Santa Barbara Triathlon - Long Course - TriathlonLong Course

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Santa Barbara, California
United States
Santa Barbara Triathlon
Total Time = 3h 55m 21s
Overall Rank = 243/581
Age Group = 40-41
Age Group Rank = 6/29
Pre-race routine:

So, I arrived ready for this race. I wan't sick for the first time in forever before a race and not injured. I went over my plan in my head on the ride over to SB with a plan for if something when wrong. I go about setting up my transition when I reach in for my running shoes and come to find that I have two left shoes. Um, I didn't have a plan for this. I looked at them, jaw dropped, for about a minute until I announced to some random person that I had a big problem. She suggested I go to the expo and see if someone had shoes for sale. Great idea! I head over and find some poor man who was just waking up inside his tent and ask him if he has shoes for sale. He says "no," and I lost it. The poor guy didn't know what to do with this woman standing there with tears spurting out her face. I told him my situation and he offered up his own shoes - though they were two sizes too big. Then he realized that there was another tent that had shoes and sent me there. These two guys then look at me with my tear stained face and wonder what is going on - I ask them about shoes and they show me the one style they have for sale. The women's version is neon pink. I should be happy to see any shoe at all but... bright pink? I ask about the men's shoe in my size. It is bright neon yellow, orange and light blue. I go with the men's version (Asics gel noosa tri 6) and run to get my transition ready before we are kicked out of there in 5 min.
Event warmup:

I got in about 20 min. before my wave and tried to get my heart rate up and acclimate to the water. The temp was as warm as I have felt the ocean. Dolphins were on course, too.
  • 33m 32s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

My swim was solid"ish". I only had to backstroke for about 2 min. once. My sighting and swimming straight was the best I have done. I still didn't feel like I was "racing" but I stayed calm and focused.
What would you do differently?:

Try to push myself a little more but I think I will get there someday.
Transition 1
  • 02m 25s

I went without my thermal - just a thick skull cap. I figured I would be warm enough and I did end up warming up fairly quickly and would have been way to warm by the end if I had worn the long sleeve thermal. I was slow in TI but not sure why. My socks stuck to my feet - they were a weird pair.
What would you do differently?:

Just streamline more. When I am that cold out of the water it is hard to be too fast since I can't feel my hands and feet anyway.
  • 1h 58m 8s
  • 34 miles
  • 17.27 mile/hr

I came planning to go as hard as I could for the entire course. I saw a friend that said to me just before heading to the start line - "remember to be conservative on the bike and save it for the run." So I was a bit conflicted. I was sick of being so slow on the bike and I wanted to see if I could push the bike and then still run. I think I mostly went as hard as I could on the bike for the most part and have a few moments of being more conservative. I certainly passed a lot more people than I usually do - I can always take people on the hills. And I only got passed a few times. Basically it was my first bike leg that I enjoyed and I didn't feel like a Hugo on the Autoban. So even though my bike wasn't so fast I was way better than I have done and a lot more fun.
I made a 2 hour bottle of Perpetuem with extra salt in it and a bottle of NUUN.
What would you do differently?:

Get my turns down. I still slow down a lot.
Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

I had trouble racking the bike since it didn't fit under the bar. I drank and got my shoes on an hit the port-o-potty
What would you do differently?:

Push my bike in backwards to rack it.
  • 1h 19m 15s
  • 10 miles
  • 07m 55s  min/mile

My right calf was tight for most of the run. My new shoes felt stiff and made a lot of noise. But the run felt good. I headed out with great legs that only got stiff after the first 1/4 mile. I may have gone out too fast because of that but I negative split the course and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out how not to have my right leg become so tight. I drank lots of electrolytes on the bike to see if it would help. I also tried "sport legs" tablets - not sure if they worked but they didn't hurt and the run over all felt amazing.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a lot and stretched my calf

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Calf and endurance on bike.

Event comments:

Great race - I will try to do it again next year.

Last updated: 2011-06-07 12:00 AM
00:33:32 | 1760 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/29
Overall: 296/581
Performance: Good
Course: Long rectangle down the shore. Looked impossibly long from the shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:58:08 | 34 miles | 17.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/29
Overall: 358/581
Performance: Good
Course: Some small hills, one big one.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:01
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:19:15 | 10 miles | 07m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/29
Overall: 134/581
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with one hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4