Redondo Beach Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Redondo Beach, California
United States
TC Tri Productions, LLC
Total Time = 1h 15m 40s
Overall Rank = 304/309
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 40/45
Pre-race routine:

Got there fairly early before the transition area was open, so waited around with my friend.
Event warmup:

I didn't do much to warm up except for a quick swim.
  • 28m 57s
  • 879 yards
  • 03m 17s / 100 yards

This was my first triathlon ever, so something bad was bound to happen. For me, it was the swim where I got a panic attack after rounding the first buoy. There could be several reasons for me getting one even though I like to think of myself as an ok swimmer. First, I didn't do any open water swimming practice. Second, the wave start was a little bit intimidating. And third, I had almost forgotten that I nearly drowned the year before when doing an open water swim at the beach and maybe my body subconsciously just locked up. Needless to say I almost didn't finish, but I'm glad I did. It took a little bit of time waiting on the lifeguard's board for my heart to stop pounding and it felt like I had to relearn how to swim.
What would you do differently?:

Since then I've been doing more ocean swimming and getting used to reading conditions. I'm more than ready for next year, and if anything, I know I'll be a LOT faster!
Transition 1
  • 03m 55s

My time was alright. It was a really long run from the beach to T1 plus I was tired from the swim.
What would you do differently?:

I've gotten a lot faster in T1 since then and now I have clipless pedals and bike shoes. I also keep it a lot more simple. I don't have to worry about putting socks/shoes on anymore.
  • 21m 52s
  • 6 miles
  • 16.46 mile/hr

I did fairly well for being pretty new to road cycling. I'm sure my time will be a lot faster next year. The steep hill at the end of the loop can be killer if you're unprepared for it. The downhill goes fast and it turns sharply into an uphill. I almost didn't make the turn one time!
What would you do differently?:

I've been doing a lot more roadwork on the bike since then and now use clipless pedals (Speedplay Zero) and tri shoes (Louis Garneau). I'm a LOT faster. This route is actually part of my regular bike ride. I've taken the steep hill at the end of this course several times no problem at high gears.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

Since I was riding with toe cages transitioning into the run was extremely quick. No need to put socks/shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

I think this time will be slower next year since I use bike shoes and have to actually take time to put running shoes on. We'll see.
  • 19m 43s
  • 2 miles
  • 09m 52s  min/mile

I'm a slow runner and I know that it's one of the things that I have to work on, but I was going at a steady pace. My legs were wobbly but didn't feel any sharp pain. I really had to go to the bathroom though! (I think I drank too much liquid mixed with nervousness.) Luckily there was a port-a-potty along the way, so that took a minute or two. :) After using it another fellow racer went right in and we had a laugh.
What would you do differently?:

Well, I wouldn't take a bathroom break next time, but when you gotta go...
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around until my body settled down and did some light stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Even though I was supposedly training at a level for Olympic distance, it didn't feel like it. Also being comfortable with the different environments helps a lot in the future.

Event comments:

Many people say that this is the ideal first triathlon for someone starting out, and I agree. I found out a lot of weaknesses in my training and overall preparedness, and I've only gotten better because of it. Everyone was friendly and very encouraging. Some friends and I hung out near the last turn of the race to cheer on remaining finishers and it's awesome to see the look of accomplishment on people's faces.

I can't wait to hit this race next year and kill my old time. I'm sure without some of the setbacks I faced I could have easily cut 15 minutes from my time. Look out 2011!

Last updated: 2010-08-17 12:00 AM
00:28:57 | 879 yards | 03m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/309
Performance: Bad
Course: It was a fairly straightforward swim
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:55
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:21:52 | 06 miles | 16.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/309
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly flat two loop course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:11
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:43 | 02 miles | 09m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/309
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly flat course along the boardwalk. It's like going on a moonlit stroll... only not in moonlight and more like running.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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