Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Bradley, California
United States
Tri-California Events, Inc.
83F / 28C
Total Time = 3h 16m 40s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-50
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Nothing special, hard boiled egg and 2 cups of coffee when I woke up. The race start wasn't until 9:55 so I had another banana while setting up in transition.
Event warmup:

Rode bike from camp to transition, some basic stretching and then a jog around transition to get numbered.
  • 37m 31s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

Peeked to site the second buoy and got way off course. I felt a paddle boarder tap my shoulder and point me back on course. I ended up swimming over 200 meters extra... bad start.
What would you do differently?:

Know where the buoys are.
Transition 1
  • 05m 4s

Pulled wetsuit down coming out of the water. Smooth albeit slow with a long run up the ramp to the Transition area.
  • 1h 35m 59s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.53 mile/hr

The transition starts right up a hill so the traffic was a little tough to navigate. Passed lots of people on the first hill so that was an improvement. Kept a decent cadence throughout the bike. Comfortable in aero which was a big help on the hills.
What would you do differently?:

Train better for the hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 53s

I was pretty smooth and quick through T2.
  • 56m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 03s  min/mile

More training in the hills will be a priority next year. I was able to maintain a decent pace compared to many others who were walking but slower than I would have liked
What would you do differently?:

Prepare for the hills better next time.
Post race
Warm down:

Met with some friends from the Tri Club to sit in the grandstands and cheer others on to the finish.

A Gatorade recovery drink, lots of water and a banana were all I had for the first couple hours, it was just too hot for food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience, being my first time at Wildflower and my first Olympic distance event I held back a little on all 3 events just as a precaution. Next year I will go for it.

Event comments:

This was a great race and very well organized. They have definitely perfected the setup through the 30 years and put on a great event. I will do this one again!

The common theme for me was better hill training. I heard it from a lot of people but needed to experience it for myself, next year I will be better prepared.

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Last updated: 2012-02-19 12:00 AM
00:37:31 | 1640 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: Orca Full
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 05:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:35:59 | 24.85 miles | 15.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Rough road, lots of hills, no respite.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:53
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:56:13 | 06.21 miles | 09m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Lots of hills and very dusty trails. A beautiful run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4