Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
Total Time = 4h 58m 9s
Overall Rank = 2468/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 993/
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast 1: Cliff Bar, water
Breakfast 2: Vitamin water, Banana, Organic Pretzels (at transition area)
Tiny bit of salt - more water
Prayer and Singing both back at tent and laying down in transition area. Relaxation on ground next to bike.
Stretching for at least 15 minutes.
Event warmup:

Practice swim Friday night (in the rain) for about 1/8 mile.
Practice swim Saturday afternoon for about 1/4 mile, sighting race course.
Practice bike Saturday evening making sure bike was okay post-shipping. Went to "free bike repair booth" twice to check out noisy front and back wheels. Reflectors somehow dislodged during shipping - bike mechanics removed. Inflated tires to 100 psi.
  • 1h 12m 53s
  • 1640 yards
  • 04m 26s / 100 yards

My sighting was really really bad. I kept moving away from buoy. I stayed away from the pack - not close to buoys. For the last half mile my sighting was terrible and almost went past kayak. Need to work on sighting much much much more. I think all of the 'lopsidedness' seriously decreased time. I swam more than I should have!
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice sighting.
Transition 1
  • 13m 28s

I REALLY REALLY REALLY had to go to the bathroom after the swim, both #1 and #2, which is actually normal for me after every swim I do. I do not know why. I also dilly-dallied a lot. I was not in a hurry. This was my first race and I did not want to a) forget anything or b) stress myself out.
What would you do differently?:

Go much faster in transition now that I know more of what to do.
What can I do to prevent bathroom problem post-swim? I must investigate.
  • 2h 14m 2s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 11.12 mile/hr

I had to go to the bathroom twice during the bike. I wanted to stay hydrated and I was afraid of bonking. This was my first race so I did not know what to expect. I heard so many horror stories of bonking that I was sure to stay hydrated with water and Gatorade. But normally during training I do not drink that much - I have a small bladder. I think I overdid it but I really really wanted to finish and just wanted to make sure I stayed okay. I am a chicken.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink so much.
Push myself harder - I held back because I was so afraid of not finishing what is considered one of the most difficult olympic distanced courses in the U.S.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Again I took my time, but not as much time as in T1!! And yes, I had to pee AGAIN during this transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink so much? Would quickly apply second coat of sunblock.
  • 1h 17m 46s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 31s  min/mile

The run was my best event and it is what I trained the least. I don't get it.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink so much?
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with family and friends, walked, tried to stretch a little. Ate!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad form on swim. Too much time in transition. Too much bathrooming. Too much to drink?

Event comments:

This race is SUPERBLY organized. Even though I sucked during the race, I had a BLAST. I was very pleased that I did not get a single cramp and felt good during the race and I am thankful to God for that. A lot of people were praying for me and my first ever race. I really want to do Wildflower again. Camping out was so much fun - even in the rain. The festival atmosphere was fantastic. I really enjoyed the time spent with friends, family, teammates and coaches. I spent quite a bit in shopping. The environment is GORGEOUS. The Cal-Poly students who manned the aide stations (drunk) and who did the naked run - were hilarious and very helpful.

There were sooooooooo many bike aide trucks that went around helping people with flat tires; I was really impressed.

I was the "port-a-potty Queen" and got an extensive sampling of port-a-potties from beginning to end. EVERY SINGLE one had not only toilet paper, but toilet seat covers AND they were moderately clean - and I was at the tail of the pack at that. They must have been just constantly restocking and cleaning. VERY impressive.

They had loads to drink and eat. The Cal-Poly students were also hosing people down if requested. Lots of aide, lots of food, clean toilets with toilet paper, and gorgeous environment in God's country, and great festival camping atmosphere - made this race FANTASTIC. I recommend it to everyone. Don't be afraid of the hills. Just do hill training. It was soooo much fun. I had the time of my life!

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Last updated: 2009-01-08 12:00 AM
01:12:53 | 1640 yards | 04m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1051/
Performance: Bad
Suit: F2R - long sleeved
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 13:28
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
02:14:02 | 24.85 miles | 11.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: This is the Wildflower triathlon and the course is rated "relatively difficult." I trained hills like a mad person so I actually did not find the hills really difficult. I passed A LOT of people who were walking their bikes up a few of the hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:17:46 | 06.21 miles | 12m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 869/
Performance: Average
Course: It was moderately hilly. Again I passed a lot of people walking up hills or people even just walking and talking up hills. I did so many hill repeats in cold weather, I was determined not to then walk up hills!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5