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Tri the Creek Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Total Time = 1h 17m 10s
Overall Rank = 18/500
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/71
Pre-race routine:

The usual breakfast: Cereal, banana, flax, and coffee. Sipped on some Infinit an hour prior, and a Red Bull a half an hour before start.
Event warmup:

5 miles on the bike, calibrated the SRM, threw on the wetsuit and got about 500 m warmup. No warmup run, but didn't have time.
  • 24m 8s
  • 1100 meters
  • 02m 11s / 100 meters

This swim got really mucked up. The start was pretty violent. Lots of kicking and slapping. Swam over someone (that was a first for me). I was comfortable in the chaos though. Swam some water polo and saw a group of 4 or 5 guys go by got on their feet. Didn't sight for awhile and then I lost the feet. Sighted and I was horribly off course. At that moment I felt as if the whole race was gone. Everything in me was just lost. At some point I said screw it and started swimming hard again, but it took awhile to get back the "race" mentality.
What would you do differently?:

Swim on my own and sight.
Transition 1
  • 00m 37s

Fastest transition in age group. Can't complain.
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing
  • 31m 36s
  • 14 miles
  • 26.58 mile/hr

Fastest bike split in my age group by over a minute. Considering I rode really hard on Thursday I'm happy with that. My average power was down about 10-13 watts at the HR I was pushing, so I'm attributing that to the prior race. Still I can't complain.
What would you do differently?:

Racing on fresher legs, but this was a tune-up and not a priority race. So no need to taper, but I know I could have gone even faster than this.
Transition 2
  • 00m 29s

2nd fastest in age group. So I'm happy with that.
What would you do differently?:

Just like the first not a thing
  • 20m 18s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 32s  min/mile

This was a good run for me. Came outta T2 and I felt like I was going pretty hard. I knew Dime was right behind me and would be catching me soon. I heard him coming up and I put my hand out, he smacked it and was gone. That guy just screams on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. I'm fairly happy with this perfomance.
Post race
Warm down:

Ran about a mile with Dime and then got beer and pizza.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My piss poor swim

Event comments:

I beat myself up for awhile about this. Even hesitated on posting my report.
With the exception of the swim the rest of the race went great. Fastest bike split outta 71 by over a minute. 2nd fastest run. I just know if the swim hadn't gone horribly awry I would have won my division. Oh well there will always be more races. I gotta give big props to Breckview and Dime who absolutely stomped this race. Also I gotta give it up to Dime again for the philosophy he was dropping via Blackberry.

Last updated: 2008-04-24 12:00 AM
00:24:08 | 1100 meters | 02m 11s / 100meters
Age Group: 41/71
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Bad
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:31:36 | 14 miles | 26.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/71
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Good
Road: Rough  Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:18 | 03.11 miles | 06m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/71
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5]

2008-06-26 5:45 PM

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Colorado Springs
Subject: Tri the Creek Sprint Triathlon

2008-06-26 8:43 PM
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Breckenridge, CO
Subject: RE: Tri the Creek Sprint Triathlon
In the past, I've tended to beat myself up badly. It haunted me in college football, in my previous go at Tri, and in business. I'd give anything if I could do it all over knowing that when one seeks and achieves the ability to perform at extraordinary levels, a few bad days here and there are guaranteed. The truth is, that with your training ethic, natural skill, and desire, the future is you beating pretty much everyone (including me) so many times that this race (or should I say swim) will fade into meaninglessness.

Edited by breckview 2008-06-26 8:48 PM
2008-06-27 8:24 AM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Tri the Creek Sprint Triathlon
you are not the only one that thought this swim was chaotic.  I had my issues too and when I finished the swim some guy that had just finished as well commented to me that it was the craziest Fu#!ing swim he's ever done!  I don't know what the deal was but I've never been bumped so much (or seen so many swimmers on their backs).  Anyway, other than your bad experience on the swim you had an awesome race!  You really smoked the bike and run!  Sure, your swim kept you from winning your AG...but seeing the awards...probably not one you would have displayed anyway.  You're fast, and your swim will come together for you at the next race!
2008-06-28 5:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri the Creek Sprint Triathlon
dont sweat it too much. the best thing about tris is the 3 disciplines. not many people can nail all 3 areas in one race so there is always an opportunity to make up time. great job hammering the bike and finishing with a strong run. good luck with your upcoming half.
2008-07-01 8:14 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Tri the Creek Sprint Triathlon
Thanks for the props... but seriously, this was a tune-up and the place to f#ck up. You are going to absolutely crush people with that bike of yours! Just stay hydrated, and fueled and prepare yourself to run your best run ever. I am pulling for you and I can't wait to see the results that you post at Lake Stevens! You have worked really hard. It's your turn, baby!
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