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XTERRA Lake Tahoe - Long Course - Triathlon

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Incline Village, Nevada
United States
Big Blue Adventure
85F / 29C
Total Time = 5h 49m
Overall Rank = 93/100
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 4/4
Pre-race routine:

Lake Tahoe is chilly in the morning! Got to transition earlier than I expected. Got everything set up by 6:15am, the race didn't start until 8am. My daughter and I went back to my Jeep and just kind of hung out.
Event warmup:

Wanted to get used to the water/adjust goggles, etc. so did a little bit of swimming.
  • 42m 29s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 50s / 100 meters

Ok,I know I am a slow swimmer, but this does not accurately reflect total time swimming. I exited the water at 37 minutes. T1 was about 3/4 of a mile away--that jog time is included in the swim time. But yeah, still slow.
Side note...when I did the beach run between laps I yelled to my daugher "that was so fun I'm going to do that again!" I guess an elderly gentlemen heard me and laughed and laughed and thought that was the funniest thing. Made me smile to know I unknowingly made someone laugh.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing! Swam my usual calm, cool, slow swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 43s

A little slow I guess, but whatev.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 33m 8s
  • 22 miles
  • 6.19 mile/hr

Ummm...yeah. I'm glad I did a bunch of mountain biking in the desert this summer--lots of sand there too. I'm a good--albeit slow--climber. I just don't get how those racers actually 'race' those climbs! There were a few spots I had to get off and push--either due to getting stuck in sand, or just too steep to actually move forward and stay upright! The Flume Trail was the highlight of the course--absolutely breathtaking views--the only problem I was too scared to look too long! The left side was mountain, the right side was drop offs--but out in front was Lake Tahoe and so much beauty to take in. It was awesome. The loop around Marlette Lake was amazing too--until the climbing started again! The downhill was a bit above my pay grade--had to walk some sections to stay alive. But, the last few miles were fast and fun--a little bit of fishtailing here and there due to that darn sand.
What would you do differently?:

Honestly I'm not sure. I guess work on climbing faster or with more power. As for the downhill stuff, only technical practice will help that, I'm a bit of a wuss with that.
Transition 2
  • 03m 16s

Again, could probably move faster. My legs were trashed and my fingers were in a permanent clench from surviving the bike!
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 27m
  • 6 miles
  • 14m 30s  min/mile

The race director described the course as relatively flat--he should have used air quotes around the word relatively. It felt like a lot of ups and downs. I would call this more of a suggested run--I walked quite a bit of it. The mind was willing, my legs just weren't. When I saw my time I was surprised it was this slow, I FELT like I was walking (almost jogging at times!) fast but apparently I was on a nature stroll.
What would you do differently?:

More brick workouts perhaps? More hill running for strength?
Post race
Warm down:

Sat in the shade. My lovely daughter met me with a Sprite (post drink of champion middle aged back of packers everywhere). She also took my shoes off for me--which has become her post race job, what a girl!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My ability to perform faster! Lol! I am concerned about how slow (well slower than my normal slow!) my run is lately. I'm not happy with that. Time to change something.

I gave this race a good mark just because it really was awesome and I did it, however slowly I did it...I still did it! I rock!

Event comments:

Xterra Lake Tahoe...swim, climb climb climb, climb some more, and run.

Last updated: 2016-08-24 12:00 AM
00:42:29 | 1500 meters | 02m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/100
Performance: Good
Course: Rectangular with a beach run between laps one and two
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:43
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:33:08 | 22 miles | 6.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/100
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Holy $hitballs...climb, climb, and climb some more on sand trails. Then, cling to bike for dear life along the flume trail, then climb some more. A little downhill.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:16
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:27:00 | 06 miles | 14m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/100
Performance: Bad
Course: The course was two laps and quite pretty through pine trees. Just couldn't get my legs to stay running.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2016-08-24 4:12 PM

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Subject: XTERRA Lake Tahoe - Long Course

2016-08-24 4:23 PM
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Aledo, Texas
Subject: RE: XTERRA Lake Tahoe - Long Course

Sounds like it was tough, but hopefully fun! Tahoe is tough to beat . . . 

2016-08-25 8:57 AM
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Austin, Texas
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"The downhill was a bit above my pay grade" bwahahaha.
Excellent report Kim, and excellent effort. That sounds so difficult and so rewarding at the same time. I hope you do another one!

2016-08-25 5:42 PM
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Westchester, NY
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Amazing report ! Amazing race !
You did great !

I've been toying with the idea of xterra. I think so for 2017.
2016-08-26 10:13 AM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: RE: XTERRA Lake Tahoe - Long Course
Great job! "SO MUCH FUN!" LOL

Xterras might be next on my list - I'm a mountain biker at heart - just not a RACING mountain biker. Sounds like fun though!
2016-08-26 6:44 PM
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Eugene, Oregon
Subject: RE: XTERRA Lake Tahoe - Long Course
That sounds beautiful, but brutal! Glad you finished safely and "enjoyed" the race. I wouldn't stress about run speed for this one--it sounds like the bike really took it out of your legs (and probably a lot of other people's).

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