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Ironman 70.3 Boulder - Triathlon

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
61F / 16C
Total Time = 6h 00m 10s
Overall Rank = 852/
Age Group = M 50-54
Age Group Rank = 50/84
Pre-race routine:

I set my alarm for 4:15 but woke up at around 3:45. I took a shower then had my normal pre long run/ride breakfast of oatmeal, coffee and a banana. I left the hotel at 4:50 then waited in line for 25 minutes to park. I finally got to the transition area about 5:35. After setting up I talked with my friend Jeff from Austin then relaxed for a while.
Event warmup:

I swam two laps around the roped off swim beach area as a warm up.
  • 45m 38s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

This was my first large race and I wasn't prepared for the combat in open water. It seemed that every time I tried to pick up the pace I ran into someones feet. I was hit in the back, head and legs throughout the swim but i also hit some other swimmers. I was hoping to finish in around 42 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Stay more to the outside where it is less congested.
Transition 1
  • 04m 16s

A little slow but since it was going to be a long day I didn't hurry it too much. It did take longer to get off my wetsuit than I wanted it to be.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe lube up my legs more.
  • 3h 03m 13s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

I took the first hour strong and hit 20.1 miles in the first hour. I maintained a smooth cadence and took the last two miles a little easier. The one glitch was that my Garmin (which I planned on sending back to Garmin after the race) died at around mile 30.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I felt comfortable all the way. More sunscreen is needed for the ride, my hands and neck are fried.
Transition 2
  • 02m 39s

I spent a few seconds looking for my other watch before realizing that I left it in the car.
  • 2h 04m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 28s  min/mile

Without a watch I had no idea what pace I was running. I took the first lap at a comfortable pace but slowed don considerably in the heat on the second lap.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster on the second lap! Next time I will have a second watch in transition in case my Garmin dies.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat on the run and not knowing my pace on the last half of the bike and run. This was my first HIM, my goal was to finish around 6 hours, I am happy with my results.

Event comments:

WTC lived up to the hype and ran a great race.

Last updated: 2013-02-08 12:00 AM
00:45:38 | 1931 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 67/84
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Wetsuit
Course: Square course in lake.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
03:03:13 | 56 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 66/84
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: One lap with a few hills but not bad.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:04:24 | 13.1 miles | 09m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 50/84
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Two laps around the Boulder Res. A couple of big hills at the start and a small hill at around mile 5. NO SHADE!
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 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

2013-08-05 11:20 AM

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