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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
United States
Highlands Ranch Run Series
83F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 27m 12s
Overall Rank = 22/139
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 10/63
Pre-race routine:

This was my first triathlon. I woke up my normal weekend time at 5am and ate PB&J sandwich and some yogurt, then flushed it down with some liquids. I got to the race at 7:30am and went through the body marking line and up to the transition area in plenty of time. This was a wave start, so I would start the race at 9:04am.
Event warmup:

Not much of a warm-up, some stretching and a couple of short sprints to get the blood moving. I had a powerade gel about 30m before the start of my swim.
  • 16m 51s
  • 800 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

Fairly pleased with swim time given the course set up. My heart rate felt higher than it actually was and I couldn't get it back down until 3-4 miles in the bike leg.
What would you do differently?:

nothing but log more time in the water.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

This needs to be faster considering some of the other transition times I've seen for this race.
  • 38m 32s
  • 13.4 miles
  • 20.87 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

get more hill workouts in.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

Again, I need to be faster in the transition area. No problems with equipment.
  • 29m 8s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 22s  min/mile

This is where it went downhill. I was a little winded on the run and the course was very hilly with a doozy on mile 3. I started off OK with the first mile clocking in at a 8.15 mile. But I guess I bonked given my ending time. I think the course was actually longer than a 5K. But I still didn't have the energy I thought I should have for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe take some type of gel or other fuel before the run. Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank fluids as it was pretty warm by the finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

more training

Event comments:

Since this is my first race, I don't have anything to compare it to. My only suggestion would be to have better post race food for the competitors. The last thing I really want to eat when I'm finished racing is chips and queso. I thought this first year race went very smoothly and it was well run. I plan on doing it again next year.

Last updated: 2006-08-09 12:00 AM
00:16:51 | 800 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/63
Overall: 58/139
Performance: Good
Course: This was a pool swim broken out between the indoor pool (17 laps), followed by a run outside, up the stairs to the outdoor pool (15 laps). You then had a 100 yrd run out to the transition area.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:32 | 13.4 miles | 20.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/63
Overall: 16/139
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The course was changed and ended up being a 2 loop course around the Northridge rec center. During a training ride the week before, we calculated the distance as 13.4m and not 12m as advertised. My breathing started off pretty heavy from the swim, and it didn't help that the first half of the loop is uphill. But overall, I thought the ride portion went fine. I had enough fluids and I passed several people.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:08 | 03.11 miles | 09m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/63
Overall: 34/139
Performance: Below average
Course: Hilly course on bike paths and trails.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1.78%
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-08-14 2:43 PM

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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon

2006-08-14 3:01 PM
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Centennial, CO
Subject: RE: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon
Good job. Congrats on your first tri. Now get out there and sign up for the next.
2006-08-14 3:25 PM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: RE: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon
The Rattlesnake sprint is next on the list........
2006-08-14 3:50 PM
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: RE: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon
My first tri here too. Bike was at least 13 and the run was 3.54 miles ( Nice job...
2006-08-28 5:15 PM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: RE: Splash-Mash-Dash Sprint Triathlon
Nice race...we should meet up training or at the Fall Frenzy!

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