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Loveland, Colorado
United States
USA Triathlon
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 26m 11s
Overall Rank = 26/623
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 7/78
Pre-race routine:

Had a few (3) beers at the bar with my friends and a pizza. Started to feel a slight buzz so I jetted home and was in bed by 10... up at 1:30, on the road by 2:00. Had a brown sugar and cinnamon Pop Tart, some 7-11, coffee and a banana. Got to Denver at 4 and met Laura at her place and we drove up together. Got to Loveland at 5:15 and picked up race packet, set up transition, and then walked to the swim start.
Event warmup:

No warm up... talked to some friends then put my feet in the water and got nervous.
  • 30m 20s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters

My Goal was to get out of the water in about 29 minutes. I have a lot of work to do…

The water was cold. The swim started out with a 200 yard sprint to the first buoy before turning left for a good 700 yards. It was a washing machine near the buoy but I hung tough and didn’t let it get to me. After the turn I got into a groove and felt strong. At the turn I felt like I was doing ok and headed out for another 300 yard stretch to the final turn. The water was pretty choppy and crowded; I just kept my groove and hoped that I was swimming at a strong pace. It was tough to tell but I could see a lot of silver swim caps so I figured that I wasn’t the slowest guy out there. When I finally hit the beach I looked at my watch and I was disappointed but charged the ¼ mile run to transition. I got my wetsuit to my waist and it fell to mid thigh and it made it difficult to run so I pulled it back up. At least my wetsuit was going to come off with ease!

What would you do differently?:

I'm working a little harder at my swim. I need some coaching. I might be ready to accept some. I’m tired of having to make up so much time on the bike and run. The top guys in my AG are 8-10 minutes faster than me in the water and it is not fair!
Transition 1
  • 00m 53s

A fast transition, but I was a little frantic and wasted a few seconds locating my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Mark my bike area
  • 1h 13m 28s
  • 30 miles
  • 24.50 mile/hr

Today’s race was defined by my bike. I really rode well and managed the 6th fastest ride overall. Out of T2 I heard some weird sound and I thought my rear tire rolled off the rim. Luckily it was my cheapo spare tubular; I hit a speed bump and it fell off… I didn’t know I lost it until after the race which is a good thing because I didn’t need it!

Anyway, the first part of this ride is deceiving, you start out heading west and it is a gradual uphill. It is hard to really get moving so I just rode by perceived effort. After about 5 miles or so, the course turns north. This is wear the hills start to become much more difficult. Also, there was a fair amount of wind on this stretch too. After about 15 miles of a few climbs and descents the course touches the southern part of Horsetooth Reservoir. At this point I felt like I was tired and in danger of having a slow ride, but I kept passing people in my AG with race kits, aero helmets and sweet tri bikes so I figured I was doing ok. On the southern return trip I hammered hard and my AVG Speed started to improve. When I got to 23.5 I started thinking about 24 but was not sure if I would have enough real estate. I was freaking flying over the rollers and rarely dropped below 28 mph and pretty much kept my speed above 30 mph. I was really excited as I entered transition 2 because I knew that I destroyed my bike PR on this course from 2007 when I averaged 23.3 – This time I averaged over 1 mph faster, 24.4!

I had the fastest bike split in my age group and my 6th place ranking on the bike is a big improvement over 2007 when I was 17th!

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Swim faster.
Transition 2
  • 00m 45s

My trans time was good, but I could have been faster. I lost my spot again! Eventually I spied my green gym bag. Still a fast transition, but it could have been faster.
What would you do differently?:

Mark my transition spot
  • 38m 28s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 11s  min/mile

My run was nearly as good as my bike! In fact my bike/run combined time was in the top 10 overall (I need to do the math to find out exactly where). I was worried because 5 days ago at Ironman Kansas 70.3 I tore up my feet, yesterday I ran and it was difficult. Before the race I changed the lacing system and taped my feet. Luckily the tape stayed on through the swim and bike and my feet didn’t bother me. I did get a side stitch at about .5 mile and it stayed with me through 4. Also, my Garmin was in bike mode and I didn’t know how fast I was running. I sort of just went by mile per hour. I wanted to go under 39 minutes on the run. In 2007 I was 40 and change and my triathlon 10K PR is 39:52 at the Boulder Peak last year. As the run progressed I got stronger and by mile 4 the side stitch went away and I finished the run and race very strong. My time of 38:28 was a new PR and I think I can go faster
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. I wish I didn't get that side stitch and that my Garmin worked, but this was a strong run for me.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked with Laura to get some chow.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My swim. I am going to continue to work hard and improve here. It is time.

Event comments:

This race is AWESOME. It is one of my favorite races. The post race feast was the best I've had anywhere. The competition is fierce and the bike ride is beautiful.

This was the first tri that I ever raced in 2005. My time was 3:06; today it was 2:26. Yee Ha!

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Last updated: 2009-06-05 12:00 AM
00:30:20 | 1500 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/78
Overall: 360/623
Performance: Average
Suit: Full
Course: Counter clockwise rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:53
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
01:13:28 | 30 miles | 24.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/78
Overall: 6/623
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Rectangle with some very big climbs
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:38:28 | 06.21 miles | 06m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/78
Overall: 13/623
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2009-06-20 9:38 PM

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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: Loveland Lake to Lake

2009-06-21 12:13 AM
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2009-06-21 12:38 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Spokes - 2009-06-20 11:13 PM

Nice race... man, there must not be much time separating the top people when you post those kind of bike and running #ers.

when you swim like I do, there is a lot of time separating the mortals from the hero's!
2009-06-21 3:57 PM
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Colorado Springs
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

Nice race! I'm hoping that when you say cheapo spare, it wasn't the new Conti Competition I lent you at Kansas. Right???

2009-06-21 5:32 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
kilo_dave - 2009-06-21 2:57 PM

Nice race! I'm hoping that when you say cheapo spare, it wasn't the new Conti Competition I lent you at Kansas. Right???

Haha! I knew you would think that. No, the conti is safe and sound. I lost one of those 20 dollar Vittoria's that Dills and I bought to race in the snow with for Chilli Cheeks a few years ago.
2009-06-22 4:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

Nice work on putting it all together again so soon after Kansas! As someone who has also admitted to be defeated by the swim, I'm also starting to turn the corner on putting in actual work to make it better so I feel your pain there. Once you get it there though, watch out!

2009-06-22 5:40 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

Well done speedy.  I hope to be fast at the 5430 long course like you are!

2009-06-23 12:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

Awesome Race! Way to crush it!

2009-06-24 9:49 AM
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Westminster, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

fantastic race!  I really liked your reflection back to L2L in 2005.  very inspirational.  your improvements are impressive (understatement)!

my L2L debut beat yours?  does that count for anything (please don't answer)?

2009-06-25 11:35 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

DAAAAAAAA YAAAAAAAAM!!  That 10K is sumptin'  (oh, and that bike split, and then there's that swim thing, too   )

Pizza and beer!  YUMMMMMM!!!

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