Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Without Limits Productions
Total Time = 7h 50m 51s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 20/25
Pre-race routine:

Arrived late. rushed setting up transition and headed down to swim beach
Event warmup:

10 min swim
  • 59m 49s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 50s / 100 yards

The swim started well, even though I hadn’t swam in 2 weeks and hadn’t been in the open water since Steamboat, I felt calm. Half way to the first buoy a girl next to me began to have a panic attack. I stopped and talked to her, swam with her for a bit, stopped and talked some more until a kayak came by to help her. The rest of my swim was uneventful. I felt good, I was calm. Even swimming into the wind chop on the way back I didn’t feel anxious. My final swim time was 59:49, better than I had expected.
Transition 1
  • 03m 23s

Rushed my transition set-up so took my time in T-1 making sure I didn't forget anything.
  • 3h 39m 58s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.28 mile/hr

Tough 4 loop course, very hilly. First race on the new tri bike. Took it easy on the first loop and increased intensity with each loop . My back would spasm when I was in the aero position but was fine when I sat up on the horns. But my seat was painfully uncomfortable when I sat up. So I alternated back and forth. By the fourth loop, everything hurt and I was beginning to feel fatigued overall. Ate and drank well. Could have drank one more bottle of Tailwind.
What would you do differently?:

Need more time on the new bike to get more comfortable in the aero position and higher cadence
Transition 2
  • 03m 57s

Exhausted coming off of the bike. Legs felt like rubber, back hurt.
  • 3h 03m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 02s  min/mile

. Heading out on the run I felt like I had nothing left. Near tears, it was again the support of my coach and my friends that put one foot in front of the other. I paced myself well heading out, eating and drinking often and was surprisingly pain free, just very tired. I wanted to make the turn around with enough time to spare that worst case I could walk the last half and finish. I didn’t quite make the time I wanted, but did well. The run back was a huge mental struggle. This is my training route and I know every hill of the course, know exactly how far it is around the reservoir. I knew I had time and I lost all motivation, so very tired! The support of the fellow athletes and the amazing volunteers at the aid stations helped push me through. Seeing my coach ride out to meet me a mile from the finish was the last push I needed. If she could sacrifice an entire Sunday to watch me struggle, the least I could do was shuffle the last mile in a running type motion. My final run time was 3:03, only 3 minutes over my target time.
What would you do differently?:

Need to stay motivated
Post race
Warm down:

Completely exhausted at the finish. Couldn't eat. Sore, stiff and tired

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Struggled with respiratory illness all season. Stressful month leading up to this race; Mu's cancer diagnosis, Joe's uncle's death. No motivation to train for the last month.

Event comments:

Tough race but incredibly well run! Lots of volunteers, plenty of aid stations well stocked, even ice on the run!

Last updated: 2015-09-16 12:00 AM
00:59:49 | 2112 yards | 02m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/25
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Full sleeve
Course: Out and back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:39:58 | 56 miles | 15.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/25
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course: 4 loops. swim beach to scubs parking lot, turn around. Out Potomac to Quincy, rollers on Quincy, turn around. Back to swim beach via Potomac.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:57
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
03:03:58 | 13.1 miles | 14m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/25
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: bike path around Res
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5