SuperSeal Olympic Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Coronado, California
United States
Koz Enterprises
61F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 15m 44s
Overall Rank = 47/791
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/87
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at Loews, so I woke up early and rode my bike over to transition and set up. Jogged back to the hotel and grabbed a coffee. Just hung out in my room until it was time to head over to the swim start. Sprint race was first, so we had a late start.
Event warmup:

Paddled around in the water.
  • 27m
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

Tried to keep it easy at the start and focus on breathing fat. I got dropped pretty quickly by the lead group and there was some contact in the pack. I dipped my goggles right before the start, but I didn't quite get all of the water out, so that was kind of annoying, but at least I could see really well. Sighting was easy. There were enough buoys that I could always keep the next one in sight. Made for more confident swimming. I'm still not that strong in the water and my form falls apart pretty quickly. I was ready for it to be over and I got passed a lot in the last stretch. I tried to match the pace, but there was nothing there.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time training in the pool. I've joined a masters group, so hopefully, I'll stay with it through the spring.
Transition 1
  • 02m 30s

Couldn't find my rack at first, so I just stripped off my wetsuit and looked around. Got one leg off and saw my helmet, so I hobbled over and finished the job in front of my bike. Took a while to peel the wetsuit off over the chip. Glasses and helmet on and ran out. Stopped at the bike mount and just as I was mounting someone ran into me from behind. Threw me off a bit, but I just scooted forward a bit and tried again. Got up to speed and headed off. Still a work in progress.
What would you do differently?:

Flying mount. Good course to try it. Helps get you out of the way of the carnage at the bike mount line.
  • 1h 03m 26s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 23.50 mile/hr

Bike felt hard, but good. Kept an eye on HR and cadence. Tried to keep in in mid-90s. HR started high-150s, ended up in the high 140s (Ave: 151). A bit low for an Oly for me, but I was definitely conscious of Oceanside looming. This was not an A race by any stretch. A hard, hour TT session at race pace was the plan. Flat course with minimal wind helped overall speed. I was passed a few times on the first lap, but I think it was mostly (if not only) by guys on their second loop. From the second half of the first loop on, I wasn't passed. 10-minute stagger in waves kept the fast age groupers behind me from catching me, no doubt.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder! Maintain cadence. I don't have wattage, so not sure how well I kept up the power, but it was harder to keep HR and cadence up in last half of second loop.
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Stopwatch time. Dismount was good, found my rack right away - lucky guess. Helmet unbuckled during run, took it off, visor on. Socks and shoes on, grabbed Garmin and race belt and ran out. This went well.
What would you do differently?:

Took 10 seconds or so to put on socks. Glad I had em, but have been faster (of course). Still haven't really trained much without socks on the run. Afraid of blisters for Oceanside / Boston.
  • 41m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 38s  min/mile

Wasn't passed on the run. Caught a few people in my AG, but saw one TCSDer that I knew was in my division at the turnaround. He had a couple of minutes on me with 3 miles to go. Could never reel him in. Started to feel a bit of hot foot under the lug on the left foot (wearing Newtons) and was worried about blistering / tearing. Tried to push on as best as I could, but was altering my stride so as not to put too much pressure on it. When I was coming down the strand and could see the finish / hear the announcer, I heard them announce the TCSDer that I knew. I figured that meant I was out of the podium and sure enough, he was second and there was another AGer on his heels. They were both about a minute and a half up the road and I finished in 4th.
What would you do differently?:

Wear different shoes. I was lazy and wore old shoes that give me problems on pavement / longer runs just because they had speed laces on them. Will have to make sure I prep my planned race shoes for Oceanside. A half marathon on this day in those shoes would not have been good.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out at the finish and chatted with friends. Found Monica and switched into sandals. Cheered on other friends finishing and then headed back to the hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

For some reason, I lost my focus in the last week or so. I was on track with my build, but I just lost interest in running. I've been making morning swim and spin sessions, but I haven't been excited about heading out the door in "chilly" conditions to run by myself. I need to get involved with the group again to help with motivation leading up to Honu.

Event comments:

This is a good local race, produced by an experienced event production company. It was very convenient to stay at the host hotel. The t-shirt was a bit questionable this year - hand-drawn design / logo on a baby-blue tech shirt? Not the most masculine / graphically interesting, but I guess I've got enough of those. Definitely preferred the cotton tee they gave out last year.

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Last updated: 2010-12-24 12:00 AM
00:27:00 | 1500 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 20/87
Overall: 210/791
Performance: Below average
Estimated swim time (pending official splits). Not sure where the timing mat was, but I saw 27-something when I decided to check my watch on the run to T1.
Suit: XTERRA Vendetta (Full)
Course: Odd banana-shaped (clockwise) out and back.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:03:26 | 24.85 miles | 23.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/87
Overall: 35/791
Performance: Average
Garmin Time. Also had the course short - picked up 24.02 miles.
Wind: Some
Course: Two out and back loops on the Silver Strand. Not too windy. Seemed about the same both ways - maybe a little more wind heading north.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 93
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:41:13 | 06.21 miles | 06m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/87
Overall: 50/791
Performance: Average
Stopwatch time. Took me about a minute to get Garmin set up and locked on to GPS. 6:42, 6:33, 6:30, 6:37, 6:43. 6:40.
Course: First 2 miles are on sand path - some hardpack, mostly loose. Not very comfortable. Third mile is on the dirt path alongside the bike path and the last 3+ miles are on the paved bike path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 3