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5430 Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 29m 13s
Overall Rank = 146/1171
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 24/72
Pre-race routine:

Oatmeal, yogurt, banana breakfast at 4:30am, then hour drive to res. One gel :15 before swim start.
Event warmup:

Got ready, active stretching (very little), short short swim.
  • 15m 6s
  • 805 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

Swim felt really good, and I think it was faster than last year. Dinosaurs went in the first wave with the Pros, which was actually great. Half our wave was finishing the swim before the rest of us got to the start line. :28 faster than last year, which is really pretty good, I think.
What would you do differently?:

Went wide of buoys on return, which made the course a bit longer.
Transition 1
  • 01m 36s

Struggled to figure out how to get on bike. Almost rode off the road and into the weeds. Put right shoe on with tongue mildly messed up. Felt it for full race. Messed around with race number at start of bike, which was silly. :19 faster than last year (didn't stop for the latte this time). Drank one bottle Gatorade on bike, and one gel at mile 14. This transition came in at 26th in AG, so it wasn't very good.
What would you do differently?:

Skip putting race number on until run segment. I really lost time trying to figure out how to ride a bike.
  • 48m 42s
  • 17 miles
  • 20.94 mile/hr

Ride was fairly uneventful once I got started after all the horsing around trying to get going. Mike Ricci passed me on 36, right where he said he would.... This time was 2 seconds slower than last year, but all of it could have been made up easily enough at the start.
What would you do differently?:

I still need to work on speed. Also, didn't feel quite as fast without aero-bars. If I can keep this up, I might earn that new bike....
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

No idea why this was :10 slower than last year, but it was good to tie for the second-fastest T2 (fastest was :50) in AG (which means it must have something to do with rack position). Didn't feel as confused, and moved through it fine enough. The rack was a considerable distance from the entry and exit points on the run, but that shouldn't have mattered much.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe I should practice transitions.
  • 22m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

At the start of the run, I was :35 faster than last year. Fortunately, my wave went out 30 minutes earlier this year, so it didn't seem as hot. Took water at each rest stop, drank a sip, and dumped the rest on me head. Didn't really check, but probably put in a negative split on this, as I put the hammer (in my case it's a toy hammer) down half way through the run. Finished the run :45 faster than last year, and as a result I peeled 1:15 off my time, and finished under 1:30! That's a PB... wheee!
What would you do differently?:

Start the final push a bit earlier, perhaps.
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered around aimlessly, shamelessly hugging volunteers who were a bit freaked out by me, I suspect. Tried to kiss Mike Ricci for his help in beating last year's time.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Came in with a bit of a lack of confidence. Also, really need to work up that bike speed. Improvement can be made in swim, as well.

Event comments:

Simply a wonderful race. Barry's really got this fine-tuned now with the new race buoys, and a much more lively Expo. It was really fun to see finisher's faces as they were awarded their silly little medals. What fun, and a personal best! Nothing to complain about there. Already looking forward to next year's race (after a nap...).

Last updated: 2007-01-01 12:00 AM
00:15:06 | 805 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 30/72
Overall: 340/1171
Performance: Good
This swim is actually a bit faster, since it includes about a 1:30 death run up a hill.
Suit: Ironman
Course: Out directly into sun to mysterious pyramid buoy followed by right turn to next buoy, then right and back home.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:36
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:48:42 | 17 miles | 20.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/72
Overall: 290/1171
Performance: Good
Uphill first 4 miles, then rolling hills & downhill.
Wind: None
Course: Course was in great shape other than a 2inch paving drop from 36 to Neva Road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:55 | 03.1 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/72
Overall: 206/1171
Performance: Good
Course: Up a wacky hill before heading out and back on the Boulder Dam road. Why is the photographer at the top of the hill, where everyone looks whipped?
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-06-17 3:09 PM

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2007-06-17 8:55 PM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
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Nice race.  Way to beat last year's time.

2007-06-18 2:37 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
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LOL, good RR!  You had a great race, congrats!
2007-06-18 4:47 PM
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Great job on the PR!!!  And I would bet that Mike wanted that big wet kiss   Are you one of the people that he introduced me to??  Maybe we met yesterday then...  Maybe not..

Anyway, great job and nice work with the toy hammer

2007-06-18 5:24 PM
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Nice job on the PR! And entertaining race report as always. Now what's this about a new bike?!
2007-06-18 5:37 PM
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, North Carolina
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Looks like you had a great race!  It was my first tri and I agree that Barry knows how to throw a party ... I loved getting the finisher's medal for my efforts on the course.

2007-06-18 5:43 PM
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Wellington, North Island
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Great race and a PB to boot!!!
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