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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Company
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 19m 7s
Overall Rank = 91/99
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 38/44
Pre-race routine:

Wake-up, in the Hot Tub for a few minutes to loosen up
Eat two toasted bread with jammy and a glass of water
Stretch, ride the bike 2miles
I went to Walmart, strange people
Eat one banana every half hour
Drink a protein shake One hour before race time
Event warmup:

Visited with the others
Gu 15 min.
Kiss the wife and baby....
  • 24m 59s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 20s / 100 meters

This is the be my first X-Terra Sprint Triathlon, sweet!. I like MTB much better than road riding but I know that the bike/run brick will be hell!! Here we go.

As we entered that nasty Tempe lake water, I so wasnt ready for the start. I couldnt get my cap on then I couldnt zip up my wetsuit correctly and my swim mask was set to high, which allowed water to seep in messy ith my stroke. RIght from the get go I saw a few swimmers already turning over to back stroke. Thats not good so close to the start. Normally I start off breast stroking to get past that first 100 meter free-for-all, but te crowd was nothing like Timex and eventhough I was in the back I started my free-style stoke. Swam about 50 meters and my googles started to fill with water, damn!!. This went on throughout the entire race and it really slowed me down. I couldnt FS or the water would get into my eyes, which threw me off course so I had to BS a good 80% of the race. On top of that I couldnt breath!!! I dont know if it was the wet suit of for the fact that... whaterver, I suck at swimming, no excuse!!! Believe it, I past a couple of swimmers. Out of the water and onto the boat ramp that was [email protected]#$ on my feet, luckly I had shoes waiting for me. They were easy to find since mine was one of maybe 12 that were left. On to T1
Really was hoping to beat the 22min mark
Est. Time 22:00 min:
AT: 24.59
What would you do differently?:

Who knows, maybe wear a floaty or jump onto a faster swimmer. Or maybe wear either my full surfer wetsuit or my Blue Seventy suit, instead of my spring suit. To warm for the full, possibly..

Need to be more aggressive and train more..

Transition 1
  • 03m 54s

Entered T1 and spotted the bike easily, no other bikes around, good no one to slow me down, haha. Got everything together and ran out of T1, that was the first time for that. Transions was good, Dam GPS wouldnt set or aquire the sat underneath the bridge.
What would you do differently?:

Smaller Camelback or at least a lighter one
  • 1h 06m 36s
  • 7.65 miles
  • 6.89 mile/hr

Right out of the gate I hit the trail, but noticed that theres nothing in my legs, damn the last 100meters in the swim I use them to kick me to the finish. It took about a mile or so to get them under me. Thouhgt I was doing pretty good until the second lappers pasted me as if I were riding backwards. First climb shot my strength, so i had to Gu. Noooo!! I dropped it darn it!! Reached the only tech portion of the course and everyone who was in front of me was either walking down or walking up, I blew past them which made me feel better, but two things, one I lost my water bottle and two they will catch me on the next big climb after the the tunnel, oh and I rang my bell as I past them "Ring, ring". Reaching the tunnel was fun, I had one person in front of me, novice. As we entered the tunnel "stay to your Left" was shouted and this guy goes to the right and cuts me off and I lay the bike down. DARN!! I ring my bell "ring, ring" and paddle out of the tunnel as seven other riders ride towards me. It was hard to see and very dusty.
Up the next climb, decided to walk since I had no Gu. Finally reached the backside of the course and knew the next mile was a pretty good downhill. Was able to pass six people, love being a Clydes, "move b$$$$, get out the way" Ha, was able to make good time until the next couple of climbs. Into the tunnel, "ring, ring" everytime I entered. came around for the second lap and... darn, they changed the course (made it shorter) Up and around again, found my water bottle and grab it. Also found my Gu pack and ate it... God I hope that was mine.. Second lap was slower but just as fun. Ring, Ring...
Into T2
Est. Time 1:15min
AT: 1:06.36
What would you do differently?:

Need to lighten the bike and load (myself), make sure I dont miss the turn off and ride an extra 100meters in tough terrian.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s

Darn it, the guy next to me stepped on my new swim mask and scrath the [email protected]## out of them!!! How RUDE!!
Got dressed and headed out (after i rang my bell one more time)
May God the brick after a MTB ride is sooooo much different than road riding..
What would you do differently?:

  • 41m 33s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 13m 24s  min/mile

Jelly legs for the first 1/2 mile and the foot feels great. Had to do alot of run/walk not in shape for the whole thing yet, but was able to run quite a bit of it. Cross the finish line and was greeted by fellow BT'ers and the family.

Est. Time 42:00 min
AT: 41.33
What would you do differently?:

Foot feels much better, need to train harder, increase the pace
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, stretch and drank fluids... Race had raffles and i won a box of mint Chocolate Gu which I could only imagine tasting like.... grosh gave it away.. However, csparks won a box of Vanilla Bean Gu and gave me a hand full of the gosh... Thanks and nice to meet you.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swimming, not able to get into my stroke, couldnt breath
Bike, had slow start and the up climbs killed my legs, made a right instead of a left turn at Albuquerque.
Run, Need to spend more time in running and mentally work through it.

Event comments:

Est Time 2:20min Actual time was 2:19.07, did really good aout est. of my time Darn it, I should have ran faster!!! Good first Off-road race baseline is set for next year

Up next, Bluewater....

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Last updated: 2007-09-30 12:00 AM
00:24:59 | 750 meters | 03m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 34/44
Overall: 87/99
Performance: Below average
Suit: YES, Spring Suit
Course: Beach Run from the Boat ramp. Retangle Shape course Left hand turns, 2 waves, men frist followed by the women 4 minutes later.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:06:36 | 07.65 miles | 6.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 36/44
Overall: 85/99
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: The bike course is a 5-Mile counter clock-wise loop through Papago Park. The bike trails were narrow in some areas and double track in others. It is composed of packed Arizona dirt and some sand.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:07
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:41:33 | 03.1 miles | 13m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/44
Overall: 91/99
Performance: Below average
Course: Run along the north side of Tempe Town Lake , 1.5 miles trail run through Papago Park then the last part was west on Curry then back to the North side of the Lake
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-10-14 10:56 AM

Somewhere over there in Az
Subject: PBR Off Road Triathlon

2007-10-14 1:09 PM
in reply to: #1007338

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Mesa, AZ
Subject: RE: PBR Off Road Triathlon
GREAT race Milton dam that was a tough one eh? It was a blast but wow something was odd about that swim. For such a small race we were squished together on tiny course.

The bike had some NASTY climbs and I had a hard time getting my HR under control at first too, but it was sooo much more enjoyable. I am really looking forward to training for XTerra, and WOW that is going to be a TON of training huh? That race is going to be BRUTAL! This was a great taste for an off-rod course.

That run really took me for surprise, talk about HUGE HILLS! I didn't know Papago had hills like that! TONS OF FUN THOUGH! You rocked it and I am SO GLAD to hear your foot is getting better!
2007-10-14 11:23 PM
in reply to: #1007442

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Subject: RE: PBR Off Road Triathlon
Great job Milton! No doubt about it, swimming sucks. I'd love to do these, but can't justify buying another bike.

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