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Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 51m 55s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

It felt too early to get up...but up I got. Walked the dogs. Took a shower (gotta shave the legs). Got dressed and left. Stopped at Sbux for breakfast. I was so tired I desperately wanted to get one with caffeine...but I resisted. It took me about an hour and five minutes to drive down to C-Springs. I was there too early (as usual). Got my race packet. Staked out a locker and got changed and put sunblock on then got body marked. Stood around for a LONG time waiting for it to start.
Event warmup:

Nah. 6k was far enough.
  • 1h 51m 55s
  • 6000 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

My four loops:
So much for my strategy of speeding up each lap! Okay, so...we all line up. These are "pure" swimmers so I hung near the back not wanting to be in the way. It was SUPER crowded for the first 500m or so. I hit at least one traffic jam of four or five people in a line across so I couldn't pass. But it finally settled out. The water felt nice. Only cold for the first 5 seconds.

On the back half of the first loop I discovered that if you stayed too far left you had to swim through swamp muck. Ew. It reminded me of those bushes from the marsh in Lord of the Rings...the ones with the people staring out of them? Yeah, I SWORE I was going to see a body any minute! On subsequent laps I stayed more right but you couldn't avoid it completely. It was SO grossing me out!

Gosh, there really just isn't anything significant to report. I tried to up the effort on each lap but I just kept getting slower. My form kinda started to go to pot too. Definitely TIRED by the last lap. I tried to draft a couple of times but never found anyone really good. It was an odd format because you could also do it as a relay. So every now and then some fresh relay person would go flying by me. But usually too fast to latch onto. There was also a 9k (not advertised to USMS apparently) and those guys were pretty fast too. Too fast to latch onto. By the end I couldn't tell who was a relay, lapping me, or what.

Oh, on the third lap I had to stop and adjust my goggles. They were coming loose. Right after that I had to pee. That was the only time during the race oddly enough. Probably because I stopped swimming for a minute for the goggles...

Didn't take in any nutrition. Two hours--not worth it to try to carry it. But I was hungry when I was done!

I'm glad I didn't do the 9k. I would have been DFL. Very slow today. Good training for the 10k.

The Garmin came up 800m short. I time is about right so I don't think it was short...but the Garmin doesn't lie that much....
What would you do differently?:

Train more. I'd better get off my duff if I'm going to do this 10k in six weeks.
Post race
Warm down:

Took a shower. Drank some recoverite. Ate half a snickers marathon bar and a bagel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of swim training.

Altitude? I may live at 4000, but this race was at 6000!

Event comments:

Better than last year. Last year it was a 5k and it was pouring and the water was freezing. At least the sun was out so I could work on my tan!

Last updated: 2007-06-30 12:00 AM
01:51:55 | 6000 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Lycra RED Tyr bathing suit
Course: Four 1500 meter loops in Prospect Lake.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2007-06-30 7:04 PM

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Evergreen, Colorado
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2007-06-30 7:12 PM
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Frugal Gear Geek
having fun with the kids
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looks like you had lots of fun today. Nice job.
2007-07-01 4:03 PM
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Longview, TX
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Definitely sounds like good training for your A race.  I'm still just so jealous of your swimming ability.  You're awesome!! 
2007-07-01 5:23 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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you are a crazy girl great Job tho.
2007-07-01 6:07 PM
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Excellant job Jen!

I can't imagine that was fun but I know you love swimming. I think those lap times are pretty tight together.



2007-07-03 11:11 AM
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WOW!  'nuff said!

2007-07-05 12:51 PM
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WOW THAT WAS FAST! A 41 k is calling your name!
2007-07-06 9:19 AM
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A Prairie Home
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Wow.. I am always in awe of your swimming ability. GOOD JOB!!

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