I'm not really into the IM scene anymore I 'm really glad I did this one. I still think that IM Coeur d'Alene is my favorite but maybe not. This one was pretty great. I liked the single loop format of the bike and the swim but the bike course did get pretty freakin boring at times.

Last updated: 2013-07-27 12:00 AM
01:21:47 | 4224 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 167/392
Overall: 1149/2814
Performance: Average
Suit: Full
Course: single loop
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
06:16:09 | 112 miles | 17.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/392
Overall: 0/2814
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Single loop with most of the big rollers in the first third lots of flat to downhill in the middle third and then more pretty good rollers during the last third. It was a nice bike course though I did get sick of a couple of the super long straight sections.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 10:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
05:17:36 | 26.2 miles | 12m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/392
Overall: 0/2814
Performance: Average
Course: Weird course, all concrete with three out and backs centered around a hub where you come in from T-2 and another area where you peal off to the finish. I was skeptical about this course prior to the race but I really ended up liking it quite a bit. They call it the "Flux Capacitor."
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 4