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Crescent Moon Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 22m 36s
Overall Rank = 27/272
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/61
Pre-race routine:

I had a horrible night's sleep after waking up every 30 minutes because I thought I was going to oversleep. Had my usual powerbagel and PB and a banana. Gel 20 minutes before swim start.

Drove with KrisTtris to the race. I love having a next door neighbor/friend/training/racing partner!
Event warmup:

Just a quick stroke about to feel the water. Not as cold as last week.
  • 15m 50s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Water time was 14:14.
This swim was not my best. I think I need to warm up more. My legs felt like lead the first part and I just couldn't find my line. I felt great on the back side, but was really confused once I rounded the turn-around buoy about where I was swimming to. I knew I was near the front, but had lost the lead pack and was all alone in the middle.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up. Start doing Masters.
Transition 1
  • 02m 30s

This transition was LONG and narrow along a roadway, 1/4 mile to be exact. They did have the run and bike at opposite ends. I was racked at the end near the bike exit, which worked out great. I'm pleased with this transition considering it included a 1/4 mile run! I had the 4th fastest T1 rank in my age group.
What would you do differently?:

  • 32m 59s
  • 12 miles
  • 21.83 mile/hr

3rd fastest bike time in my age-group (but see below). I came out of the water about 10th. I hit the bike and hammered it. My quads were still really tired from last week's Harvest Moon and mtn biking on Thursday, but I felt great. I was out there with all the boys(their waves went first) and passed about 5 women in my AG! I felt great. All the extra biking has paid off. I guess riding more really DOES make you faster. DID YOU SEE MY AVERAGE SPEED! That's per race results!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, really. Just make sure my race wheels don't have a flat next time so I can use them!
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

5th fastest T2 time in my age group. This time included the 1/4 mile run once again. It was nice to run this with my running shoes on this time!
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 24s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 27s  min/mile

So when I came in so fast on the bike, I KNEW that some of those girls were going to pass me on the run. I held my own for about the first 1.5 miles, then a woman came running by at a 7:30 pace and I knew I had no way to stick with her. Overall, about 5 girls in my AG passed me on the run. I just couldn't hang with them. I will say, I was mostly out there with all men and it was very nice to have some eye candy during this run!

I felt pretty good, no cramps, side-stitches, just cramped calves at the beginning on the hill.
What would you do differently?:

I probably could have pushed this a bit harder in the middle. I'm always so afraid of running out of steam or getting a side cramp.
Post race
Warm down:

There was NO WATER at the end of this race. I had to go over to the run start to find some. Walked around and cheered KrisTtris on and then found COgirl.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My legs were fatigued for the bike and I need to swim Master's so I can get into sprinting mode faster on these swims. My swim times have really decreased on races this year.

Event comments:

So, after looking at all the race results, I discovered that I would have placed 3rd in EVERY AGE GROUP BUT MINE!!!!!!! I placed 11th in my age group and I'M BITTER! Get out of my age group you fast Beeotches! I was top 10% out of all women and top 25% overall, including men. It was a good race, I felt fast and I set another PR....but how in the world does that get me 11th!!!!!!!!

Maybe when I age up next year, some of the fast women will stay put. I sure hope so! Or I'm just going to have to get faster!

It was a good way to end the season. I had so much fun with Kristi and Cathy and I couldn't have asked for a better group to race with. I love BT and all my friends from here!

Last updated: 2008-07-21 12:00 AM
00:15:50 | 820 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 140/272
Performance: Average
Suit: orca
Course: Out and back skinny loop.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:30
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:32:59 | 12 miles | 21.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 129/272
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with a loop turn-around. Gradual hill near the half way point but mostly flat and fast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:24 | 03.11 miles | 09m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 350/272
Performance: Average
Course: Loop course, part concrete, part pea-gravel, part road. Big 3/4 mile hill out of transition, then rolling hills and mostly downhill on the way back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-09-21 9:58 PM

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Littleton, CO
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2008-09-21 11:42 PM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Crescent Moon Sprint Triathlon
Nice race and holy cow!! great bike!! Great way to end the season.
2008-09-22 12:00 AM
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Denver Colorado
Subject: RE: Crescent Moon Sprint Triathlon
Great job! You swim great! You're my hero! Looks like you'ver been doing this awhile... this was my very fist triathlon EVER! Now I'm hooked! Congrats!
2008-09-22 6:49 AM
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Centennial, CO
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Great job Mel.  Way to go with a PR.  Guess it's time to hang things up for the year.


2008-09-22 7:59 AM
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Evergreen, CO
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Great race Mel!!!!  Love the pics too
2008-09-22 8:38 AM
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, North Carolina
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Congrats on a great race and PR.  You were smokin' on the bike.  Enjoy your youth and be proud of being 11th in your age group.  Sometimes I get to be first and last in mine because I'm the only old lady out there!

2008-09-22 12:10 PM
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Denver, CO
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Your race splits highly resemble mine - good swim, good bike, slow run. Are we sisters???

Nice job though! Glad you finished out your season with a good race and good friends!

2008-09-22 12:33 PM
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Douglas County
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Great job out there-- phenomenal bike!

No offense, but I hope the speedsters age up with you because that's my age group next year. 

2008-09-22 4:09 PM
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The whole race looks great to me!  I think a good goal for me is to be as fast as you someday...but don't worry, I am never going to be in your age group
2008-09-25 7:25 PM
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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Great job, Mel!  Holy smokin' bike!  You are definitely right there and I know you can get faster on the run.
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