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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
95F / 35C
Total Time = 5h 54m 49s
Overall Rank = 506/884
Age Group = MCLYDES
Age Group Rank = 7/29
Pre-race routine:

woke up at 3:30AM. Ate a bagel and had a cup of coffee
Event warmup:

swam a little
  • 34m 57s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

I did a poor job navigating this swim course. On the first leg I went way right than crossed over to the far left basically zig zagging all the way to the first turn. The last leg was about the same. I probably swam an additional 200 to 300 yards. Ive practiced this distance at chatfield and have done it consistently in under 32 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

I started on the far right assuming there would be some fast swimmers, but after the wave started, I noticed I was out in front. Next year I will start on the left side and try to take a direct route to the first turn.
Next year I will try some darker goggles to try and block out some of the morning sunlight.
Transition 1
  • 02m 9s

I didn't relly have a sense of urgency since this was my first half ironamn
  • 2h 42m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.73 mile/hr

I did this loop July 8th using my bike and averaged about 19mph so I wasn't expecting to do much better than that. However about a week ago, after a long ride, I had my riding partners watch my bike while I went in for some water, while I was getting some water, I noticed they all proceeded to lift my bike. Curious, I asked what they were doing. They all laughed and told me my bike was way too heavy and that I should upgrade. I laughed back and said only if all of you are chipping in. This got me thingking, so I weighed my bike, and it comes in at about 27 lbs. One of my riding partners offered to lone me his bike for the 1/2 so I took him up on it. What a difference it made!!!

I started off slow trying to maintain a higher cadence just to get the blood flowing into the legs. After the first couple of miles, I felt pretty good and kicked it up a few notches, This was my best riding performance ever. I went into this race expecting to average 19 mph, but outdid myself. I had a top speed of about 48 mph on the first turn off of Foothills hwy.
1st loop 1:20
2nd loop 1:22:05

What would you do differently?:

need to consider a new bike
Transition 2
  • 02m 46s

didn't have a sun screen
  • 2h 32m 50s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 40s  min/mile

Wow, I've never run this far!!!
I'm ashamed to say, I've not really trained for the run. My long runs have consisted of only about 5 -6 miles and I've only been running about 30 - 40 miles per month.
However, I didn't have to stop and only walked on the last couple of hills.
The mile markers seemed to be a little off.
What would you do differently?:

I need to run more
Post race
Warm down:

I was a little overheated, so I cooled down in the lake, ahhhh

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the run

Event comments:

I loved this race. I thought it was well organized

Last updated: 2007-04-30 12:00 AM
00:34:57 | 2112 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/29
Overall: 269/884
Performance: Average
Suit: wetsuit
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:09
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
02:42:05 | 56 miles | 20.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/29
Overall: 363/884
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two 28 mile loops.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:46
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
02:32:50 | 13.1 miles | 11m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/29
Overall: 653/884
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 loops around the Boulder res.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2007-08-13 3:41 PM

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Parker, CO
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2007-08-13 4:20 PM
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the colony texas
Subject: RE: 5430 Long Course Triathlon
great job,, now go get  a new bike!!
2007-08-13 4:21 PM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Long Course Triathlon
Great job on your first half. 
2007-08-13 4:58 PM
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San Diego
Subject: RE: 5430 Long Course Triathlon
Nice job yesterday. Although the important part is the engine, sometimes the bike itself is a difference maker!
2007-08-13 5:25 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: 5430 Long Course Triathlon

Great race!  Huh, that is pretty cool with the difference using a lighter bike.  Good stuff.  congrats!

Yeah, the mile markers were a bit wacko.  Mile 2-3 took me 15 minutes, but mile 3-4 took 6. 

2007-08-13 6:25 PM
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Westminster, CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Long Course Triathlon
nice job!  if you train for the distance you'll kick improve greatly next year!  ...and how do you get a road bike up to 27lbs? lead frame and ballast?

2007-08-13 7:15 PM
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Lakewood CO
Subject: RE: 5430 Long Course Triathlon
Great race.  Despite your issues I think you did a great job on the swim.  I was all over the place too not just into the sun but the whole course.  With your limited run training you did a great job! 
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