Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Without Limits Productions
80F / 27C
Total Time = 6h 41m 54s
Overall Rank = 255/363
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 10/20
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast in the car was a bagel with cream cheese and Trader Joes Cookie Butter. Hey, it works for me! Arrived 90 minutes early to find a huge line to get into the Rez. It took a half hour before we got to our parking spot. Tried to get a transition spot by the bike out but they were taken so I went with my next favorite spot, the swim in/run out.
Event warmup:

15 min easy run with some intervals. Didn't have time for the bike warmup because it took so long to get into the park. 15 minute swim in the really cold water.
  • 32m 20s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

Swim was amazing with a PR! I did have to stop a few minutes in because I got kicked in the face and my left goggle filled up with water. Hey, at least I didn't get hit head-on like the YOLO a few weeks ago!

I exited the water at 30:25 but the timing mat was about 200 yards up the hill to T1. Due to my foot and ankle injury, the lower limb does not do well in cold water. Running to T1 was difficult and painful. While I know my official time was 32:20, I'm loving my 30:25, which is a PR by 3 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

The swim was great. I do have difficulty in sighting because I can't see without my glasses. On the swim back the waves were choppy and while sighting I drank more than a few sips of water. I need to work on lifting my head more in choppy water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 33s

For the first time ever I was dizzy from the swim when I got to T1. Not sure if it was the cold water, the waves, or drinking the water.

Tried to get my arm sleeves on but couldn't so I said forget it!
What would you do differently?:

Forget trying to get the arm sleeves on.
  • 3h 18m 56s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.89 mile/hr

This was my second race with my new NeilPryde Bayamo and was excited to put it to the 70.3 test.

The first 15 miles were strong, even the hills from the out and back to the first turn with my average speed at 17.6 At mile 15 I stopped and threw up. Not sure why. Drinking the lake water, nutrition? Next 17 miles my speed stayed at an average of 22.8 which felt comfortable. I was eating again and drinking Skratch with no real problem. However, any time I would sip Perpetum my stomach would cramp. Mile 32 we turned into the cross/headwind for the remainder if the ride. I ran out of Skratch so I only had Perpetum until the aid station. Just short of the third aid station I got sick again. I grabbed a Gatorade and water and mixed them in my hydration system and felt a little better. But with the hills and the head wind I started slowing, cramping, and really wanting off the bike. The new chip-seal pavement for a few miles made life even more uncomfortable.

I was wanting a sub 3:00 bike, which may have been possible if I hadn't of donated my nutrition to the side of the road.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure what caused the nausea, but I need to figure it out so it doesn't happen again.
Transition 2
  • 02m 42s

I had no energy when I got to the dismount line. My legs were dead and there was no running to my spot. Walking was difficult. Got my shoes on, grabbed my hat and belt but forgot my handheld water bottle.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget the water!
  • 2h 45m 40s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 39s  min/mile

My goal was a 2:20 for the run which was very doable because of my training.

The first mile was a 9:50 mile. Got to the first aid station and walked it while sipping Gatorade and water. After that :30 walk I started to run again but a few minutes later the nausea returned so I walked a bit. This continued throughout the run. Shortly before the turn-a-round I stepped of the side of the path and twisted my already injured ankle. I sat there for a few seconds but got up and jogged for a bit. Mile 9 I took a step and just fell when my foot hit the ground. Got mad at myself for thinking about quitting at that point and tried to run more. Last 3 miles I was freezing cold despite the temps in the 80s.
What would you do differently?:

Not let the evil demon voices in my head get to me. The run became a mental challenge and I let the voices win. Twice I was asked by first aiders if I was okay and wanted to continue the race. Twice I nodded and kept going. I shouldn't have gotten to the place I was in for them to ask if I was okay.
Post race
Warm down:

crossed the finish line and just sat on the curb because my legs were dead.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pretty sure I was dehydrated from getting sick on the bike and not drinking as much as I usually do on the run. My training was on target to give me a sub 6:00 hour race but my body didn't perform. I lost the mental game today.

Event comments:

This is the longest running Half Iron Distance in the area and incredibly well run and organized. There were times on the bike were cars and trucks let us know they were not happy we were on the roads but that was the only negative and nothing the race organizers could control.

Last updated: 2014-09-08 12:00 AM
00:32:20 | 2112 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 52/363
Performance: Good
Suit: XTerra sleeveless
Course: Out and back counter-clockwise
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:18:56 | 56 miles | 16.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 100/20
Overall: 256/363
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Started with an out and back with the turn-a-round just after mile 10. The next section of the course was a loop followed by the final 16 miles a straight but rolling hills line.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 02:42
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:45:40 | 13.1 miles | 12m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/20
Overall: 293/363
Performance: Bad
Course: Out and back on cement around the rez
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4