TRI for FUN Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Sacramento, California
United States
TBF Racing
56F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 53m 48s
Overall Rank = 198/416
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 25/31
Pre-race routine:

Up @ 3:15am and on road by 4:15 after breakfast (oatmeal & rice bread) and stretching at home. Pouring rain - unusual for this area at this time of year. The last time there was this much rainfall in June was before I born and I'm 43 years old.
Event warmup:

Banana at arrival around 6:30 and Gu just before start of swim. Did some stretching but not as much as I'd like. Puddles on the pavement and saturated grass made unappealing locations for stretching. Good swim warm-up in the lake prior to start of event.
  • 28m 35s
  • 880 yards
  • 03m 15s / 100 yards

Swam with #betyoursilver who is a novice swimmer doing his first OWS triathlon. Great swim for beginner triathletes as there isn't much chop and there are a lot of other participants who are newbies as well. My swim buddy experienced the nerves/tense muscles typical for novice swimmers esp. in open water. Seemed to start settling into a better rhythm on last leg. Rain picked up while out on the water.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 05m 3s

3:06 run from beach to bike; stuck behind some slow walkers at points; Very cold hands coming out of swim made removal of wetsuit more difficult than usual. Puddles were forming in my transition area from rain; Bike gear was bundled into a plastic bag to keep dry instead of laid out on a towel. #betyoursilver was in his socks, shoes and helmet before I had my wetsuit off.
What would you do differently?:

Lay out my stuff in a shallow plastic container. Not worry so much about keeping everything in the transition area dry if I'm going to end up riding and running in the rain anyway.
  • 52m 35s
  • 16 miles
  • 18.26 mile/hr

Decent bike leg for me considering I NEVER do training rides in the rain - which I note feels like tiny gravel pellets on my face; I was cautious over the speed bumps and the turns at the beginning and end of the ride. Dropped my water bottle at mile 9 for the first time in my life. Hand was a little numb and both it and the bottle were wet. That was a mental lapse, though, I should have thought to be more conscious of my grip on the bottle under the conditions.
What would you do differently?:

Keep a grip on the water bottle.
Transition 2
  • 02m 29s

Trouble tying the laces on my shoes as my fingers were so cold. Ate a Gu. Drank some water from the extra bottle I had in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Like above, I would just leave my shoes out instead of bagging them if I do another tri in the rain. Trying to keep them dry served no purpose.
  • 24m 43s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

Not my best run time, but not bad for a chilly, wet day running a muddy course. Felt like I kept my pace decent even up the small hills. Almost slipped a couple times on the uphills but managed to keep my footing so felt successful overall.
What would you do differently?:

Fortunately, my running shoes are at the end of their life so I didn't mind trashing them on this 3 mile run. The wrist band on my garmin broke while in Florida this week and I haven't been able to repair it - annoying to hand carry on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed finish line; shoved all my gear (now in a 2" puddle) into my bag; grabbed my bike and headed for the car. No stretching. Felt a little better after changing into dry clothes in the car. Regretted not stretching about halfway through my two hour drive back home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mentally was not as engaged as I might have liked. The weather contributed to that as well as my traveling to Florida and back this week for a funeral. While my diet and sleep this week weren't atrocious, they weren't ideal either.

Event comments:

Probably a fun event on a warm, sunny day as it was quite well organized.

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Last updated: 2011-05-15 12:00 AM
00:28:35 | 880 yards | 03m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/416
Performance: Average
Suit: Aquaman Tri-Process
Course: U loop around Rancho Seco reservoir. Calm waters.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:52:35 | 16 miles | 18.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/416
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back; tailwind first two miles; crosswinds on the longest legs but not a huge factor; strong headwind last two miles (or at least it felt strong, cold too). Ate a Gu about 10 minutes into the ride. Flat course with a couple minor rollers.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 81
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:29
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:24:43 | 03 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/416
Performance: Good
Course: This firebreak route is probably an OK trail when dry but even so, it could have used some grooming. Muddy and rocky. Slick on the uphills.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3