Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Boulder 70.3 Post Race Expressions
First transition was quick (2:28) as I was excited to hit the bike course. The weather had begun to heat up a bit and still no clouds, and no wind! The bike course starts with about a 6-9 mile climb at a 3% grade roughly. Then it turns into nice rolling climbs for the next 5 miles, until you make the turn on St Vrain Road. When I made the turn, holy cow! They say that Boulder is the fastest half iron bike route there is. Making that turn I went to 44 mph with out peddling. I did not touch my pedals for 5 miles. Once I did pick my pedalling back up I held 30 mph for another 3miles or so. I finally settled in to a pace of roughly 23mph for the remainder of the loop. This is a two loop course and the second loop was met with increasing winds and heat.
At around the mile 40 mark I noted that I was no longer hungry and could not stomach my normal nutrition regime. I tried to force a bar in as well as fluids but I was focused on my cadence and keeping my head down due to the increasing head winds. It was difficult to determine which way the winds was as the mountains and turns kept it always swirling around. Winds were constant and steady at around 15mph. The sun was getting hot well on its way to 95 degrees plus, but still no humidity.
If finished the second loop with a PR at 2:26:49 avg 23mph (or for those that wish to be exact 22.89 for 56 miles) this also put me 33rd out of 180 in age group. I came into transition pumped because I knew I was right on pace for my 5 hour flat goal. I made a quick transition again (1:38) and headed out on the run. I saw Kerrie, and hollered quick that I killed the bike and was uber pumped. I kept my pace easy out of transition to start.