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Boise, Idaho
United States
68F / 20C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 25/53
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 10/3
Pre-race routine:

Worked a 12 hr mid-shift, got off at 6 AM. Arrived at race start to total Chaos. Sensed everyone was lost and scrambling. Got T1/T2 set up, went potty and did some quick paced jogs in the grass. GF and I walked around a bit-let a stranger borrow some spare goggles. he was happy.
Event warmup:

Got wet suit on. Got into water. Coldish but not too bad. Did some warm ups and felt OK. Water very shallow, strong, cold wind blowing.
  • 16m 13s
  • 500 meters
  • 03m 14s / 100 meters

Bad swim but I'm not sure what would have fixed it. Maybe if I had went out faster and got in with some better swimmers. I kept running into people who were breast stroking/walking.
What would you do differently?:

Start faster. Don't be so hesitant at the start.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

Long run up from water. Crossing gravel and sticker bushes. Ouch! I cleaned my feet and dryed them with towel. Rolled my socks on, slipped my running shoes on and off I went. I had decided earlier in week to ride without cleats, so i went with runners instead. Didn't lose too much on the bike and gained some in transition.
What would you do differently?:

T1 was pretty solid. Should have sat down sooner-I stumbled trying to change socks/shoes standing up.
  • 1h 01m
  • 10 miles
  • 9.84 mile/hr

Here is were I started to falter. I should have been taking in more/some nutrition, but i overlooked it. I started to run out of gas towards the end and knew I couldn't fix it.
What would you do differently?:

Gel shot on the bike and some calories in the hydration. I went with plain water.
Transition 2
  • 00m 24s

Running sahoes were already on. Just had to take off helmet and camelsback
What would you do differently?:

Eat something. Take a gel
  • 30m 27s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

That moment where you WANT to go faster, but your body can't respond. THAT'S what I felt-after that it was just a matter of coaxing whatever I had left to my legs. I was spent, but it was a good exercise in NOT panicking and knowing what I need to do different next time out.
What would you do differently?:

Get some sleep, take in some calories
Post race
Warm down:

Wondered out loud why we didn't get T-Shirts. Wainted several minutes for a hot dog. had a beer and a water and drug myself home for a few hours sleep before working again.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of sleep. Didn;t fuel right

Event comments:

I expected more from an Xterra race. Course wasn't marked very well, no volunteers in critical areas of bike course. NO TSHIRTSUCKS. Come On, people. 65.00 and I get a hot dog and NO TSHIRT. Volunteers got tshirts. I want a freakin TSHIRT! Probably won't do this on again.

Last updated: 2014-07-14 12:00 AM
00:16:13 | 500 meters | 03m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 41/53
Performance: Below average
Suit: Profile Design Wahoo
Course: very weired dog-leg rectangle. water was too shallow to swim in some spots. Kept running into people walking. Had a moment of panice about 6-7 minutes in. Rolled onto back and got a couple calming breaths, then felt fine.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:01:00 | 10 miles | 9.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/3
Overall: 22/53
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Very difficult. Hard packed, rytted fire roads, very dusty. Many MANY sharp rocks jutting out from ground. Had to really watch your line or bad things happen. Last couple miles were down hill, FAST and very technical. Rocky strewn trails were all you could do was go fast and hang on. I'm not much of a mtb rider, but I did OK.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:27 | 03.2 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/3
Overall: 26/53
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly flat with one GIGANTIC climb (The Groin). Through the weeds and sand and grass and sidewalks. You name it, we ran on it.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2014-07-27 3:33 AM

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Boise, Idaho
Subject: Les Bois Xterra

2014-07-28 12:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Les Bois Xterra
I'll post a race report later, but I'm in agreement on a lot of points. This race was chaotic, last year was way better on the organization. I've already emailed the RD with my feedback. I will wait until there is updated info before signing up for next year, and if it doesn't update before the prices go up I may just skip it.
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