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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
United States
Highlands Ranch Run Series
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 23m 9s
Overall Rank = 20/227
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/36
Pre-race routine:

Got up early. Had a banana. Gathered up all my stuff and headed to the race.
Event warmup:

Went for a little run and swam about 100 yards. Then just jumped in the hot tub and waited for my heat.

I came into this race very relaxed, and somewhat unmotivated. I had pretty much given up hope of National AG qualifying. So this race was to be for fun.
  • 14m 36s
  • 800 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

I started off just finding my rythm. This is always hard in a pools swim with multiple people in your lane. I quickly passed the two people who had started in front of me, and realized that I was swimming pretty good today. I did get passed by the last person in my lane right at the end.

In the outdoor pool, I felt great. I was swimming with really good form. Head down. Passed 4 people in my lane one of which had already swam a full lap by the time I got in. I was cruising.
What would you do differently?:

Put a more aggressive time down for my swim time.
Transition 1
  • 00m 58s

Good quick transition. Felt good.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 10s
  • 13.3 miles
  • 20.37 mile/hr

The first 1/4 of this course I knew I was climbing well. I felt relaxed and was making great time. I knew that if I pushed I could have a good race. This is where I get really competitive with myself. I pushed this pretty hard. Passed a ton of people and didn't get passed at all.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

I got back to transition and some jacka## had moved my stuff and put his bike where mine was supposed to go. So I just racked my bike on my transition towel. Needless to say when I came back after the race my bike had been moved down the rack. I almost just trashed this guys bike. Luckily I was in a good mood by this point.
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 27s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

I ran this course last weekend, and am glad I did. I knew where the hills were and where I could push. There are 3 major hills. Not super long, but steep. And each one is soft gravel. Which is wierd since the rest of the course is concrete or asphalt. I felt great out here. First mile was 8 min. Next was ~8:30. The third was 7:30 and the last half was 3:30. That means I was running a 7 min. mile at the end of my run. (granted it is downhill to the finish, but...)
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing. There was a short time in the second mile where I felt weak, but I just gathered myself and got back on pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Had some drinks and beer. Mmmmm.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing this was a good race.

Event comments:

This was a good race. HRCA puts on a good series of races. I will consider doing them in the future.


Last updated: 2008-07-28 12:00 AM
00:14:36 | 800 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/36
Overall: 39/227
Performance: Good
Course: This is a wierd course. you do 17 laps in the indoor pool and then 15 more laps in the outdoor pool. This requires a quick jog between pools.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
00:39:10 | 13.3 miles | 20.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/36
Overall: 11/227
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: This is a 2 loop course. The first 2/3 is uphill making it really hard to get into any sort of rhythm. The last 1/3 is downhill and you can fly.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:27:27 | 03.5 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/36
Overall: 38/227
Performance: Good
Course: This is a very hilly course in Highlands Ranch, It is also a wierd distance.
Keeping cool Drinking
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-08-10 8:34 AM

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Centennial, CO
Subject: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon

2008-08-11 10:23 AM
in reply to: #1592639

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: RE: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon
Congrats on a great race and the AG qualifier! Great race! And what a tough run that course is...
2008-08-12 5:36 PM
in reply to: #1592639

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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon
Hell yeah!!!!
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