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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 06m 29s
Overall Rank = 894/1422
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 53/90
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0-dark-thirty (aka 3am). That's REALLY early. At least I slept pretty solid though I woke up sweating (my sis doesn't seem to think she needs AC). Putzed around the kitchen making some corn grits and coffee. Took a shower. Gathered up all my shit. Ate breakfast (the aforementioned corn grits and coffee and a banana) and was out the door by 0400. Drove up to Boulder. Took me almost exactly 45 minutes to get to Mike's house. That's where my bike spent the night. So I threw my stuff in his truck and rode my bike to the course. He drove my stuff there. I pulled up to transition, got body marked, staked a spot with my bike then wandered off to find Mike and my stuff. Got my backpack, set up transition, hit the porta potties again, got my ankle wrapped (darth vadar ankle!!!), and had OODLES of time to stand around the D3 booth waiting for my wave to start. About twenty minutes before my wave, I took a gel and headed to the water to warmup.
Event warmup:

Rode the bike the 4.69 miles to the course. Swam about 10 minutes or about 500 meters waiting to start.
Swim
  • 28m 43s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters
Comments:

Hmmmm...I started out front/middle like I ALWAYS do. Remind me not to do that at BPT ever again. I got CRUSHED. Never seen a wave of chicks take off that fast. I can usually stay near the front on the sprint but this time I just got trampled. Finally recovered from that and settled into a decent rhythm. Swam fairly straight. It was just really crowded. On the second leg (so, after the first turn) I caught up with the wave ahead of me. After that it was like bumper cars...so many slow swimmers. Got hard to pass folks.

This is also when I decided that I felt like I had to pee again. WTF. I just peed during my "swim warmup". Ugh...hate that feeling. But I didn't want to stop and I have peed on the move in open water before so I kept trying. But I was having a really hard time going. So weird. I don't remember it being that hard. I probably lost a good 30 seconds in all the trying. Finally gave up. Rounded the turn towards home and the fast boys from the wave behind us started to catch up with me. About halfway down the homestretch I still felt like I had to go so I just did some "pull" for awhile while dragging my legs until I could make myself go. REALLY hope there wasn't anyone drafting off me! :) But I felt TONS better after that.

Picked the pace back up and headed for home. Stood up and saw 27:30 on the watch and wasn't very happy. The extra time is the LONG run up and over a hill into T1.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to draft. I don't ever draft and I should.
Learn to pee on the move more efficiently.
Get a better start. Maybe know what kind of field I'm up against and seed properly or just learn to sprint better at the start.
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s
Comments:

Big transition area. I had to run ALL the way across it to get to my bike. I did a good job getting the wetsuit down and the goggles and swimcap off before I got to my spot. Found my spot easily. Wetsuit came off easily too. Put on the helmet and sunglasses and stood there for 5 seconds trying to believe that YES, that was all I had to do...dammit, grab the bike and GO! Ran ALL the way back across the transition area in my bare feet (shoes were on the bike).
What would you do differently?:

Not stand there and wonder if I have everything...it isn't Rocket science, ya know.
Bike
  • 1h 30m 10s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 17.37 mile/hr
Comments:

Well, since the ankle is crap and we knew I probably wouldn't run well, Mike gave me permission to blast the heck out of myself on the bike. AND he loaned me his PowerTap. I was geeked.

Did not do a flying mount, but stopped to get on the bike. Did a better job getting feet into the shoes. Slightly downhill out of T1 so I got my right foot in then I had to pedal uphill for a minute before I could coast enough to get the left shoe in. Didn't see how long it took me, but it had to be less than a quarter mile. I am definitely getting better.

After I got my shoes on, I took off out of the Rez at FULL steam for the climbing. It starts out really gentle so I found an intermediate gear that worked. Had to go to my really easy gears once or twice for a few inclines. About 6 or so miles in you get to Olde Stage. I felt REALLY prepared for this hill because I had ridden it before AND I've been riding big hills here in SD for months. No matter how ready I felt, it still hurt! Though, I was able to sit down once or twice for "breaks". I think the first time I went up this hill I had to stand the WHOLE way. Minor improvement! The spectators on the hill were awesome. Lots of fun. Some of them made you feel like you were doing a TdF climb by waving stuff right out in front of you then pulling it back right before you got there.

I crested the false summit, but really you've made it then. Got up to 17 or 18mph before the last little inclines slowed me down. Now...time for the "speed limit zone." If you hadn't heard, there were a couple of very serious bike accidents on the downhill part of this course last year. So on the steepest 0.6 mile section, they put in a 35mph speed limit. I didn't care. I don't think I wanted to go more than the 30 I was going! I had to hit my brakes a lot, but seriously...I wouldn't have gone much faster!

Got through the speed zone just fine and now the FUN began! I probably averaged 30mph for 5+ miles finishing the downhill then onto this newly paved and slightly downhill road that came AFTER the big downhill. SO much fun. I was just in aero position and ZOOMING along! I passed a lot of people here. Kept pushing hard throughout the flats and rollers. Got passed by some of the men in the wave behind me. Also did some passing. Probably one of my better bike rides in a race for sure. Normally I'm just sitting there spinning along and get passed a TON. I also spent much more time in my big ring than usual too. Stood up on a couple of rollers to keep from having to drop back down to the small ring.

The last quarter mile is all downhill so it was easy to get my feet out of my shoes. Probably the only quarter mile I really relaxed on the whole ride!
What would you do differently?:

I thought my bike handling skills were pretty good...but after watching people zoom down hills and around corners...I suck. I don't think it really lost me a LOT of time. But some.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s
Comments:

Since I had the LONG run for T1 I got the SHORT run for T2. A little disoriented as I came into transition even though I'd walked through it before the race. Settled it out quick enough though and racked my bike. Had to stop and put on socks, shoes, hat, race belt, grab gel, and GO!
What would you do differently?:

I could probably just do it all a little faster. It's not like I lollygagged. And I was excited that it still looked a LITTLE empty when I came in!
Run
  • 1h 04m 35s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 24s  min/mile
Comments:

Okay, if you DID NOT know, I sprained my ankle BADLY about 7 weeks ago. Couldn't stand on it at all for like four days. Probably tore it up pretty well. So I haven't been able to run since. This run was a HUGE experiment. Had NO idea if I was going to pull it off or not. So out of T2 I just started to JOG. HR was high (LT already) but I figured it was just my legs wigging that I'd been on a bike for 1.5 hours and now wanted them to work. So I just took it easy. Waved at Mike as I passed the D3 tent and slowly jogged. Ankle was well taped and holding up fine.

First mile went by quick (sub-10). I began to think maybe I could have a good day. Only problem was that I started to feel queasy. I had to start really slowing down trying to settle my stomach and it showed! Next miles were 10-something then 11-something! Everything else felt FINE. HR was back down to 160's, legs were okay, ankle was wenching if I rolled it (which I did mildly at least four times...owie), but my stomach was doing somersaults.

About at the turnaround it started to feel better so I made my attempt to speed up for the last three miles. Did a 10:20 then a 10:42 so I was a little faster, but not much. The ankle tape started to cut into my achilles so I had to keep flexing my foot to take the pressure off. That probably hurt the most during the last mile which just seemed to drag. I really had to pee. Probably a GOOD sign, but annoying nonetheless! I knew I was close enough to the finish that I could hold it. I never saw the 6 mile sign so all I have is a split for my last 1.2 of about 12:20, so still 10 minute miles. I THINK I either even split or slightly negative split.

I was very happy to make the corner to the finish. Did my signature cartwheel and crossed the line!
What would you do differently?:

Not sprain my ankle seven weeks ago so I could actually train for the run. This was a really slow run for me, but I could not ask for any more than what I did. Considering how hard I pushed myself on the bike I am rather happy with it.
Post race
Warm down:

OMG I had to PEE. But on my way to search out the porta potties I actually got stopped by the Denver Post reporter. He saw my cartwheel and wanted to interview me. Gabbed with him for 5 minutes. Then BEELINED for the porta potties. Oh, I felt much better after that. Started walking in the direction of the D3 tent. Passed the food tent on the way...oh, don't mind if I do, thanks...mmm...Chipotle. Found the D3 tent and parked it for awhile to eat. Watched some of the pro race, listened to the awards, and generally hung around. Then dismantled my transition (I was like the LAST person out!) and rode my bike back to Mike's house.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

1. Tired arms from the swim volume I have been putting in for the 10k.
2. Not running for 7 weeks due to a sprained ankle.
3. Nutrition...damn, I gotta figure out what makes me feel all queasy.
4. Olde Stage. I'm still not a great climber...getting better though.

Event comments:

Ah, Boulder. I LOVE Colorado. Fun times. STACKED field of mostly local Colorado athletes. Damn, those Colorado peeps are in shape! 5430 puts on a GREAT event. I had fun. I am happy I got to race despite the ankle. All things considered, this went from being an A race to just going out and doing some experimenting and having fun. I may not be happy with my time, but I will be okay with it. Highly recommended race! It's considered a toughie but it's a lot of fun!




Last updated: 2006-06-16 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:28:43 | 1500 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 31/90
Overall: 408/1422
Performance: Average
Suit: Promotion Sleeveless
Course: Rectangle (I think...never saw the whole thing).
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:39
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:30:10 | 26.1 miles | 17.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 51/90
Overall: 915/1422
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: The BPT course is pretty famous. You leave the Rez and climb for about 8 miles including the massive Olde Stage Hill. It's big. But then you get to CRUISE downhill for awhile then onto some rollers and flats and finally back to the Rez.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
T2
Time: 01:20
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
01:04:35 | 06.21 miles | 10m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 72/90
Overall: 1129/1422
Performance: Below average
Lap splits: 9:48,10:09,11:17,10:20,10:42,12:21
Course: Out and back on mostly gravel roads around the Rez.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-07-23 11:33 PM

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Okay, I put this up right away because several people asked me how I did!  I might edit it some tomorrow and definitely need to dig out the HRM and add splits.  But y'all don't really care about splits anyway...

Happy reading! :)



Edited by jldicarlo 2006-07-23 11:35 PM


2006-07-24 5:35 AM
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Great race on the trashed anke, Jen.  And don'tcha love going fast on the bike?  Makes all that hill-climbing almost seem worthwhile.  Almost. 
2006-07-24 6:13 AM
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Corn grits?  Really?  Anyway... nice job sweetcheeks. You're like Terrible Terry Tate, office linebacker- with your playing hurt and all.  Not sure he had to pee so much, but I certainly understand that feeling. And, unlike these other insensitive bastards, I care about your splits. Wait, are we talking, like, gymnastics, or like, time???

2006-07-24 8:01 AM
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Nice race!!  And considering the ankle you ROCKED - I can't even run that fast on my good ankles.   Great job.
2006-07-24 10:13 AM
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Hey, great race, Jen.  Glad your ankle was holding up.  The wanting to pee feeling is so strange. 

2006-07-24 10:47 AM
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wow - i should learn to pee while i swim like you.... i noticed i had to pee right before the bike and so as i headed for the run i HAD to hit the porta potty - treated it like a Ttime and was in and out in 23 seconds FLAT! ha -

GREAT race, how was the altitude for you?!



2006-07-24 11:16 AM
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No one plays hurt like you do Jen- you're a hero! That seems like a pretty fast bike leg for Colorado, even for you!
2006-07-24 11:51 AM
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Too bad I didn't get to meet you but great race, and on a bum ankle too.
2006-07-24 1:03 PM
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Sorry I didn't see ya after the race. Or even that I missed the cartwheel across the finish line! I was wondering how you were going to hold up on the run and when I saw you, you had a slight grimmace on your face. Hopefully it was just the tape grating into your ankle. Glad you could make it out for the race nonetheless.
2006-07-24 2:31 PM
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Very good!  You are the woman. 
2006-07-24 2:46 PM
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Nice to meet you yesterday and congrats on a SOLID performance - especially given the circumstances!  Hope the ankle continues to heal.  Way to GO!


2006-07-24 2:51 PM
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Great race considering the bad ankle and all the bastard swimmers!  HA  Congrats!
2006-07-24 2:53 PM
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I'm envious of your ability to pee while swimming. There's a skill I need to work on! Great race, despite the ankle. I'm always impressed with people who come from other states and race in Colorado's altitude, but it doesn't sound like you even noticed it!
2006-07-24 3:02 PM
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WAY TO GO!!! Way to rock the Boulder Peak. I actually just left Colorado where I was for 10 days. I SO wanted to do Boulder Peak but tried to enter too late. Anyway good job and keep it up! Amazing work on the bad ankle.
2006-07-24 6:10 PM
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Wow Jen - you arej ust awesome for even ATTEMPTING it so close to a sprained ankel! Go YOU GO!!!!!

2006-07-24 6:17 PM
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Glad you had fun and the ankle semi behaved..stop rolling it..that would help....I need to teach you a back handspring or a back tuck or something more dramatic than a cartwheel.

Edited by sue7013 2006-07-24 6:18 PM


2006-07-24 7:19 PM
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Yeah, those CO people are in shape because of hills and altitude!  But you rock more!  Nice race ... and I love the details on peeing that you weave into your story!  Thanks for a great RR ... I always like reading yours!
2006-07-24 7:31 PM
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congrats .. nice time .. and your ankles sseems to have help up nicely...
2006-07-24 7:35 PM
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I was gonna be SO proud of you if you peed WHILE doing the signature cartwheel!!   Great race Jen!! You freaking rock!!  
2006-07-24 8:53 PM
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Great job Jenn! Glad that your ankle held up well enough to have a pretty good race and that was even after all that impending doom. Gotta love MOP gear.
2006-07-24 10:01 PM
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luv2ride - 2006-07-24 1:53 PM I'm envious of your ability to pee while swimming. There's a skill I need to work on! Great race, despite the ankle. I'm always impressed with people who come from other states and race in Colorado's altitude, but it doesn't sound like you even noticed it!

Well, I failed to mention my little "secret".  Rapid City is at 3300 feet and my house is on the outskirts at 4000 feet.  And I ROUTINELY ride my bike up into the hills and hit 6k...definitely in the 5k's.

So...the altitude wasn't all that much of a jump for me!  I did notice, though...95% of the race participants LIVE in Colorado!  Hmmm....wonder why....



2006-07-25 2:29 PM
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Nice work... how did you manage to swim and ride extra? Rockin'
2006-07-25 6:09 PM
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Wow, 35 mph speed limit?  They would have arrested me in a heart beat on that course!  Nice race, especially with the ankle sprain.  Maybe at the end you should have just peed on the reporter's foot...that would have been a hint that you needed to be somewhere else at that moment!

 

2006-07-25 6:16 PM
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Good job! I thought the swim was really crowded the whole way too and I was way in the BOP
Way to tough it out with an injury
2006-07-25 8:58 PM
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Nice race considering the ankle.  You are becoming such a good cyclist.  Keep up the hard work in the hills.  It's paying off.

TJ

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