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5430 Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 6h 24m 18s
Overall Rank = 734/1000
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 46/71
Pre-race routine:

My motivation has been seriously lacking since the IM. When I signed up for this race many months ago, it sounded like a good idea. Didn't seem like a good idea the morning of the race though.

Struggled to get out of bed at 4 am. Had my soy protein shake, packed up and left for Boulder. Realized about 5 minutes into my drive that my helmet was still sitting in the garage. Went back to get it.

Set up transition. Hung out with Scott and Julia on the beach complaining about how we had no motivation. It was kinda funny to b*tch and moan about racing. So unlike me, let alone Scott and Julia! Sauntered down to the start as the wave before mine went off.
Event warmup:

None, even though Mark told me to swim.
Swim
  • 52m 22s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 29s / 100 yards
Comments:

My OWS always sucks.

Everyone said the course was long. Probably was, but still, I had a really crappy swim. I kept going wide right.

Swim goal was sub 50. Didn't do that.
What would you do differently?:

No clue. I practice lots and get no faster in OW.
Transition 1
  • 02m 48s
Comments:

Seemed way longer than 2:48. I had to run to the end of the transition area, and then back to the bike exit. Skipped my arm coolers because of the clouds which probably saved me 30 seconds. They're hard to get on wet arms.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 3h 03m 43s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.29 mile/hr
Comments:

I had a good bike! I was happy with my time. First lap was 1:29, and I was hoping to break 3 hours, but still was happy with this. My goal was 3:15, so I crushed that.

The hairpin turn-around was a fiasco. On my first lap, the woman 2 people ahead of me stopped and unclipped. On the 2nd lap, the person 2 people ahead of me took it REALLY slow and the guy in front of me yelled at her and we all almost had an accident. That road is narrow!

Hallelujah for clouds!
What would you do differently?:

nothing, though I probably should have taken it a little easier since the run was difficult for me. On the other hand, I think the run would have been difficult regardless.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s
Comments:

Nothing exciting here, except that I forgot to put my sunglasses back on. They had gotten pulled off when I pulled off my helmet and I never put them back on.
What would you do differently?:

make sure I have everything
Run
  • 2h 23m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile
Comments:

I haven't run more than 6.5 miles in the last 7 weeks post IM. This hurt. My pace was really slow. I only walked the aid stations and one hill on the 2nd lap and this was SUPER slow. Legs felt like lead. Goal was 2:10...didn't happen.

I was dizzy for most of the 2nd lap. That was not a good feeling.

On my 2nd lap, I was looking forward to the the aid station with the ice water sponges. Then after I used it, I realized they were reusing the sponges that people had thrown on the ground! UGH.
What would you do differently?:

run more.
Post race
Warm down:

Nearly collapse at the finish. Julia asked if I wanted to go to the med tent. She's so sweet, she even hugged me all nasty and sweaty. Found my family - my mom was in town, so she got to see the race. Laid in the grass for a while, got some food, then hung out in the beer tent with the Dillards, Drew, Susan, Katie and Dime. I had NO beer however. I didn't feel very good.

The good news is that I PR'd. Took 8 minutes off from the Playtri race. And comparing with this race, I took 30 mins off from last year. So this is all good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I have no idea.

Event comments:

The 5430 events are always well run and a good time!




Last updated: 2008-01-21 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:52:22 | 2112 yards | 02m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/71
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Average
Suit: Full 2XU E:1
Course: one giant loop.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 02:48
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:03:43 | 56 miles | 18.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/71
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2 laps with initial gradual climb followed by downhills and flats. Oh and one hairpin turn.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 02:07
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:23:19 | 13.1 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/71
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 laps on dirt roads around the Rez.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-08-11 10:51 AM

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2008-08-11 11:17 AM
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Great job Cathy!  Congrats on the PR!!
2008-08-11 11:33 AM
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Nice job. Let me know if you figure out the swim thing.
2008-08-11 12:41 PM
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Great job! If it was me that unclipped in front of you, I sincerely apologize...us newbies just don't have the skills to handle a downhill hairpin turn and others have to pay the cost for that on a crowded course. I thought it was ridiculous as well.

Fantastic job on the bike, too! I loved the bike course (except for the turnaround, of course).
2008-08-11 12:53 PM
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Great job Cathy!  Congrats on the PR!

But sorry you weren't well enough for beer...must've been feeling REALLY bad. 

2008-08-11 1:35 PM
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Congrats on the PR!!  30' is huge, a whole episode of The Office faster!


2008-08-11 2:18 PM
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you PR'd on a day that you lacked motivation to race...congrats on the PR!  Seems alot of people have been lacking motivation over the last few weeks (myself included).  Nice race!

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2008-08-11 2:24 PM
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A PR's a PR! I give you tons of credit just for actually sucking it up and getting out there to race despite not having the motivation to do so.
2008-08-11 4:38 PM
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I think they reused the sponges at Steelhead too. Gross.

 

Nice job, though, girlie!

2008-08-11 6:25 PM
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Great job on the PR! No beer though?? It is the cure all for anything! Good race, glad you caught the missing helmet early on!
2008-08-11 7:12 PM
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Great race Cathy!  Way to get  a PR!


2008-08-11 11:11 PM
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Hey, you pull off a pr after IM!

Great Job eh!

 

2008-08-12 10:20 PM
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great race!  awesome PR!  especially considering your motivation challenges.  Sorry I missed you afterwards and thanks for yelling at me on the bike (no - didn't hear you)
2008-08-13 1:12 AM
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Awesome Job! that's about 30 minutes faster than last year!
2008-08-13 9:29 AM
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Nice PR. Your description of the finish sounds just like mine, nearly collapse, mom in town, lay in the grass, too tired to drink beer etc.
2008-08-13 9:49 AM
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Congrats on the PR C!! You are spot on about that STUPID hair pin turn... what a "FIASCO"

Swim sucked for me too. Even when you aren't that into the race mentally, your incredible new fitness level carried you to a PR. That rocks!


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2008-08-13 11:23 AM
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YAY to PR! Great race considering the lack if motivation
2008-08-13 1:26 PM
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Yay for PR's!
2008-08-13 3:05 PM
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Nice PR!! Congrats . Sorry the day didn't start out the way you wanted, awesome record finish.
2008-08-13 9:06 PM
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Ok, I feel like a slacker.  You did a HIM and I'm just getting around to a Sprint on Saturday and am afraid that's going to hurt. Heh!!!  I am so into OTHER people training right now. I'm not sure why I can't get into my own.  Maybe because cheering other people on is easier...DOH!!

CONGRATS on the PR.

2008-08-13 10:17 PM
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yay for PRs!  Yay for ice water sponges too, those rock.  Except of course, when they are recycled...yuck!


2009-08-11 11:44 AM
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GREAT JOB!!! That is an incredible race! Congrats!!!!Laughing
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