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Loveland, Colorado
United States
USA Triathlon
70F / 21C
Total Time = 6h 30m
Overall Rank = 137/541
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/59
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3, drank Ensure and 2 cups coffee. Got everything ready and headed out by 4. In the car on the way up, ate big bagel with PB and nursed a bottle of Perpetuem, mixed at one hour's concentration.
Event warmup:

Setup everything, took the bike for a little spin, jogged for about 10 minutes, hit the porta-potty a couple of times, and started to prepare for my swim. Got everything together, pounded a Hammer Gel, grabbed my can of Go Fast and headed towards the beach. Got about a 5 min warmup in the very warm lake water, and got psyched to kick some booootay!!
  • 32m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

So - check out the low swim ranking. 342 out of 541 people. Yet, pace-wise I was right on target with my regular swims, even a bit faster. Yeah, there was a long run-up afterwards, but I came out of the water in about 31 minutes, which equates to something like 1:50-ish per 100 yds. What sucked though, was I could not get into a good rhythm of bi-lateral breathing. Never been a problem before. I usually end up gasping and spitting like everyone else for the first 100-200, then settle in. Never really got to the settling in part, but even breathing single-side didn't really tax me as much as I though it would. I think I held back a bit knowing that I was breathing like that, in fear of spending all my energy out there. But I have to say, I'm happy with my swim. Consistent, average time, and it set me up for a killer ride!
What would you do differently?:

Force myself to settle down and relax sooner.
Transition 1
  • 01m 13s

Fast, smooth, decent T1.
  • 1h 22m 59s
  • 30 miles
  • 21.69 mile/hr

Whoa. I rode this course a week before, and knowing that last year it took me something like 1:35-ish, I figured I would push and hit 1:30 this year. In practice, I did that - 1:30 on the nose, and I was pushing it. Today....I was on fire man! I hit those hills like they were nothing, and I felt like I was riding it very smartly, not going too hard, but pushing enough to make it a race. Finished it 1:22:59, and until that finish, I hadn't even looked at my watch. I was astounded! My goal for this race was to do 2:50 overall - best ever here was 2:52, 3 yrs ago. Last year was 3:03 -- with that bike split, I was on the way to doing it! Went from 342 overall to 75 overall on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

Great T2 - hit the ground barefoot, right leg slung over the bike, and I ran it out very smoothly. Been practicing that move for a while, and I finally nailed it.
  • 48m 49s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 52s  min/mile

This run has always been my nemesis. Not because it's difficult, because the course couldn't be easier. But I have always had problems with running the entire thing, and I don't know why. I was hellbent on not doing that this year, and I didn't. First mile was 7:35, second was 8:05, and I kind of hovered around there for the rest.
Feet were killing me - more on that later. Last year, the finish line was set up differently, but being the smart-ass I am, i opted not to go to the pre-race meeting this year, seeing as how I "knew it all". Whoops. I cam haulin ass down the sidewalk, full on sprinting to what I THOUGHT was the finish right around the corner. What the? Where is that guy going? WTF? I have to keep going???? SHIT! I had put everything out there on the final stretch, and I was going to go under 2:45! But noooo......ended up having to PASS the line and circle around a pond for about another 600 yards or so to get to the finish. was all I could do to keep moving after my premature finish, and that last 600 yards was all kindsa miserable! But hey - I came to the line in 2:46, beating last year by 17 minutes, and beating my goal by 4. I was ecstatic!!!!
What would you do differently?:

uh - go to the meetings, moron!
Post race
Warm down:

Sit on grass, pour ice water on burning feet.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The fact that my legs don't move as fast as the guys that passed me :)

Event comments:

Love it! 2:40 next year baby!!!!!!

Last updated: 2007-05-17 12:00 AM
00:32:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 342/541
Performance: Average
Actual swim time was 30:57, which meant the run to the timing mat was another 1:17. Felt like a goddam 5K though - not an easy run out of the water, and it gets me every time!
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:13
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:22:59 | 30 miles | 21.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 75/541
Wind: None
Course: Some good hills, rollers and flats. Love this course!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:48:49 | 06.21 miles | 07m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 168/541
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %5 lbs
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-07-03 2:35 PM

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Denver, CO (Cheeseman Park area)
Subject: Loveland Lake to Lake

2007-07-03 3:01 PM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Smokin' bike, great overall time, ***17 minutes*** off of last year's time! Wow - what a great day!! And you figured out your feet problems too Congrats.
2007-07-03 3:14 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Great Race and way to light it up on the bike and had a very solid T1 too.  You must have been just ahead of me all the way round the course.
2007-07-03 3:35 PM
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Littleton, Colorado
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Nice race!! That bike course can really be a bugger--way to light it up!
2007-07-03 3:54 PM
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Denver, CO (Cheeseman Park area)
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Ha - just noticed that it says 6:30 for my overall time!  Um....I sure as hell HOPE not!  Funny   It was actually 2:46, in case anyone was wondering.  Not sure where I screwed up the report, but I can't change it now! 
2007-07-03 4:35 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
WOW! Great job! Looks like you had a perfect race... and you really beat your predicted times. Exciting!


2007-07-03 5:59 PM
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Westminster, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake

great race!!  That last loop killed me too!  I hate not knowing where the finish is.

now share you bike mojo with us......

2007-07-05 12:34 PM
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You? Know it all??? Who woulda thunk it

What a great race! Killer job on the times.
2007-07-05 11:15 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Hey man, great race! Way to take on those hills. BTW, we are neighbors... I live at 9th and Logan. I wish I knew you were racing L2L, I would have said hello. My race was much better this year too! Hell Yeah!
2007-07-06 7:02 AM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: RE: Loveland Lake to Lake
Nice job.  That's a lot of time to cut from last year's race.
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