70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Total Time = 6h 46m 13s
Overall Rank = 1698/3000
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 65/100
Pre-race routine:

Ate half a bowl of oatmeal and half of a bannana/pb bagel about 2 hours before the race.
  • 39m 14s
  • 2165 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

I was prepared to freeze, but thankfully the water temp was great. This was my first time doing a start where you had to tread water for a few min. and then go. I cruised the swim. I just didn't know what to expect for the rest of the race, so I didn't want to blow it in the first leg of the race. I swam a steady training pace. It was a bit choppy when we got out to the break water. I could have kept swimming for another mile. I loved the swim. The bummer was that as soon as I stepped on the boat ramp my right calf cramped into a tight ball. The kind that completely takes you down. The volunteers picked me up, but I wouldn't let them carry me up the ramp because I was so afraid I would get DQ'd. I hobbled up the ramp and got to my bike.
What would you do differently?:

I will go all out next time on the swim. I know that I could have probably shaved a LOT off my swim time. Don't think it would have hurt me on the bike or run. Don't think I could have done anything about the cramp.
Transition 1
  • 08m 8s

I knew I took my time in T1 but 8 minutes?! Yikes.
What would you do differently?:

Uh...treat it like part of the race. haha
  • 3h 30m 54s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.93 mile/hr

The first 15 miles was great. Nice and flat with the wind behind us. Once we got onto the Marine base...oh my gosh. The rollers were fine, but then we hit the mammoth of a hill. It seemed like it was a sufferfest for all. So many people were off their bikes and walking up the hill. A few people were falling over because you were going that slow and couldn't clip out when you went over. It took every ounce of mental toughness for me to stay up and keep pushing on. Getting to the top of that hill was my most proud moment in the whole race. Wow! What an achievement. When we came upon another one I thought I would cry but I kept on. The bad thing was for the last 20 mile or so we were going uphill into the wind. It sucked to look down and see that I was going 11mph. The final 5 miles all I wanted to do was get to the run so I could get off my bike seat. haha.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was proud of my effort. I hoped to get between 3 1/2 hours and 4 hours and I got 3 1/2.
Transition 2
  • 06m 38s

I had to pee sooooo bad. There was no way I was leaving the transition area until I hit a porta potty.
What would you do differently?:

Guess I could have peed on the bike (like a lot of people did) to save time? haha...nah :)
  • 2h 21m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 47s  min/mile

They said it was a flat course. They lied. It had short hills but they were hills nonetheless. My legs didn't feel the normal jelly leg that you feel off the bike. In fact I looked down and noticed I was running a 9:30 pace so I slowed way down. The first 4 miles were the hardest for me. I walked through the aid stations taking my time to eat/drink. I think this is the first time I have run this distance where nothing hurt. I was just tired. I started crying at mile 11 when I saw my son and husband. I was so excited because I realized I was going to finish.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't put as much time training on the bike as I needed. That is the longest portion of the race and I can make a lot of gains here.

Event comments:

This race was super organized!!! There were TONS of volunteers who were extremely helpful.

Last updated: 2010-08-31 12:00 AM
00:39:14 | 2165 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 40/100
Overall: 0/3000
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 08:08
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:30:54 | 56 miles | 15.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/100
Overall: 0/3000
Wind: Headwind
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 06:38
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:21:19 | 13.1 miles | 10m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/100
Overall: 0/3000
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 4