Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
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Total Time = 7h 36m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49M
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Well, this was my 1st tri, so I can't say I had a routine. I was up at 4:30, ate some cereal, and drove down from Fort Collins. I got everything set up reasonably well, and pretty just tried to stay warm.
Event warmup:

None. It was pretty cold.
  • 39m 14s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Despite the large orange buoys, I did a terrible job sighting. Possibly because this was my first open water swim in about 30 years. I did a lot of breaststroke. I never felt comfortable but kept moving. Hey, do timing chips float, because I started to worry that it was coming off my ankle.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to sight better. But overall I was pretty happy with the swim.
Transition 1
  • 08m 21s

I was really slow. That was on purpose and I'm not worried about it. Maybe next time I'll go faster.
  • 3h 45m
  • 56 miles
  • 14.93 mile/hr

I'm none too fast in the best of times, but even slower up hills. I had some back pain, which made it hard to stay in the drops. That was odd, since I haven't usually had that problem.
What would you do differently?:

Umm, lose weight? Get more flexible so I can be more aero? Spend lots of money on a tri bike? No, scratch that last one, my wife would kill me.
Transition 2
  • 05m 21s

Another slow transition, but the real problem was that I didn't reapply sunscreen, and I was out on the run course a long time.
  • 2h 58m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 35s  min/mile

Well, more of a walk than a run. I was already dragging coming off the bike, so I should have just taken the Aquabike turnoff and declared victory. I jogged and walked for about 8 miles, until my knee started causing me some pain, and then it was mostly a walk to the end.
What would you do differently?:

Train more for the next one. I had injured my Achilles tendon, and while it seems to be fine now, I didn't get in nearly enough miles.
Post race
Event comments:

Well, doing a HIM as my first triathlon might not have been a very sound decision. I have even more respect now for those 300 odd people that came in ahead of me.

The volunteers were terrific, as were the other participants. Everyone was really friendly. I liked the course a lot, and I think I'll do it again sometime.

Last updated: 2008-09-16 12:00 AM
00:39:14 | 2112 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 08:21
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:45:00 | 56 miles | 14.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Pretty hilly course. Anyone know the overall vertical?
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:21
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:58:00 | 13.1 miles | 13m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Nice path along the resevoir
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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