Boulder Sunrise Triathlon 2017 Race Report

This was my second year doing the Boulder Sunrise Triathlon. Last year I did good finishing in 4th in my age group, and was really hoping to improve on that. I’ll be honest I was shooting for a podium finish, something that I would fall short of again.

It was a busy weekend and I was a feeling little under prepared for the race. Also just coming off of IRONMAN Boulder two weeks prior, I wasn’t sure how I would be feeling. I woke up early to get ready and head up to Boulder. Of course I didn’t get on the road as soon as I would have liked. The stress set it a little but it all worked out.

I wasn’t early to the transition area and had to squeeze into a really tight spot. People didn’t seem to be very forgiving. But I got set up and ready to go. Just as I was walking out of transition I ran into Lauren. They were sitting over by the beach. I got my wetsuit and headed that way. I was chatting a little bit and then it was about 5 minutes till the race started. So we headed down to the beach. I got a good luck kiss and then got into position.

The sun was rising and it was really hard to see the buoys. I remembered this was the same last year. I knew I got off course and had to backtrack a little.

The gun went off and we started the race. We all ran into the water and started swimming. It was crowded for a long time. As a matter of fact I felt like I was doing better that normal because so many people were still around. But all was going well and I was sighting all of the buoys. Or so I thought.

Well it turns out as I came up on the turn buoy, I had been sighting the wrong one, along with many others. I realized this quickly and was able to correct. I was a little bummed and wondered if this would hurt my race. I finally made it around and was headed back to shore. The best part was no sun, so there was no issue sighting on the way back.

I approached the shore and got out of the water. I saw Lauren, Mike and Jacob cheering me on! I ran into transition and got ready to bike. I was the first one in my area which was good, but it would have been nice to have a little more space.

I started the bike, it was a little cold as the sun hadn’t really come out yet. I headed out and started to push it on the bike. I was doing good passing lots of people. As a matter of fact I only got passed 3 times on the bike. One guy wasn’t even in the race. He was sprinting downhill, which was stupid. I over took him on the climb. Then two guys from the older age group passed me. I did end up passing one again.

Overall the bike went well. Mostly uneventful and I was making good time. Thirty or so second slower than last year, which is interesting, but at least it was a solid effort.

As I headed back into transition to start the run I saw Lauren and all waiting by my bike. I told them I would see them in about an hour. And I was off on the run. I was feeling pretty good and just went for it.

I quickly realized that I had forgot to turn my heart rate alert off and my watch kept beeping. It was annoying but I would just have to deal with it.

My run was good, I think possibly my fastest 10k ever. I didn’t feel it so great at the time, and I wasn’t focused on my time not really looking at my watch. I just ran. I got passed a few times and by one guy that was in my age group. That hurt, as I knew I lost a place. But I had no idea where I was. I could have been in second.

Just aways past the turn around of the sprint I stated to notice some of the Olympic distance runners coming back. It was pretty impressive. I noticed one of the guys was a pro that I saw at IRONMAN Boulder. That was pretty cool.

Just like last year there were people enjoying the paths, the guy in front of my almost tripped on a dog, who’s owner was on the phone. Wasn’t like we were in a race or anything.

I made my way to the Olympic turn around and headed back towards the finish line. The run back felt good. Maybe a little more down hill. As I approached the finish line, I thought about where I was in the race. I really wanted to podium. Lauren and the gang were along the side cheering me on!

I crossed the finish line and got my medal and a bottle of water. They took my timing chip and I walked over to find Lauren. While it was on my mind I wasn’t in any rush to find out where I had finished. I knew I had a good race and preformed well. But that soon subsided and I went to check my results. 4th again!!! But I took 10 minutes off my time from last year. So I was happy with the improvement, but I knew I would still have a lot more work to do to get to the podium.

I was very happy overall with how I preformed. I was close on the swim, one of the top cyclists and had one of my best runs. I need to be faster though and it’s going to take the right training. Now that I’m feeling better I think I can make some major improvements.

Before we left I enjoyed a couple beers in the garden and watched the awards. Jacob passed out holding my medal. I think he was more tired than I was.


Growing up in Colorado you can't help but love the outdoors. Something magical happens with 300 days of sunshine and the Rocky Mountains in your back yard. My athletic endeavors started on the bike, I would get out and ride whenever I could. In 2011 I moved to Oxford, England for work. I missed the sunshine and mountains, but discovered my passion for running. When I moved back to Colorado I started combining cycling and running, so it was only natural that I started competing in triathlons. I took second place at my first sprint, and caught the bug. Today I'm training for my fourth Ironman.

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