Day At The Beach - TriathlonSprint

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Hermosa Beach, California
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 12m 30s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 200-224 Clyde
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up at 4:45, out the door at 5:15. Was nice to have Mary and Ian in the same car this time. Had a Muscle Milk, a Clif bar, and a Gatorade.
Event warmup:

Swam about 100 yards prior to my heat.
  • 11m 6s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards

I'm just not fast, and gas out early. Need to take this out of the pool and into the open water in the early Spring. I know I've said this before, this time I mean it. Ironically, my navigation was spot on, so I feel good about that.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on the swim.
Transition 1
  • 05m 3s

My guess is that the T1 timing mat was down on the beach as there is no way this took me 5 minutes. Having said that, I had some trouble in T1. I decided to wear a dry, looser fitting running singlet instead of my tri-top because all of last years race reports said it was quite cold and I thought I would freeze on the bike. Of course it ended up that it wouldn't of mattered this year but whatever. So, I had trouble with my wetsuit. Fair enough, it's not like I wear a wetsuit every day. But, I had more trouble putting on the singlet, which pisses me off because I've put on a shirt probably over 13,000 times so far in my life. I should be OK at dressing at 40 years old.

What would you do differently?:

I'm at a loss for reasons why I had trouble with the shirt.
  • 29m 41s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.21 mile/hr

Had some trouble getting into my pedals, but once I was in I thought it was a strong ride. Paced with two other riders most of the way. Enjoyed it.
What would you do differently?:

Not that I could go Aero a lot in this race, but that's a priority skill to develop in the off season.
Transition 2
  • 02m 29s

Not bad, was using my new Zoot TT 2.0 flats so shoes where on fast, though I did take a few extra seconds to put on socks as well. Also, lost some time because my row was a little thick with other racers, plus it was a long way to my rack from the dismount area. But I think it ended up being much faster than Long Beach at the end of the day.
What would you do differently?:

No complaints, really.
  • 24m 10s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

Loved the Zoots. This was a personal best for me. Negative splits as well. It just took me a few minutes to get used to running off the bike and then no problems.
What would you do differently?:

Not much to be honest, perhaps transfer some of my running Jedi powers to swimming.
Post race
Warm down:

My 4 year old kicked some guys Felt tri-bike, perhaps by accident. But one can never be sure. Had to diffuse/apologize for that and handle my son. All while enjoying a bottled water. Then we just left.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swimming and more focus in transition. My times on the bike and running are coming along fine.

Event comments:

I though MESP put on a great race.

Last updated: 2009-09-23 12:00 AM
00:11:06 | 440 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: 2XU SC2 Sleeveless
Course: Typical U - 100 yards out, 200 yards south, 100 yards back. Nice big bouys.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:29:41 | 10 miles | 20.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Up a hill, 3 loops on some pretty narrow streets, back down the hill.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:10 | 03 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on The Strand, which is basically the paved bike/pedestrian path along the beach.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5