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Flagstaff, Arizona
United States
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Total Time = 3h 10m 47s
Overall Rank = 199/263
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 25/30
Pre-race routine:

The alarm went off at 3:30am, but I kept hitting the snooze button until I heard Paulette moving around the house at about 4:00am.

I ate a PBJ and drank some coffee. Jude offered to make me a fruit smoothie, but I declined. I later regretted this during the swim.
Event warmup:

Just found a nice transition spot at the end of a rack and joked around with the other ESCKTC'ers.
  • 34m
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters

I started at the far left of everyone and pretty much stayed there the whole race. I never once had to dodge or go around anybody. I knew from all the past races that the farther left you started, the more straight shot you had at going at the first buoy.

I started off VERY slow to keep from moving myself into the hyperventilation/panic mode I got myself into last year. This worked well for me. The one problem I had during this race was that I was swimming left as much as I was swimming forward. I must be crossing my right arm over way too far. Since I was so far to the left of everyone already, I didn't have anyone to sight off of when I breathed to the left.

About half way through the swim, I got VERY hungry. All I could think of was when Jude offered to make me a fruit smoothie for breakfast and that I didn't want it. I couldn't WAIT to down some GU when I got to the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Swim forward and not left, and eat a better breakfast.
Transition 1
  • 03m 44s

I've been cycling and running w/out socks to help make my transistions faster, but I can't seem to stop talking and having a good time with everyone during this transition. Watching Astrid blow by me while I was doing whatever it is I do during transition lit a fire under my butt.
What would you do differently?:

Act like I was in a race and get ready faster.
  • 1h 18m 32s
  • 24.87 miles
  • 19.00 mile/hr

I'd been practicing this course for a month, so I felt I was going to have a great race. It didn't start off that way though. When I started getting up to speed, there was a loud scraping sound which made me think I had a rock in a brake pad or something. After stopping and messing around with my brakes, I saw that they were fine. I FINALLY remembered that I had trimmed my front derailer cable the night before, and saw that it was scraping against my back wheel. UGH!! If I'd of known that was all it was, I wouldn't have stopped!

Once I got going again, I had a GREAT time! This was pretty much the bike ride that I try to imagine myself having. After a while I felt like I was doing a Yoga chant of "To your left" over and over again. Of course, with my climbing ability the way it is, when the 2nd step came, all kinds of people got to say it back at me. This is where I saw Sally for the first time. She was easily going TWICE as fast as I was!!

After the "Steps of Death", I got to get back into my dream ride and go fast again (for me). I was really hoping to catch Astrid. We've been riding out on the course together this summer, and I knew if I could at least keep up with her speed, I would have a good ride.

What would you do differently?:

Practice hills more or lose another 15,000 pounds. Having Josh adjust my derailleurs the night before made shifting a breeze and helped with my time.
Transition 2
  • 02m 59s

I guess changing shoes and taking off a helmet is a difficult thing for me.
  • 1h 11m 28s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 31s  min/mile

Here's where all the people I passed on the bike got to BLOW back by me. With my old bike, I wouldn't have been able to attempt to run for a good 2 miles after the bike, but with this new tri frame, I couldn't believe how much easier running was from the get-go. Actually, I don't RUN. I kind of jog very slowly.

After the bike, Astrid and I were back together again, and as usual, she got out of transition before me so I could use her as my rabbit. When I started the run portion, I was walking a little bit when I heard someone in a loud Bostonian accent yell: "This is running? I didn't get up at 3:30 in the morning to watch you walk"! I didn't even have to look to know it was Jude. We laughed and she ran with me for 1/4 a mile until she sent me off on my own. This lifted me up and got me moving as best I could.

Going to the hill was pretty difficult and I had to run/walk on the way there. The ball of my left foot had a hot spot and I was thinking I'd have to walk the whole thing. Luckily, the big hill came up and I was able to walk/jog it off and get up the hill. I saw Sally and then Fitz coming down and their encouragement really got me going. I got to see Tanya going in the opposite direction on the dirt before the turn-around and tried to give her the Bootay-Slap" she's so famous for, but she was moving too fast. (dammit)

The hill down was FAST for me (probably only 10 min pace) but I felt like I was flying. It was here that my stomach started turning and it never let up the rest of the way. On the way back during the flats, as soon as I started picking up the pace, my stomach would churn and cramp which limited my ability to go faster.

The last mile was the worst. It was harder than the big hill or the whole swim. I was ready to stop. With 1/2 a mile to go, I did stop to walk. A man with 65 age group on his calf ran past me and said in a gruff voice: "You have 1/2 a mile to go. If I can finish this thing with my run on, you can too. Get moving"! I wish I got his name, because it got me off my butt and back into my best run.
What would you do differently?:

Run a little bit in training!! I'm putting this as an "average" run because it's a difficult course and I didn't get to train for it.
Post race
Warm down:

Got to relax in the ESCKTC tent that Harry and Cora brought and gave a good time with everyone while the HIM members came in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not being able to run in training.

Event comments:

I'm giving this race a 3 out of 5 because they took down the course before 7 hours for the HIM racers and didn't have enough medals for the participants.

Last updated: 2008-07-21 12:00 AM
00:34:00 | 1500 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 24/30
Overall: 0/263
Performance: Average
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:44
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:18:32 | 24.87 miles | 19.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/30
Overall: 0/263
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:59
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:11:28 | 06.21 miles | 11m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/30
Overall: 0/263
Performance: Average
Course: BEAUTIFUL! Mostly flat with one monster hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-07-21 1:53 PM

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2008-07-21 1:56 PM
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Well, I'm a dummy. I put my bike comments in some weird section on the far right of the report.
2008-07-21 2:15 PM
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Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ
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You know, you can just go back and "edit" the RR


Great race! You had a fast swim, smoked the bike course (where you did pass me, grrr), and then a good run--considering you haven't run much at all this summer. Great job! Now, imagine where you'll go WITH some training Haha.

2008-07-21 2:31 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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You may be a dummy but you had a super race Well done! It was fun seeing you out there- I love your new bike! For a guy who doesnt run- you sure did great!
2008-07-21 3:31 PM
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Hey Chris, nice job out there! Seems like a tough course and it sounds like it was a bit strange that they started taking everything down so early. Weird. Congrats!
2008-07-21 3:54 PM
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2008-07-21 7:33 PM
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Somewhere over there in Az
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Chris, you did Awesome. I saw you on the bike course and you looked strong. Spending all of the time in North Az really helped I bet. Next time I ll booty slap you, just so you dont feel left out..
2008-07-21 10:11 PM
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Great job Chris! You better move faster next time though if Milton is going booty slap?

The real question is: Who gets the pink crocs?

2008-07-22 12:29 AM
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Big Bear City, California
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Great race, man you get tons faster every race you do!
2008-07-22 1:04 AM
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Flagstaff, AZ
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Nice race Chris!  That was a really great bike split.  We've got to keep the whole stay left on the swim start quiet or everyone will be doing it next year.

I can totally hear Jude saying that....hillarious.

Seriously, given the fact that most of your training had been focused on the 1/2 Iron distance I know the last minute switch to the Olympic really left you with too much endurance for the distance


2008-07-22 9:38 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Awesome, awesome bike split, Chris!  You really kicked some butt on those hills and in the thin air! 

2008-07-22 3:04 PM
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Peoria, AZ (Near Lake Pleasant)
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You had a GREAT race at altitude.  Too bad I did not have the last month to train in Flagstaff - we could have pounded this out together (and drank alot!)
2008-07-22 5:09 PM
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Awesome race Chris!!!  You put forth a great effort!
2008-07-23 5:48 PM
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Wisteria Lane
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Awesome job out there!!
2008-07-31 7:56 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Nice race Chris. Sounds like you had a great bike!
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