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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Total Time = 1h 29m 44s
Overall Rank = 88/190
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 19/53
Pre-race routine:

Got up had my blueberry muffin, gathered my stuff and headed to the race about 5:00AM. Set up my transition area slowly. It was raining so just put my bike out to get my spot and then waited to set everything else up.

Talked with the other BTr's at the race.
Event warmup:

Ran a little bit with Josh, then just before the start did some light swimming. It was warmer in the water than on the beach.
  • 11m 19s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

I felt good on the swim, but never really felt like I was in a groove.
What would you do differently?:

Focus on stroke and finding my rythm. Just never happened. Overall, I felt pretty good and finished within my goal time. The run to transition was a little painful on my feet. I think I hurt my feet by walking around so much prior to the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

My transition was slow. I wanted to make sure I took care of everything rather than rushing. Unfortunately I forgot my sunglasses in the Transition area so I rode without them. Not good when riding in the rain.
What would you do differently?:

Put my sun glasses in a spot where I don't forget them.
  • 47m 32s
  • 14.3 miles
  • 18.05 mile/hr

I really didn't want to do this course. I just haven't been on my bike enough recently with the new baby and it showed.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure to have my sun glasses. You lose a suprising amount of energy squinting for 14 miles. Also they added 2 miles to this course and failed to tell anyone until the end. Not good on such a hilly course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

This transition was pretty good. I had a good spot near the bike entrance.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I felt I got in and out of T2 quickly.
  • 27m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

Again like the bike, I haven't been running enough this year, and it showed. I was running in the 25's earlier this year, but since May haven't put in enough work.
What would you do differently?:

Train more. But overall I felt good. The first 1/4 mile, my butt hurt like never before. Kind of a hami/glut thing going on. I might have pushed to hard on the hills for the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around and cheered Josh on through the finish. Talked to some of the BTr's then packed up and went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training and the weather.

Event comments:

This was supposed to be a race for fun. The weather kind of dampened that. I also made way too many mistakes. I forgot a jacket, extra shoes, my sun glasses on the ride. I haven't trained much because of the Baby (I'm o.k. with this one.). Also the Rain made for a miserable day, though the run was good.

I did learn not to prod Ryan into running harder. I saw him about 1/2 a mile behind me after the turn around and told him to catch me. BIG mistake. Right as they were calling out my name at the finish, the Orange blur zipped by.

Overall, it was fun and it was good to see all the Btr's especially those doing this as their first real tri. Welcome to the Club. I wish I had trained better and had performed better, but like I said above this was for fun, so I can't be to hard on myself. We'll see how the Fall Frenzy goes. :)

Last updated: 2006-03-10 12:00 AM
00:11:19 | 547 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/53
Overall: 70/190
Performance: Good
Swim was only 500 and did pretty well. Exited the water in 10:00. The start was an individual start with each racer going off every 4-5 seconds. I really liked this method of start and they got through everyone very quickly. The water wasn't smooth with the rain, but the waves weren't bad.
Suit: Full
Course: This was a triangular course with the shortest section coming back to shore. It was well marked.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:02
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:47:32 | 14.3 miles | 18.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/53
Overall: 89/190
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: This was an out an back course. Extremely hilly. There really isn't anything good about this course. Add in that we were wet and cold and it was not the best time. I really tried to work on the hills, and may have over done things. My speed was o.k. but I've done better. Perhaps only working out about 10 times in the last month was not so good, but with the new baby, I can't complain.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:34 | 03.11 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/53
Overall: 99/190
Performance: Average
Course: This was an out and back course on trails around the Res. I actually liked this course, though some said it was hilly.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2006-08-21 7:36 AM

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Centennial, CO
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2006-08-21 8:46 AM
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Denver, Colorado
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Nice job!  I wish I would have found all of you before the race so I could have looked for you on the course.
2006-08-21 9:55 AM
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Lakewood CO
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Great Job!  I was worried about the sprint race when I saw the weather on Sat.  Hopefully I can meet some of the other BT folks at a future race.
2006-08-21 10:20 AM
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Nice job!!!  It was great to see everyone at the race!  You looked strong right through the finish.  Welcome to the balancing act of family, work and training  CONGRATS!
2006-08-21 10:46 AM
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You looked comfortable when you were taunting me on the run! And if it makes you feel any better, your swim time out of the water was faster than mine. Good to see you out there even in the crappy conditions!
2006-08-21 10:50 AM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
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Way to go Dan! It was fun hanging out with ya

2006-08-21 10:51 AM
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Westminster, Colorado
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Great job! It was really good to meet you out there.  I wish I could have hung out afterwards but my husband didn't want to hang out because he wasn't feeling good, so I had to go.  
2006-08-21 10:56 AM
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Great job, especially considering challenges of balancing family and training.  Good luck in your next race!
2006-08-21 11:03 AM
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Nice race, especially the swim which was obviously smoking fast (coincidentally it was the same exact time as mine). Its tough juggling as hectic a schedule as I'm sure yo uhave these days so congrats on raing strong. Too bad we didn't get to meet, but one of these days.
2006-08-21 2:55 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Funny story about you and Ryan!  note to self: never prod ryan into a dare.....

Anyway, nice race!  Way to kick butt!

2006-08-21 3:04 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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I agree!  Not the most fun conditions to race in!  But hey, you did it.  Great job and it was nice to talk to you before the race.  They do get better!  Racing that is.

2006-08-21 6:40 PM
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Centennial, CO
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I couldn't imagine training with a baby in the house....that takes enough endurance all by itself!!  But in spite of your lack of time to train, you did well!!  Way to perservere.
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