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Boulder, Colorado
United States
Your Cause Sports
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 25m 27s
Overall Rank = 170/
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/11
Pre-race routine:

This was a 1 pm start time so it was a little different. Had french toast for breakfast, then a PB and honey sandwich at 11:30, and a banana at 12:20. Drove up to Boulder with the family to Bruce and Vickie's, and went with them to the venue.
Event warmup:

Gel at 12:50, 10 minute run, short swim
  • 39m 20s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 24s / 100 yards

I was least prepared for the swim (and that's not saying much!), so I was happy to a) live, and b) finish under 40 minutes. I think it may say something about my freestyle stroke that I was passed by someone doing the sidestroke!
What would you do differently?:

Swim more. Before my next race I need to do more interval training to try and get my swim fitness up and my stroke faster. Maybe a lesson or two would help.
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

Gel x 1
What would you do differently?:

Move faster
  • 1h 37m 37s
  • 26.4 miles
  • 16.23 mile/hr

Good grief this was a challenging bike, and not just because it was longer than my longest ride this summer (oops!). It started with 5 miles slowly uphill in the baking sun. Then, as we turned the corner to start going down, we hit a deluge of rain (great for going downhill!). That lasted about 10-15 minutes, then we turned a corner and hit brutal crosswinds. I have never rode in winds like that, and I thought I was going to be blown over, or at least pushed into the traffic. Then we turned into the wind- I think I was going faster uphill than down! Fortunately the last 2 miles were downhill with a tailwind, so I could rest my legs a bit before the run. I had gel about 1 hour in.
What would you do differently?:

My goal was 16+ MPH so I'm pretty happy, especially given the conditions. But I need to bike more, and definitely do more hills. I kept passing people on the flat, and then being passed uphill. I also don't think I drank enough, mostly because part of the time I was gripping on to the bike for dear life and didn't feel comfortable letting go to drink.
Transition 2
  • 02m 2s

Gel x 1
What would you do differently?:

Move faster
  • 1h 03m 45s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 10m 17s  min/mile

Boy I was wishing the rain would come back! The run started with brutal heat and sun. At this point I was happy to have made it through so far, and I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. I did pass a fair number of people, both oly and sprint, which felt pretty good. I drank water at every aid station and stopped to walk- by the second loop I was feeling hungry and out of energy, so I grabbed some gatorade too. I don't usually drink energy drinks on runs, but I thought it was worth the risk. I'm glad i did. I probably could have drunk more on the bike, and maybe had another gel then. Or maybe I need to experiment with energy drinks more on the run (I had a bad experience with them once). Towards the end my quads started to feel like they would cramp, but they never did (thank goodness). And for the last mile it got cloudy which helped a lot.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much- maybe drink more on the bike, and do some more interval training to help with speed. I am very glad I had gotten my mileage up (to 9 miles) so that 10K didn't feel too daunting.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around, watching Bruce get his 1st place plaque :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training! The family moved out this summer and we sent one to college, and so life has been very complicated. In the 8 weeks before the race, I biked about 100 miles, ran 70 miles, and swam 7400 yards (total!), well below what was recommended for training for an Olympic. I would have been very tempted not to try it but Bruce and Vickie signed up and I felt like I had to at least try. So I was very happy to come in under my goal time of 3:30, and not come in DFL! Someday I'd love to do an Oly again, this time with some actual training, to see how fast I could go!

Last updated: 2012-07-14 12:00 AM
00:39:20 | 1640 yards | 02m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: A big rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:37:37 | 26.4 miles | 16.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/11
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Big irregular circle
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:02
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:03:45 | 06.2 miles | 10m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/11
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps of the sprint course, around the Boulder Reservoir
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-09-02 9:50 AM

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