Redondo Beach Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Redondo Beach, California
United States
TC Tri Productions, LLC
Total Time = 1h 05m 21s
Overall Rank = 259/514
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 24/41
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4, small breakfast, got cleaned up and did a little yoga to loosen up. Loaded up the car and we were out the door @ 5:15.
Event warmup:

A little stretching, but this was my first tri, so I was a bit nervous and mostly wandering around making sure I had some idea where to go later.
  • 25m 20s
  • 879 yards
  • 02m 53s / 100 yards

Swim was abysmal. I had done one open water swim session in my training, and should have done more. I wasn't able to catch my breath the entire swim, and could only keep up my freestyle stroke for a short period before having to roll on my back and try to breathe. Just awful. Granted, I had never swam a proper stroke or complete lap of a pool before a couple months ago, but I thought I'd do better than this.
What would you do differently?:

More open water training.
Transition 1
  • 03m 10s

I had practiced my transitions, and boy am I glad I did. Made for a much better experience, and definitely helped make up for my swim performance and got me back in the groove. I had run through both transitions dozens of times in my head as well, which made it all flow a lot smoother. This was my first tri, and I had the seventh fastest T1 in my age group.
What would you do differently?:

Practice makes perfect!
  • 19m 36s
  • 6 miles
  • 18.37 mile/hr

Other than being pretty wasted by my swim, the bike went great. Again, practicing my mount and dismount with shoes attached made a world of difference. Also, I've had trouble in competition settings remembering to drink on the bike, so I made a mental note to drink during several specific points on the course so I couldn't forget. Worked well.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

My feet were pretty gunked up from the run through the transition area, so I gave them a quick rinse before putting on my socks (I gotta for running) which made that harder. Otherwise, all good, could just be faster with more practice.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe wipe feet off on my towel instead of rinsing them - easier to get socks on and drier feet for the run.
  • 15m 40s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

About three months ago, I hadn't run in years. Last year I had surgery to replace a torn ACL and didn't feel like I'd ever run again without a mugger or large jungle cat involved, to be honest. So I'm pretty thrilled to be competitive in the run AT ALL. The hill at the end is a real kick in the ass, but it's a short course, so it's pretty hard to complain. Great volunteers showing the way with all the myriad turns.
Post race
Warm down:

Was pretty fried at the end, so mostly just some walking around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Terrible swim performance, lack of muggers or large jungle cats on the run.

Event comments:

This is far and away the greatest triathlon I have ever participated in. Additionally, this is the first triathlon I have ever participated in. But pretty great nonetheless.

Last updated: 2010-04-04 12:00 AM
00:25:20 | 879 yards | 02m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 35/41
Overall: 41/514
Performance: Bad
Suit: Blue Seventy Full Suit
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:10
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
00:19:36 | 06 miles | 18.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/41
Overall: 41/514
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 mile out and back, 2 laps
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:32
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:15:40 | 02 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/41
Overall: 41/514
Performance: Good
Course: Loop with about a million turns.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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