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Mountain Man - TriathlonOlympic

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Flagstaff, Arizona
United States
56F / 13C
Total Time = 3h 22m 51s
Overall Rank = 228/263
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 30/30
Pre-race routine:

Awake by 3;30 am, shower, eat and leave by 4:30ish fo rthe race. Set up transition area and save a few slots for fellow Cool Kids.
Event warmup:

  • 39m 32s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 38s / 100 meters

I did not hyperventilate this year and this was a longer race than the Mountain man I did in 2007.
What would you do differently?:

This week I start some swim lessons. After 1 1/2 years it is about time.
Transition 1
  • 03m 35s

Forgot the body glide.
What would you do differently?:

I really should learn and practice riding on top of my shoes.
  • 1h 22m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.00 mile/hr

The course was at 7000 ft elevation (approx.) and I had not trained for it. However, my goal was to keep my heart rate down and the bike leg averaged at 132 (spiked at a little over 170).
What would you do differently?:

I averaged 47.7 downhill at one portion and for the most part was a little over 20 mph. However, on one of the steps I was just over 7 mph and the best hill only at 12. it shows that I still need hill focus.
Transition 2
  • 03m 31s

ok transition.
What would you do differently?:

Need to learn to run without socks on short races to eliminate the rolled sock issues I have.
  • 1h 13m 16s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 48s  min/mile

The hill was a long way up.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - goal was heart rate and the goal was met! :)
Post race
Warm down:

short walk about to meet people at Focus with stands with fist. followed by cheering on some finishers, a shower, and then the big hello donahue two with their HIM finish (missed paulette as she is just too speedy!)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Goal was to use the day as a training day and to keep the heart rate down and work the nutrition plan. I actually had slightly better results than expected for not racing (even if I was 30 out of 30 in my age group)in that I believe that I beat my previus best time on an oly by another minute without trying to. Better to have a different goal to focus on instead of time to make little improvements.

Event comments:

They broke down the finish line at 7 hours (when people were still on the race course) and tore down most of transition about 6 1/2 hours into the race. They ran out of finishers medels for those doing the half - and just seemed to not care at the end of the race that it was not over for the participants yet.

My personal recommendation is to find a different race for you first 70.3. (I did the oly race but they stoped posting results on this race before me or my freinds were listed.)

Last updated: 2008-06-16 12:00 AM
00:39:32 | 1500 meters | 02m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 25/30
Overall: 226/263
Performance: Average
126 avg 138 max (a 185 spike that may not be real)
Suit: Yes
Course: One loop around orange bouys.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:22:50 | 24.85 miles | 18.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 27/30
Overall: 198/263
Performance: Average
132 AVG -171 Max
Wind: None
Course: Out and back loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:13:16 | 06.21 miles | 11m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 28/30
Overall: 236/263
Performance: Average
146 avg 178 max
Course: A gradual climb for 1.5 miles, then a switch back hill for another 1.5 and a short flat stretch followed by the same route in reverse back to the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2008-07-21 2:19 PM

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Peoria, AZ (Near Lake Pleasant)
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2008-07-21 3:02 PM
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Ida, Michigan
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Sounds like you had a solid training day out there and still managed to PR the course.  Congratulations.
2008-07-21 3:25 PM
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Sounds like a fun and successful training day! Well done.
2008-07-21 4:01 PM
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2008-07-21 4:49 PM
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scottsdale, az
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Great race Jer!! I can't believe they started taking the finish line down before 7 hours, WOW!! What great weather though for a race!
2008-07-21 7:36 PM
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Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ
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Nice "training day"

I think they took it all down so early because of the rain/storm... 

2008-07-21 10:08 PM
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Great work Jerry. See you at IM.

2008-07-21 10:08 PM
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That was pretty cool making the race a training day. Over the past year you've really put in a ton of time and energy working out. You've been a big inspiration for me. To see a "big guy" do this as well as you is really awesome!!

You're going to be a LOT faster after those swim lessons!!


Edited by cordova61 2008-07-21 10:09 PM
2008-07-22 10:04 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Great tune-up race, Jerry!  Sounds like it was a fun and productive 'training day'.
2008-07-22 10:18 AM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Solid race Jerry! It was fun seeing you out there- you always look like you are having a good time!

Well done

2008-07-23 12:47 AM
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Flagstaff, AZ
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Very nice and smart race Jerry.  It sounds like you're really planning your training well and focusing on IMAZ.  Also thanks for being one of the few to call me by my correct name during the race....really helped not blow my cover.

It was great to meet you this weekend and look forward to seeing you at IMAZ if not sooner.

2008-07-23 5:51 PM
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Wisteria Lane
Gold member
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What is this about swim lessons? Does that mean I can't trail you around anymore? Boooo!

Great job out there!! That is a bummer how they tour it all down at the end though!
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