Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
60F / 16C
Total Time = 6h 21m 37s
Overall Rank = 295/
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 28/
  • 45m 36s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Time includes a long uphill transition. I dropped my goggles in the sand & then I jogged through most of it up to the transition area.

felt good overall. Felt cold & went a bit numb, but never overly painful.
What would you do differently?:

I'd learn to swim faster. :)
Transition 1
  • 05m 31s

really took my time. I put on a pair of bike shorts over my tri shorts, a coat, gloves etc to battle the cold. I wanted to take my time to make sure that I had everything that I needed before embarking on such a long ride.
What would you do differently?:

Now that I know what to expect I think that I can push it harder next time.
  • 3h 22m 33s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.59 mile/hr

I was really conscious that I had a half marathon at the end of this, so I didn't really press much. I kept a comfortable cadence and didn't hammer up the hills to make sure that I had legs for the run.
What would you do differently?:

I think that I did as well as I could have expected for my first HIM. Next time I would press more throughout the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

took my time. Had to take off everything and I didn't want to run in bike shoes knowing that my legs were so tired.

What would you do differently?:

transitioned with some sense of urgency.
  • 2h 06m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 38s  min/mile

The first few miles the muscles in the front of my shin were locked up, as well as my right hamstring. I stopped to try to stretch them, but just couldn't make progress. After 3-4 miles I worked it out. the first 3 miles I ran a mile, then walked 50-100 yards. After that I started running 2 miles & walking 50-100 yards. When I reached 10 miles I had to walk every mile again, as well as up the steeper hills.
What would you do differently?:

I think that I could have managed to walk a lot less. I wanted to make sure that I could finish, but in retrospect I think that I could have completed the run with only a couple walking breaks - possibly none at all.
Post race
Event comments:

overall a fun race. The volunteers were GREAT! Everyone cheered - even the police officers! Great signs everywhere - and tons of water on the run.

Last updated: 2008-09-15 12:00 AM
00:45:36 | 2112 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:31
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:22:33 | 56 miles | 16.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: out & back and then a long hilly course.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:44
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:06:15 | 13.1 miles | 09m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 147/
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3