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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
hotF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 07m 52s
Overall Rank = 1016/1400
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 100/150
Pre-race routine:

up early, dry heaving, couldn't eat but 1/2 oatmeal sips coffee
damn these nerves!
Event warmup:

jogging around transition to/from volunteer tent assist with body marking for a bit, after putting on wetsuit & waiting around swam to ropes out & back to start line.
transition opened later than I thought, and therefore closed later also.
  • 17m 31s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

sighting DIRECTLY into the sun hurts, stopping multiple times to sight sucks
after the first turn though it was fine (except for my body's apparent need to drift toward the land when left side breathing---i think I sight better with right-side breathing)
started to get really comfortable on last stretch, felt shoulders tiring, figure it's the wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

swim went well, I overswam somewhat zig-zagging to the first buoy, beeline for finish after second turn...well I bee-lined as much as possible.
maybe not swim with a wetsuit.
get more OWS with a wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

just peachy, little issue getting foot into one shoe feeling the seconds tick away
nice to hear my rack-mate holler "you're so FAST!"
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 1h 08m 51s
  • 17 miles
  • 14.81 mile/hr

this is where it got interesting.
I'm hammering, and hammering...and hammering. WHY are my legs so tired? What's going on here? something's not right.
1. now I know why there's no strength train in taper (friday morning)
2. bike maintenance Saturday---hmm, maybe my skewers are too tight
stopped, flipped bike over, loosened skewers somewhat, felt better, but legs just not real happy
3. NOT ENOUGH FOOD blessings on the Copper Mountain Kitted krew that passed me and handed off a clif bar, I was flat out starving and gels/blocks were NOT cutting it
4. NOT ENOUGH WATER half a bottle does not cut it for me, I did learn to catch a bottle on the fly---kewl---and pounded the water much as possible 'cause I knew I'd need it coming up
What would you do differently?:

more food
more water
not strength train w/in 2 days, or a week, of a race.
compared to training of late, this was a below avg ride...but improved from last sprint.
Transition 2
  • 02m 20s

in my exertion I forgot to slip feet out of shoes while still on bike.
also, though I felt I was forgetting something, didn't want to stick around to figure out what I was was my race belt/number
  • 37m 8s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 59s  min/mile

once I got into pace it felt good to just run.
had to stop off behind boulder/bushes to pee, no cover out there so that was challenging.
grabbed water n'gatorade at both aid stations.
last 1/2 mile just ran outta gas, walked a bit, panic started in that I hadn't improved that I wasn't good enough...and my "esophageal constriction" returns, then I can't breath, begin om-ming ever exhale to open/relax throat.
finished fresh with a strong stride though.
What would you do differently?:

bring water with me to sip, even if it is just 3 miles, I still need it.
I will probably switch to my Columbia camp hat to shade my entire face, find some cooling sleeves/gear to aid my body in it's endeavors to keep me from cooking inside-out.
based on my past race performance, the run was average. based on my recent training, my run was below average.
Post race
Warm down:

sat under shade of a bush and cried, drank my water, suspiciously eyed my finisher medal.
walked around chatted with some people, thought about food line, skipped it and went for the bear naked yogurt/granola cup, snagged come blueberries from the pancake table.
met The Man & Little Girl at Mexican Food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

pre-race prep, food water.

Event comments:

not my best performance. still a fun race though, great for first timers, nice they give finisher medals for a sprint
The Plan doesn't account for races, I guess I'll do what I can though.
heat stress sucks, when I was gather up my things chatting with another woman, I felt it coming on, & bailed...but it didn't stop the eye-ball popping headache that remained for the rest of the day.

Last updated: 2008-12-09 12:00 AM
00:17:31 | 880 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/150
Overall: 547/1400
Performance: Average
Suit: borrowed TiT ORCA
Course: square
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:07
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:08:51 | 17 miles | 14.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/150
Overall: 1067/1400
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: nice course, false flat then rollers through the loop NOT SHADY
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:20
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:37:08 | 03.1 miles | 11m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/150
Overall: 1043/1400
Performance: Average
Course: out n' back, flat, gravel, NO COVER = HOT HOT HOT
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-22 10:22 AM

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Denver Area
Subject: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

2009-06-22 10:42 AM
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Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Good job there Ada.  Nice to get the season underway!
2009-06-22 11:48 AM
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, North Carolina
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

Great season opener for you.  Sounds like you handled all of the unexpected excitement and finished strong.  I agree with you on the water.  I carry if even if I'm only going a mile!

2009-06-22 2:21 PM
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Highlands Ranch
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

Good race day, especially with overcoming the unexpected challenges!

2009-06-22 2:31 PM
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Nice race despite the lack of food, water...and that sun/heat!  Good to see you there, too!

2009-06-22 3:35 PM
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Nice race. The weather was almost ideal, but maybe a little warm on the run.

2009-06-22 3:44 PM
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Evergreen, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Way to hang in there Ada!!  Even a little bike maintenance on the ride, eh?  Sorry we didn't see you after the race.  You learned a lot this race and will do even better at the Peak.
2009-06-22 3:48 PM
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Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Way to get it done!  I think you'll find each one gets a little easier once you know what expect and know what you need to focus more on.  Congrats!!
2009-06-23 8:38 PM
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Breckenridge, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Nice to finally meet you in person. I tried to find you again after I set up my transition but didn't. Great job out there!
2009-06-23 9:58 PM
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somewhere in the northwest
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Great job tuffing out the obsticals and finnishing strong
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