Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 27m
Overall Rank = 1600/2398
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 128/157
Pre-race routine:

I stayed with family so I had about an hour and a half drive from Salinas to get to the race. I registered the day prior and it was very hectic with the Mountain Bike race and the Half IM so I still was not quite sure where to park or how to get to the transition area without getting lost. After taking the wrong exit for about 25 miles then backtracking for another 25 miles, I arrived at the race, parked , walked with bike and gear for about a half mile until I was allowed to ride down lynch hill. It was cold, dark,and I was going almost 40 Mph with all of my gear on my back, too fast and too early for me so I had to ride the brakes on the way down. I expected to be one of the last at the transition because of my detour, I was the fourth one out of a couple of thousand. Well it was 6am and 50 degrees and my wave did not start for another 4 hours, now what! I froze, only for about three hours though! I was able to go to the bathroom about sixteen times, I only had a half a cup of coffee, whats up with that? Got to meet Peter (PeterAK) and his fiance, best wishes to you and thanks for the tips Peter, I could not do what you said,the bike course took its toll on me!
Event warmup:

Half mile walk,and a mile bike downhill getting to transition was enough for me other than some light stretching before I put on my wetsuit and the also the quick out and back swim before wave start. As the transition area filled up it was an amazing site, what a huge event! All of my neighbors were in my age group, as it turned out the guy from Golden Gate Tri club (Bosco)was the winner in our group around us, he did well on the bike, he told me that he does allot of hill work.
  • 27m 56s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

Took in a hammer gel before I got into water, my plan was to take one before the swim and before the run. Watched the first two swimmers come out of the water in 16 minutes, no way! There was a ton of wave starts so I did not get beat up like I expected. The start went smooth, for the first half I could not draft because everyone spread out too much and I could not catch up to the faster swimmers. I was afraid to expend too much energy so I kept my stroke long and relaxed. At the turn some people slowed so I was able to latch on to someone, I stuck with one guy for about a quarter mile the I finnaly had to pass him. Drafting sure does make the swim seem shorter, I really wish I could have done more. By this time the faster swimmers from other waves were passing through, so I was able to draft for short spurts. The last 300 yards I held back and focused on my kick to get the blood going in my legs.
What would you do differently?:

I could have finished stronger, but I learned my lesson last year, I held back and it was a much better T1 and bike start this time. I felt good at this distance thanks to Masters swim, I am continuing to work on my speed which I hope will allow me to draft more off the lead swimmers in the future.
Transition 1
  • 04m 31s

It was an uphill ramp out of the swim and a good way from my bike. Hopped from swim finish to bike, there were plenty of stones to land on. After checking the other times I was right about average with this transition time. This transition area was huge.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more.
  • 1h 40m 12s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 14.88 mile/hr

Its straight up from Lynch hill for the first mile, and the hills continue from there one after another. I managed to pass a few people at the begining, got passed twards the end by faster guys from later waves. After the swim this bike course is brutal, I kept praying for the last hill but they just kept comming, long and steep. 4mph tp 40 mph back to 4mph the whole course. I knew I had to hold some energy back, but the hills would not allow me to keep anything in the reserve tank! I drank two bottles of Infinit spaced by each half and a hammer gel about mile 24.
Pete gave me a tip to spin comming down lynch hill, I found out that I cannot spin going 40 mph. He also said save some for the run, I did not do that either,sorry Pete I tried!
What would you do differently?:

I need more experience on different courses, I am ok at hills but not for this course. I was not able to take advantage of the downhills because I did not feel comfortable going over 40 mph. The uphills were long, very long, I managed to maintain a speed of 4 mph on most hills, could not go any faster,almost tipped over a few times. The road conditions were good, I only saw one flat.I was out of gas about 3/4 of the way through, it is too hard to pace on the bike because the hills force you to work hard whether you want to or not.
Transition 2
  • 03m 34s

Had trouble finding spot.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a thousand less spots around me, and some bigger numbers on the bike racks.
  • 1h 11m 15s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 28s  min/mile

I felt good comming out of T2 so I just skipped the first aid station, huge mistake, but It was probably way too late at this point as I probably did something wrong up to this point. Shortly after that my lower back cramped up and reduced me to walking until I could no longer do that. Somehow I managed to make it to the second aid station and got some gatorade and it helped, it helped even more by the third aid station and at this point my lower back was in much better shape! Now it was my quads turn to act up, did the same drill again as before until that went away.I probably only maneged to run only two miles total, most of it twards the end. I run/walked the last two miles with Tom Gallo(Gallo Wines) he loves to train and we both paced each other as pitiful as we may have appeared.The last mile was all downhill to the finish, that runway is huge, I felt like I was at an IM or something. I crossed knowing I never gave up an a very hard course, Im sure it could have been worse but I can see a ton of improvement from last year, it was a great finish for me, but slow!
What would you do differently?:

Train better.Fitness,nutrition, bricks!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked all of my gear and bike up lynch hill!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, nutrition,experience.

Event comments:

I will do this race again, maybe the long course in a couple of years. I will be ready next time , better prepared and better trained. Well orginized race but logistics suck and nobody can give any good info, now I understand why people camp, It wears you out getting around at the camp, you have to climb hills watever you do here.
I'm glad I did this race, I think it will surely help me become a better athlete. It is painfully obvious that my focus needs to be on the second half of my races, I believe I have spent considerable time focused on the first half. It exposed some weaknesses that I was not aware of and reminded that I suck at running, that is going to change this year!I did some things right, I relaxed and enjoyed the race for one, met some great people and had a decent swim!

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Last updated: 2007-11-07 12:00 AM
00:27:56 | 1640 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 72/157
Overall: 864/2398
Performance: Good
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: loop course, keeping swim markers to right.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:40:12 | 24.85 miles | 14.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 121/157
Overall: 1444/2398
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back, lots of hills!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:34
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:11:15 | 06.21 miles | 11m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 142/157
Overall: 1975/2398
Performance: Bad
Course: Rolling hills the whole run
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5