Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon at Uvas Reservoir - TriathlonSprint

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Morgan Hill, California
United States
J&A Productions
97F / 36C
Total Time = 2h 11m 28s
Overall Rank = 415/782
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 24/65
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:20 to make the drive down. Had a few Ritz with PB on them to eat and a banana. Took a few Base caps and drank a bottle of water on the way down. By the time I got to the race site, I was not in the mood to race. I was tired and legs were sore from biking the previous 3 days in a row.

Set up transition. The girl next to me put her wetsuit on inside-out! I debated not telling her as I bit my lip to keep from laughing. In the end I said, "um, I think you have your wetsuit on inside out." She said, "gee I was wondering why it was even harder to get it on today! Thanks!"
Event warmup:

Multiple stops at the porta-potty...note to self, DO NOT eat massive amounts of fruit salad the day before a race!

Step 1 - get on line for porta-potty
Step 2 - use porta-potty
Step 3 - wash hands
Step 4 - get back on line for porta-potty
Step 5 - repeat steps 1-4 multiple times
  • 26m 21s
  • 1320 yards
  • 01m / 100 yards

This was a point to point course, but there was a zig-zag in there. At first I was swimming toward a buoy out the right of me, then I see one on the left. WTF!? Where we supposed to swim!? 3 other girls I was near, we all stop and looked at the buoys, and we all asked eachother "which one are we supposed to go around?" Most people were swimming to the far one, but some were going to closer one...ugg...we all swam toward the far one, but there were girls in my wave that went to the closer one. So whatever my swim rank is, I have to be higher on it, because I know not all of them went around the correct buoy!

The good news...I passed some people on the swim, granted 2 of them were doing the back-stroke, but I still passed them! I also passed a few people in the waves in front of me that were swimming free-style, yay!

Sang a few random songs in my head and was excited to get out of the water. I enjoy swimming, but I HATE SWIMMING IN MY WETSUIT! Wound up drafting a bit from a people who passed me from the waves the started after mine.
What would you do differently?:

Check the swim course map
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s

I have finally figured out why my helmet always looks 2 big for's my ponytail placement! If it's too high the helmet does not sit well on my head. So I took took the elastic out and re-did the ponytail in transition. Everything else went well, but this caused me to have a S-L-O-W transition
What would you do differently?:

Figure out proper ponytail placement prior to the start of the race.
  • 54m 20s
  • 16 miles
  • 17.67 mile/hr

Still did not have my race mojo, and my quads were tight almost from the start of the bike portion. The course had a bunch of rollers and few tight turns. The bummer was that most of the tight turns were after a nice downhill, so I had to break considerably to make the turns.

I passed a few people along the way and then hit mile 11...I was dreading this section because I had read that this was a steep half mile climb. Mix that with tight quads and it's quite a party! Turns out the climb was not as horrible as I had expected. I saw 4 people get off of their bikes and walk up the hill. Part of me really wanted to do that, hell part of me really did not even want to continue on with the race. Like I said, mentally I was just out of it today.

Crested the hill and was rewarded by and awesome downhill, I think I hit 35 MPH! Finished with a few more rollers and headed to T2.
What would you do differently?:

Not ride the day before a race? But I really wanted to do this race on tired legs to test myself and see what my body was capable of.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

No problems here. Pony-tail was a non-issue :) Slow T2 for me, not sure what the heck I was doing in there!
What would you do differently?:

Flash the spectators as I exit T2? They should have some reward for standing in 97 degree heat, right?
  • 46m 50s
  • 5 miles
  • 09m 22s  min/mile

Despite my tight quads on the bike, my run felt pretty good. There are a lot of fast runners out there, I was passed, as usual. But I did some passing of my own! YAY! I picked off a few girls in my AG, which made me happy.

It's a straight out 2.5 miles and back. On my way out, right before the turn-around I realized "sh-t, this is about how far I swim for IM! I''m no swimmer, why the heck do I want to swim 2.4 miles?" Yep, I'm constantly thinking about my IMs.

Anyway, stayed with my HIM strategy, walk the aid stations to hydrate. It seemed to works well for me. At the half mark on the run, I realized that I could probably meet my goal of going 2:15 on the course and was pumped. Not much shade on the course, which was tough in 97 degrees (good training for IMKY). At mile 3 I started to feel the start of a possible bonk, I immediately grabbed a GU and felt better. At mile 4 I looked at my watch and thought I could go sub-2:15!

During that last mile I was really hot and legs were starting to not feel too great. So I pictured myself getting a leg transplant! Literally, I imagined, getting brand new, fresh legs for the last mile. I was able to push a bit more and went for an all out sprint with a girl in front of me at the finish line! The announced yelled "oh here comes a battle of the ladies!" Too funny, we wound up crossing together, I think. I tapped her on the should and said, "nice race."
What would you do differently?:

This was a good run for me, no complaints.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and ate.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Tight quads

Event comments:

This was a good race for me. Mentally I was not there and my body was a bit sore, but I would up exceeding my goal of 2:15.

Plus Macca (pic below) and Lieto were there! How often can you race a sprint with the pros!

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Last updated: 2009-04-24 12:00 AM
00:26:21 | 1320 yards | 01m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/65
Overall: 0/782
Performance: Good
Course: Point to point
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:54:20 | 16 miles | 17.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/65
Overall: 0/782
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 1 loop
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:50 | 05 miles | 09m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/65
Overall: 0/782
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4