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Broomfield, Colorado
United States
City of Broomfield
81F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 00m 26s
Overall Rank = 48/500
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/68
Pre-race routine:

Einstein's Power Bagel with PB, banana, water for breakfast at 5:15am. Drove 1 hour to race site. At 1/2 Luna bar, 16 oz water.
Event warmup:

Ran 1 mile, stretched for 10 minutes.
Swim
  • 04m 29s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards
Comments:

Good swim. I had Mr. Age-Group winner/Adonnis and Mr. Ironman Coeur D'Lane in my lane. Both very nice and very hot guys. We all swam about the same pace. I miscounted and thought I still had a 50 to go, so I never kicked in my end sprint before it was time to get out. Swim felt awesome and flip turns were fantastic.
What would you do differently?:

Count better! Swim the last 100 at 100%
Transition 1
  • 00m 54s
Comments:

I had this down to a science. I didn't take anytime to dry off, just my feet to slip into my socks. Only thing that was a bit of a hitch was stuffing my gel in to my wet back pocket.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...this went perfect
Bike
  • 36m 45s
  • 11 miles
  • 17.96 mile/hr
Comments:

I did almost get hit by a car when the cop didn't see me coming up behind the line of cars and directed a lady to turn right just in front of me. I swerved way to the right and she missed me, but had it been 1 second later, I would have slammed into the side of the car. The cop apologized, saying he didn't see me.

They also had the course designated by a row of cones on the right that we were supposed to ride to the right of. It was a pretty narrow space and once when we came to an intersection with a long line of cars, the space was filled with 3 very large riders on mountain bikes. I just started screaming like a mad-woman "on your left" as I zoomed by, outside the cones, about 10" from the cars. At least the cop saw me this time. I wasn't about to hit the brakes and slow from 21mph to 12mph because they didn't leave enough room. However, I feel bad for screaming like a crazy bitch at the beginners.
What would you do differently?:

Hammer up the first hill.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s
Comments:

This went really smooth again, however I was kicking myself because I couldn't find my Yanx last night, so I had to tie my shoes.
Run
  • 16m 30s
  • 2 miles
  • 08m 15s  min/mile
Comments:

Thought I was running slow as heck. I was also all alone with nobody in sight ahead or behind. I finally saw a guy about 2/3 through and ran hard to catch and pass him. I always need a "rabbit" to get me moving. I also didn't have my watch or I would have pushed it harder to beat 1 hour. Although, I don't know if I could..this is my fastest mile times ever and I had a side stitch and a shoulder pain.

I have to say, I wrote Pearl's name, my friend's baby who just died, on my leg. It was really special knowing that I was racing for her. Several times I asked her to "give me wings and help me fly" and she did. I got choked up a few times thinking about it, but really wanted to do well to honor her.
What would you do differently?:

Do more sprint workouts.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around, ran to go see hubby start bike portion. Water, banana, bagel, orange

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Could use more sprint workouts on the run.

I cut 10 minutes from my time last year on this race, most from the bike, some from transition and run. I was really pleased. I also placed in top ten in my age group, which is more than I ever dreamed of!







Last updated: 2006-06-10 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:04:29 | 300 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Good
Suit: TYR tri top and Zoot shorts
Course: pool swim.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 00:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:36:45 | 11 miles | 17.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/500
Performance:
Wind: Some
Course: 2 lap course. First 1/3 of the loop had a long uphill. All right turns. After the first hill, it was basically flat or downhill. I got in my aero's and hammered. I even cornered in the darn things, at about 17 mph. I felt fast and loved this ride. I really tried to keep it in the big chain ring and just go. I did have a hard time with the first giant hill out of transition..my HR was about 160 and it took the whole hill to get it back in control. I pretty much just spun up the hill the first time.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:16:30 | 02 miles | 08m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Average
Course: Flat run around a park on cement paths.
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 easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-06-12 6:20 AM
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So, Miss Speedster, all this whining about being slow was just a ploy.  Either you are faster than you say or Pearl (angel font) carried you along with her angel wings.

I am glad you had a nice race.  Good job!

Mike

2006-06-12 7:07 AM
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Nice race Melanie!!  You were smokin!  Top 10 in your age group is certainly nothing to sneeze at!   What other races are you doing this year?

 

 

2006-06-12 7:29 AM
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Thanks all! I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with this race. After this olympic, I might have to go back to doing sprints, cause I might have a chance of being competitive in them.  Next year, I am determined to place top 3 in this race.

As for the rest of the schedule:  I have Loveland Lake2Lake on the 24th, going to try to find a sprint in July, and then Steamboat Tri on August 27th. I'm planning on doing the Boulder Backroads 1/2 Mary if I can get up enough nerve.

And Chris...it must have been the eye-candy, because they were seriously hot!  (And my hubby doesn't even mind me saying that!

2006-06-12 7:46 AM
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Great race! Super job with all 3 parts of the race!!


2006-06-12 9:41 AM
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Nice race Melanie!! Your times are FAST in all three sports!! Looks like you're going to have a great season
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