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Flagstaff, Arizona
United States
Mountain Man Triathlon
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 01m 32s
Overall Rank = 2/285
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/37
Pre-race routine:

OK, bike secured on the bike rack. Check. Gear bag, helmet, and wet suit in the back seat. Check. Jamie's awake and ready to go. Check. Go out to start the car and warm it up...Click,click,click....oh dear..
More specifically the battery is stone cold dead. We have no jumper cables. We did however have fortune on our side this morning. Jamie had invited our friends Joy and Will to come stay at our rental house in Flagstaff for the weekend. Within 5 min. of discovering the Grand Cherokee wasn't going anywhere, I had my bike in the back of Joy's Honda and we were off to Lake Mary for the start. That was a first!
Event warmup:

Jamie dropped me off near Transition and went to find parking while I set up. I found a good spot next to my friends Carlos and Sue and had about 45 min. To kill before the start. We wandered over to see the Half IM wave's and I got into the water with 10min left and did some easy swimming. Water was perfect.
  • 24m 37s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 30s / 100 yards

When the horn sounded I took off at a hard pace to get some maneuvering room. Within the first few hundred yards, I could feel every inch of the 7000 feet of elevation. Air was at a premium and I knew I would have to settle down and gather myself. I could see a small group of about 3 guys ahead who were already off the front. I knew that would be pro Lewis Elliot as well as a very fast AG swimmer John Poisson. I was in the second group of about 3 other guys, one of whom I was able to draft off for the long leg down lake. I found a decent rhythm and felt more comfortable with my breathing. I also felt that my draft partner was swimming the right line, a few others were off to far to the left. When we came around to the boat ramp, I popped up and checked my time. Not the worst swim ever but not the best, I always seem to have issues swimming at altitude, but then again everyone does! The course was likely a bit long based on the overall times.
Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

Had a very smooth and easy transition. My shoes were clipped in as the run out if a bit long. I had no trouble with my wet suit and getting into my shoes and up to speed. I think the best thing you can ever say about a transition is it was uneventful.
  • 56m 37s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 26.34 mile/hr

I have to say I was REALLY looking forward to this bike leg. I can honestly say I don't think I have ever done an Olympic triathlon where the bike course didn't have a lot of turns, 180 degree turnarounds and technical corners. I finally could just hammer down an out and back. Granted it is at elevation and has about 750 feet of climbing, but it's a great course with great road conditions. I left T1 and quickly spun up to speed. I immediately noticed my RPE was about a 8-9 while my HR was about a 6-7. Whereas in an Olympic I would target about 160 bpms I was more like 154. Again, I knew it was the effect of the altitude and I should adjust accordingly, so 152 became the new goal and it was what I averaged.

The longest climb comes around mile 8 or so just before the tun off for the Half bike course. I caught John here, he had exited the water 2 min. ahead of me, and now was on the look out for pro Lewis Elliot coming back the other way. I just got into sight of the turnaround about a mile down the road when Lewis came streaking by heading back. Now I would have an opportunity to see who was chasing. John was still in 3rd but closing in on him was Carlos Mendoza, the best 45-49 AG'er in the state, as well as a great runner named Josh Terwoord moving up the pack. I had a decent gap and wanted to really open it up on the way back.

There was a slight tailwind and when I came down the hill at mile 17 I hit nearly 50mph, spinning out in my 52/11 gearing, so I just tucked in and enjoyed the ride! The last 5 miles were a bit of a grind and I was pretty relieved when I saw the turn in for Transition. I slipped out of the shoes and rode with my feet on top and did a pretty spiffy flying dismount right at the line for the crowd. :) This was a big PR for my on the bike, my previous best being 59 on the local Tempe courses.

Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

Ran the length of Transition to my spot and my legs felt really good, always a good sign. I wore my ZOOT Ultra Speed, no socks, so I had shoes on and my visor, race belt, and sunglasses in my hand as I ran out which made for a nice fast and efficient transition.
  • 38m 1s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 07s  min/mile

As I headed out onto the road, my legs felt great. I gnored my Garmin for the first half mile to allow myself to settle into race pace. When I did check, my average pace was around 6:08. I held this steady pace until I got to the bottom of the hill around mile 1.2. This race is pretty well known for this climb. It's about 350 feet of elevation gain and a little over a mile to mile and a quarter long. I just put my head down and shortened up my stride and attacked. The hill is a switchback with the turn a little before half way. Nearing the top I saw Lewis coming back the other way and gave him a thumbs up.

Once you crest the hill, the course heads down a forest service road for about 400 meters or so to a lone cone and some chalk in the dirt with an arrow pointing back the other way. The climb hadn't killed me and I was feeling great heading back for the descent. As I started down, I could see Josh was just catching Carlos and I was a good 2-3 min ahead. I knew I would have some recovery coming down and then could really push the last mile and keep my lead. Coming down the hill was fast and fun and I recieved so much great encouragement from my friends and fellow competitors heading up.

I hit the bottom and made the left to head to the finish. I had made myself and my coach a promise for this run. Even if I was all alone and not being challeneged for placing, I would continue to push the pace. I have a bad habit when in a race if the guy off the front is out of reach and there's no one close behind, I tend to just sort of sit in and cruise it home. Not this time. I passed the one mile to go and I pushed. I began to run along all the cars parked along the side of the road and I pushed. I could see the turn off for the line itself a quarter mile up the road and I pushed. It wa sonly the last 10 feet before the line that I slowed it down and put up my hands, proud of my effort. Looking back on my HR, after coming down the hill, it did nothing but build all the way in. 38 flat is a pretty good time for this course and elevation but I think I can even get better, I want my run to be a stronger asset in my portfolio and will continue to work on it.
Post race
Warm down:

The usual fun of hanging with all of our friends and eating mini chocolat donuts! Yum! Just a quick note on my nutrition for this race. Knowing the temps would be moderate, I opted to start the bike with a single bottle between my aero bars filled with 3 GU Roctanes mixed with water. My goal was to be sure to finish most of this before T2, which I did. Once on the run, I didn't take any additional aid with my or from the stations. It was a great moring if racing and I feel it really has put me in a great position as I do my final 3 week build into 70.3 Worlds on Sept. 11th. Time to get back to WORK.

Last updated: 2011-07-07 12:00 AM
00:24:37 | 1640 yards | 01m 30s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/37
Overall: 13/285
Performance: Average
Suit: ZOOT Prophet
Course: A simple two turn marker triangular course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:56:37 | 24.85 miles | 26.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/37
Overall: 2/285
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: An out and back along Lake Mary road with about 750 feet of total climbing.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:38:01 | 06.21 miles | 06m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/37
Overall: 5/285
Performance: Good
Course: An out and back with a single big mile + climb beginning just past mile 1 with about 350 feet of climbing over that mile.
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
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-08-16 8:21 AM

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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2011-08-16 8:35 AM
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Nice job, Bryan.  Very impressive!
2011-08-16 8:56 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Great race, Bryan!  It's always tough for us Valley Dwellers to race at altitude.
2011-08-16 10:17 AM
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Goodyear, AZ
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You rock!!!
Bet there was a lot of guys who wished you hadn't made it to the race start that morning Loved the pics on Facebook, looks like you had a blast racing with your team-mates! You are more than ready for the 70.3 champs! 
2011-08-16 11:20 AM
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Unreal. Nice work. Good luck at worlds.
2011-08-16 12:26 PM
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Westlake Village , Ca.
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Great race and again, sick bike split. Can't wait for 70.3 WC's where I will be playing host as you guys crush it.

2011-08-16 12:27 PM
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Please teach me how to crush dreams Jedi Master.
2011-08-16 12:52 PM
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, Arizona
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Awesome race!  You were really flying on the bike on the way back to transition.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you do in LV!
2011-08-16 2:48 PM
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Sedona, AZ
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Great race, Bryan! It was awesome seeing you tear it up on the course. I'm sure you'll do great at worlds!
2011-08-16 4:57 PM
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2011-08-16 7:00 PM
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University Park, MD
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Nice run split for a race at that elevation.

But your car needs to HTFU.

2011-08-16 10:13 PM
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Payson, AZ
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Crazy you get a bike PR there with the altitude.  Guess chasing around that cat 1 dude is helping eh?  lol
2011-08-16 10:54 PM
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the desert
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Fantastic race Bryan!  I saw you on the run heading for the finish and you were cruising!
2011-08-17 7:40 AM
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Reston, VA
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That is a great race - very impressed with that run split at the end.
2011-08-17 7:21 PM
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That's one heck of an Oly PR.  And even if you didn't have your friends to drive you to the race, you could've biked there and still be on time.  
2011-08-18 9:21 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Right on, Bryan, you executed like a sharpshooter. The bike split alone is jaw dropping. Way to not cruise it in at the end of the run. Hardman racing right there.

2011-08-19 10:47 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Holy, holy crap Bryan, 26.34mph on the bike?  I knew you were fast with how you blaze by me at Rio Verde, but your split at Mtn Man is just sick!  Awesome job, and congrats on the podium as well as on pushing the run, even though it was unnecessary.  Some day I want to sit down with you for tips.
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