Goleta Beach Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Goleta, California
United States
Goleta Beach Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 04m 51s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 1/11
Pre-race routine:

My g/f and I stayed in Buellton. Woke up at 0430am. Went to the store on Sat night and couldnt find any fresh bagels. My pre race meal was a Orange FRS and a sourdough egg sandwich (ate only 1/2 of it. Arrived set up at a nice end spot, went to the portapotty once and was ready. 1/2 hour before race had a Gatorade G1 and 2 GU's.
Event warmup:

Ran around, stetched, and jumped in the water before the race.
  • 12m 22s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

This was my first OWS. I started in the back of the pack. Got in the water and then freaked out. I couldnt get in any rhythm at all. I tried but i had troubles breathing and I was swollowing water. So I did what i could. I tried to freestyle but i breast stroked, side stroked, did anything to go forward. I was bummed and figured my day was shot but I would still try my best. No excuses, my swim was BAD.
What would you do differently?:

Without any doubt, practice more OWS. I have another try at the end of August and I dont want to happen, what happened today. So i will do a few OWS before the next try.
Transition 1
  • 02m 29s

Not a real bad transition. The only problem i had was getting the velcro around the neck off. I got the suit off quickly and put my Garmin watch on my wrist. Quickly rinsed the sand off my feet and put on my bike shoes and was off.
What would you do differently?:

Get more flexible so i can easily reach behind my neck area
  • 25m 40s
  • 8 miles
  • 18.70 mile/hr

I feel I didnt have any shot of a finishing on the podium but I still wanted to hammer it out. I didn't really feel i was going fast but I was spinning good. I did not look at my watch during the bike or run.
What would you do differently?:

practice my T1 transition more and become more efficient.
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

racked my bike and got my bike shoes off pretty quick. I did a quick water squirt before putting on the running shoes. I have been doing my rides and runs without any socks and there has not been any issues or problems.
What would you do differently?:

practice T2 more and become more efficient
  • 23m 12s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

I actually felt slow but i ran and was passing people. I was focused on a guy that was ahead of me and look like a Clydesdale (he was a Clyde, more on this guy later). I ended up passing him on the beach and ended up about a minute ahead of him. There was some soft sand and that was not the easist place to run. But i finished as strong as i could
What would you do differently?:

Run harder. I thought I did.
Post race
Warm down:

I finished ...my g/f was waiting with the camera. I had a Gatorade G3 and some oranges. I walked around until i cooled down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Obviously the swim

Event comments:

I have a bunch of comments. My times are based upon my Garmin.

I liked this race a lot. There was an issue with communication with the 1st wave. They did not do the entire run and only did the bike path portion. People were upset that there was no direction by race personnel. Personally, I feel it is the racers fault because there were maps and on the website there were pictures of the actual swim, bike, and run. There was no reason not to know that. Just my personal opinion.

During the awards ceremony, they forgot to do the Clydesdales and Athena awards. The race director was advised. They announced the winners. They announced that 3rd place was 1:08. So I figured I got 1st or 2nd. They announced 2nd and then 1st. The 1st place triathlete was the one that I passed on the beach during the run and I finished ahead by almost a minute. I immediately notified the Race Director. He checked the results and said I was absolutely right. They changed the results and I was made the 1st place winner.

I am proud of the fact that I still hammered the bike and ran hard even after a totally poor swim performance. I never gave up and I am happy for that.

Lastly, I love the enthusiam of all people who are at the triathlons...both spectators and competitors. There was one female triathlete cheering everyone she run by or past.


Last updated: 2011-07-02 12:00 AM
00:12:22 | 440 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/11
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: 2XU Velocity
Course: Beach start, run into the water (very rocky), swim out, left turn, swim, and another left turn to shore (rectangular). A short (approx 200 yd) run to the transition
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:25:40 | 08 miles | 18.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back. Mostly flat with a little hill at the 1/2 way point. Done mostly on a bike path and sometimes made it difficult to pass
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:12 | 03.11 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The race was cut approx 3/10ths of a mile short due to erosion of the beach. 2.8 miles. The run started on the bike path and then utimately on the beach.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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