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Bennet, CO, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 20m 27s
Overall Rank = 77/314
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 2/17
Pre-race routine:

Mostly packed up Friday night. Got up at 4:40 and made a smoothie and got myself ready to leave the house. A few bathroom stops later, I was out the door. Got to the venue a little after 6:00 and got a good rack spot. Checked in and ran into Markdill38. Talked with him a bit and went about milling around til I was ready to go out for a ride.
Event warmup:

A bit after 7:00, I went out for a warm up ride and run through the gears. Really didn't feel strong. Turned around after 10 minutes going out and found out there was a decent and chilly wind out of the east. Made my way back in over 12. Noted that for later. Got back to my rack and someone set up there transition area in my spot, spent some time rearranging. I was mildly peeved about this. I get there at 6 to get my spot and someone who comes over an hour later snakes it.
Listened to the pre-race briefing, got in line for the port-o-let and then didn't have time for the run I wanted. Also, I really felt poorly. Something I wasn't going to say out loud, but thought it. Didn't have time to fight the lines and still make the start time.
  • 16m 28s
  • 2.4 miles
  • 06m 52s  min/mile

Went out feeling like I was going slow and everyone in my wave was pulling away from me. Settled in and started passing people. HR was upper zone 3/low zone 4 through the first 2 miles. Ended up doing sub-7's which is flying for me. HR started going into zone 5 the last part into transition. I tried to back it off some, but not enough to get the HR back down
What would you do differently?:

Take it a wee bit slower on the leg as a whole.
Transition 1
  • 00m 51s

Felt slightly disjointed but moved in the direction of getting onto the bike. Ended up with the fastest T1 in the Clydes.
  • 44m 24s
  • 15.5 miles
  • 20.94 mile/hr

I took it easy on the out bound. I got passed so much in the first couple of miles. I figured I had a stronger 1st run and that accounted for some of it. Then as time went on, I was figuring the folks around me were going to be surprised when they turned around. I think I passed everyone back who passed me after the 3rd mile. I just took it steady going out and let the HR drop down some. After the turn around I was going into the wind and maybe working a little harder than I should have been. I spent a lot of the time early in zone 4/5. Then I started to let it come down. Later I was going by highline wires and it interferred with the HR monitor. I leap frogged with the same guy that I did at Barkin' Dog. Finally I passed him for good right at the end. I came out of transition pretty close to him to. Bike is where I lost over 3 minutes to the Clydes overall winner.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little more on the way out and a little less on the way back into the wind. I need to get some climbing in and have some more intense bike time.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Again I didn't feel smooth in this. I had left a long sleeve shirt on for the ride since I was so chilled in the warm up. I took the time to take it off here before the last run. I almost grabbed a cycling shoe instead of a running shoe as I was putting my shoes on..
What would you do differently?:

Go slower to go faster.
  • 17m 48s
  • 2.4 miles
  • 07m 25s  min/mile

I didn't have it for this run. I got going ok, but then I just wanted to quit, to walk, to who knows what. Dime passed me out on the first lap and less than 1/4 mile later Dillard passed me. I was feeling like crud about that time. Mark was encouraging and it helped. I tried to be what he said and I got around to the aid station. Walked through the aid station and drank a cup of water. It almost seemed like that water didn't settle well. After that I was just done. I rolled into the Ironman shuffle. I think I slowed, but I was making forward progress and I didn't feel like I was walking. You know, that shuffle doesn't work to well on a rolling (washboard) dirt path :) I persevered through this run and that is about all I can say about it. On the other hand, a month ago, I would have been very happy with this time for the second run. Looking at many of the other's time, people slowing over a minute was rather common today.
What would you do differently?:

Mostly everything alluded to earlier. I didn't have it to go after some of the people ahead of me.
Post race
Warm down:

Hooked up with Kevin and Kim and ran out for a 1/2 mile or so and then turned around. Interesting similarities to some of the events of the spring.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't have any speed work. Lack of top end endurance. Not pushing the bike or having the wrong plan.

Event comments:

Racing Underground does a good job and provides a good value.

Overall, I feel much better about this race today than I did as I finished it yesterday.

Last updated: 2008-06-07 12:00 AM
00:16:28 | 02.4 miles | 06m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/17
Overall: 96/314
Performance: Good
Hit the first mile in about 7 minutes and the same for the second mile. I think the course mapped out at 2.4 on the route tracker instead of 4k.
Course: Flat residential streets with a stretch on some double track behind the neighborhoods. 2 laps
Keeping cool Drinking
Time: 00:51
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
00:44:24 | 15.5 miles | 20.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/17
Overall: 74/314
Performance: Average
Out in 18:40, back in 25:44
Wind: Strong
Course: Out and back on Hwy 36. First time I have encountered a wind out of the east on this road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:17:48 | 02.4 miles | 07m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 85/314
Again, I think this route was 2.4 and not 4k.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-08 10:42 PM

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Lakewood, CO
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2008-06-09 1:53 PM
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Westminster, CO
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I think you had an impressive race!  It appears the wind got to you, but it sounds like the wind consistently got to everyone.  now rest up for Saturday!
2008-06-09 2:49 PM
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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Good race in tough conditions. Great bike average, especially considering the wind.
2008-06-10 3:50 PM
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Ida, Michigan
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For not feeling well, a very impressive race.  Congratulations on getting 2cd in your division
2008-06-12 11:47 PM
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Sounds like a tough day, that you handled well.

Congrats on the 2nd place.

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