Wildflower Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
Total Time = 7h 05m 35s
Overall Rank = 1162/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 177/
Pre-race routine:

I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich upon waking up, made sure my gear was all in order, and then rode with my TNT teammates (GO TEAM!) down to the transition area. I was a bonehead and forgot my swimcap, so I wandered around until I found where they kept them and got another one.
Event warmup:

I didn't really do a run or anything as warmup. I was more concerned about being prepared as far as gear. Looking for a swimcap didn't help with time either. Right after the previous wave starts their swim
  • 46m 48s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards

If there's one thing I'm going to practice a lot this season it's open water swimming since I'm horrible at it. In a pool I'm good, but get me in open water and I have trouble navigating and sighting. It also takes me too long to get into that swim groove and fully extend my reach for better gliding.

A funny story. A friend was telling me the warm up swim before the start I should pee in my suit to get it out of the way. I can't seem to pee in open water anymore, even when I go surfing. However, after getting out of the water in prep for the start I'm able to pee and do it. No one's the wiser. It's not like the pee runs down my leg or anything.
What would you do differently?:

I would get in a lot of open water swims in preparation so that I'm fully comfortable in open water, and work on my sighting. Too often I'll swim off course either due to my stroke or not sighting often enough. I'm sure I can cut my swim time by 10 minutes if I work on it. Next year!
Transition 1
  • 04m 42s

I'm normally very quick with transitions, but I wanted to take my time. This is my first half iron distance race and I wanted to make sure I didn't forget things. Better to take a couple more minutes now than suffer later. No flying mount for me this time.
What would you do differently?:

I think now that I have some experience with longer courses I'll finish transition a lot faster.
  • 3h 41m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.18 mile/hr

I have a big problem. When I ride longer than 10 miles I get a sharp pain on the left side of my neck and shoulder. I suspect it's a pinched nerve, and it's a consistent situation. This happened to me around miles 10-25 and it sucks so much I can't turn my head left without being in lots of pain. Strange thing is after awhile it got better, enough to finish the ride comfortably. I don't think it's a situation where I just need to spend more time in aero since it's not soreness. It's a sharp pain. I really need to see a chiropractor or physical therapist.
What would you do differently?:

I would take more risks on the downhills. Because of bike accidents earlier this year I'm still not 100% comfortable, but I'm getting there. Switching from road to tri bike also takes some getting used to. I also need to get my left shoulder/neck checked out since time in the saddle could make it worse, not better.
Transition 2
  • 05m 21s

Again like T1 I took my time. This was going to be a tough run so I wanted to take nutrition with me. I took a small water bottle from my Nathan fuel belt to fill at aid stations.
What would you do differently?:

I'll be faster next time since now I have some experience.
  • 2h 27m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 15s  min/mile

I am not a fast runner, but I'm getting better the more that I do it, and I'm enjoying it a lot more than when I started doing triathlons. The first 7-8 miles were tough but fun with lots of beautiful scenery. I'd power walk some of the steeper hills and be just as fast as some of the people running up them. I thought I was doing well until around mile 9, but fatigue caught up with me. There's a part in the run that goes through the TNT area, and there was NO WAY that I was walking during that part.

My legs were shot by The Pit. I had to do a run/walk mix more often than I wanted after that. I was tired even on the downhill part. Normally on downhills I pick up the speed, but the last mile on the course I was so tired that my legs felt like lead.
What would you do differently?:

I think I took in too much fluid on the run when I should have took more on the bike to prep for it. I would fill my little bottle with water or gatorade at every aid station so that I would sip every 10 minutes, but I think I drank too often. It being hot didn't help matters.
Post race
Warm down:

I got lots of food but didn't each much until I settled down. My quads were sore so I went to the med tent to ice them down. Going to the grassy field to lie down for a few minutes really helped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience. The more I do it, the better I get.

Event comments:

I did this race with Team in Training as "preparation" for the Vineman full course. So far this was one of the toughest physical experiences of my life. I was hoping for a finish between 6-7 hours. I barely missed it, but upon finishing I was just happy I finished. I said to a friend, "I think I'm done with Wildflower. I don't need to do this again." However, a few days later I was already planning on beating my time. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.

All of us at Ironteam Los Angeles pretty much stayed for the entire race and cheered in all our teammates, as well as those not on Ironteam. It was an awesome time, and I'm sure all those people appreciated it as well. I even helped the volunteers take racing chips off.

Last updated: 2010-11-08 12:00 AM
00:46:48 | 2112 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1497/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3
Course: Lake swim out and back. I thought we were going to the left on the start and had to correct myself. I think if I swam most of the course ahead of time and prepared myself I would have done a lot better.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:41:18 | 56 miles | 15.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1143/
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: It's a hilly course, and can be very difficult. The headwinds didn't help. I passed by a couple accidents and hoped that the people involved were going to be ok. In the first few miles you get a nice big climb, so it can be daunting for most. The climbs, even Nasty Grade, really weren't too bad. I think the coaches at Team in Training really prepared us with the rides in Zuma and Palos Verdes. After climbing Silver Spur in Palos Verdes in the heat Nasty Grade seemed like nothing.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:21
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
02:27:26 | 13.1 miles | 11m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1210/
Performance: Below average
Course: Hilly run course with mixed trails and pavement. On some hills you can walk up them and save your legs with little consequence. The infamous "Pit" has you go 1 mile downhill then 1 mile up on pavement before a small climb then downhill to the finish. It's a tough, but fun course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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