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Loveland, Colorado
United States
USA Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 30m 44s
Overall Rank = 416/532
Age Group = 31-35
Age Group Rank = 34/52
Pre-race routine:

Picked up packet that night before. Went and ate great sushi(all vegetarian rolls) and stayed at my parents house in Longmont, about 30 minutes from race site. I think sushi is my new carb load meal!

Woke up at 4am to eat. Had Einstein's Powerbagel with PB, 1/2 banana, oatmeal, applesauce, gatorade. 1/2 cup bad 7-11 coffee.
Event warmup:

Visiting the porta potty..that took my whole warmup time with the long lines!
  • 27h 53m
  • 1640 yards
  • 1h 41m 59s / 100 yards

I pretty much took this swim too easy. I was really focused on pacing myself for these longer distances and lollygagged along a bit. I kept telling myself to "swim my own race" and maybe I should have gotten pissed that the wave of guys behind me caught me. I was still out of the water in a decent time, but this is somewhere where I KNOW I can shave some time.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster and more aggressively.
Transition 1
  • 02m 35s

Transition went well. I don't know that I'd really change anything other than stuff another gel in my pocket.
  • 1h 52m 50s
  • 32 miles
  • 17.02 mile/hr

This was a fun course. However, being in the first wave and coming out of the water pretty quick, it was really discouraging to be passed by just about darn near everyone...ok, everyone but 6 people, who later passed me on the run.

I actually started joking to everyone that I was "performing a public service by being their rabbit. That I'd fall on that axe for them and give them someone to chase down. However, that'll be $1 for everyone who passes me!"

I felt like I did the ride about as good as I could have. I might have been able to push the long slow hills a bit more, but I was really focused on saving my legs for the run. I did have a great last 8 miles, even with the brutal 15mph headwind.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Maybe push the gradual hills more. I did lose my water bottle about 1/2 way and they had the water station on the bike at the bottom of a 25mph hill and I couldn't catch a bottle to save my life. So I was a bit low on the hydration...I had a gatorade bottle, but wanted plain ol' H20.

Did a Luna bar and 2 gels on bike. That seemed about perfect.
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

Went well, should have grabbed another gel pack. Grabbed Sport Beans instead, which actually went down really easy and I didn't have to worry about mess. But I was getting hungry by the time I finished.
  • 1h 03m 6s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 10s  min/mile

I was, once again, passed by just about everyone. I ran this conservatively because I was so afraid of bonking. In hind sight, I could have picked up the pace sooner and ran faster the entire thing. But my original goal was to run the entire run and I did it, so I'm proud of that. I never claimed to be fast, just stubborn.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder on the run once I got my legs back.
Post race
Warm down:

My 3-yr-old got to run across the finish line with me and she was so proud. Her smile was from ear to ear and she just kept saying, "Mama, we're winners! We're winners! They're cheering for us!" Afterwards she said, "I was running so fast that my feet were kicking my bottom!"

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think just inexperience at this distance. I felt good the whole race. Now I know how to pace myself. I also should probably work on some speed intervals on the run...but that would involve some serious torture so I'll have to think about it! :)

Event comments:

Most of all, I had a lot of fun on this race. I knew I'd be in the bottom 25%, that's no surprise to me, but I had the best time and feel great about what I accomplished. A year ago, I wouldn't have put in those distances in 2 weeks of training.

I think I'll do more Olympic distance races. I'll never be competitive at them, but I will keep myself fit and have fun doing them.

Last updated: 2006-06-24 12:00 AM
27:53:00 | 1640 yards | 1h 41m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/52
Overall: 271/532
Performance: Average
Suit: full sleeve wetsuit
Course: clockwise triangle, with a "muck start" out about knee high in water. Finish was in a canal, where you were swimming the last 100 yds in about 2 feet of water. Very gross. There was also a 500yd run to the transition that added 2 minutes to my swim time. I posted my actual in the water time.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:35
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:52:50 | 32 miles | 17.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/52
Overall: 408/532
Wind: Headwind
Course: Loop course with big, long gradual hills and some aggressive climbs. Also some great downhills and beautiful scenery. Great road surface.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:23
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:03:06 | 06.21 miles | 10m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/52
Overall: 0/532
Performance: Average
Course: Great course. Shady, out and back, through neighborhoods or around lake.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2006-06-24 8:48 PM

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Littleton, CO
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2006-06-25 10:14 AM
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Lakewood, CO
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Great Job, I totally understand what you mean about saving yourself and not wanting to blow up! I guess we just learn as we go. (BTW, I think I may owe you $1.00)
2006-06-25 11:49 AM
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Denver, CO
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Great race! It sounds like you learned a lot that you can use in other races and in your training. You did great, congrats!

And yes, that swim was beyond nasty. I particularly loved the "wet dog" smell of the water.

2006-06-25 1:32 PM
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Centennial, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Good Job. I'll have to try one of those Olympic Things someday. It sounds like you had a real good time. Way to go. Now back out to training at Chatfield with the rest of us..
2006-06-25 2:37 PM
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Littleton, CO
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The water was seriously stinky and the slime factor was nasty. Dan-I think you'd love an Oly. I really appreciated that I had a lot more time to "get in my groove" in each event.

 I think pretty much EVERYONE owes me a $1.00.  If I actually collected on that, I'd be $417 richer!  Just think of it, I'd never have to fork over the dough for a race entry again!  Seriously, I really had to keep a sense of humor about that...otherwise I would have dropped out of the race at mile 5 of the bike.  At least it took until about mile 8 before women started passing me!

Edited by Colomingle 2006-06-25 2:45 PM
2006-06-25 8:19 PM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Great race...had to come and read your report! So proud of you and can't wait to race with you. You should be proud of yourself too.

2006-06-26 9:21 AM
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2006-06-26 9:22 AM
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2006-06-26 1:51 PM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

Nice job!

Olymipic distance is a LONG race the first time - then it gets shorter.  I'm always glad to read a RR that says "I had fun"!  Very cool to finish with your daughter!  I'd like to do that someday!

2006-06-26 3:48 PM
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Great race Melanie!!  I was so glad to get your little boost of a smile when I was heading back - THANKS   You did an awesome job for your 1st OLY and I think you'll get better each time!  CONGRATS!  Sorry we didn't get to hang out a bit more, I know it's tough with the fam there...

Let's ride soon!


2006-06-26 4:41 PM
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Peachtree City, GA
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
I think you had a great race! Congrats! Good race report as well.

2006-06-26 8:40 PM
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Congrats on your first Oly!

Next one will be easier as you know what you can do. Cool that just a year ago things were so different...look how far you've come.

How cool to run through with your both are winners..out there doing something hard, having fun, and being a great role model for strong women to your daughter!

Glad you want to do another...after my first...I took a step back and did it again the next it was dang hard.

2006-06-27 8:22 AM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

You all are so kind. Thank you for your encouragement! 

I have to say, one thing that many people said, including those that were at the race to cheer me on, was that I always had a smile on my face.  If it ever gets to a place where I can't smile while I'm doing it, then I don't want to do it anymore.  Triathlons should be about enhancing my life and that's what I feel they are doing.

I also feel very proud about showing my daughters that being strong and fit is cool and fun.  I just keep telling my daughter that "Everyone who tries is a winner."  If I say it enough, she'll come to believe it.  Many of you know, that because of her airway birth defect, she may never be able to be half the athlete I am...I just want her to believe that trying is all that counts. 

2006-06-27 11:34 AM
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Orange Park Florida
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

Nice race Mel!

You should come to Florida and show us flat landers what those mountain goat legs of yours can do on a flat course. 



2006-06-27 8:21 PM
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Roseville, California
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Congrats on your first oly, Melanie! What an awesome job you did! Pam
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