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Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
80F / 27C
Total Time = 06m 52s
Overall Rank = 8/151
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/16
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6 am, drank two servings of UCANN, then 1/2 serving about an hour out.
Event warmup:

Short jog, then 200 yard swim and lots of stretching
  • 15m 26s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Had a good start but got jostled a bit for the first leg. Just breathed on the right side. I don't know what it is about OWS races but I always have ONE GUY that is perpetually in my way. This guy will always swim just ahead of me but can't swim a straight line to save his life and is always cutting me off. Sure enough, this race was no different, except this guy managed to kick me square in the nose during one of his meanderings. After the third time of him cutting me off I gave him a big shove and found a new line. Other than that, the swim went well. Sighted well and swam very little breast stroke as my shoulders felt good.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working here. The course felt long for sure and the buoys were not set up per the course diagram.
Transition 1
  • 00m 56s

Pretty quick here. Wetsuit came off easy and my flying mount was great.
  • 28m 7s
  • 10.2 miles
  • 21.77 mile/hr

Started off well and found a few guys to ride near. First two laps were fine but I was starting to get tired by the third. The course was a 3 loop criterium style with 13 turns per loop, so nearly 40 turns over 10 miles. The large hill came off a turn that caused you to lose speed as well. The constant slowing down, speeding up, etc. took its toll I think. I just haven't trained for that and a tri bike is not conducive to this type of riding.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, pace a little better maybe. I don't own a road bike...
Transition 2
  • 00m 51s
  • 21m 7s
  • 3.25 miles
  • 06m 30s  min/mile

Started off feeling a bit flat from the bike. First mile at 6:48, really slow. I kicked it up and my legs started feeling a bit better but not awesome. Second and third miles were definitely better but overall I was slow. Some mild stomach cramping towards the end.
What would you do differently?:

I've felt a bit flat since coming back from Michigan and the bike course didn't help. I was a good 20 seconds per mile slow today, which was frustrating.
Post race
Warm down:

Ran about two miles

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I've felt flat since coming home from Michigan and my training has been limited since Boulder 70.3 five weeks ago. Need to really start hitting my training plan now with Harvest Moon coming up in seven weeks.

Event comments:

I'm glad I did the race as it was a different venue/format. There seemed to be some course issues in the earlier kid races but mine was fine. There are some cool parts to the bike course but it can be congested and dangerous because of that as spectators and athletes are very close to each other. I do think the swim and run were long. In my case, this sucks as my swim is pretty average and the bike course is quite short compared to other sprint distances.

Last updated: 2015-07-29 12:00 AM
00:15:26 | 820 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/16
Overall: 0/151
Performance: Good
Out of water at 5:26
Suit: sleeveless Tyr
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:56
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:28:07 | 10.2 miles | 21.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/16
Overall: 8/151
Performance: Average
Ave HR 147
Wind: Some
Course: Three loops of a multi turn course.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 88
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:51
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:07 | 03.25 miles | 06m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 5/151
Performance: Average
6:48, 6:28, 6:27
Course: Two loops with a short O&B on each loop.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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