Long Beach Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Long Beach, California
United States
Pacific Sports LLC
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 22m 23s
Overall Rank = 346/947
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/70
Pre-race routine:

I packed my bag the night before and pumped up my tires and tried to get a good nights rest (yeah right)I woke up at about 4:30 so I just got up and took a shower and repacked my bag just to be sure. Threw my bike in the back of the truck around 5 and headed out. I probably should've eaten. I arrived in Long Beach in about a half hour and found the parking and transition area without a problem.

Everyone was very friendly and those around me were willing to provide input on my transition setup so I didn't feel like too much of a newb. I got body marked and then went to warm up a bit.
Event warmup:

I ran down the beach a bit to loosen up my legs but by the time I got into the water for a swim warm up, the RD was calling everyone out.
  • 16m 49s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

Pretty simple along the beach swim. You swim out to the first buoy then turn right and follow the beach past the next buoys to the breakwater then turn right again and swim in.

I started outside and to the back in an attempt to not get too crowded and pummeled (I still laugh about that cliff bar youtube swim start training video). I fiddled with my goggles at the last minute and loosened them sufficiently that I had to take them off and tighten them up again as I was running into the water. Of course, that was enough distraction to make me forget to start my watch so I just decided to go off of clock time.

Out to the first buoy was good enough. I started passing a few people breast stroking and I kept trying to stay to the outside so I didn't have to navigate too closely. I have a strong pull to the right so I guess I'll be working on that in the pool. Eventually I got straightened out enough to be sure I wasn't going in circles. Then I calmed down and just tried to go smooth and catch my breath. I did much better than I originally feared.
Transition 1
  • 03m 1s

As other race reports mentioned, there is a decent run through sand back up to the transition area but I was prepared for it mentally.
What would you do differently?:

I watched another youtube transition video that recommended leaving your cap and goggles in the sleeve of your wetsuit assuring that they would stay there. I tried this and they were gone by the time I got back up to the transition area. Easier just to carry them methinks.
  • 39m 4s
  • 11 miles
  • 16.89 mile/hr

The bridge gets a little wearing...by the 4th time I crossed it I was ready to be done with it. I almost crashed myself getting my tire stuck in a road seam along the second lap but I was able to recover so that was scary. I took a little Gatorade here and there and dropped my clif blocks (whattanewb).
What would you do differently?:

I would probably push the pace a bit harder next time.
Transition 2
  • 00m

No timing on this but basically it was just park the bike and go since I don't change shoes. It was probably quick.
  • 24m 30s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 54s  min/mile

There was a fair number of people already on the run but I felt pretty good (bricks must've helped) so I was able to make up some of my lost ranks. I was inspired by the number of people with numbers higher than mine on the backs of their legs. I hope I'm still doing this when I'm 68. I was also inspired by the youngsters (unfortunately most of them were coming at me the other way).
What would you do differently?:

I would go out a little harder, I had a fair amount left at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

oranges and water...not much of a warm down

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I would like to swim and bike (and run but not as much) faster. Skill improvements needed in swimming and biking, run just needs continued conditioning.

Event comments:

Overall a very fun event and great for a first timer. I would definitely recommend it.

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Last updated: 2009-08-31 12:00 AM
00:16:49 | 880 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 43/70
Overall: 470/947
Performance: Average
Suit: wetsuit
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 03:01
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:39:04 | 11 miles | 16.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 49/70
Overall: 475/947
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:30 | 03.1 miles | 07m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/70
Overall: 224/947
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4