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Denver, Colorado
United States
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
90F / 32C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 31m 19s
Overall Rank = 267/2813
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 32/339
Pre-race routine:

Arrive very early and got a good transition spot on the end of the rack. Thank goodness, because these racks were full of mtn bikes and cruisers and they were all banging into each other. I ended up sharing my end with another girl with a Felt with Dura-ace components who had done several ironmans. We both figured the other new how to set up a transition. Transition closed at 7am and there were still 100's of girls coming in. The racks were full because women were taking spaces as big as a twin bed. It was crazy!
Event warmup:

I got in and swam for 10 minutes which I think really helped my swim. Ate more food while waiting the 3 HOURS until my wave went off!
Swim
  • 14m 22s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards
Comments:

This swim was great. I positioned myself at the inside front and took off fast. I was one of the 1st 3 in my heat out of the water, so I had no one to draft. I stayed with one girl briefly, but she veered right and I lost her. I did catch the previous two waves and actually swam over a swim angel. I felt bad, but I couldn't see her. The new stroke feels FANTASTIC. I was so smooth, fluid and strong. My actual water time was 13:35, the official time includes the run up the boat ramp.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Transition 1
  • 04m 44s
Comments:

As you can see from my time, this is where the frustration started. My transition spot was 1/4 mile from all the exits and entrances. The extra 1/2 mile run, in cleats and barefeet, really affected this time. My usual T1 times are sub 2:00.

Also, once I did have my bike and was running, I was blocked by 100's of women, walking their bikes and chatting. It drove me crazy!
What would you do differently?:

Set up my transition in a different wave rack near the front? Just kidding. But I wish I had that advantage!
Bike
  • 37m 27s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.91 mile/hr
Comments:

This bike was a cluster-eff. First, the exit out of transition was the width of a sidewalk, uphill, with a turn. Try getting 100's of inexperienced athletes on their saddles and clipped in with that set up. I was soooo frustrated. I did have a bit of a problem getting clipped in, but the women surrounding me were part of it.

Once I finally got open road, I was constantly passing...until the U-turn. I had just flown up on the rear of 4 ladies when it came up. They made us go single-file and then the lady 4 positions in front of me literally unclipped, and waddled her bike around the cones, right in the middle of the turn! I got a little vocal at that point, as about 6 of us were about to go down.

I took off after that and did well until the end, where once again, we were funneled into a 3.5 foot channel into transition. Once again, another CF.
What would you do differently?:

I felt like I pushed my body at maximum limit for the bike as much as the "traffic" allowed. My computer wasn't working as the little button on the back wheel wasn't working, so all I had to go on was cadence. I might have pushed for a faster average if I had known what it was.
Transition 2
  • 03m
Comments:

Once again, my time reflects the 1/2 mile extra run I had to do. My usual T2 times are sub :50 seconds. I did forget to take my helmet off and realized it about 25 feet away from my spot so I just chucked it in the grass!
Run
  • 31m 44s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 12s  min/mile
Comments:

This run was awful. It started out with a 160 foot elevation gain in 1.5 miles. Not too bad, but I hadn't anticipated it. I also realized that I had forgotten drink on the bike. I thought I had, but my aero bottle was only down 2 inches. I bonked in the heat on this run. They did have TONS of water stations so I took in as much as I could and stayed wet to stay cool.
What would you do differently?:

I haven't been running because of the leg and foot issues and if I have, it's only been 3 miles. It showed. I need to start training up to at least 6-8 miles once a week.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, ice in the bra, walked around with my friend Linda who did the race and did awesome. Stale bagel and Powerade. Had to walk the mile to parking with the 1000's of other people on one tiny sidewalk. I finally put my bike on my shoulder and hoofed it through the weeds.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor hydration, poor run training, and crappy, crappy transition spot. Also, the beginner masses got in my way. I wanted to race and most just wanted to finish. I applaud them for trying so hard and completing their race. I just don't think I want to do it again.

Event comments:

The volunteers were amazing at this race and it was cool to see so many first timers working so hard. Also, the survivor wave was cool. One swim angle carried her survivor all the way to transition on her back. Very inspirational.




Last updated: 2008-07-21 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:14:22 | 820 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/339
Overall: 93/2813
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless orca
Course: Clockwise triangle. Only 2 small buoys at the corners.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:44
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
00:37:27 | 12.43 miles | 19.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/339
Overall: 243/2813
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: A loop course with one out and back leg.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 03:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:31:44 | 03.11 miles | 10m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/339
Overall: 796/2813
Performance: Bad
Course: Out and back, up the dam and back. Hot, miserable, and crowded.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2008-08-04 11:46 AM

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2008-08-04 12:34 PM
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I think you've officially graduated from the "Group Hug" triathlons when the atmosphere becomes annoying rather than fun and supportive. Hee hee!!!
2008-08-04 1:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri for the Cure - Denver
I agree with L2R. I think these races are geared more for 1st time racers and inspirational stories. Nothing wrong with either. Glad you finished.
2008-08-04 3:02 PM
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As the volunteer that was yelling to all the participants about 2-way traffic in the bike start/finish area I completely agree with you that this part of the race needs to be adjusted and I've communicated that to the organizers.  I'd urge you to do the same thing.  I mentioned the near head on collisions and the issues with starting the bike on the uphill which exacerbated the crowd issues. 
2008-08-04 3:07 PM
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Nice job, girl.  How big was this race? Your AG is freaking HUGE!!
2008-08-04 3:11 PM
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Race was full to capacity at 3000 racers. 


2008-08-04 3:40 PM
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Yikes! I hope you took a Xanax before the race! "Group Hug" tri - funny!
2008-08-04 4:30 PM
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Nice race!  I can't stand when the bike leg has turnarounds like you described.

Smokin bike leg(s

2008-08-04 8:38 PM
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I'm not sure if congratulations are in order for your performance or for just not going down on that bike course?!  Sounds like a nightmare, but great job regardless. 
2008-08-05 9:06 AM
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Tough crowded conditions but you did well!

I'm not much into those rah rah type races or even beginner races as often you get blocked biking and can't safely pass folks.

I think given where you are and injury issues you did awesome!

Top 10% of your AG rocks 

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