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My Way or the Tri Way - Triathlon - Triathlon

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
Total Time = 1h 59m 3s
Overall Rank = 147/247
Age Group = 40-44 M
Age Group Rank = 26/29
Pre-race routine:

Got to bed kind of late, alarm went off at 5AM, in the car by 5:30 AM, had half a cup of coffee and a Luna bar during the 45 minute drive in. Set up transition and used the port-o-let
Event warmup:

Headed down tot he water for a couple of quick bobs and then walked up to the start and warmed up the shoulders with arm swings.
  • 22m 38s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 01s / 100 meters

Long run/walk from the start point to the water. Once in the water, I got going pretty smooth. I started near the back, but quickly found a rhythm and open water on the outside.
What would you do differently?:

Mentally though through a run to and from the water, possibly running on grass instead of tentative walking on the concrete.
Transition 1
  • 03m

I typically get stuck in my heels. Overall the transition was pretty smooth. Helmet on, shoes on, and I did not fiddle with gloves or any other stuff.
What would you do differently?:

Only bring one water bottle out on the bike and even that only needs to be half full. Consider buoyancy shorts instead of a wetsuit. I am getting better at tolerating the cold, but really like the sense of security that neoprene provides.
  • 52m 41s
  • 20 kms
  • 22.78 km/hr

I thought I was keeping a steady pace on the bike, but I was being passed like crazy. I only caught a few people. I had a false sense of security as the course starts off downhill. I was in a good rhythm on the hills, but did not have confident legs under me.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

I was pleased with this transition. I need to think about practicing transitions and flying starts and jumping off a moving bike. Although it would not have made a difference this week. I could save at least a minute off of each transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 37m 38s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 10m 45s  min/mile

I took off at a sustainable pace after stopping by the port-o-let right out of transition. I caught a few people on the run and was passed by a few as well. Nobody passed me in the last half mile.
What would you do differently?:

I need to consider running with a hand held water bottle even for short events. I want to drink every 5 minutes or so.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Another great race put on by Racing Underground. Well organized, well supported, safe, and fun. Great sponsors including Campus Cycles. Food from Noodles & Company was pretty good and service was quick. Lots of my friends participated including a contingency from the Arvada Triathlon Club.

Last updated: 2015-08-31 12:00 AM
00:22:38 | 750 meters | 03m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 23/29
Overall: 124/247
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex Sleeveless
Course: Clockwise square with 2 sighting buoys and 2 turn bouys
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:52:41 | 20 kms | 22.78 km/hr
Age Group: 28/29
Overall: 191/247
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with a few turns in the first and last mile, but otherwise a straight shot with rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 64
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:37:38 | 03.5 miles | 10m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/29
Overall: 139/247
Performance: Good
Course: Loop course with mixture of hard pack gravel and concrete. Rolling with no really steep hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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

2015-08-31 4:30 PM

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