Colorado Triathlon 2021 Race Report

I was excited to get back to racing and the Colorado Triathlon was really the prefect race for me to jump into. While other distances were offered I was signed up for the Sprint because of the series they offer, even though I ended up changing that because our vacation to Maui was the same weekend as the Boulder Peak Triathlon. Even though I had raced last year in the mist of COVID, I didn’t have an open water swim. So getting back in a lake with a wet suit was a bit of an unknown.

Working from home I was able to put in really good training. Mind you this was IRONMAN training as I prepared for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene at the end of June. But I was feeling ready to preform. With the hours and hours of fitness I had gained I was ready to express my fitness.

The race itself was pretty uneventful. We swam, we biked, we ran and all went well. I was feeling good and it was great to be back racing.

My time was good and I improved something like 5 minutes over the same course two years ago. As a matter of fact I was very happy with my results. That is until I saw where I placed. It’s amazing how competitive these races can get.

It’s interesting to me as my top end speed seems limited, I am able to go the same pace at longer distances, but not able to push is faster on the short stuff. Honestly I think the 70.3 distance is probably one of my best distances.

I did not accept the results from this race well. On one end I finished with a 5 minute PR on the course which is really something. But I placed pretty far down. I have to be happy with my performance, but seeing 8th place is just really hard to take in.

While I didn’t get the result I hoped for, I was back out there racing. I got a good open water swim in and it helped me prepare for the main event IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene!



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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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