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Mountain Man Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Flagstaff, Arizona
United States
Mountain Man Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 4h 00m 25s
Overall Rank = 243/248
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 32/32
Pre-race routine:

Focus on last years time; 4:03 is unexpectable... This years time 3:30min.. If all goes well I should be able to shave off 33 mins..

yeah it didnt..
Event warmup:

Awoke 400, drank protien drink, powerbar and my vitumins.. Stretch for a bit then drove to transtion area to set up... Set-up my area then drove back to the campsite. Woke the family in there tents and rode Kristin back to transition 2+mile warm-up. Met up with some friends and fellow Bt'ers..
The tri sprits really help us out by allowing rain the following day to cool off the air a bit...
  • 40m 25s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 41s / 100 meters

The swim was burtal after all of the training I really felt that I was going to reach my goal of <35minutes. Right out of the gate i felt all of the blood and oxgyen rush from my legs, I knew right then that the bike was going to be very difficult. Where in the hell did all of the air go? I couldnt breath. No air was getting into my lungs, just like last year; felt the "oxygen" leave my legs during he swim and couldnt fill my lungs with it either.. WTF, I had to breaststroke for most of the race. My goggles also filled with water from the start and ended up swimming with one eye open. I couldnt get in a good rythum without having to stop and empty out my mask.. Had a bad swim portion. My goal time was 35 min, but ended up with 40.25sec which was still .24 sec from last year..
What would you do differently?:

Really dont know what i would do differently, everything was good except the goggles, and lack of oxygen... It has to be the Altitude.. I dont ever feel like this when in the valley.. Im saying below average just for the fact that when i OWS @ the lake in Phx I swim much faster

Transition 1
  • 03m 42s

Walked into T1 after a delirious swim... T1 time was 60 sec faster than last year

What would you do differently?:

Nothing other than running into and out of T1. but since here was no air I decided to walk... in order to catch my breath, which didnt happened until I finished the race.
  • 1h 37m 43s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.26 mile/hr

Oh God, here we go again. From the start, I had wobbly legs, couldnt even get on my bike without stumbling over, no I didnt fall. Avg mph was 13-15. First hill, wasnt that bad, I had finally got some leg back under me only to loose it on he second hill where I wanted to turn around and head home.. The rest of the ride was murder, i still couldnt breath and my legs wouldnt turn-over. Heading back for the last 12 miles wasnt as bad as I was heading down hill but still couldnt get past 16mph avg... Rode into T2, dead on my feet and very discourage knowing that I still had at least an hour and a half run ahead of me..

Oh did I mentioned that I hate running… Another bad bike. Goal time was 1:20min but ended with 1:37:43sec which was 6min faster than last year..
What would you do differently?:

The swim really took alot out of my legs, when pre-riding the course proir to the race I was able to avg 17mph wih a lot of strength left for a start to a good run.

The only thing I could have done better was to ride my motorcycle on the course or take a 45min break..

After thinking about it. this was the frist race that I didnt finish my areo bottle and second "just water" bottle and or ate anything during the ride. Maybe thats why I died during the last half of the bike and the run.

Oh and maybe loose 40lbs...
Transition 2
  • 02m 10s

Crawled into T2 after a bike wreack of a ride. Almost stayed, maybe I should have...

Ran in/out of T2, not even mentally prepared for the run... no worries out of T2 .50sec faster than expected..
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 36m 30s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 15m 32s  min/mile

GOD I HATE RUNNING>>> NO really I do, I could not get faster than 14min miles, how sad. I dont even want to write about this so I wont...

4.30 minutes slower than last year. I REALLY REALLY hate running..

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around in a daze... and ate 2 watermelons at the feed station..

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Seriously, who has a race without Gatorade at the finish line.. how sad. There are more things that I can talk about but I dont want a worst taste in my mouth.... I didnt come in last over all, but I did in the bike/run and in my age group. How sad is that?? I was so not mentally perpared for this race. Now i know better..

Everyone was saying that the swim course was short, I don’t think it was but Im not contestant enough to tell. The RD did say that the bike was alittle shorter and the run was longer, that was because the T!/T2 area was moved further south..

If I were to look at this race from an improvement position I should be happy. However, I felt that I could have finish 3:25 min with all of the training that I have done. I have improved in all areas and yet this race made it look like I haven’t done anything different since last year.. Even though this is only my second Olympic Triathlon I expected more of an improvement. Now I have to sign up for Nathan’s, to see where I am for SOMA. Sure in the HELL cant use Mountainman this year… Also I really think I need to train in altitude and hills, but only race flat courses

Wow, that was dissappointing... Next year i may do the sprint for fun since I wanted to turn around at each of the sprint turn points..

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Last updated: 2009-04-05 12:00 AM
00:40:25 | 1500 meters | 02m 41s / 100meters
Age Group: 32/32
Overall: 230/248
Performance: Below average
Suit: sleeveless blue sevety
Course: THE SWIM: This is the City of Flagstaff reservoir: Upper Lake Mary. Average lake temperature for the last 8 years has been exactly 71° F. Wetsuits OK. Wave starts.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:37:43 | 24.85 miles | 15.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/32
Overall: 0/248
Performance: Below average
Course: THE BIKE: Is there a more beautiful bike course in the West? Out and back course on paved roads with wide bike shoulders. Olympic and half courses has three consecutive hills near the turnaround. Beautiful vistas with lake views the whole way. Sprint course is relatively flat. 70.3 Half: Hilly course with nothing steeper than 395 feet and great views of San Francisco Peaks.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:10
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:36:30 | 06.21 miles | 15m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 32/32
Overall: 0/248
Performance: Bad
Course: THE RUN: Out and back run on paved roads along beautiful Lake Mary. Olympic course climbs a decent hill (385') and sprint course is flat. 70.3 Half course climbs the same hill and then is flat for 10 miles. Race numbers must be worn and visible from the front. Water aid stations are every 1.2 miles. Run defensively and follow all instructions of safety personnel.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2009-07-21 6:50 PM

Somewhere over there in Az
Subject: Mountain Man Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2009-07-22 8:52 AM
in reply to: #2300090

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Surprise, Arizona
Subject: RE: Mountain Man Triathlon - Olympic Distance

I hate that you had such a rough day out there, but the conditions and the course were tough - it wasn't your imagination.  Even though you were not having your best day, you kept working hard and got it done - take pride in that.  Keep working hard and things will be better at Nathan's - maybe we can both get a PR out of that one.  

2009-07-22 12:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Mountain Man Triathlon - Olympic Distance
It looked like you had more fun in the pictures than you did on your race.  Don't worry but you'll get your goal at Nathan's.  Way to tough it out!
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