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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
88F / 31C
Total Time = 3h 51m 11s
Overall Rank = 499W/551W
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 114/121
Pre-race routine:

4am wake up, quiet sitting few minutes breathing aka meditation, eat yogurt + nature valley granola, hydrate, grab bag into car, load bike stop to get gas
in transition ate a small apple, half banana, half homemade cookie bar, water
Event warmup:

virtually none, some flexing warm, some swim about, otherwise just working on relaxing
  • 36m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards

sighting into the sun still sucks, followed the mob though and did alright, a nice swim, relaxed
What would you do differently?:

swim harder I s'pose
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

funny fog-film over my eyes when I exited water, kept blinking to make it go away, could have just been from looking into the sun over and over + orange goggle lenses, was weird though
What would you do differently?:

move faster
  • 1h 50m 43s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 14.14 mile/hr

Olde Stage kicked my butt, not necessarily physically but mentally...I had a panic attack and had to stop & recover, then later dry heaving, ended up walking the last 1/3 mile or so (I was NOT alone in this though)
can I just say that eventually all the 'on your lefts' got a little old, 'cause really where else was anyone going to pass me? [sic]
I got really used to it and eventually resigned myself to my training pace...sigh.
I'll go out there one of these days soon enough to try it on again though, maybe I'll perform without the pressure of so many people doing better than me.
ate half a clif builder bar, alternated clif cherry blox with margarita blocks, pounded water
What would you do differently?:

more practice climbing hills
Transition 2
  • 03m 52s

not much to report here, little tough time getting shoe on, then forgot to tighten lace, then realized forgot race number & went back to get it (dumb)
What would you do differently?:

move faster
  • 1h 18m 8s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 35s  min/mile

wore the floppy camp hat, looks silly but I need the shade
alternated clif cherry & margarita blocks every 20' or so
first 2 miles got into rythm, then panic attack felt like a fish gasping for air...battled brutal inner demons walking mile 2 to 3, entailing crying & throat constrictive breathing...then a weight lifted, I looked up instead of at the ground, started a good pace at mile 3, picked up a buddy shortly after and we finished in strong style.
What would you do differently?:

not walk at all, I'm hoping this is the last I'll see of the throat constriction panicky attacks, I'm really tired of it.
run was below average according to training, I'm marking it average though 'cause it's an improvement over my last races.
Post race
Warm down:

walking around, cold towel on head LOVELY, stretching in the grass with other athletes, breathing
where was the massage tent?

What limited your ability to perform faster:

nerves. I know if I can beat this nervous panicky thing & relax, have FUN, then I will be able to push myself harder get some better pace.

Event comments:

Don't know how the race will look next year since M-Dot has taken over, I guess we'll all have to see about it.
A good race, SO much better than the sprint. And (although I'll have to look this up) I beat my previous Olympic time by 40 minutes.

Last updated: 2008-12-10 12:00 AM
00:36:14 | 1640 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/121
Overall: 787/551W
Suit: Orca TiT on loan
Course: counterclockwise polygon
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:17
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:50:43 | 26.1 miles | 14.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/121
Overall: 1332/551W
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Olde Stage, 15% for 2/3 Mile---WOW BUT then a kick azz ride down n'out that was tons of fun, when it leveled out it ended a plain ole' ride though
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:52
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:18:08 | 06.21 miles | 12m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/121
Overall: 1308/551W
Performance: Average
Course: out & back flat, no cover, gravel/trail over dams some hill-ish activity but not overtly
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-07-12 6:22 PM

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Denver Area
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2009-07-12 6:58 PM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Great job out there ADA!!! Way to go!!!  Olds Stage must have been tough!!!  Congrats!!!

2009-07-13 11:57 AM
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Wow, even with all the challenges you had, seeing it thru and STILL taking 40' off your previous best time is HUGE!!  Congrats!

2009-07-13 12:09 PM
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Breckenridge, CO
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Great job Ada. Knocking off 40 minutes is HUGE! That's what matters. Forget about the people passing you. No matter who you are there will always be people much faster. That hill is brutal especially because the lead in to it is slightly uphill for miles. I know I was surprised by how hard it was for me last year.
2009-07-13 12:53 PM
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Parker, CO
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Great job taking 40-minute off of you previous olympic time...that's awesome!  I think we all get nervous before these things...I know I do.  For me the key is to start out telling myself this no more than a training event at a hard effort.  Seems soon after the start I get get rid of the nerves and just focus on what I need to be doing.  And don't think twice about people passing you...just do your thing.

2009-07-13 1:52 PM
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Evergreen, CO
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Nice job Ada -- way to hang in there!!! 

2009-07-13 4:54 PM
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Yay good job!!
2009-07-13 9:36 PM
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Highlands Ranch
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Nice job yesterday!  40 minutes better, wow!!

Edited by StMaas 2009-07-13 9:36 PM
2009-07-14 9:04 AM
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, North Carolina
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Wow!  You worked through some challenges and finished that thing in style.  Now rest up cuz you got another one just around the corner!

2009-07-15 11:22 PM
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Nice job Ada!  (Sorry it took me so long to get here--on vacation and had to pay for internet at hotel)  Knocking 40 minutes off is tough!!!  Awesome job!!!!!

2009-07-16 9:42 AM
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Security, CO
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Great Job! An improvement of 40 minutes is no small feat. Sounds like you are on the right track.


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