General Discussion Race Reports! » 5430 Sprint Triathlon Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply

5430 Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports
Total Time = 1h 29m 21s
Overall Rank = 223/1067
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 31/94
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4 am and ate a bowl of Raisin Bran. Rachelle and I kind of fell into the car (did I mention we got up at 4 am?), and hit the road to Boulder. On the way I had a banana and a PowerBar Granola bar and then another one about an hour before the race.

Listened to my MP3 player for a while I got my transition area set up just the way I wanted it, hit the restrooms and tried to stay relaxed. Ran into some of the most of the other BTers before the race. Ryan, Adam, Matt, Jenn, Stacie, Julia and Jenn. It was nice seeing familiar faces but for me, it added to the race atmosphere too. The guys in this group are the guys I want to beat the most :) Based on my training these past few weeks though, I knew I probably wouldn't see them until after the finish line.
Event warmup:

Short swim to warm up and then focused on breathing to try and control my HR. It was beating so hard, I thought it would burst through my wetsuit.
  • 15m 3s
  • 800 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

The start of the swim was terrible. I think I managed to line up behind a bunch of slow swimmers, because the first 150 to 200 meters was spent running into and around all kinds of folks. As I began to get out of the pack, we were bombarded by the wake of a JetSki or two which was pretty annoying. After the first turn, I finally started to find my rhythm but I felt like I wasted alot of energy getting away from the slower swimmers. As it turns out though, I was very happy with my swim time. For me, this really the highlite of my race.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe started further up front.
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s

Had a helluva time getting my wetsuit off. Tried to get my socks on but I couldn't get my feet dry to put my socks on, so I rode with no socks.
What would you do differently?:

Immediately skip the socks during the bike.
  • 48m 5s
  • 17 miles
  • 21.21 mile/hr

This is where my lack of training showed the most. My legs felt weak from the start. With that said though, I felt like I put up a pretty good fight. I battled back and forth w/ 4 other guys from mile 5 or 6 on.

Left IT band started hurting about 3/4 into the race which didn't entirely surprise me. I tried rounding out my stroke and found that helped my pace as well as lessened the pain.

By the time we got to the first aid station, I realized I had drank all my Accelerade. I grabbed a Gatorade bottle and dumped into my AeroBottle. That's the first time I had ever needed to refill while on the go. At that moment, that bottle was worth it's weight in gold. I might have drank just a tad too much, but I think that's better than not drinking enough.
What would you do differently?:

Train, train, train...
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

Really not sure what took me so damn long here.
What would you do differently?:

Wake up - I hardly remember going through T2 at all. I must have been on autopilot.
  • 22m 50s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile

I had a little trouble getting my legs to loosen up, but when they did I was breathing heavy. As I approached the turnaround, I saw Adam, then Ryan and then Matt. I picked up the pace from there on in a vain attempt to catch Matt, but he was too far ahead. I ended up running with one of the guys I battled with on the bike. We stayed together for about 1/2 a mile until he popped. With about 1/2 of a mile to go, my quads started spasming a bit (this has happened in training too), but I just tried to lengthen my stride and run loose. I really didn't want anyone catching me at this point. Good strong finish and the quads went right back to normal as soon as I crossed the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Right now, I've got to figure out why my quads have been cramping. It may just be an issue of doing more bricks which I'll do, but beyond that I don't know what the problem might be.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training - I've certainly got more potential in me, but I have to train more and I have to train smarter.

Event comments:

If you're a runner in Colorado, you HAVE to do the BolderBoulder. If you're a triathlete in Colorado, you HAVE to do the 5430 Sprint. The great thing about it is that it's a big enough race to attract some very fast competitors and it's short enough that it's very do-able for newbies.

Last updated: 2006-04-19 12:00 AM
00:15:03 | 800 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/94
Overall: 0/1067
Performance: Good
Suit: Full Pro Motion
Course: Kind of a horse shoe w/ 2 90 degree turns.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:39
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:48:05 | 17 miles | 21.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/94
Overall: 254/1067
Wind: None
Course: Rode a loop slightly up hill on the way out and a goodly amount of down hill until about 5 miles left.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:42
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:50 | 03.1 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/94
Overall: 0/1067
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on dirt road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-06-19 3:28 PM

User image

Subject: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

2006-06-19 3:37 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Centennial, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Good race. I was hoping to at least keep up with you with all your training and IT band issues. But it was not to be. Your right about the race it will be a must do on my list for years to come.
2006-06-19 3:45 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Extreme Veteran
Peachtree City, GA
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Looks like you were pretty fast. Man you've got a ton of natural talent.
2006-06-19 3:48 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
I think the one thing that helped me get up that stinkin early was knowing that there were a number of others doing the same thing, and being just as miserable as I was! At any rate it looks like you had a solid showing, and it can only be encouraging that you were very happy with your swim time, knowing that you can improve in "preferred" areas with a little more training.
2006-06-19 5:00 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Nice fast race, especially having to deal with IT and cramping and a 4am wakeup.
2006-06-19 7:29 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

Nice race Ben!  And if you heard some strange person cheering for you on the run....that would have been me.  

Way to kick butt on that course!

2006-06-19 8:20 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Looks like a solid race to me   It's tough to keep up with life and training huh??!!  Great to see you and keep up the motivation - you'll get where you want to be!!  See ya at the next go 'round!
2006-06-19 8:41 PM
in reply to: #459299

User image

Extreme Veteran
Centennial, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Sprint Triathlon

Nice race!  Sorry the IT band gave you some grief - but from your run time - it looks like you recovered well.



General Discussion-> Race Reports!
General Discussion Race Reports! » 5430 Sprint Triathlon Rss Feed