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Rattlesnake Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 22m 38s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 15/
Pre-race routine:

I woke up after a terrible nights sleep. My youngest wouldn't sleep and came into bed with us at 11:30. I fell asleep at 1:30, fitfully, and slept until 4:30 when the alarm went off. I rained all night and I was afraid it would be rainy for the race but it held off and was perfect weather.
Event warmup:

Quick 5 minute swim to loosen up the arms. Kept my clothes on until the last minute. I went with KrisTtris, so it was really nice to have company!
  • 08m 34s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

This swim was great. My actual water time was 6:49. It was a staggered start with a swimmer going every 3 seconds. Everyone went left, so I straight right and true and rounded every buoy perfect, except for the last one, which I didn't see, so I headed for the finish, and had to be redirected by a kayak. I had open water most of the way and passed everyone. My stroke was perfect. Thanks Todd!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Sighting was easy since it was so overcast and cloudy. Much easier than the sun.
Transition 1
  • 01m 37s

I opted not to use the wetsuit strippers and just did my own. It worked out great. This T1 was one of the top 5 fastest times out of all 290 women.
What would you do differently?:

Since it was so cold, I took time to put on a jacket, but didn't think to zip it so it was flapping like a parachute. I spent some time tucking it into my shorts and shirt. In hindsight, I didn't even need it. I was warm.
  • 43m 39s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.49 mile/hr

I was messing with stuff this entire bike and that may have slowed me down. Whether it was my jacket or my gloves or my gel. I did ride this really hard, though. I was huffing like a grizzly bear coming up to pass people and at one point I was chanting "Hup, Hup, Hup" out loud. People probably thought I was nuts...but I was passing them, so I didn't care!

The wheels rocked!
What would you do differently?:

Forget the jacket and just ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

Perfect T2. One of the fastest 5 times again. If I didn't have the stupid jacket, it would have been easier as I took it off.
  • 28m 1s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

This was a great run for me. I have never felt that good off a bike. My feet were numb, but my shoulders were relaxed, my stride was long and my lungs felt great. No side cramping until the last 1/2 mile. The first mile was 9:00, and I must have held that.
What would you do differently?:

Run 10 seconds faster so I could have broken 9:00 miles! But I really did feel as if I left almost everything out there.
Post race
Warm down:

Put on the shirt they gave us as I was chilled, water, bagel sandwich, fruit. Walked around with KriTtris. Changed clothes in the car like a bunch of giggling high-schoolers, came back down to look at race results. KrisTtris rocked this race. She was so speedy and set a PB too!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of sleep? As this was a PB by 3 minutes, I'm not going to complain. I DO hate that I got 3 minutes faster and stayed the same rank in my age group as last year. Grrrr.

Event comments:

As always, a fantastic race under difficult circumstances.

Last updated: 2008-07-21 12:00 AM
00:08:34 | 547 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 96/
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless Orca
Course: Triangle shaped.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:43:39 | 12 miles | 16.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 191/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with some big rollers.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:01 | 03.11 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 225/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on a concrete bike path with rollers.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-08-18 11:10 AM

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Littleton, CO
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2008-08-18 12:28 PM
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Centennial, CO
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Good race.  And I know how you feel at the HRCA Sprint Tune-up, my time would have gotten me 3rd last year.  This year I was 8th.   But awesome job on saving 3 minutes.  And you'll get that sub 9 soon. 

2008-08-18 2:02 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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Great race!  THose transitions are important!
2008-08-18 3:41 PM
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Awesome race...I would have left the jacket off as well.  Mine unzipped and I was too uncoordinated to get it zipped back up again.  I thought you looked great though, as you passed me...didn't look like you were messing with things so much  Glad the new wheels rocked!

2008-08-18 4:52 PM
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Parker, CO
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Nice job there sister!!
2008-08-18 7:00 PM
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Orange Park Florida
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Swimming then biking then running?  What will they think of next?

Nice Tri Mel.

2008-08-19 2:00 PM
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: RE: Rattlesnake Sprint Triathlon
Nice PR! Smoking swim!
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