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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 36m 39s
Overall Rank = 48/1250
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/133
Pre-race routine:

I raced on Saturday and then had beers with friends all afternoon. I made it to bed by 8:30 and woke up at 12:30... showered and was on the rode to Boulder by 2:00. I got to there at about 4:20 and waited for transition to open. I had some oatmeal before leaving, then a Pop Tart and Kona Blend Coffee on the way and a Red Bull about an hour before the start.
Event warmup:

I didn't warm up. I am not much of a warm-up/cool-down kind of guy. I just set up my transition, fixed my bike computer and then hit the potties.
Swim
  • 40m 48s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters
Comments:

Swim time includes long run. I was out of the water at 39:33 slightly over a minute to transition.
What would you do differently?:

I haven't been swimming. I think I swam about 3000 meters over the last month and that was mostly in races. I need to work on this.
Transition 1
  • 01m 20s
Comments:

Because of my sore foot I decided to put socks on in T1. I'm glad I did this and my time here was pretty good.
Bike
  • 2h 18m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 24.30 mile/hr
Comments:

This was the highlight of my day! I wanted to go under 2:20 here and managed 2:18:18 and a 24.3 mph avg. It was a windy day and I can't remember having any significant tail winds accept on a short stretch that was slightly uphill.

Shortly after leaving T1 I saw Dillard (he was fresh of The Wild West Relay and 34 miles of running the day before); Mark told me that KiloDave was just ahead and to go catch him. Dave and I are pretty evenly matched on the bike and I thought that if I could keep him in site, my bike split would be stellar. I saw Dave a minute or so after passing Mark. I passed him and just rode hard at my own pace. I was passing everyone! At one point on the first lap, my average was over 25. I finished lap 1 in 109 something and new that I was on pace to reach my goal of <2:20. On lap two the winds picked up considerably. I worked hard but didn't slow and actually finished the 2nd lap faster than the first lap. This is probably the best bike leg of any triathlon that I have ever done!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 2
  • 00m 46s
Comments:

Excellent transition. I was in and out fast. I'm glad I put socks on in T1. 2nd fastest in AG
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Run
  • 1h 35m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 17s  min/mile
Comments:

Running is probably my strength, but not today. I was a little slower than last year and I fell apart at mile 10. I was also battling a bruised foot from yesterday's race. Still, I'm glad that I I kept it together and finished as strong as I could.
What would you do differently?:

Probably not race the day before an A Race.
Post race
Warm down:

beer drinking with my friends!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As I said above, the race the day before probably effected my run.

Event comments:

This was the final 5430 race. Next year it will be an M Dot event. I don't think this is good. I guarantee it will be the end of the free beer tent. That tent has been one of my favorite summer time things to do for the past 4 years.

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Last updated: 2009-05-12 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:40:48 | 1931 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/133
Overall: 606/1250
Performance:
Suit: full
Course: triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:18:18 | 56 miles | 24.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/133
Overall: 0/1250
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course:
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:35:30 | 13.1 miles | 07m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/133
Overall: 0/1250
Performance: Average
Course: Dirt, exposed, hot, 2 loops
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2009-08-10 1:40 PM

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2009-08-10 1:53 PM
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No free beer tent next year...say it ain't so!  I'm not too exited with MDot taking over the 5430 series either.  The beer has little to do with that.

Great race for you and congrats on the podium!  Cool award!  It's impressive how you can just hammer out these races week after week and never have a bad race.  Especially a guy over 40.  Awesome job!

2009-08-10 1:53 PM
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Wow, amazing bike split !! And, just a great race overall. 3rd AG against that level of competition is an amazing effort (even if you hadn't raced on Saturday.) You remain, a freak.
2009-08-10 1:56 PM
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You just killed it!  Lots of hard work on your part paid off big time on this race.  Congrats!

2009-08-10 2:00 PM
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Nice race and result! Smoking fast bike and very strong run despite the sore legs/feet from the previous day's race. Who needs to swim fast when you can bike and run as fast as you do?

I agree that the whole 5430 series will be different when IM takes over. Time will tell if they mess with the little things that helped make these races popular - like the free beer.
2009-08-10 2:56 PM
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Congratulations on hardware!  That's hard to do in Boulder!


2009-08-10 3:07 PM
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Congrats on the podium w/ tough competition!!!  Great seeing you yesterday!
2009-08-10 3:17 PM
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*blink blink*  *jaw drops at admiring the speed of the bike and run* *rubs eyes*  *checks again and confirms that it wasn't a dream*

2009-08-10 3:31 PM
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You da man! Pretty solid effort all the way around, including a negative split on the bike after the wind picked up some on the second lap.

2009-08-10 6:38 PM
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I know you loved the announcer's comments about who was cheering for you.... ha! Congrats on an outstanding race, man. I was proud to get to cheer for my buddy Dime as you made your way to the podium.
2009-08-10 7:23 PM
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congrats on a smokin race. I sucked your wake as you swam by me Wink


2009-08-10 7:50 PM
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I honestly can't imagine the consequences of you becoming a faster swimmer.  Not fair.
2009-08-10 10:55 PM
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Great race!  especially with no sleep!   
Glad I got the chance to knock back a few beers with you!
2009-08-11 9:09 AM
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Just AWESOME man! Always inspiring dude! Great job Richard... one day buddy, I'll be up there with you - just give me time!

Congrats on another fantastic race Dime! You're such a bad a$$, as usual!
2009-08-11 9:41 AM
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Awesome race man, congrats on a podium!
2009-08-11 10:15 AM
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Congrats on the podium!  That's quite a feat at the 5430 races.


2009-08-11 1:39 PM
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Awesome day for you!  Congratulations.  I love the awards that Jodee made.  I can't believe how you just crank these things out and never slow down!  Cool
2009-08-11 4:33 PM
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I'm with breckview, "you remain a freak".  Just friggin' amazing, Dime!

2009-08-11 7:26 PM
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Great race Richard! If it weren't for you and Dills I'd still be sitting MOP in this sport. Thanks for the inspiration man!

2009-08-11 7:44 PM
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Awesome race for you! Nice job getting the AG place after beers the afternoon before and a bruised foot. And congrats on the bike split!
2009-08-15 6:35 AM
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great race and nice job on the bike. keep the party going thru clearwater!


2009-08-15 6:44 PM
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Awesome effort dude,

If u get ur swim down under 30mins, you be under 4hr 30. Which is freakin great.

Congrats on the podium and solid performance.
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