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XTERRA Mountain Championship - Triathlon

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Beaver Creek, Colorado
United States
TEAM Unlimited
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 15m 35s
Overall Rank = 145/
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 17/28
Pre-race routine:

Slept absolutely terrible the night before in the hotel. Maybe three hours of sleep. Headed up and set up T2, then back down to T1. Ate a Clif bar and banana at about 6:30 am.
Event warmup:

Nothing. Again I was rushed and there was no reason I should have been.
  • 32m 12s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Not the best swim. Between swimmer's ear and a sprained shoulder, I haven't swum a lick in the past 2.5 weeks. Definitely felt it in this swim. Shoulders started aching right away and I just felt slow. Came out of the water a bit winded.
What would you do differently?:

Have better luck.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Not a bad T1. Put a compression sock on the left foot because of my calf.
  • 1h 50m 59s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 8.41 mile/hr

I was pretty winded to start and it took a while to get my heart rate under control. Energy levels were up and down throughout the ride. Passed a lot but had to put my feet down a few times because of riders falling in front of me. Left knee started to bug me.
What would you do differently?:

I think I should have been able to do this ride faster than I did. I was a full mph faster than the sprint course I did two years ago but I know I have a better ride in me than this.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Pretty quick here.
  • 52m 24s
  • 5.78 miles
  • 09m 09s  min/mile

Felt good to start and began passing a lot of people. Power walked the steep sections and tried to keep my HR reasonable. Legs were definitely tired by the start of the 2nd loop. Finished relatively strong but never really put myself in the red zone.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and then laid down with my feet above me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim issues. Unknown distance. I was afraid I might blow up in this longer distance with the elevation and climbing so I didn't push the bike or run as much as I should have. I was definitely exhausted by the end, even more so than Ironman. But I think I took too much IM mentality into this race and should have gone harder. I was happy with my time as I thought I'd be more around 3:30 but having now finished, I think I'm capable of more around 3:05. Missed XTERRA points by two places.

Event comments:

Great race and probably one of the most challenging courses around. 8000-10000 feet about sea level with tons of climbing in both the bike and run makes for a physically and mentally demanding day.

Last updated: 2013-02-05 12:00 AM
00:32:12 | 1760 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 23/28
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Two loops of the pond.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:50:59 | 15.53 miles | 8.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/28
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Point to point with T2 on the ski hill. 3200 feet of elevation gain.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:52:24 | 05.78 miles | 09m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/28
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 1600 feet elevation gain. Trails and fire roads on the ski hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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