Tri Boulder 2021 Race Report

The Beast they call it, the long distance triathlon at the Boulder Tri, that’s what I signed up for back in early 2020. I had good luck at this race. In 2018 I took first place in my age group on it’s inaugural run. This year, I had a heavy schedule and a long race seems a bit overwhelming. But this is BBSC race, and I really like what they put on. Then have great medals and I always love the shirts.

The beast wave was set to go off at 7:05am, which made for an early morning for me. I had to get up about 3:30 to get ready and drive up to Boulder Reservoir. Transition opened at 5:30am an I wanted to there early as the racks fill up quickly. I had gone up to pick up my race packet the day before with Jacob.

Race morning and transition were great. I had plenty of room to rack my bike and even got to chat with a friendly guy next to me. I was able to get in a short warm up and was ready to race.

My biggest concern going into this race was the run. I hadn’t had any fast runs since IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene. I knew I would be able to get though the distance, but at what speed?

The swim went well. A little crowded at first then it opened up and I made my way around the buoys. I think I struggled a little bit with fogging and stopped to get the goggles clear. Once I completed the swim, I made my way up the beach and into transition.

I took off on the bike and was feeling good. However the first section of the bike corse was a little bit more work that I had remembered. All good, but it burnt some matches. The first loop of the bike course felt fast and there were many people out there. The second loop I was pretty much alone the whole time. This made me wonder about my position in the race.

I rolled into transition and got ready for the run. I was feeling good and my legs were moving. This run was a little strange. Instead of doing the 10k loop twice like the first time I did this race, you did the 10k run then the 5k run. Basically giving you 9.3 miles.

I cranked though the 10k and was feeling good. I was running alright, not a crazy fast pace, but better than I expected and had been running. There was not a lot of pressure on the first loop of the run, but I heard someone behind me as I started the 5k loop. He ran up to me and looked as if he could be in my age group. I was a little nervous that I would have to keep his pace. But we chatted and it turned out he was on his first loop of the run because he got a flat of the bike.

As I finished my run and headed towards the finish line I saw a guy a ways in front of me. Didn’t know it at the time, but he was in my age group. As I finished the race I felt really good about it. The guy I saw in front of me came up and said thank you for the extra push. I saw you behind me and I had to go faster. I wish I would have known that at the time and I would have pushed harder.

We checked our results and at first it said I was in 4th place. I was bummed. But then a few minutes later I was in 3rd place. Not sure how that happened, but apparently there was some sort of error originally. I ended up with a pretty good overall position as well.

It was great to get back on the podium. This is something that is not foreign to me, but always a challenge. It feels good to know the hard work I put into training come out with good results.


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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