The Santa Cruz Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Santa Cruz, California
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 22m 27s
Overall Rank = 131/1060
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 24/96
Pre-race routine:

Drove to SC on Saturday with the whole family. After picking up the race packet we spent the afternoon on the beach playing with the kids. At sunset we had a nice dinner at the Aquarius restaurant and then we went back to our hotel room. Woke up at 6:00 and went over my gear once more, and then headed to the transition area. Setup my stuff, had a funny/surreal chat with one of the friendly volunteers about shark attack avoidance techniques (she was suggesting to pull out an orange when a shark comes at you and start peeling it. That will scare the heck out of the shark, and he'll run away :) Then I put on my wetsuit (I packed an orange just in case :) and headed to the beach. Waited for the first wave to start and then downed a Hammer gel.
Event warmup:

After the gel I jumped into the water and swam for 10 minutes. Then I headed towards the corral and waited for the horn.
  • 28m 10s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

I swam pretty hard and I thought I was going to finish with a good time, but when I saw that I completed my swim in 28:10 I was a bit disappointed. A couple of weeks back I did 1500m time trial in the pool without my wetsuit and I completed it in 25:16. Oh well...
What would you do differently?:

I don't know. I thought I did everything decently, but evidently I screwed up something. The problem is figuring out what :)
Transition 1
  • 03m 35s

This was by far one of my fastest T1 ever. It took a minute or so to get from the beach landing to the transition area with a nice and steep climb on Beach st. Got my wetsuit off pretty quickly, I patted myself dry with a towel, put on my TT helmet and ran out with my bike. This was the first time I was racing with tri bike shoes so I tried the run and jump mounting technique. It went pretty much flawlessly, not like the first time I tried it out :)
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 07m 24s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.12 mile/hr

I was racing for the first time with my new tri rig, a Fuji D-6 Pro, aka "Da Monsta", as my older daughter calls her. So far I only raced with my road rig, a Litespeed Vela and I had no idea how the Fuji would handle a race (I just went out for a couple of training rides with it). I must admit I was impressed by how fast, stiff, and precise Da Monsta was on the race course. I set my Olympic distance PR thanks to her (certainly not because of my swimming :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I just got my new secret weapon :)
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

Thanks to my new tri bike shoes I was lighting fast (compared to my standards) also in T2. I took my feet out of the shoes while still riding and jumped off the bike right in front of the timing mat. Ran barefooted towards my rack, dumped Da Monsta, slipped my running shoes on in a second (Yankz! are phenomenal) and I was out on the run leg in abundantly less than two minutes.
What would you do differently?:

  • 41m 32s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 41s  min/mile

On the run I felt just great, probably because Da Monsta saved me a lot of energy. I started with a 6:40ish pace which I managed to keep all the way to the finish line thanks to the flatness of the course. I downed a Hammer Gel as soon as I got out of T2 and that provided enough fuel to "hammer" the course ;) I also had a quick stop at the aid station at mile 4 for a cup of Gatorade. Other than that, no further distractions. Well, that's not completely true: My wife and my two girls were waiting for me at mile 6, and as soon they spotted me there was an eruption of cheering! Then my younger daughter started running after me, making the other spectators to laugh like crazy :)
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked to regroup with my family and had some food (banana, orange, bagel) at the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Something was clearly wrong in the swim leg, but I have no idea what exactly the problem was. I need to investigate and improve in that department.

Event comments:

Overall it was a good race. Nice course, pretty well organized, lots of helpful and friendly volunteers. The only slightly negative spot was the post race festivities (practically absent), but that's OK considering that all the proceeds from the race go to local organizations supporting sports activities for young people.

Last updated: 2009-07-23 12:00 AM
00:28:10 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/96
Overall: 321/1060
Performance: Average
Suit: IM Instinct
Course: The course was a semi-loop around SC Muni pier. The water was pretty cold but bearable with a wetsuit. There were a bit of swells, not a big deal though.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 55F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:35
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
01:07:24 | 24.85 miles | 22.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/96
Overall: 168/1060
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: The course was a nice out-and-back on highway 1 from SC to Davenport. Too bad it was foggy and a little bit on the cold side...
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:41:32 | 06.21 miles | 06m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/96
Overall: 96/1060
Performance: Good
Course: The run was a very scenic out and back mostly along the Pacific on West Cliff Drive. This time I was happy it was cold and foggy :)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4