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Henderson, Nevada
United States
74F / 23C
Total Time = 5h 32m 8s
Overall Rank = 51/410
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 14/91
Pre-race routine:

The idea for doing this race was to be part of a BT group race. I signed up for a few too many races this season and I was coming into this race a bit tired and sore. There were 5 friends doing the half and one doing the full from our Phoenix BT group. I do enjoy racing with friends.

This was my first race that I was weighed at check-in. A little surprised to see it roll to 200.0 and they asked me if I wanted to race as Clydesdale. Sure, why not.
Event warmup:

The normal bagel and banana breakfast routine. We head down to T1 and start setting up the bike and hang out with everyone. I pump up the tires, add the nutrition, and turn on the Garmin. I do a double take when the screen lights up and notice it's not mine but Kim's! How could this be? I charged it and took it off the charger myself. Little did I know that she had swapped hers the day before. Now I'm standing in transition staring at a screen knowing I don't have power, heart rate, and cadence. I have to admit that I am somewhat addicted to having my data. I do what I can to sync up the accessories but nothing works. FYI, trying to sync up a HR monitor in transition when everyone is wearing them doesn't work well.

After resigning myself to having no data, I wander on over to the group and hang out. Chatting with the group was a fun way to pass the time before jumping in.
  • 38m 41s
  • 1920 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters

I staged myself up near the flags. No real problems and even got a PR for a half swim. I felt no kicks or hits so I guess poor sighting and taking the LONG way around does have its benefits.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better
Transition 1
  • 04m 50s

I'm glad no one I know was watching me get out of the water. I was feeling good getting to the dock and imagined myself leaping up and sprinting to the timing mat. Well, it didn't work out that way. A nice volunteer was reaching out to grab my hand but she must have been half my size and I knew I would have just pulled her right in. So I attempted to flop myself on the dock. The best way I can describe the scene is like you are watching the Science Channel and the volunteers are rescuing a baby seal covered in oil. There I was rolling around with the volunteer doing what she could to help. I got my wet suit off, shoes on, and grabbed my bike. It was nice to have everything covered in carpet!
What would you do differently?:

Wet suit got stuck on my arm by one of the strippers. I usually don't have a problem with the top of the suit. Not a big deal.
  • 2h 54m 38s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.24 mile/hr

I like the bike and the weather was beautiful so I was full of excitement leaving T1. I ride into first corner pretty fast and I feel my front tire giving out and notice the sidewall wrinkling. Wow, that was heart stopping. I look down to see if it's flat and almost run into the curb. This was a very bad start but luckily I kept it upright. I counted my blessings and continued on.

Since I didn't have a computer to monitor I enjoyed the scenery and the hills. With the out and backs on the bike time seemed to go by faster. I lost my rhythm by the three sisters, but otherwise I was very happy racing purely on perceived effort.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I bring the correct gear to the race.
Transition 2
  • 02m 32s

Rolled into transition and grabbed my bag for a shoe change. It must be the changing tent mentality with me but my time just suffers compared to a traditional transition setup. I must think I need to get my money's worth by spending more time camping in there than hurrying.
What would you do differently?:

Try to think of this as a race and keep moving.
  • 1h 51m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 31s  min/mile

I knew I would find out quickly whether or not I pushed too hard on the bike. The first mile is downhill and I tried to relax before I took a peek at my heart rate. Yup, too hard on the bike. At this point there isn't much I can do about it but damage control. I ignored my pace as best as possible while keeping my HR in check. I was heading down the path after mile 4 and I see Macca coming into the finishers chute. He was chatting with his biker and looking like he was out for a stroll. Very impressive but everyone seemed to be looking a lot better than I was feeling. I manage to eat one shot block and that didn't sit too well. I brought my own water bottle so I didn't have to stop at any of the aide stations until I ran out half way. I didn't bother trying to eat anything else.
What would you do differently?:

Ease up on the bike. This was the first race that I lost positions on the run.
Post race
Event comments:

This was a well-run and very scenic race. What made it better was racing with all my friends. How cool to know that our group all made it across the finish line. Congratulations to Brian, Lisa, Robin, Kara, and long distance Will. Everyone had challenges to overcome but we all finished! I even managed to finish first Clydesdale.

Last updated: 2010-08-26 12:00 AM
00:38:41 | 1920 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/91
Overall: 197/410
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU
Course: Single right hand loop.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:50
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:54:38 | 56 miles | 19.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/91
Overall: 36/410
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:51:30 | 13.1 miles | 08m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/91
Overall: 60/410
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-11-09 10:52 PM

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2010-11-10 8:46 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Congratulations on an INCREDIBLE race, Dean!  You absolutely decimated the division.  Maybe you should try racing 'blind' all the time from now on - apparently your RPE is pretty spot on!    It was great to be out there with you!

2010-11-10 9:57 AM
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Good race report, informative and entertaining.   Thanks.  I appreciate that you do a lot of races.
2010-11-10 10:06 AM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Awesome race report Dean. I really laughed reading about your swim exit, lol. As usual you put in another great performance even after a heavy race season left you probably just a bit burnt out. Great work.

2010-11-10 10:14 AM
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Sin City
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good job man.  And great to meet you.
2010-11-10 10:41 AM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Nice race, buddy.  Thanks for this advice
"FYI, trying to sync up a HR monitor in transition when everyone is wearing them doesn't work well."
I really need to make sure my HR strap is synced to both Garmins.

2010-11-10 11:50 AM
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Congrats on the race and super race report, good read.

2010-11-10 12:49 PM
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I believe you can no longer make fun of me for signing up for too many races... My 2010 race schedule was very light compared to yours
2010-11-10 3:14 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Congrats on a great end to a super season of racing!

2010-11-14 12:41 PM
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At first I was going to say that maybe it was a good thing that you didn't have your data because it encouraged you to check out a lot of the scenery - but - being that you were looking longingly at your garmin in your finish picture, I realized that data is truly fun for you

It was awesome hanging out with you before the race. And, per usual, you rocked the course!
2010-11-14 4:51 PM
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Wisteria Lane
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Congratulations Dean!!!  How you stayed out so late at the Casino Wink and still turned in this smoking time I will never understand!!!  Thanks for making racing so much glad to have shared this race with you and Kim.  Looking forward to many more fun memories in 2011!!! 

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