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HRCA Tune Up Sprint Triathalon - TriathlonSprint

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 15m 49s
Overall Rank = 52/378
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/51
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:15, ate a Cliff Bar and sipped on some HEED. Arrived at the race at 6:00 to a long line for body marking. To the excitement of a few people in line, I brought my own sharpie. Took turns bodymarking ourselves and headed in to transition, where much to my wondering eyes did appear: bike rack spacing more suited for children.

Wedged my bike into the rack and hoped for the best.
Event warmup:

Just stretched out my shoulders a bit and that was it.
  • 10m 18s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

No expectations here. Just started swimming again about 6 weeks ago and very limited at that due to sore shoulders. But I was actually a few seconds faster that last year and felt pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

Going to take a few lessons with a total immersion guy in Castle Rock and see if I can learn a shoulder friendly stroke.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

The tight bike racks were a problem here. Had to work my way between four people to get back to my bike and then found a big guy sitting on his butt right in my area. Finally got my stuff and then headed out. First time running in socks with shoes already clipped on. Worked out great and was still 15 seconds faster than last year, even with delays.
What would you do differently?:

This one is on HRCA. Bike racks were WAY too constricted and they assigned the racks by swim heats, meaning everyone in the heat came out together to the same rack. Doesn't make any sense to me.
  • 42m 10s
  • 12.7 miles
  • 18.07 mile/hr

Chilly starting out, especially my legs. I really felt like I was pushing well, staying in aero but I ended up being about 30 seconds slower than last year? I didn't get passed by anyone which was very surprising. Nearly t-boned a cyclist at Lucent/HR Parkway because he rode right through the cop's stop signal. Saw a rider down on the course near Thunder Ridge HS, hope she's ok! Got a little stomach cramp but overall I felt good and my legs felt strong, maybe too strong.
What would you do differently?:

I'm kind of at a loss here. I had done more riding over the winter and this spring prior to this year's race than last year's but I was slower. It was definitely windier than last year but that works both ways. But the bike is without a doubt where I am losing a ton of time and need to get this figured out.
Transition 2
  • 00m 39s

First one back to my rack so lots of room this time. Again, took my feet out of my shoes on the bike and then hopped off at dismount. This is truly the way to go. Knocked 15 seconds off last year's time.
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 40s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 40s  min/mile

Legs felt great off the bike but my feet were numb! In fact they pretty much stayed numb until about 2 miles in. I don't know if this was from being cold or from poor circulation.
Stayed pretty even throughout but my breathing picked up in the last mile. At the turnaround I saw guy running pretty fast and didn't want to get passed. Stayed steady until about 2.5 and peaked back and saw him within a hundred yards. Picked it up and finished strong but I was definitely breathing hard. Ten seconds faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Need to get my speedwork going.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and stretched. Should have done a cooldown but I had to get to my son's baseball game. Drank a bottle of HEED and had a bagel piece.
Headed over to the Cozard's post tri get together and got to meet Mel, Terry, Shannon, Ockey, Ben, Susan, and Ted. Great time and thanks for the burritos!
Felt great rest of day and no soreness whatsoever.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike, bike, bike. And to a lesser extent swim, swim, swim. Oh, and my apparent refusal to suffer on the bike.
Still I was 17 seconds faster than last year, even with a slower ride.

Event comments:

More vendors and better post race stuff than last year.

Need to address: transition area and bike rack assignments. More body markers.

Last updated: 2008-05-15 12:00 AM
00:10:18 | 500 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 103/378
Performance: Good
Actual swim 10:08
Course: Circle swim in lanes with four swimmers per lane.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:02
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:42:10 | 12.7 miles | 18.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 71/378
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: 6.35 mile loop x2. First half uphill and into the wind.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:40 | 03.1 miles | 06m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 15/378
Performance: Good
Mile 1: 6:40, Mile 2: 6:45
Course: Out and back with long gradual inclines/declines.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2008-06-08 11:32 AM

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Extreme Veteran
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: HRCA Tune Up Sprint Triathalon

2008-06-08 12:07 PM
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Centennial, CO
Subject: RE: HRCA Tune Up Sprint Triathalon
good race out there.  And really good time on the run.  Sorry didn't get to meet you out there.
2008-06-08 1:33 PM
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Denver, CO
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Good job on the improvement from last year!
2008-06-08 3:02 PM
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Colorado, USA
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Great job, man. I'm going to email Kristi and find out the condition of the
rider. You were a few minutes in front of me and she was still lying there when I went by.

2008-06-08 6:08 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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Great race!  You did awesome.  Those foot problems are always hard to tell but I bet they were cold!
2008-06-08 11:07 PM
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Lakewood, CO
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Closing with a 20:40 - sweet.  Sounds like overall improvement from a year ago.  Good luck figuring out the bike.

2008-06-09 7:39 AM
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Colorado, USA
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Kristi replied:

"The last I heard about the woman who wrecked she was doing fine. I guess she blacked out on the bike and they took her in just to check her out. "

Hopefully she's OK and we'll see her at the next one....

2008-06-09 8:27 AM
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Parker, CO
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nice race!  Way to hit the run!
2008-06-09 5:29 PM
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Ahhhhh, now I know who that FF Stock guy is.  Solid race capped off by a very nice run!  Nice to meet ya.
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