Desert Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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La Quinta, California
United States
Klein and Clark Sports, LLC
Total Time = 1h 39m 50s
Overall Rank = 323/525
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/30
Pre-race routine:

I started the morning with the standard race day breakfast of oatmeal and a banana. We were fortunate enough to camp with friends at the lake/race site, so no worries about getting in the sea of cars heading into the race site. It was a stress-free morning!
Event warmup:

Racks were assigned, so finding my spot was rush to get set up...went over for body marking...stretched arms and legs...and then finally went down to the water for a light swim warm up. Was ready to get started!
  • 16m 1s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 56s / 100 yards

This was my first OWS (ever), and I am disappointed in my race performance. The things that I thought would bother me didnt' -- water temp, wetsuit, being surrounded by other racers, etc. I simply did not race like I train. I never got into a rhythm with my breathing or my freestyle stroke, so I resorted to side stroke, breaststroke, and back stroke.
What would you do differently?:

I need some serious training time in the open water! Next race I'll also make sure to concentrate on one part of my stroke to keep my focus.
Transition 1
  • 04m 52s

T1 time is pretty was a fair distance from the water to the rack, and I only walked briskly to catch my breath after my poor swim. I think I made better time once I got to the rack. Wetsuit came off fairly easily...helmet and shoes went on quickly.
What would you do differently?:

There's plenty to improve upon...I will RUN from the water to the rack...and I'll probably go sockless next time. Every second counts, right?!?
  • 49m 35s
  • 14 miles
  • 16.94 mile/hr

I love my new road bike!! My first tri was on my mountain bike (which I also love...just not for races!), so I appreciate my road bike even more!
What would you do differently?:

No real changes...just need to continue to strengthen my legs and improve my speed.
Transition 2
  • 03m 20s

Again, not impressed with my transition time. I did take time to put on my iPod...more precious seconds were ticking away!
What would you do differently?:

No iPod next time (not allowed in race)...and not worry about the tidiness of my area!
  • 26m 1s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 40s  min/mile

This was a PR for me! Training bricks definitely paid off. Super happy with my entire run.
What would you do differently?:

No changes...stoked with the run! :)
Post race
Warm down:

Post race pig out, as usual! My training partner had finished a few minutes before me, so it was nice seeing her at the finish waiting for me. We did manage to stretch a little bit between snacking on our bananas and animal crackers.

Event comments:

This was my second triathlon, and my first OWS. I think I picked the perfect race for this experience. Beautiful venue and picture perfect weather...couldn't ask for anything more!

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Last updated: 2010-12-31 12:00 AM
00:16:01 | 547 yards | 02m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/30
Overall: 387/525
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full wetsuit
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:52
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:35 | 14 miles | 16.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/30
Overall: 315/525
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Nice course...pretty much as advertised...flat and fast!
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:20
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:26:01 | 03 miles | 08m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/30
Overall: 255/525
Performance: Good
Course: Most of the course was on dirt, which I personally prefer....and again as advertised...flat and fast
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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