2009 LA Tri Express Event 3 - TriathlonMini Sprint

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San Dimas, California
United States
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 12m 29s
Overall Rank = 85/148
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/8
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0515 hrs; breakfast consisted of a plain bagel and some Ensure Wild Berry. A cup of coffee for the hour and fifteen minute drive to San Dimas. No traffic (or CHP) made the drive enjoyable. Check in was very organized.
Event warmup:

Stretching, followed by some time in the water prior to my wave.
  • 06m 8s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

First, we had to wait a very long time to get started. Second, there were way too many people starting at the same time in such a small space. I'm surprised nobody drowned. I started out okay for the first 100 yards, except for all the elbows and kicking, which hampered me from getting into any type of a rhythm. I had to swim like a water polo player with my head up in order to see where I was. Unfortunately, I was stuck in a group and couldn't get out so I turned over and did a few backstrokes in order to relax, which helped me to finally catch my breath and finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure if it's better to start on the outside and stay out of the middle or what? 140 people in a very small space is not good for your avg swimmers.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s
  • 32m 37s
  • 8.39 miles
  • 15.43 mile/hr

Got out to a good start, but my legs felt a little heavy. I had a good bike ride for a change, but I definitely should have gone a little faster.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

Good transition. Not in any hurry so everything was smooth.
  • 29m 48s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 35s  min/mile

My daughter ran with me which kept me from thinking of how much my back was hurting. She actually kept me going.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked, stretched, and drank a lot of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My swim was terrible.

Event comments:

As noted above, they need to stage the swim start when there are so many swimmers. Despite that, I enjoy this event and plan on coming back. There were lots of volunteers who were very friendly and cheerful, easy check in, and the people in the race (competitors) were very supportive. Very organized race.

Last updated: 2009-05-23 12:00 AM
00:06:08 | 328 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 121/148
Performance: Below average
Suit: QR Spring Suit
Course: Rectangle course that paralleled the shore. Well marked and easy to navigate.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:42
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:32:37 | 08.39 miles | 15.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 88/148
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: One lap around the lake. Moderate hills
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:48 | 03.11 miles | 09m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 115/148
Performance: Average
Course: Out around lake, then back to start area (kind of a big Y-shape). Moderately hilly.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4