Steamboat Express Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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San Dimas, California
United States
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 03m 4s
Overall Rank = 22/134
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/7
Pre-race routine:

Drove to course, got set up and mingled.
Event warmup:

Ummm stood in water to see how cold it was - not very but I hate waiting around in a cold trisuit (especially since in last wave and we were late to go) so didn't swim.
  • 06m 53s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Oh god what a swim start - a long line of women - so I placed myself behind someone in th emiddle of the row who looked like a solid swimmer - I knew it was going to be bumpy but didn't reckon on falling into a mud hole as I ran out, getting stuck and falling on my butt and then getting stuck behind slower swimmers as a consequence. On the plus side I felt that I did well to remain calm, focused and make up time.
What would you do differently?:

In such a short race I wouldn't next time position myself behind anyone - just battle it out at the front. (Couldn't do much about the sink hole - just go unlucky there!)
Transition 1
  • 01m 19s

This felt really slow considering no wetsuit but it was a decent enough T1 so I can't really complain.
  • 30m 27s
  • 8.39 miles
  • 16.53 mile/hr

I really tried hard today but that doesn't seem to be reflected in my speed! I did have to back off a little on the gearing - and was pleased with my downhill performance but just couldn't take it up to the next level. Admittedly my biking has been once a week lately so I haven't really spent much time on the bike and it showed. Still felt decent out there.
Did see an couple of unfortunate things - one accident (the guy was off his bike at the side of the road - he looked fine and thinking now maybe it was just a flat rather than an accident - I hope so). Also I overtook two girls on a hill who then passed me back on the flat - one looked strong (the other was just trying to hang in there - a little close but not intentional drafting) - anyway the strong girl who I was hoping to pass back on the next hill had a mechanical which probably put her out of the race. Her spare inner tube drop and got tangled in her gears. I felt bad for her but then it is race day and you have to be prepared for stuff to happen. Hope she managed to keep it together and get it fixed but I don't know since I don't remember seeing her again. The other girl feel back straight away at that point - maybe she offered to help - although I think she just got a surprise and hit the brakes out of instinct. Didn't see her again after that and no one else passed me (except a couple of OLY guys).
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time on the bike (if I wasn't in off season/run training!)
Transition 2
  • 01m

An average T1 - fastest in my age group. Still it felt a little out of sorts probably because I haven't practiced since July!
What would you do differently?:

More practice!
  • 23m 25s
  • 2.49 miles
  • 09m 24s  min/mile

Legs were not happy on this run - felt very crampy and tight but I pushed through and of course at mile two they felt better. Did have a lot of water slosh in my stomach which was not good but wasn't too bad either. Caught a lot of guys on the run and realized I was in 3rd overall but couldn't hold on to that since the eventual 3rd place girl overtook me with about 0.8 of a mile to go! Tried to stay with her but couldn't - still I felt like I minimized the gap. Was a little disappointed with my run pace - I think I started faster but legs have been tired all week and not used to transition from biking at the moment. Will see how actual speed is next weekend at 5k race.
What would you do differently?:

More transition running.
Post race
Warm down:

Talked to other competitors.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of biking/swimming - I am in off season so mostly just running.

Event comments:

This felt more like a season opener race for me - felt good but can see gaps in my training. I think it felt like an opener race because I have not been swimming (shoulder tendonitis) or biking much (1/2 marathon and marathon training). I felt really good mentally though and I did try hard so pleased with that.

Last updated: 2009-10-05 12:00 AM
00:06:53 | 437 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/7
Overall: 72/134
Performance: Average
Suit: Trisuit only
Course: Follow the markers just off shore. Rectangle.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:30:27 | 08.39 miles | 16.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/7
Overall: 24/134
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Paved, some poor surface - loop with flats, hills and downhills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:25 | 02.49 miles | 09m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/7
Overall: 41/134
Performance: Good
Course: Hills and flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %2
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4