Toyota Desert International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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La Quinta, California
United States
Klien & Clark Sports, LLC
79F / 26C
Total Time = 2h 07m 31s
Overall Rank = 62/435
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 1/15
Pre-race routine:

Ate two whole wheat sandwiches with Almond Butter, Banana and Honey. Took my Acid Zapper supplements, and well as my Chinese Herbs. Drank a bottle of NO Explode 30 min's before race.
Event warmup:

Swam a relaxed 50-100 yds. Did some stretches for the hamstrings and lower back. Got my shoulders nice and loose. Hung out with my wife and some fellow LA Tri Club members, as well as Erik who I edged out at the Super Seal in the Clydes.
  • 21m 23s
  • 1320 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

This swim kicked butt. My last race I had a total panic attack, but today it was pure enjoyment. The water was great, it tasted fine, and I had so much fun that I had to do some backstroke just to enjoy the feeling of being in the water.
What would you do differently?:

Breathe more bilaterally. I breathed almost exclusively unilaterally, and it did give me some serious "sea legs" when I came out of the water.
Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

Super T1. Last time my wet-suit got stuck on the timing chip, so I was super aware this time, and just pulled it over. I was crazy dizzy from the swim though, and almost fell over when taking the suit off, which is what happened last time as well.
What would you do differently?:

Nada - super T1
  • 1h 03m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 23.67 mile/hr

I thought I was going to be faster, but my left quad was tight, so I didn't go all out as I wanted to save myself for the run. I did manage to stay aero THE ENTIRE ride though, except when cornering, and it didn't mess my lower back up too bad. My cadence was great, and my recent cockpit/saddle adjustments were perfect.
What would you do differently?:

I need to stretch my hamstrings BIG TIME. As they tighten up during the ride, I lose power, and it causes me to slow down on slow inclines.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s

The transition area was at the bottom of a hill, so I almost didn't get my left foot out of the shoe before dismounting, and I broke so hard I slid to a stop. But ah well, that was just pretty cool. I put socks and shoes on, number belt, took a quick sip of energy drink, and downed a gel.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. It was a great transition, and I had planned it out exactly how I wanted it. My wife was standing just outside yelling: "hurry up" several times...that was too funny.
  • 39m 27s
  • 6 miles
  • 06m 35s  min/mile

I started timing my splits, but quickly found out that there was no way to find out as there were no markers that I could see. I just found my groove and went for it, and was only passed by three guys the entire way, except by the finish where me and two others guys started an all out sprint that I lost.
What would you do differently?:

It was a super strong run, and I enjoyed it tremendously, but I will be racing my 70.3 in my other Asics as I did get some pain in my left big toe bunion.
Post race
Warm down:

I did some serious hamstring stretches, as well as some lower back stretches. Ate some oranges and drank a lot of water. Hung out with my wife and LA Tri Club friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably my hamstrings getting tight, and maybe I could have shaved some more off my swim if I had been breathing bilaterally.

Event comments:

I loved this race. Thought it was really well put together. The venue was just gorgeous, and the routes were rocking. This is a race I would recommend for sure. I am certain that almost anyone would enjoy it, as it was also really scenic. It also helps that it had 1000 participants, and the atmosphere was electric.

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Last updated: 2008-02-17 12:00 AM
00:21:23 | 1320 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/15
Overall: 0/435
Performance: Good
Suit: XTERRA Vector 2
Course: Swam straight into the sun, but someone had told me to look at a tree just behind the buoy which was awesome. Swam along shore right, turned the buoy, and back along the other shore and in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:03:00 | 24.85 miles | 23.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/15
Overall: 0/435
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Up a small hill from Transition area, and then 2 loops around 15 blocks or so in Palm Springs. Road was pretty rough in some areas, and super nice in others. A little wind here and there, but nothing to really note.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:39:27 | 06 miles | 06m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/435
Performance: Good
Course: Trail and sand straight out of the transition area, and then two loops around the lake we swam. You could see and hear the finish line the entire way which was super inspiring. There were no mile markers that I could see though.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %204
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5