70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
63F / 17C
Total Time = 5h 02m 30s
Overall Rank = 283/2875
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 60/434
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00AM, had breakfast and headed to Oceanside. Had a LONG wait for my 7:45 wave start.
Event warmup:

Standing around in the chute watching everyone else race...
  • 37m 8s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

Being in the second to last wave meant a lot of traffic that I was not able to deal with effectively. Got kicked a few times and got hit in the head pretty hard once (goggles went flying and I ruptured my eardrum). After that I was feeling disoriented and had a hard time going straight!! Time was slower than last year - by almost 2 minutes while I was hoping to improve by 3 to 4 minutes. In training my times have improved by 15 sec/100 yds. Live and learn - and be ready next time.
What would you do differently?:

Practice open water swimming rather than focus on pool sessions to help with dealing with the chop and congestion as well as improving navigation.
Transition 1
  • 04m 32s

Faster than last year but still slow. Was still very dizzy from the swim and the hit to the head and had a hard time just running straight.
What would you do differently?:

Practice the routine more and become more efficient.
  • 2h 42m 19s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.70 mile/hr

Felt good on the front side (flat section) and was averaging 23 mph without much effort. Then we turned around and that pesky headwind started!! Again, being the second to last wave meant a lot of traffic and in some spots the course is rather narrow making passing crowds a bit challenging. Once we turned back toward the west (ish direction) it felt like the headwind was less of a factor - or perhaps it was the hills around that were shielding us - and it felt good again riding back into transition - back up to 23-25 mph.

What would you do differently?:

Train more and harder at powering up and over hills and rollers to make sure I have the power and endurance to finish fast and strong.
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s

Not too bad for me but I should be able to do it faster.
  • 1h 36m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

Run felt good. Went faster than I thought I would and did not blow up. I guess training does pay off. The weather helped a lot!! Cool and cloudy makes the run so much better.
What would you do differently?:

Continue training to improve pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Hit the food tent for some drinks and pizza then went back to my bike and just sat down...had to wait a bit to be able to get back up!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My inability to deal with the swim congestion and relative lack of bike training. Need to get in a more regimented and focused training regime focused on pace rather than just base building volume to achieve better times.

Event comments:

Second HIM for me and second time at Oceanside and I love this race!! Volunteers were wonderful as they were last year and made the experience that much more enjoyable!!
Feel very fortunate to have such a race take place so close to home.
Cannot wait to come back next year!!

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Last updated: 2010-05-18 12:00 AM
00:37:08 | 2112 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 140/434
Overall: 0/2875
Performance: Below average
Suit: Blueseventy Helix
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:42:19 | 56 miles | 20.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 81/434
Overall: 0/2875
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:48
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:36:43 | 13.1 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 60/434
Overall: 283/2875
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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