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Leadville, Colorado
United States
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 03m 30s
Overall Rank = 1/230
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/20
Pre-race routine:

I had the day off yesterday so I took the time to get everything ready to go...for a change. This was a train-through race coming off a 25 hour week including yesterday's workout: 50 mile bike, 9 mile run, 500m swim.

I woke up at about 4:30 and took a quick rinse, loaded up Ramone and we headed up to Leadville (up to 10,200 feet). Not only did I have everything organized, the car was ready to go too and I only had a 30 mile drive. What a nice change from my typical work until 3AM, then drive 140 miles to Boulder on no sleep! I was super relaxed and for once rested and not stressed.

I arrived right as the transition area opened, got my bib number and body marking done then found a sweet transition spot.
Event warmup:

No warm up. I did however spy the guy that I would have to beat. At first I totally thought it was my buddy Kilo Dave (tall, lean and mean), but with spanking new bike: A Trek Equinox with full DA and Blackwell Research wheels. Turns out it wasn't Dave but his "twin" brother. Since his transition was close to mine, I introduced myself we chit-chatted about racing and whatnot. I was thinking, damn... there goes my chance at the W.

After a while, he went to warm up; I fiddled about pretending to be busy with my transition spot. Why do I get so intimidated?
Swim
  • 09m 37s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters
Comments:

Officially my swim was 9:58 but that includes the run to transition. 46th on the swim. 7 seconds faster than last year!

When I got to the pool I was assigned a lane with 4 others. Since one guy predicted he would swim in about 6:30, we let him go first, followed by a girl, then a young guy, then me. Go figure.

Right away, I felt winded and out of form. I just started counting laps... and I lost count of how many times I was lapped. My turns at the wall were sloppy and once or twice I forgot to get air. D'oh. As I finished the 10th lap I could see a guy putting a pull buoy in the water. I thought this was my signal to get out but it was it was actually the heads up to do one more length and then get out! I'm used to a meter pool and 10 laps is 500 meters. This was a yard pool. No biggie, I just jumped back in and finished my swim. I was surprised to see that I was under 10 minutes. I felt like I was swimming much slower. hmmm.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know.
Transition 1
  • 00m 31s
Comments:

Tran 1 went well got my helmet on and shoe and was off!
Bike
  • 31m 38s
  • 12.72 miles
  • 24.13 mile/hr
Comments:

Fastest bike today (by 2 seconds) 24 seconds faster than last year.

I got on my bike and got going pretty quick since the first few miles are downhill. Put my Garmin on since my bike computer is not working, and then got down in the aero and started hammering. I was mostly out in no-mans land with no one really to race. I just passed people as I approached them and occasionally glanced at my watch. My speed looked good, but I felt tired the whole ride. I tried to go as hard as I could during the first portion, because at about mile 6 there is a short but steep hill that stops nearly all of your momentum. After that there is a short cruising section before the turnaround. Heading back was into a substantial headwind for a few miles followed by a hard right which leads you to the long uphill finish. The Garmin had me averaging about 24.3 into transition, so I was very happy with my ride.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I rode this course well.
Transition 2
  • 00m 34s
Comments:

This transition was sort of messed up because the bike rack was moved and it was hard to get my bike racked. Also, all of my stuff was buried under another person's stuff. I don't know how that happened but it was annoying. I don't think all of this cost me more than 5 seconds however.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, sh*t happens
Run
  • 21m 17s
  • 3.22 miles
  • 06m 37s  min/mile
Comments:

2nd fastest run
I ran well. I didn't feel well. Just like on the other legs, I felt like I was struggling.
What would you do differently?:

Go harder in the first mile to make up for the long uphill finish.
Post race
Warm down:

Enjoyed the awesome spread of vegetarian friendly food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The swim. But overall, a great race.

Event comments:

This is a first class race. I wish more front rangers would come up. Yes it is a hard course, but it is a fun course. I was thrilled to get the W today... it hasn't happened in a while.

After looking at the results, I beat number 2 by 11 seconds. My transitions totaled 1:04, number 2's transitions totaled: 1:28, so there you have it!




Last updated: 2009-07-17 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:09:37 | 500 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 46/230
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri suit - Pool Swim
Course: 10.5 laps in a 50yd pool, 4 ppl to a lane.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 00:31
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:31:38 | 12.72 miles | 24.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 1/230
Performance: Good
Garmin Distance was 12.72
Wind: Headwind
Course: A loop course on rolling hills with lots of cracks in the pavement. Sort of like Cherry Creek.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
Running
00:21:17 | 03.22 miles | 06m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 2/230
Performance: Good
GARMIN Distance was 3.22
Course: Dirt trails, hills.
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
Evaluation
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

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2009-07-19 9:32 PM

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2009-07-20 9:02 AM
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Fast bike and run.  WOW!



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2009-07-20 9:09 AM
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nice work!
2009-07-20 9:35 AM
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Great job! I knew you had a good chance for the win. The most amazing part if you ask me is that you rode up that demonic climb the day before. Do you realize that from Dowd's Junction to Vail Pass is 4,042' of climbing! Heck, in the days before a race I drive my bike down the hill so I don't have to climb my little 400' hill...
2009-07-20 12:22 PM
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Well done speedy.  You killed it!  Congrats on the win, I bet that feels good.

2009-07-20 10:44 PM
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Way to kick a*s, Dime!

Edited by Drewulu 2009-07-20 10:45 PM


2009-07-21 10:41 AM
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Nice work!  especially at that altitude. 
2009-07-21 11:56 AM
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Jeeze you' re fast! Congrats on the big WIN!! You are a rockstar!!
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