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Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake Stevens, Washington
United States
WTC (World Triathlon Corporation) (Ironman 70.3)
64F / 18C
Total Time = 4h 59m 4s
Overall Rank = 97/876
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 17/110
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 and had a bowl of cereal, cup of coffee, and a Clif Bar. Got all of our gear out of the host hotel and headed down to Lake Stevens. Linford and I dropped our bikes off the night before so one less thing to worry about.
Event warmup:

None just got gear together.
  • 37m 33s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

I had 36 minutes and change from swim start to stand up. Timing mat was right at transition entrance. Swam the buoy line the whole way. Did the whole swim with the same guys in front, back, and on both sides of me. When we started catching previous groups we just swam over, under, around and got right back on the line. No idea who any of these guys were, but I wish I could swim with them in every race I do. I was pretty relaxed on this swim cuz my confidence in open water has been crap lately. When I'm swimming hard I can really feel it in my lats, but not on this swim. Now I've got this under control I think I can really work on reaching and pulling. Even though this was originally planned as my "A" race it turned into a learning race.
What would you do differently?:

Swim harder! Extend and pull some more water. Wanted to go under 35 minutes but like I said given the circumstances I'm really happy with this swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

Yanked my suit off while still in the water. Seems to come off crazy quick that way. I'll take the extra time on the swim.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 35m 37s
  • 58 miles
  • 22.36 mile/hr

Coming out of transition and into the first climb I dropped it down onto the little ring. Crested the climb and for some reason I couldn't get it back onto the big ring. It took a couple of minutes to get it back on the big ring after pulling the crap out of the shifter. So this explains my insanely low average cadence for this ride. I was afraid to drop it down onto the little ring and not be able to get it back on the big ring. I didn't panic though. Just ended up really mashing the gears on the climb. This ultimately killed my quads for the run, but more on that later. The part that I'm still a bit angry about is I was going up this hill and I get passed by a guy on a P3C. Right as he passed a marshall pulls up and gives a drafting penalty. We were doing about 12 mph at this point and I'm sitting here pleading with the marshall that I couldn't be drafting uphill at that speed. He says I don't care and tells me to pull over at the next penaly tent. So I pull up to the tent and he's sitting there. Makes me get off my bike and sit there for 4 minutes. 4 FREAKING minutes!!! The whole time I'm sitting there trying to plead my case saying there is no way I was drafting and that the guy was passing me. And all he could say was I didn't drop out of the draft zone quick enough. Either way I caught the guy they said I was drafting on the second loop. I pulled up to him and said they couldn't keep me in the tent forever. He says he couldn't believe I was able to pull back the 4 minutes on him, and then I pulled away. So my time was actually 2:31:37 for an average pace of almost 23mph. Regardless this was probably the most dramatic ride I've had in a race.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

Nothing exciting to report. Average T2.
What would you do differently?:

Move a little quicker.
  • 1h 43m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 52s  min/mile

This was where everything went horribly awry. Leaving T2 my quads were completely locked up. I stopped running and physically grabbed the muscles and tried to shake them and loosen them up, but they were just locked. It was like I was flexing them. I started running again and thought "There is no way I'm quitting this race". I thought ok I've got decent turn-over I can run a 7 minute mile like this and still have a shot at under 4:45. This lasted till about mile 8 and I just couldn't take it anymore and went into survival/shuffle mode. I resigned myself to finish in under 5 hrs and do whatever it took to make that happen. I did it but just barely.
What would you do differently?:

Once again EVERYTHING!!!
Post race
Warm down:

My legs were shot. All I could do was sit. After Meg found me she helped me walk over to the massage tent and the guy was amazed at all the knots in my legs. He said he couldn't believe I ran 13 miles with my legs like that. I told him you really can't call what I did running.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

All kinds of stuff.

Event comments:

After everything that happened during this race I'm really happy with the results. I feel like it really pushed me mentally and I didn't let my psyche beat me. It gave me time to reflect and realize how fortunate I am to participate in this sport. I'm lucky to have the support system around me, the health, the time, and financial ability to do the things I love. I'm glad that I can compete at this level in a sport that I've only been involved for a year and a half.

Last updated: 2007-12-14 12:00 AM
00:37:33 | 1931 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/110
Overall: 0/876
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto Speed 2 piece
Course: Out and back really easy sighting. Great markers.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:35:37 | 58 miles | 22.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/110
Overall: 0/876
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Longer than advertised. They changed the course this year and it was definitely harder. Not so hilly on fresh legs. Extreme hilly on tired legs. The climb on Dubuque Road was just killer.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 76
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:43:09 | 13.1 miles | 07m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/110
Overall: 0/876
Performance: Bad
Course: Mildly hilly. One decent climb. Lots of aid stations
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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] 4

2008-07-07 1:42 PM

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Colorado Springs
Subject: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier

2008-07-07 1:50 PM
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Renton, Washington
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier

Nice job. Sorry about your bike drama but you still great on this!  I want to do it next year



2008-07-07 2:13 PM
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Wow! That sounds like a crazy race! You seem to get very unlucky with the drafting issue! See, you're so fast people try to slow you down the cheating way You did great powering thru the run! I don't know how you pulled thru that with your legs that bad off! That's awesome you still broke 5 hours...nice job!
2008-07-07 2:15 PM
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Bellingham, Washington
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier

good race even with the bad luck shifting and penalty.  Seems to me during the pre briefing that the announcer said it is so hard to draft because of the hills and turns.....and then they give a penalty on an uphill portion.  

You had really fast times. 

2008-07-07 2:35 PM
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Tacoma, Washington
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier
I have never been deemed good enough to even have the marshals LOOK at me. My bike time was 3:14 yesterday and that was a good ride for me and my bike. But I can empathize with you on the frustration with the drafting call.

It makes NO sense to me that someone can go all out and pass you and then essentially slow down as soon as they move back to the right thus forcing you out of the rhythm you had before they passed. Several times on the bike yesterday I was passed by riders storming down hills only to pass them immediately on the next uphill without ever having ever left their draft zone. I mean, so what if their bike can COAST faster than mine...if I can then CLIMB faster then THEY can I am not about to drop back and wait for them just to be within the letter of the drafting law.

I have gotten speeding tickets like this before too. A guy passes you...gets clocked speeding...then moves right in front of you when he sees the cop. They cop figures that you were the one coming up from behind and thinks it was you he had on the gun! No talking to them at that point either.

Good race with all the tests...your mental effort won the day.

2008-07-07 2:57 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier

Great performance - penalty minutes not withstanding - you are just beginning to hit your stride.

All of the good stuff and the bad stuff is the mortar securing granite blocks of experience and building your massive monument of ability. Keep it up and stay positive; better results will be inevitable.

Now, get some rest, have some fun!

2008-07-07 6:44 PM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier
Great Race!!!!
2008-07-07 6:48 PM
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great job jumping all the hurdles to finish under 5hrs. when i mentiond the pain on the run i didnt think it would be that bad! glad you are happy with your results and i hope it helps you build on your next big race. big luck the rest of the season as you get ready for IMAZ. we need to meet up in AZ in november.
2008-07-07 9:20 PM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier really worked through some issues in this race.  Way to hang in there!  Sounds like you kept a positive attitude throughout.  Nice job!
2008-07-07 10:33 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier
Way to stay with it mentally and override the body and the snafu's.  So what the new "A" race?
2008-07-08 12:42 PM
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Nice work on going sub-5 with all the issues that came up during the race. When I saw your bike time, I was curious what the backstory on the bike route was, or if the course was just really that hard.

2008-07-08 4:02 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier
Fast..issues and all!

Congrats on a really good day..
2008-07-10 11:15 AM
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Denver CO
Subject: RE: Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon World Qualifier
right on with the post-race thoughts... and even with issues and a "slow run" (please!), I'd say that's a hella good HIM time. congrats!
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