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Lake Las Vegas Triathlon, Nevada
United States
Sunset Racing
86F / 30C
Total Time = 1h 13m 1s
Overall Rank = 20/228
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/22
Pre-race routine:

Had a Starbucks on the way out to the race along with 1/2 a reduced fat blueberry coffee cake. Got there early stood in line and set up transition area; talked to a few people I knew and then stretched. Took 2 shot blocks before the race started.
Event warmup:

Pre-race stretch - all stuff from James. Pre-race music - Rage Against The Machine (No Shelter) and Daughtry (There and Back)
  • 00m
  • 500 meters
  • / 100 meters

Started out way too fast trying to draft the first two ladies. Lost them in probably the first 100m and was by myself the whole time. Established a rhythm and looked behine me and couldn't see any other women. I decided to go my own pace and just relax.Once I rounded the buoys I ran into the back of the men's pack. There were alot of guys in distress so I tried to avoid them and not let their panick bother me. When I came out of the water I was told I was third in the women. (My timing chip came off in the water.)
What would you do differently?:

Not lose the timing chip in the water. Try to pace a little slower the first 200 and find feet to draft.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Th transition area was about .33 miles from the water. I realized I was pretty far ahead of the next woman behind me and could not see the women in front of me, so I took it pretty easy transitioning. When I got to the timing mat I realized I lost my chip in the water. I yelled at a race official that I lost my chip and they told me they would track me manually and to keep going. This was probably one of my fastest transitions - of course, no wetsuit was helpful. I got my helment and glasses on quick. I had the bike in a perfect gear and was out of there fast.
What would you do differently?:

Not lose the timing chip. Mount better...the mount was on an incline so it was a little bit of a struggle.
  • 33m
  • 10.6 miles
  • 19.27 mile/hr

Again, no time for this since I lost my timing chip but the Garmin said I completed it in about 33 minutes. For me this was an excellent course. It was a three lap course with a good climb at the beginning and about 3/4 into each lap. I felt great on the cadence was high and I climbed fast around 12-14 mph with downhills around 35-40 mph. I think this was a breakthrough ride for me. I passed every woman in front of me and was in first in the women for the two of the three laps before I was passed by the woman that won.
What would you do differently?:

Go a little easier the first two laps and descend a little faster without being afraid.
Transition 2
  • 00m

The dismount lines were not marked, so I started to dismount too early. Then I couldn't get one of my feet out before the dismount line so I had to transition with one foot in a shoe and one bare foot. Again, I had to yell at the race official to mark down my number.
What would you do differently?:

Not lose timing chip. Get out of shoes faster and take mental notes of the dismount line.
  • 00m
  • 0 miles
  •  min/mile

I ran out of the transition area pretty fast and realized that I was the second place woman. I ran uphill with a guy and we chatted for a few minutes, then I dropped him. For some reason, in my mind, I thought the run was a lot shorter than it was. I ran into the desert thinking how much I hate off road running. I saw the first place woman pass me and passed the third place woman in the desert. The third place woman caught me as we exited the desert and turned toward the transition area. I started to speed up, not realizing I had another mile to go. I dropped her around the transition, but then realized I had another mile to go and there were no more water stops. I ran along the top part of the lake and eventually she passed me. Since I thought I would DNF the race for losing my chip, I didn't really care (if I had known they were manually tracking me and giving me some credit for the race, I would have chased her down). I kept my own pace for the last 1/2 mile and ran it in on my own...
What would you do differently?:

Be more familiar with the course and not go hard so early. Not lose my timing chip and keep a watch on to track my time.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around the finish area; light stretching; came home and hot tubbed for a few minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No sleep the night before and home stress..

Event comments:

Sunset Racing did an ok job with this event. The course itself is great and the scenery is beautiful; however, the bike course was open to cars which made it difficult to navigate at times and a little dangerous. Race volunteers were awesome. Signage for the run was terrible and only 2 water stations made it a long hot day out there. Recommendations would be better signage for the run, keep runners, spectators and bikers separated and have at least one more water station with some kind of performance drink.

Last updated: 2007-12-31 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 500 meters | / 100meters
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/228
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Course: Lake swim in the "water hazard" at Lake Las Vegas. Rectangular course in the Lake
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:33:00 | 10.6 miles | 19.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/228
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 lap course around Lake Las Vegas. Short challening hills, with quick downhills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:00:00 | 00 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/228
Performance: Below average
Course: Part of this course was off road into the desert with big hills. It rolled around the lake and finished near the water. Beautiful scenery.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-09-01 6:22 PM

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Las Vegas, NV
Subject: Lake Las Vegas Triathlon

2008-09-02 1:42 AM
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Las Vegas
Subject: RE: Lake Las Vegas Triathlon
Great job out there Molly!  Glad I wasn't one of the "men in distress" during your swim
2008-09-02 10:36 AM
in reply to: #1642597

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Sin City
Subject: RE: Lake Las Vegas Triathlon

Way to go!  First in the AG, NICE!  I wish I would have paid more attention to the awards portion to see it.  I was busy eating!!!!

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