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Pumpkinman Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Las Vegas , Nevada
United States
BBSC Endurance Sports
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 37m 42s
Overall Rank = 280/378
Age Group = 35-39M
Age Group Rank = 27/33
Pre-race routine:

Had the 99 cent breakfast special at the Hacienda Resort and Casino, 2 eggs, bacon, toast and hash browns
  • 32m 41s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

By far (1000+) yards my longest open water swim in a race to date
What would you do differently?:

Since I broke the 2:00 per 100 barrier, not a damn thing.
Transition 1
  • 05m 38s

Transition was on a rough asphalt road and was uphill at least 100 yards to my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Put my chip under my wetsuit so I could get the suit off a little faster.
  • 1h 45m 14s
  • 24.95 miles
  • 14.22 mile/hr

Ok, I now know the reason the tri is called Pumpkinman, It's because (apparently) The Climb from Hell, Hells Hills, and This Ride Sucks was already taken
This is just a brutal bike course, a 6 mile sustained climb is NOT what the doctor ordered.
What would you do differently?:

The Sprint distance next time
Transition 2
  • 04m 26s

Ok, here is where a decent race fell apart. I went to tug my Yanks! tight and pulled the lace right off. Both sides snapped in half. As the laces are elastic they proceeded to unlace themselves and I was finally able to stop this process about halfway down my shoe. So I had 6.2 miles to run on a half laced right shoe
What would you do differently?:

Not break my laces?
  • 1h 09m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 13s  min/mile

The race sucked, I started out with fairly solid legs and was looking forward to a decent run, but the broken lace quickly caused hot spots that were more or less unbearable, I'd have to stop and walk until the foot cooled off and then would run again. I finished, but not the way I wanted to.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

BIG HILLS on the bike, broken lace on the run

Event comments:

If anyone tells you to do the Olympic at Pumpkinman, walk away slowly because they really aren't right mentally. The cool was actually seeing Chris "Macca" McCormick in my race. Yeah he was probably showered and on a plane home by the time I finished, but cool none the less.

Last updated: 2008-10-01 12:00 AM
00:32:41 | 1640 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/378
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:45:14 | 24.95 miles | 14.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/378
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 04:26
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
01:09:41 | 06.21 miles | 11m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/378
Performance: Bad
Course: Course was a moderately flat out and back
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-20 9:08 PM

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Columbia, MO
Subject: Pumpkinman Triathlon

2008-10-21 10:54 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon
Great job out there!  I'm sure that our paths crossed on the run course (you on the way back, and me on the way out).  I am among the certifiably insane that decided to do this race a SECOND time (last year, the course absolutely beat me to a pulp).  You captured the essence of the bike course in your report.  Great job, and you turned in a good time despite the trouble with your running shoes!
2008-10-22 5:04 PM
in reply to: #1755524

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Phoenix, AZ
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon

Congratulations on sticking out a tough race! From what I have read that bike course was a monster! I think I would have thrown in the towel on the 6 mile climb, and once the shoe lace broke no way. I guess we all have races like that and now you've got your "bad" race out of the way for awhile! Hopefully you still managed to have fun while you were in Vegas!

2008-10-24 12:51 AM
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Sherman Oaks
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon
Nice work finishing out there... you guys represented well coming all the way out from Missouri!  Hope you all enjoyed Vegas!
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