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Highland Ranch, Colorado
United States
64F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 02m 53s
Overall Rank = 5/143
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 2/29
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3 am and had a UCAN bar and half a banana. Then drank one serving of UCAN about 90 minutes before race start.
Event warmup:

Short run and strides.
  • 08m 26s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

Started off 3rd in the lane and then caught second at 100 yards. First 100 yards at 1:30. Shoulders started aching around 300 but finished it all freestyle. Popped out at 8:26
What would you do differently?:

8 seconds faster than last year
Transition 1
  • 00m 22s

Good T1 and did the flying mount well. No shoe issues.
What would you do differently?:

1 second faster than last year.
  • 34m 15s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 21.90 mile/hr

Had one guy go by me in my AG right away and so I just paced off him the rest of the race. Felt strong throughout. Good headwind going south and uphill . Garmin had me at 22.3 mph over 12.5 miles at 33:46. New aero helmet was great and the bike felt fast!
What would you do differently?:

Definitely improving year by year here.
Transition 2
  • 00m 31s

Little slow here with the aero helmet and the dismount line had moved from last year.
What would you do differently?:

Prep this area better before the race.
  • 18m 34s
  • 3.05 miles
  • 06m 05s  min/mile

Started off about ten seconds behind the AG guy and he looked strong but I was able to pass him at about 0.5 miles in. First mile felt great and easy and I hit it at about 6:00. Felt strong all the way until about 2.5 miles but never slowed down. Stomach was great and no cramping. Finished strong. Minute faster than last year!
What would you do differently?:

EN run training is the bomb!
Post race
Warm down:

Jogged a bit to see Erica finish and then rode another hour later in the day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Keep surprising myself here. Not sure what the ceiling is for this race but I feel like I can still take time off all three. Would be awesome to go under 1:02!

Event comments:

I don't know what the fate is of this race, which has always been a favorite of mine. There were scarce volunteers on the bike course. The numbers have gone done from 350 to not even 150 this year. I really think dropping their USAT certification has had unintended consequences.

Last updated: 2015-04-29 12:00 AM
00:08:26 | 500 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 29/143
Performance: Good
Swim to T1 time 9:08
Course: Pool swim, 3 to a lane
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:22
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:34:15 | 12.5 miles | 21.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/29
Overall: 5/143
Performance: Good
AVG HR 142
Wind: Headwind
Road:   Cadence: 90
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:18:34 | 03.05 miles | 06m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/29
Overall: 3/143
Performance: Good
First mile @ ~6:00/mi
Course: O&B with some rollers
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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