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Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 Boulder

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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I was super glad to finish. Considered not coming but figured I'd take it leg by leg...
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As for the race, the volunteers were fantastic, and the race execution and organization was top notch. As for me, not what I intended when I signed up for the race months ago, but I did manage to hit both my goals, although barely on the HIM PR, but solid on the bike PR. So I'm satisfied if not overjoyed, and glad that I made it through to the finish line despite the challenges getting there. Now for six weeks of solid training in an attempt to have a strong day at Savageman.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: it's a boulder race. I feel like they're less awesome than other WTC events, which is pathetic, but it is what it is.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race. Great Volunteers. I would do this again in a second (and might).
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I was absolutely surprised too break the 5 hour barrier on my first 70.3 and only my 3rd triathlon ever. I loved it! A very well organized event by Ironman.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I really enjoyed the race and the course. It was a great training event for IM Tahoe and super happy I chose to do it. The volunteers were first rate.... I loved their energy!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: It's the Mecca of triathlons! You must race in Boulder! The altitude was not an issue whatsoever. By the way, I saw Craig Alexander cheering us on at the intersection of Highway 36 x Ute Highway. I could not have asked for a better race and I was blown away by my final time.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The only complaint I have is the run course has no shade or relief, and it was hot. But everybody had to run the same course so that's just me whining. This was my first half ironman so I don't have anything to judge it against. I liked the swim start and seeded myself in the correct wave, and the swim wasn't nearly as bad as I worried it would be. Only 1 guy breaststroked over the top of me. The bike was challenging with the hills but not bad. I just fell apart on the run and paid for my hydration mistake. Next time I'll take a water bottle or at least more water at each aid station. Overall I had a great time and will definitely do more longer distance triathlons.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: WTC lived up to the hype and ran a great race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: would have like different food post race
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great Race for my first 70.3. . Goal was to go sub-5:20 and I just missed the 5 hour mark in my first HIM so I'm pleased. Fun, fast bike course. The "flat" run sure didn't seem flat when you hit that hot hill again at mile 7-8ish.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: Had a good swim, hit my goal bike speed and overall time goal but I was frustrated with my hamstrings cramping and a subpar run. Was thinking about doing two half IM's next year and then moving up a full, but I think I'll stick with one half IM a year for awhile!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Wish this race were a few weeks later once things start to cool. Running in the 90's is not fun at all. Seems this race has almost out grown it's location. My family had to walk from Jay rd. If not for my slow race they would have missed me at the finish.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: TAPER: I'll start by saying that the taper leading up to this race was probably the worst I've experienced in any race. In the first week of my taper I felt extremely low almost considered hanging up racing after this race. I think I was trying to take on too much in the form of a second job and this caused everything to almost come crumbling down. I definitely need to learn to say no. The second week wasn't much better, but after talking to some of my experienced teammates and coach, they assured me that all would be fine and it's just part of the process. By the final week of my three week taper I started to feel physically ready and I just needed to get get mentally ready. I knew I was physically prepared. I had dropped 20 lbs since racing this race last year and I've trained consistently since then. I just needed something to commit myself to giving everything I had. I posted the following on my facebook page two days before the race in order to "commit" myself to this thing.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The last minute announcement about closing 51st and having a shuttle system was a crock on both parts, they apparently had the road open at several time and two tiny buses for way too many spectators. I was lucky my family made it for my finish, apparently many others weren't so fortunate.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: In retrospect I'm a little disappointed in myself. I could have pushed a lot harder. I used the fact that I'm racing Iron distance in a month's time to not push myself. I do this to myself and it's like a kick in the butt. Re-focuses me. It seemed like I was a lot more motivated to crack 5 hrs at Elephant Rock and that wasn't even a race... oh well live and learn.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: My goal going into the race was to break 5 hours. Ultimately I fell short of that goal, but still set a PR. I walk away satisfied with my time, but with the feeling that I fell a bit short. This is just the motivation I will need to train hard to get fitter and faster. I really enjoyed this race. I think the course was fair and the scenery is amazing. I plan on doing it again.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: A well-run event, with plenty of aid stations, well-stocked to keep the athletes cool in the heat.
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: What a race, it felt so good to just lay it all out there, and even if he were to catch me, I still think I would have felt the same. Knowing that you gave it your all and had nothing left to give. What a feeling! Today: Paying for that "laying it all out" thing I did race day. My hamstring hurt so bad last night that I didn't sleep a wink. Still worth it though! This was my 5th time doing this race. And every year has been hot, but I think this year was the hottest! I hope I can break the 5 hour barrier someday. Year 1 5:54 Year 2 5:38 Year 3 5:34 Year 4 5:08 Year 5 5:01
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: the post race events and sponsor tents were shutdown when I finished otherwise the event was well organized. the official race shirts with athletes names on the back were missing names, and since I have the worst luck with those types of things my name was missing.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I have never done this distance before so I didn't know what to expect. I knew I'd learn something. I learned: 1. I need to hydrate more and replenish salt 2. I need to reapply sunscreen. Once isn't enough. I had two goals. First, I wanted to finish, which I did. Second, I figured that if I had a good day I would beat 6 hours. I did that even though I bombed the 2nd half of the run. I'm very happy with my performance!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I love this venue, the courses are spectacular. Even the shade-less 'Bataan March' style run.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Awesome event with a ton of support. For me the run aid station did not run out of anything. Gatorade, coke, ice, sponges, water. Excellent event and awesome volunteers. Well supported.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: While I really enjoyed this race, I think I might go back to the Harvest Moon if I do another 70.3 distance. The bike was beautiful, but the heat of August was just a bit too much for me. Especially being in the third to last wave to take off (I guess at least I wasn't last) Also, I about had a mental meltdown when I got to the food tent and they had "run out" of everything except fruit. It was a great course though! If it took place later in the year I would consider it again.
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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: They ran out of pizza! Really? It sounds kind of trivial but after a terrible race the last thing I needed was to see the people before me leave with the last slices of pizza. My family waited for me and after 30 minutes still no pizza because they couldn't get through the traffic. I left hungry... Traffic leaving could have been much better organized as well.It took forever getting to the main roads.
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