IronBruin Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Westwood, California
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 49m 38s
Overall Rank = 128/
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 16/20
Pre-race routine:

Woke up. Shower to wake up. Coffee to wake up for sure. Apple Jack Cereal, banana and gatorade for breakfast.
Event warmup:

Stretched, did a 100 meter jog had a gel and some gatorade.
  • 16m 22s
  • 400 meters
  • 04m 05s / 100 meters

It felt extremely long - especially after a run/bike/run... but I did it.
What would you do differently?:

Practice as usual.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

T1 was actually Run to Bike.
What would you do differently?:

Speed up.
  • 42m 51s
  • 10 miles
  • 14.00 mile/hr

That was a fun but challenging bike portion. The first time down Bruin Hill I was flying. The second and third time I had to slow down because we weren't allowed to pass. I nearly crashed as I made it down from the North Campus the first time. The girl didn't hold up the TURN RIGHT sign soon enough and I was going to go right by her. Thank goodness my breaks worked because I slammed hard on them - then nearly toppled over because I was snapped in. The guy behind me almost crashed too as he was following me down. That would have been a disaster!

Other than that, I didn't push it. I could have done this course way faster. At least ten minutes faster really. I could have pushed the hill climb because I felt good, but really wanted to take it easy. I also could have pushed the downhill as well but was holding back a little due to unexpected potholes, speedbumps and crap like that.

Although my time didn't reflect it, I think the bike portion felt like a breeze and my RPE was like 4/10 or 5/10 throughout.
What would you do differently?:

Go for it!
Transition 2
  • 03m 50s

This was actually bike to run/swim transition. Yeah, it doesn't make sense. But it was a RUN/BIKE/RUN/SWIM event and the official times reflect this...

During this transition I did some stretching. I felt a cramp coming along and stretched out my calves, struggled with my running shoes, then made my way up the hill... my hurting ankle really didn't help - especially after the bike. It was stiff. I limped most of the start and it loosened up and I was able to run/walk it.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster? Run up the hill instead of walk most of it.
  • 37m 15s
  • 4 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile

I did the first mile way too fast and it was all up hill. The first mile and a quarter (or so) was all up hill. And the 1 mile mark was around sevin-ish minutes.

At the three mile sign I checked my time and I was at 25 minutes flat. Wow. Most of that was downhill which was great. Again, it was a tease because the 4th mile started with a stair climb. I couldn't believe it. I ran the 4th mile in 12 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Eat a banana and get a free massage!

Event comments:

Fun fun fun! I really enjoyed it and look forward to pushing it with everything I got next year! I can't wait!!!

It is not a race for pure beginners that's for sure. The bike portion is tough and the bike to swim transition is really tough as well.

I was able to use my lap chrono with accuracy as I hit the lap button everytime the transition thing beeped. Here are my actual times which coincide with official race results:

0:37:15 RUN
0:02:27 T1
0:42:51 BIKE
0:03:50 T2
0:06:54 RUN
0:16:22 SWIM

1:49:38 FINAL TIME

Last updated: 2006-04-10 12:00 AM
00:16:22 | 400 meters | 04m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 18/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
This was actually the last of the three as it was a backwards tri. The transition from the bike to the swim portion was actually two-fold. The transition area took me 3:50 as I did a little stretch as my calves were tight after the bike. Then I had to fumble to get my running shoes back on to get to the pool. The transition from the transition to the pool was around 1/2 mile... a little shorter but man it felt longer because it was all up hill. It took 6:54 to get up on a run/walk type of climb. It was pretty bad but I made it. I didn't want to over do it because I didn't want to cramp as I felt it coming.
Suit: Tri
Course: The swim looked way longer than the pool I normally train in. I couldn't believe one length was only 50 meters long. It really seemed longer. And then I kinda freaked when I got to the deep end. It just all of a sudden went deep and I wasn't use to that at all. I took a ton of breaks - about 15 second breaks at each wall. But it wasn't really a struggle like my first triathlon. It was more fatigue, breathing, etc. I was really tired. But I wasn't panicked at all. It felt great!
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 1000F / 538C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:42:51 | 10 miles | 14.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/20
Overall: 0/
Wind: None
Course: Hilly, narrow, challenging!
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Bad Cornering: Bad
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:50
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:37:15 | 04 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Tough terrain. I hurt my right ankle on the trail. At the 3 mile mark I was at 25 minutes flat. I was flying! But that was just a tease as right after that it was a damn stair climb. That took a lot out of me. I did the last mile in 12 minutes. UGH.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4