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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
76F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 34m 50s
Overall Rank = 223/1292
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 26/106
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3am and headed to St. Julien hotel in Boulder to pick up Andy Fromm. Drove him over to the Res and pretty much pooped to my heart's content. Watched the American flag get tangled on a sky-diver, who then dropped into the lake. "...gave proof through the night, that our flag was... in the lake!" Ouch.
Event warmup:

Ran about a mile and swam about 200 meters before the race.
  • 28m 41s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters

Well, this was a decent enough swim because it felt good (especially after the obligatory wetsuit pee). However, I think that I swam it like a wounded salmon, with a sort of floppy back & forth motion. In my third year of this thing, it's still my best swim (31:35 ('06), 30:25 ('07), 28:41 ('08)) so maybe there's hope.
What would you do differently?:

I think that I may be able to swim harder without drowning, actually.
Transition 1
  • 01m 31s

This was the 12th fastest T1 in AG, so that's cool. Sort of fuddled around with the wetsuit around my ankles, but eventually the thing got away from me (sort of like that Venom creature in the Spiderman movie). Improved a little over prior years (1:43 ('06), 1:43 ('07), 1:31 ('08)).
  • 1h 15m 59s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 20.61 mile/hr

The ride felt pretty easy, although climbing Old Stage in normal gearing should have induced cardiac arrest. Once over the hill, the fun begins; at some point my cateye recorded my maximum ride speed at 44.4mph. I'm like a freakin' Prius! Again, I'm shaving time off my race (1:25:55 ('06), 1:17:45 ('07), 1:15:59 ('08)), although admittedly the Specialized Transition T-Works, aero bars, and Zipp wheels probably helped....
What would you do differently?:

Probably could have taken this up a notch, but really wanted to have run legs. Also, I should have brought my own sports drink instead of forcing down warm orange Gatorade endurance formula, even if it was free.
Transition 2
  • 00m 38s

This was a tie for 3rd fastest T2 in AG, so there's not much more that I can do to improve this bad boy. Jumped off the bike at the dismount line and my right bike shoe blasted off the bike. No time to stop meant wandering around trying to find it after the race finished. Brand new Zoot shoes were killer fast to get into.

Again, improvement (1:38 ('06), :57 ('07), :38 ('08))
What would you do differently?:

  • 48m 3s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

This run actually felt great. I saved enough from the bike to putter along at under 8 minute miles. Didn't even wet myself! Took water and ice every chance I could to keep cool, which turned out to be smartish. Calf started hurting at mile 5, but kept running through finish.

Again, marked improvement over prior years (52:15 ('06), 49:20 ('07), 48:03 ('08)).
What would you do differently?:

Hadn't run in weeks leading up to the race due to calf injury. Maybe next time I won't get hurt, and will actually run a bit before the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line thrilled with the time (I was hoping to come in under 2:40). Actually sort of felt like I could do the course again (albeit much slower the second time), so that's good. Watched the pros compete at the end, which was an incredible thrill.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I sort of need to get faster in the water. With more training and no injury, I think that I could shave a couple of seconds off this time.

Event comments:

This really has to be one of the best run, most exciting triathlons in the country. There are so many competitors that it's astonishing. Great fun, and it's nice to pull out a third personal best (2:53:07 ('06), 2:40:12 ('07), 2:34:50 ('08)) while getting speedier in all stages of this thing. That, hairloss, and my growing spare tire all seem to improve with my advanced age!

Last updated: 2008-01-01 12:00 AM
00:28:41 | 1500 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 44/106
Overall: 527/1292
Performance: Good
Suit: Ironman Instinct
Course: Counter clockwise rectangle. Again, the course starts straight into the sun, and sighting off a blinding celestial body like that hurts after awhile. At the end of the swim, I caught up to some of the flounders in an earlier wave who really didn't seem to know how to swim at all but could thrash like nobody's business. Ouch!
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:31
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:59 | 26.1 miles | 20.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 26/106
Overall: 208/1292
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Climbing out the Boulder Res to the dreaded Old Stage Road. Up that 15 degree menace, then down and back around at a very fast pace.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:48:03 | 06.21 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/106
Overall: 237/1292
Performance: Good
Course: Out along the Dam Road from transition along rolling hills with blistering heat. Woo freakin' hoo!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-07-20 5:10 PM

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2008-07-20 6:33 PM
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Denver, CO
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Great performance - congrats!
2008-07-20 6:49 PM
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Awesome race.  Congrats!! 

2008-07-21 5:16 PM
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Breckenridge, CO
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Nice job on the PR. Sorta felt like you could do the course again??? I sorta felt like I was dying in the Sahara. If the run course was about another mile long (or if you had been trainnig for the run) I'm pretty much positive you'd have caught me as I was dying in a pile.
2008-07-21 9:16 PM
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Wow, way to improve in every event and transition even in the heat - and still feel like you could give the whole thing another go?  Awesome.
2008-07-22 10:57 AM
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Parker, CO
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Solid race all around...great job!  Congrats on the PR!  Wish I was getting faster with age.

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