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2007-09-05 10:43 PM

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Subject: Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon

Hey everybody, Race day is just 11 days away.  You ready?

I rode out on the course last weekend.  Maybe it was the conditions or the fatigue in my legs, but I think the with the route change on the bike course it will be tougher/slower this year.

Anyone else have any thoughts on that? (maybe make me feel wimpy or better about the approaching race day.



2007-09-06 10:59 AM
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11 days? Now 10 days. Gulp.

I rode the course on Monday. It was damn windy out there, but that seems to me to be the standard conditions. Anyway, I was feeling good until the turn on to the new portion on Kiowa-Bennett road. Then I hit the wind and the hills and it seemed like I spent an awful long time averaging about 12 mph.

I agree that the change probably made the course a little harder. The stretch on Kiowa-Bennett seemed to me to be as tough as coming back on Watkins, and the new paved part of Quincy is mostly uphill going west instead of the flat bit on I-70.

A month ago, I felt really good about the race. Now, I am pretty nervous, and just plain tired. Riding the course on Monday really hurt my confidence. The ride took me about 20 minutes longer than I expected. I also tweaked by back a couple of weeks ago, and I have done very little running since. If we have a lot of wind on race day, I think I am in trouble.

Good luck, and I hope we get a chance to meet at the race.
2007-09-10 8:14 PM
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Is it just the two of us out of the list of names?  Would be cool to meet up sometime race day.
2007-09-11 2:59 PM
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There's another BTer doing the HM, but I don't know how much time he spends on the boards
2007-09-11 3:21 PM
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I'm ready for the event. I'll be volunteering from 6:00am to 1:00 pm. Perhaps I'll be handing people water/gatorade/sandwiches.
2007-09-12 8:52 PM
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I'm also doing the race. I've been riding the route every sunday for a little while, and I swear that EVERY time I'm out there, the wind is blowing. I'm hoping for better conditions on Sunday. Even though i-70 is flatter, I think it'll be better riding on back roads than the highway.

 

 



2007-09-12 10:33 PM
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teriziatea - 2007-09-12 7:52 PM

I'm also doing the race. I've been riding the route every sunday for a little while, and I swear that EVERY time I'm out there, the wind is blowing. I'm hoping for better conditions on Sunday. Even though i-70 is flatter, I think it'll be better riding on back roads than the highway.
 

Way to go, riding it every Sunday.  Have a great week leading up and hopefully see you out there Sunday. 

2007-09-15 6:21 PM
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Jcjsc00 and teriziatea - best of luck to both of you

csibona - if I am too wiped out to say so tomorrow, thanks for volunteering

If you see a 6'4" redhead with a deer caught in the headlights look on his face standing next to bike number 546, that will be me. Stop and say hi.

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2007-09-15 11:48 PM
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Looks like I start about 5 minutes ahead of you.  #448  If I wasn't I Clyde, we'd be in the same age group. 
2007-09-16 8:40 PM
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Dang, that was a lot of work today!!!

How'd everyone do? 

2007-09-16 9:05 PM
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jcjsc00 - 2007-09-16 7:40 PM

Dang, that was a lot of work today!!!

How'd everyone do? 



You can say that again.

I finished, with a smile on my face and my kids running across the finish line with me, so I will call the day a success. For me the swim was great (never thought I would hear myself say that), the bike was good, but the run was really tough (I gave it everything on the run, but it was really, really SLOW). I was nowhere near my predicted finish time. I will be back at some point to give this distance another try.

Good luck in Florida



2007-09-16 11:00 PM
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moneyman - 2007-09-16 8:05 PM

 You can say that again. I finished, with a smile on my face and my kids running across the finish line with me, so I will call the day a success. For me the swim was great (never thought I would hear myself say that), the bike was good, but the run was really tough (I gave it everything on the run, but it was really, really SLOW). I was nowhere near my predicted finish time. I will be back at some point to give this distance another try.

 

That about covers my summary Great swim for me, Solid Bike and giving what I had on the run, and being slower than "planned/hoped" for.  I fell short of the "Dream Time" and the rather "optimistic" time.   I did beat  my "base" goal.

Thanks for the Florida wishes, sorry we didn't get a chance to meet.   

2007-09-17 9:44 AM
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Well! I didn't have the best day, but this morning I feel like I overcome some obstacles.  I was one of the last to finish and ran 5 miles in the storm that hit. (After taking cover in an outhouse for a little bit).  I posted my race report on my blog if you want to check it out.

www.teriziatea.blogspot.com 

I wonder if the results are up.



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2007-09-17 4:08 PM
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Congrats to all of you for putting your toes on the starting line !!! I was hoping you all had missed the storms I was in on the West side of town yesterday afternoon.


Sounds like the run was tough for a lot of people....what were the obstacles, other than the storm, or was that it?
2007-09-17 4:29 PM
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Z-dog - 2007-09-17 3:08 PM

Sounds like the run was tough for a lot of people....what were the obstacles, other than the storm, or was that it?



My wife described is as experiencing 3 seasons in a span of 8 hours.

It was a little cool in the morning, cool enough that I started the bike with arm warmers. By 2/3 of the way through the bike, it was downright hot. I went through 6 full bottles of water on the bike and could have used more. As the day wore on, the wind increased, which made the last 15-20 miles on the bike even tougher. The run was brutally hot until the storm moved in. I finished just a few minutes before it hit. As the storm moved in, the winds became gale force, and it started raining heavily. I sat under the pavillion eating some food and cheering on the last few finishers, and I was soon shivering from the cold. It was quite a day.
2007-09-17 4:45 PM
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I agree.

This was my first, so I really didn't know what to expect. I'd been riding the bike route every Sunday, but I guess doing a 1.2 m swim before makes it a little harder. I did the first 34 miles in 2:00 and the last 22 in 2:15. The hills and the wind made it difficult.

I too ran out of water. Then, when I finally hit the aid station, sure enough about 50m down the road I dropped it, and the bottle went flying off the road.

I was one of the last to finish, and the storm hit when I had 5 miles left. It was so bizzare because the wind came first, then lightning and thunder like crazy. Finally, the sky just opened up...no warning...no sprinkling just torrential downpour.

At that point, I was so cold I didn't think I was going to make it.

Even though I was really slow, I feel really good about my finish. I'm looking forward to my next one. (which isn't scheduled).  

 



2007-09-18 11:03 AM
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Way to go!  I am in awe of those who ran and finished through that storm!!!
2007-09-18 7:23 PM
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Hi all! I did the race too, but just am getting used to the blogging thing on this website! Congrats to all! I thought it was very hard - the wind and the hills were tough (especially the hills on the run - killer!). I did not do as well as I did on the 5430 half, but I think it was because of the course being so much more difficult (Boulder was actually pretty flat). Special congrats to whoever got caught in the storm and still finished! Good job - I would have flagged it at that point!
2007-09-20 3:56 PM
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I have a love hate relationship with this race. I first did it in 2005. Finished in 9 hrs. My RR is legendary. Siri Lindley cheered me in. It was a mess.

I was so much more prepared for this year's race. My goal was 8 hours. But it wasn't meant to be. This course just kills me. Windy. Hilly. Hot. No shade.

I was actually 20 minutes SLOWER on the bike than last time and it had all to do with hydration. It took me 3 hours to do 40 miles and 1 hr and 22 minutes to do 16. So that tells you how the back end of the bike hurt me so. But ironically I had a PR on the run - even with cramping, and of course the storm. I actually got hailed on. But Darren being the good guy he is waited for me. I was the last to finish but not the last on the course.

Oh well. It's good practice for IMCdA which is hilly as all get out. And of course I'll be back next year.

Still in 2005 I got 1st place cause I was the only Athena!

On this course I'll take my first place any way I can get it!

2007-09-20 4:49 PM
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Hey! We met at the race! We came in at almost the same time on the bike. And I was so upset. You cheered me on saying "come on just knock it out. it's just 13.1 miles now" I actually took cover in an outhouse for a few minutes when the hail came in.

I was hoping that I'd catch your name since you're also doing CDA next year. 

Congrats on the 1st place! That's awesome! 

 

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