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Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Boulder City, Nevada
United States
BBSC Endurance Sports
Total Time = 4h 13m 56s
Overall Rank = 299/
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 5/6
Event warmup:

I was the last wave to go, so my husband and older son and I watched the other waves go (we left the younger kids home with a babysitter). Some of the people I bike with showed up to watch the race. I was able to get into the water and swim around little before the wave started.
  • 32m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

This was a great swim. The water temp was perfect and I was able to find a good person to draft about half way through the race. She set a good pace and was doing a great job spotting the bouys. Everytime I lifted up my head we were going straight towards the bouy. So I decided to trust her and just started following her and was able to get into a good rhythm.I followed her all the way to shore. When we both got out of the water, I realized I knew her from my masters class.I found her at the end of the race and thanked her for helping me through the race. She laughed and said, "so that was you."

I really liked the distance of this swim.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I could probably have pushed myself a little harder during the 2nd half, but I felt I had a good rhythm going and a good draft.
Transition 1
  • 04m 9s

Good transition for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 21m 53s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 10.51 mile/hr

Ok, this is where it always sucks for me. I'm not good on the bike. But I can't say that I was unprepared for this course. I bike this area every weekend and knew the torture that was in store. The first half was tolerable, but the last half (which was a steady climb with no break) was just survival. I pretty much kept my bike in my easiest gear and tried to keep a steady cadence as I watch a million people pass me. Oh well, I know what area I have to work on.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was just happy I kept going.

Obviously, I have to bike more to improve. But since I just learned how to ride a road bike less than a year ago, I think I have made a lot of progress.
Transition 2
  • 00m

The website did not list a T2 time. Maybe it was rolled into the bike time?
  • 1h 15m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 11s  min/mile

I got off the bike and my feet felt a little numb. I was able to run the 1st 1.5 miles but was not feeling very strong. When I hit the turn around marker for the sprint course I kinda fell apart mentally. I just thought "sh*t I've only gone 1.5 miles, I'm not even close to half way there". So I started walking. But then I thought, "no, you're not just gonna walk this whole thing. You are still capable of running with some breaks. And you don't want to have regrets". So I did walk/run intervals and started running again for longer stretches.On my way back from the Oly turn around, I decided that when I passed the sprint turn around I would not stop running. I would run the last 1.5 miles and finish strong. And that's what I did.
What would you do differently?:

I would have pushed myself to run more. I'm pretty sure I'm physically capable of doing it, I just got a little overwhelmed by the distance.

Just like the biking, I have to run more and get used to that distance.
Post race
Warm down:

It was cool to run across the finish line because my husband and kids were there along with some of the people I bike with. I actually knew a few other people doing this event, so it was fun to be racing people I knew.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

All the hills. I would be so much faster without them. LOL.

Event comments:

Best tri I've done. Really well organized and good aid stations.

Last updated: 2010-10-25 12:00 AM
00:32:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: x terra full sleeves
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:09
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:21:53 | 24.85 miles | 10.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/
Wind: Little
Course: Very hilly. The 1st half was rolling hills and the last half was a slow gradual climb all the way up to the park in Boulder City with a steep climb at the end.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:15:41 | 06.21 miles | 12m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/
Course: Hilly on streets.
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
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

2010-10-26 12:29 AM

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Las Vegas, NV
Subject: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course

2010-10-26 8:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course
Good job on your race.  The fact that you push yourself to keep running on that hard course is a great acheivement.  
2010-10-26 9:16 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course

Great job!  I did the Pumpkinman Olympic in '07 and '08 and the course crushed me the first time.  After such a tough bike course, you really held it together on the run - super race!!

2010-10-26 10:48 AM
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Sin City
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course
WTG Jackie!! :-) We'll conquer the hills more often. *winks* :-)

That's odd about the T2 times, when I checked my results Sunday, it showed up, now it doesn't. Weird.

I definitely really enjoyed Pumpkinman. I had so much fun, and I'm still reeling in the excitement. Las Vegas tri didn't do it for me.  Lake Las Vegas is good, but not as organized, but I like the bike course a lot better though.  We'll PR next year!! :-)

2010-10-27 2:07 AM
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Great job Jackie!

From what I hear, Pumpkinman is no joke.  Awesome swim, and way to stick it out on the bike and run.  I look forward to seeing your progress into next season.
2010-10-27 4:43 AM
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Fort Wayne
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course
Good Job!  The swim looks pretty solid and your run showed some pretty good mental determination.  Way to go! 

As far as the bike goes, you were able to hang in there on the last big climb and accomplish your goal of staying on the bike and hanging on.  I would have have crashed and burned.  i don't have any hills to train on in my neck of the woods.  My biggest climbing route has a solid 950 feet of climbing over 42 miles.  Keep working that hill and race the same race next year and you'll smash it.

2010-10-29 5:57 AM
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Seacoast, NH!
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course
You did a great job in this race!!!  I like your spirit and no quit attitude on the run.  I'm actually really excited to see you progress through your training.  You've already come a long way and you're doing fantastic!
2010-11-03 1:27 PM
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Chugiak, Alaska
Subject: RE: Pumpkinman Triathlon - Olympic Course


Great job - sounds like a killer course!  It has been really fun being newbies with you this season - I look forward to hearing all about your races next season - you are going to rock!

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