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Summer Open Sprint Triathlon - Biathlon (swim/run)

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Longmont, Colorado
United States
Without Limits Productions
60F / 16C
Total Time = 34m 59s
Overall Rank = 18/178
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/19
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4am and had 2 cups of coffee, slice of bread with almond butter and one clif bar. Sipped some HEED as well. Drove over to Longmont which is about 45-50 minutes away and arrived in transition early.
Event warmup:

Receied a text and email at about 7PM the night before that the bike leg was cancelled due to the traffic barrier company going out of business. What! I was pretty bummed initially but then realized that it was still a great first time opportunity for me. I can't say that I have done a triathlon but that day will not come on June 1st.....

Did about a 10-15 minute run warmup and then about 200 Meter swim warmup. This was the fist time I have been in open water and swimming with my new wetsuit I just got comfortable during the warmup. I felt fresh and ready to race.
  • 12m 42s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards

The water temp was a record 70 degrees and the water was very calm. Perfect conditions. I went into this swim with really no time goals at all. I felt like If I was comfortable and got out well that I could shoot for somewhere around a 14:00 flat. I felt amazingly comfortable in my first race and was very happy when I saw my time of 12:42. Waay better than I expected!
What would you do differently?:

I did a fair amount of sighting and felt like I did a good job of staying on track with my limited experience expecially. No major issues at all. Suit fits well.
Transition 1
  • 02m

I had some trouble getting the wetsuit zipper down while running out of the water. It wasn't enough to slow me down in transition becasue the run up the beach was long enough for me to still get it pulled down in time.
Wetduit pealed down just fine. I could do it quicker next time.
Took too long to tie my shoes- I need some quick laces to speed things up a bit. I lost quite a bit of time tying my shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Get some speed laces and practice getting the wetsuit unzipped.
  • 20m 18s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

Overall 20:18~ 6:32 per/mile. I ran down several guys on mile 2 and a couple more after the last hill and back to the finish. Overall I felt pretty good. Took one cup of water to swish my mouth and then the rest went on my head and shoulders. I had sort of a slow start but made it up on the way back. Another guy and I pushed the last mile and took down one more on the way in. It was a good run.
What would you do differently?:

Other than going out a bit faster, I wouldnt change anything.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much warmdown. I ate a clif bar and had an energy drink.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

In all fairness to the organization, I felt like they did a good job and the fact that the bike leg was cancelled pretty much the night before didnt help them. I felt like the run course could have been better prepared and graded a little more (they said it had but I couldn't tell). Also they only had 8 porta-jons which led to really long lines. I would have said double the amount they had. The swim was great and the water temp was a record 70 degrees. I wish I could have done the bike course as it looked to be flat and fast.

Last updated: 2013-01-30 12:00 AM
00:12:42 | 820 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/19
Overall: 30/178
Performance: Good
Suit: Pro Motion
Course: Union Reservior in Longmont. Straight square, Straight out with 2 left hand turns and back to the beach.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time:  02:00
Overall: Below average
Removing cap, goggles and wetsuit: Below average
Getting into shoes: Below average
00:20:18 | 03.1 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 8/178
Performance: Good
Did not wear my HRT strap.
Course: Out and back on a dirt packed road. One hill right in the middle before the turnaround so you had to go up and down it twice. I didnt care for the dirt road at all. It wasnt very hard packed and had lots of ruts and rocks that made foot placement slightly difficult. A funky 90 right and 90 left into the finish chute. I didnt like that part and it was too tight for a good run into the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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