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Flagstaff, Arizona
United States
Mountain Man Events
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 40m 13s
Overall Rank = 2/135
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/17
Pre-race routine:

Mountain man Triathlon- The Toughest Race You WIll Ever Love- so says their tag line and at almost 7000 feet it certainly lives up to the hype! In the last 3 years, only one finsiher has ever gone under 4:30 so I knew it would be a challenge. The bike course has 2552 feet of climbing and the run a whopping 1262 feet at elevation! Yikes!

Jamie and I drove up to Flagstaff on Saturday morning. We were very much looking forward to getting out of the Valley and 115 degree temps! We wnet directly to the race site at Lake Mary and drove the Half bike course as I had nver raced the Half here. We picked up our packet, let the dogs swim in the lake, and then went to our hotel. We relaxed for a while and then headed off to Jamie's team dinner at their family mountain home. I t was a great dinner in the beautiful woods on the slopes of Mt. Humphry's. we were in bed and saleep by 8:00pm

We woke at 4:00am and loaded up the car. The dogs would stay in the hotel room and Jamie would come back and collect them and check out when she finished and come back to see me finish. We arrived at Transition and set up our gear next to each other on the rack. We said hello to all our friends and I got ready for my 6:17am start. We went down to the swim entrance to see the bouys. Immediately we noticed the Half IM swim bouy looked way far from the Olympic marker. The two event guys who marked the course happened to be there and we asked them about it. They insisted it was right but at the end of the day, it was very much long. We'll call it 2600 yards.
Event warmup:

Did a few stokes to get my wet suit correctly positioned. The Half was broken into two waves, the firts was women, relay, and men over 50, the second wave 7min later was all men under 50.
Swim
  • 35m 47s
  • 2600 yards
  • 01m 23s / 100 yards
Comments:

The turn bouy was very far away and there were no markers between the start and it, so my wave was all spread out heading down the firts leg. I think I was too far right as it seemed that a group formed to my left and formed a line. I tried to get over to them but the altitiude of nearly 7000 feet really was effecting my breathing. I had to settle down and get into a rhythm before pushing the pace. Once I turned the first marker for the long down leg, I felt great and really tried to push a solid pace with good form. There were no opportunities to draft so I just swam solo and began moving through the back of the first wave. Evryone was really spread out, so it was easy to do. Got to the last turn and headed towards the boat ramp thinking I should have a good split. Stood up, saw 35:xx and just shook my head. I knew it was long. Well, we all had to swim the same course, so no worries.
What would you do differently?:

Not be forced to swim so damn far! :)
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s
Comments:

I got to the bike and peeled off my suit. I had to grab Jamie's bike for a second to balance myself and almost pulled it off the rack! She wouldn't be happy with that so I made sure it was positioned right before I left. :)
What would you do differently?:

Not mess up my wifes Transition area. :)
Bike
  • 2h 21m 29s
  • 56 miles
  • 23.75 mile/hr
Comments:

I rode up the sort hill to the main road with my feet on top of my shoes. Once on the road, I quickly got into them and settled into a pace. My target HR for the bike was 147-157. Over the first 9 miles, I brought my HR up into the very low 150's but noticed that my PE felt like I was working harder. This also happened at Show Low. In retrospect, i think that I am altitude effected more than I realized. These are the times where I need to ignore HR more and although I was concerend at what my HR monitor was showing, my PE felt like I was pushing and at the end of the day, so did my pace.

I made my way through the first wave but wouldn't really know where I stood until the one out and back section. On an early cllimb, I was passed by a guy who gapped me on the climbs but I would blow by him on the downhills. We went back and forth for the next 30 miles like this. At the turnaround, it seemed like I was around 5th, but I didn't know who was a relay and who was not, so i just kept at it. Eventually I dropped that one guy and rode alone for a long stretch. It was a very scenic course but I didn't have a lot of time to enjoy it. I stayed on top of my nutrition, finishing off my gel flask, a bottle of water, and a bottle of G.E. Somewherea round mile 45 or so, I was passed by a rider who was flying! He went by me right before a big downhill (he later told me we went 50+mph!). I passed him (The Orbea is crazy fast!) and then on the next climb he dropped me like a bad habit. :) At mile 52, I caught another Half racer I hadn't seen since the turn around but I was still not clear where I stood in the overall.


What would you do differently?:

Not worry about my HR and just ride by PE when racing at elevation.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s
Comments:

Did my ITU dismount, which reveived some cheers from the volunteers. Ran to my rack but had a bit of an issue getting my bike hung on the rack, the water bottles kept hitting the bar. Got on my sock, visor, race belt, and shoes, turned and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

Toss the bottles before the finish if possible.
Run
  • 1h 40m 22s
  • 13.52 miles
  • 07m 25s  min/mile
Comments:

As I was leaving Transition, there came jamie heading to the finish! I high fived her and said i love you. She looked great and based on the race time, I knew she had a great day. I headed up the road for the first 1.5 miles, getting my HR into the mid 150's. target for the run was 152-162. I hit the big climb and tried to moderate my pace and keep my effor controlled. I was running through the BOP of the Olympic race and most folks were walking the hill at this point. I hit the switch back and started up the second part when i hear the slap of feet behind me and knew it wasn't one of the Olympic athletes getting a second wind. I didn't look back and then sure enough, the guy who I passed on the bike nearing the bike finsih blew by. 21 years old and looking VERY strong. As we neared the turn, the guy who had crushed the bike came runnignt he other way. He wasn't far ahead.

As the three of us descended the hill, the lead guy trued to gap us and did put in some distance. Once back on the main road, the 21 year old ran him down within a mile. the road wasx straight, so i could see it all. Before i realized it, I had also caught him. he was starting to fade. I hit every aid station and kept up downing some gel from my run flask. the sun was out and although it wasn't Phoenix hot, that high altitude sun rips into you and I was HOT.

I still wasn't clear where I was on the course position wise but knew anyomne I saw running the other way was in my race. Eventually, a lone woman ran by so I pegged her as a relay runner as the top women were behind me. And then....no one esle went by. Holy crap, I'm in second! At the far turn around, I had a chance to see how close 3rd was but he wasn't making up any ground. I decided to burn a few candles at the 5 miles to go maker and pushed the pace for 10min to make sure he wouldn't close up. that hurt and for the last 4 miles I was alone and hot and tired and just ran hard enough to keep my lead. I had no thoughts of trying to run down first, he was 4+min ahead of me, so I stayed within myself and brough it in.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it was a good run for the course and conditions, even though the time was very slow.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed and immediatley saw Jamie holding her AG award! She was so happy. :) She had gone back to the hotel and collected the dogs so we let the, swim in the lake. I spoke with the overall winner, he was a college student from Atlanta here in Chandler for the summer. Very nice and very good athlete. Also spoke with 3rd place. He told me he was out to beat the bike course record and that's why I was going so hard. I think he got it, riding a 2:26, but he paid on the run. I went back to pack up my gear and at the end of my bike rack, someone had left a box of donuts so I helped myself! That's the first time I have had a donut in a long time. They were good. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Altitude.

Event comments:

This is a fun race in a beatiful spot. Post rrace was lacking in food, so I ate some dudes donuts instead. :)




Last updated: 2009-06-04 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:35:47 | 2600 yards | 01m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/17
Overall: 8/135
Performance: Good
Suit: ZOOT Zenith
Course: A laong, narrow triangle course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:21:29 | 56 miles | 23.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/17
Overall: 2/135
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 9 miles out of Tranisition, the Half course runs two loops aroung Mormon Lake and then back into T2. Course is very hilly and rolling. No one hill is steeper than 400 feet of climbing, but there are a lot of them. On one downhill we did twice, I hit 50+mph!
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:40:22 | 13.52 miles | 07m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/17
Overall: 3/135
Performance: Good
Course: After an easy 1.5 miles from Transition, you turn and climb a very steep switch back where you gain 300 feet in about 1 mile. there's a trunaround at the top and then a long out section to the second turnaround and then back to the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-07-20 10:54 AM

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2009-07-20 11:51 AM
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Great job, Bryan! You had a fabulous race, not just because the course was tough. Congratulations! And photos do you no justice. Smile
2009-07-20 6:22 PM
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Great job out there. You had a great race and look to have an even better IMAZ
2009-07-20 7:35 PM
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2009-07-20 8:53 PM
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nicely done!
2009-07-20 9:56 PM
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Master
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Great race! That's a great bike split for that much vert and at altitude that you're not adjusted to. I wonder if you experienced getting out-of-breath by just a missing one breath while drinking on the bike. I've lived at 9600' for 11 years and swimming still feels a lot like drowning to me.


2009-07-21 9:25 AM
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Great race Bryan!

We have some tougher courses out here in terms of climbing on the bike and run...but not AT elevation. 

Congrats to Jamie, too!  You'll have to find some races with combined-times couples awards. 
2009-07-21 10:21 AM
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Absolutely great performance on that tough course!

You  d Jamie are awesome! Well done!

2009-07-21 10:28 AM
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Superb job on what sounds like a really tough course!

Congrats to Jamie as well.
2009-07-21 11:39 AM
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Great Job Bryan...

2009-07-21 11:39 AM
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Great Job Bryan...



2009-07-21 12:04 PM
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great race, Bryan.....crazy fast....

doughnut must have tasted great after a race like that...!
2009-07-21 12:18 PM
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Way to go!! What an awesome race for both you AND Jamie! Congrats!
2009-07-21 2:09 PM
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awesome race for you & Jaime!  Congrats!!!
2009-07-21 3:14 PM
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Super race, Bryan!  Great job out there!!

2009-07-21 7:12 PM
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Congrats on placing at mtn man! Great effort! Thanks for writing a detailed race report. It's inspiring for us newbies to read how the top age groupers run their races. Congrats to Jamie, too!


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Wow, you are so amazing, Bryan! Great job!
2009-07-22 2:19 AM
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Great job and nice RR!  Congrats!
2009-07-22 10:45 AM
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Another strong showing sir.  You rocked it out there.

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