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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 21m 30s
Overall Rank = 63/1154
Age Group = M4549
Age Group Rank = 7/73
Pre-race routine:

Had the Highlander all packed the night before for both the race and my trip to Dallas which left DIA at 12:30p after the race. Awoke at 3:00a and got to the race around 5:30a to pick up my packet. Ate two bagels w/Veggie cream cheese on the way down with coffee and drank two starbucks double shot espresso shots 15 minutes before my wave went off.

The racks were labeled by Wave # so I stopped a pretty girl and asked her how to tell which wave you're in. Why actually look in the packet when you can ask a pretty girl? She said, "Hey Breckview" and it ended up being Adabug from BT. There had to be 3000+ people total at the race and I asked Ada from my hometown in Texas where I'm sitting now. Amazing coincidence... After I racked my bike I searched for her again to chat but I didn't find her. Ran into Mark Dillard on his way out to warmup too.
Event warmup:

  • 13m 16s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

The fastest in my AG went 11:02 (-2:14) ahead of me but he finished quite a bit back so he's probably a swim guy. 11:51 (-1:25) was the fastest of those in the top 10 and there were four in that group.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have hung with them if the wave would have been smaller and I could have seen them.
Transition 1
  • 01m 21s

Average of the top ten was 1:12 and I went 1:21 so that is much better than the past. Fastest was 0:41. I wore socks which added 10 seconds or so. Ran in shoes which I think I'll just do from now on. I'm really fast at clipping in and I've had trouble getting my shoes tight enough practicing mounting the bike with my shoes clipped on.
What would you do differently?:

Next race I'm going to really sprint hard from the mat to my bike to try and get T1 under average. I'm also going to use some lube around my ankles which I've never done.
  • 42m 25s
  • 17.28 miles
  • 24.44 mile/hr

I pushed this ride HARD. Got passed by a couple guys during the gradual climb but they never dropped me and I did the legal draft thing on them until we topped the climb. Then I dropped them badly on the fast parts pushing my 54-11. I was able to pedal at over 40 mph and I never coasted once on the course (except on turns all of which I rode very well). I knew I was killing the ride when I passed the 10 mile sign in 24:20 (24.7 mph) which is after most all the significant climbing. I knew 26 mph was possible and that helped me push even harder. I've been working the bike very hard lately and was thrilled that I was going to post a really great split.

The TTX felt perfect on this ride and I think I'm poised for a true breakout ride but it will have to be after Boulder Peak because that Old Stage climb with the speed limit on the descent really hurts the average MPH.

Unfortunately, at the end I crashed badly and ruined my split. The last time I looked at my computer I had 26.2 mph but I started it after I clipped in and that was before the dismount so I would have come in slower officially but still maybe close to 26.0 which was my goal. Only four guys went 26 or faster.

I can't really remember exactly what happened but I recall thinking I was going way too fast when I started to swing my right leg over the bike for the flying dismount. I think I may have accidently hit my front brakes because I instantly went over the handlebars and landed on my left shoulder first very hard. All I can really remember is hitting the ground hard then a really loud noise like I'd totaled my bike and lots of people around the finish saying "ooh" really loud. Then very quiet and screaming (me). Lots of guys were coming in passing me as I rolled around the ground for a while in agony. Eventually I sorta remembered it was a race so I stood up and it hurt so bad that I screamed a bad word (sorry kids). It was so perfectly quiet and I think the crash looked pretty gruesome and the people watching were a bit shocked. I still feel bad about my language (and I need to work on cleaning it up overall) but I tend to be very vocal when I get hurt.

After that bout of pain subsided a bit, I checked myself to make sure I didn't have anything very obviously serious, which I didn't. Eventually, I asked a volunteer about my bike which someone had picked up and was holding off to the side. Somebody handed it and both my shoes to me. Then I walked across the timing mat. Nice finish Steve!

The crowd (which was big) gave me a huge ovation (even after my bad language) which was very nice.

The time above is my official split which ended up being slower than any of my Colorado sprint splits so far. The route was a little long (17.28 miles with 728' of climbing). That's quite a bit of climbing for a tri course especially because most of it is in one long gradual climb in the first 5-6 miles.

At first I felt really stupid and sad but I eventually felt really thankful and lucky. I think my right shoulder hit the ground hard first, then my left knee, then my right hand. I think the bike actually fell on me as I rolled onto my back and then slid across the asphalt. Melinda didn't see the crash, but she heard it from a ways away and then she saw me all bloody trying to recover.

The final tally really isn't too bad :

* Left shoulder with severe road rash, swollen very badly and sore but no AC sep and my collarbone looks OK. Can't move it much but I think it's OK.
* Left knee with moderate road rash, swollen severely but it didn't twist so I think it's just a severe bruise on my patellar tendon area that's drained into my Baker's cyst in the back.
* Right thumb appears broken for sure but I've done it so many times my hand doc said I need surgery on both anyway so no big deal.
* Right ring looks severely sprained possibly fractured.
* Right wrist sprained probably not fractured but like last time I have so many old fractures they can't really tell which are new unless it's far more swollen and tender than it is now.
* Right quad a pretty bad bruise I think from the handlebars as I went over them.
* Less serious bruises and road rash on left elbow, two other fingers, a little on my chest and much of my back but it's not very deep.

I forgot to look at my helmet but I don't remember hitting my head. (Anxious to see it tomorrow when I get home).

Helmet has not a scratch so my head never hit the pavement. The good news is that my bike is almost perfect. The bike flipped forward and landed on the handlebars. The left brake lever apex is sanded down about 1/4" so it slid quite a distance on the bars. Then it skidded on the seat which is pretty torn up. And then I think it just fell over because I can't find any other damage. The weird thing is that it was so loud. But I think the noise was probably just the ground hitting the pedal causing the chain to pop the cassette hard which resulted in that loud hollow sound that the Zipps wheels make.
What would you do differently?:

So even though I've practiced it a lot, I will never do the flying dismount again. I'm going to stop my bike, unclip, and get off like the AGer that I am.

Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

I was in bad shape. The guy across from me had thrown his wetsuit into the bike rack so my bike wouldn't rack and I was so hurt that bending over to move his suit was very hard.
What would you do differently?:

Not crash.
  • 23m
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 25s  min/mile

There was just no way to post a good run. I was hurting bad, bleeding a lot, worried that I'd just destroyed my frame and front Zipp 1080. It was pretty horrible and for about the first mile I was just kinda moaning in pain. The support I got from the other guys passing me during the run was really amazing. After the first mile I seemed to loosen up a bit but when I tried to run hard for the last half mile, the pain just wouldn't let it happen.

What would you do differently?:

I probably should have quit just to be sure my knee and shoulder were really OK.
Post race
Warm down:

I took a shower and then hit up the med tent for lots of post race road rash scrubbing, de-graveling, anti-bacterial, and bandages.
I talked my way into transition early, got my bike which amazingly appeared fine, and left for DIA. Melinda dumped me there and I made my plane with about 30 minutes to spare. Had a comfy seat up front and so I slept most all the way to Dallas.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had a breakout race going until my crash. No idea how my run would have turned out after a hard bike effort but it certainly would have been faster than 23:00.

Event comments:

Good race but making everybody drive there on Saturday to pick up a packet is hypocritical if they really want to be green as they promote. They claim it's because of USAT rules but that's a blatant lie. All USAT requires is that IDs are checked and they could do that when passing out timing chips/bracelets. They want people at the expo twice to add value to their sponsors, plain and simple.

If they made packets available a few times at sponsor shops around Denver/Boulder before the race and then had a table at the race, they might not have the enormous line to get into transition on race morning since some of those people would be in line to get their packet and that would spread everyone out a bit. I think if Bolder Boulder with 55,000+ entrants can do race-day packets, the 5430 series can also. This issue is why I'm rating the race 4 instead of 5.

Last updated: 2009-06-22 12:00 AM
00:13:16 | 880 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/73
Overall: 75/1154
Performance: Average
My split from start to beach was 12:10 which is 1:23/100y which is about right I think. Wave 5 was huge and the water was pretty rough at first from waves. I think this would have been the first race I would have benefited from going out hard. From looking at the times I think the lead pack dropped me quickly and I didn't know it. As always I didn't push a very hard effort and I drafted pretty well. Great news is that wearing the ear plugs I wasn't dizzy at all in T1.
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: Clockwise rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:21
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:42:25 | 17.28 miles | 24.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/73
Overall: 23/1154
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Quite a bit more climbing than I expected. The first five miles or so is a constant but gentle climb. Total climbing is 728' which is quite a bit for a sprint course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:00 | 03.1 miles | 07m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/73
Overall: 180/1154
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat out-and-back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? No
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] 4

2009-06-23 12:11 AM

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Breckenridge, CO
Subject: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

2009-06-23 12:25 AM
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Evergreen, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Sorry to read about your crash!  Can't believe you finished the race after that.  I have a permanent dent in my quad from flying over my handlebars when I was a teenager, burning off angst racing my dad's road bike.  Hope you don't have a dent   You must be feeling really sore today.  Great job on the race up til the crash, and glad your injuries aren't worse than they are.
2009-06-23 10:41 AM
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Sorry about your crash. You had a real good time going too. Hopefully you're not banged up so badly that your season is ruined. How is your bike now that you've had time to look at it?
2009-06-24 11:39 AM
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Breckenridge, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Donskiman - 2009-06-23 9:41 AM
How is your bike now that you've had time to look at it?

Hey Don, Bike look great! The left brake lever is sanded down badly but still works fine, and the seat is pretty torn up but amazingly that is all I've found. (I'm so happy!) The sound of the wreck was tremendous. My wife thought she'd missed me enter T2 and was waiting by the run exit at least 100 feet away. She heard the crash loudly and everyone around her heard it. But I think it was just my pedal hitting the ground popping my chain on the cassette and then the rear Zipp 1080 making that loud hollow sound they make.
2009-06-24 11:48 AM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

Way to finish Steve.  Bummer however.  That is just a smoking fast bike split!  Heal up quickly!

2009-06-24 11:53 AM
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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Dude! So sorry to hear that but nice HTFU!!

2009-06-24 12:06 PM
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Not a Coach
Media, PA
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You did ensure that people will remember you at that race for years to come.  Hopefully you can laugh about it with them while you are standing on the podium in the future. 

2009-06-26 10:34 AM
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Wow....sounds like a brutal crash but very impressed you went on to finish.

Hope you heal up quickly..killer bike split with many more to come!
2009-06-26 11:45 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Frisco, Texas
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

the best part is you still had a 7:25/mile run...while in pain. you're amazing! so happy you're not too broken up, but do heal quickly on the parts that are hurting!! unreal!!!

2009-06-26 12:33 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

Sorry to hear about the crash!  You were well on your way to an absolutely fantastic race before that!  But you still ended up doing really well.  Killer bike split all things considered!

Glad to hear nothing major was hurt and that the ride is okay.
2009-06-26 6:57 PM
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Fort Myers, Florida
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Dude you are the man!!  Sorry to hear about your crash...but talk about overcoming adversity and finishing the race, and in damn good position at that!  Best of luck for a quick recovery!

2009-06-27 10:25 AM
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Breckenridge, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Cool. Thank you all for the kind/supportive comments! After a bad night try to sleep on scabbing up road rash and my shoulder that conveniently seems to hurt the worst when laying down in any position, your comments were very nice to read this morning.
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