Santa Barbara Triathlon - Long Course - TriathlonLong Course

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Santa Barbara, California
United States
Santa Barbara Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 46m 6s
Overall Rank = 211/652
Age Group = Clydes
Age Group Rank = 4/18
Pre-race routine:

Last year this was my last race of the season and I wasn't into it from the starting gun, and totally blew up. It was much warmer that day as well. This was a revenge race. Best time here was 3:50 in 2008. Goal was 3:45, which I thought ambitious. I had been on vacation 3 of the last 5 weekends so had not run or biked much during that time.

Got up at 5:15, walked bike down to setup, then drove to State Street for Starbucks and hung out in the room until about 7. 7:25 wave start
Event warmup:

Spent about 15 minutes cruising around in the water. My swims are much better the more time I swim before the race
  • 25m 38s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 28s / 100 yards

Started front left at the flag. Was with M45-49 as well, and the guy on my left and right went 1 and 2 in that AG. Went a little wide to the buoy to avoid the scrum. Caught a great draft for the first 1/4 mile, but as we came on the prior wave it broke up, and I lost it. Fought my tendency to swim left and forced myself on the buoy line. There were a lot of folks to swim through and the water was a bit murky, but didn't swim over anyone.

Found another draft at the turn, but he took a wide right line coming back, as the buoys were not lined up well. I took a line directly to the last buoy, but think he still might've beaten me.

Had a good swim. Last year went 27:46 so it was going well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

Thankfully, they removed the Oceanside-ish looong run into T1. When I went right in I looked back to make sure I wasn't cutting anything... never been a particularly fast T1-er but was 4th AG.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, went pretty smoothly for me
  • 1h 47m 25s
  • 34 miles
  • 18.99 mile/hr

A bit disappointed in the time. Wanted to go 1:45. It's a deceptively hilly course and I wanted to save my legs for the run. On the three climbs did my best to moderate my effort and not blow out my quads. Have to admit to timidity on descents and corners in the wet conditions. Saw several guys with road rash. Add to that I've ridden about 100 miles in the last three weeks, and it was just doing the best I could. I figured if I finished about 2:15 race time I could get 3:45, and I was close to that.

Near the end I sat up and swerved a little, and got a justified "whoa" from the guy behind me. It was Dusty/Fastyellow. Whoops. That would have been embarrassing taking him out (well, more embarrassing at least), as he was on his way to a 3d OA in the aquabike.

I had a bet with a friend, who started in the wave behind me. Loser buys Mac's Fish and Chips on State. Bike was the first opportunity to see where he was. It's more or less an out and back with a lollipop loop at the end. I was hoping to see him on the out and back portion, but it was
not to be, so he was lurking back there somewhere about 5 minutes back.

2011 - 2:03, so a far site better
What would you do differently?:

Train more
Transition 2
  • 02m 13s

Not often my (and others') t2 time is > t1.....Again, 4th AG
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 29m 1s
  • 10 miles
  • 08m 54s  min/mile

Course is an out and back. Flat for 2 miles, uphill for 2 miles flat, then return. Tough but good course. Ran through the aid stations through mile 4, then started walking them. Was feeling OK, but fighting some cramps. Te hills didn't seem too bad this year. Last year the entire run was a death march, but I was in a bit better shape, a bit lighter, and it was cooler

The turnaround was my chance to see where my fish and chips buddy was. I kept looking for him, knowing that if he was less than five minutes back he was gaining, but more than five, I was in the lead and would have to keep it. Saw him about 1/2 mile in or so, and it was just over 5 minutes. Crap. I have to keep pushing and can't give up.

Going downhill was easier, of course, but it was getting harder. I break this run into sections, the neighborhood, the park, the hill, the parking lot, the pier, etc. Those chunks got smaller and smaller. I haven't wanted to walk - and not walked - so badly in a race in a long time. The only thing that kept me going was the thought I'd be caught, and lose the bet by walking. I refused to let that happen. If I lost, fine, but not walking.....

Just kept focusing on the pier, and finally, finally made it. Walked around ad got gatorade and water to recover. I was watching the clock. His finish was close enough that, whatever happened, it was going to be a matter of seconds. Results came up and I got him by 2:42. I gt him on the swim and a bit on the bike, he outran me but it wasn't enough.

In 2011 went 1:57 s again a much better year.

Seeing the splits, I was shocked and surprised to run a sub 9, which i've only done in Olys and Sprints.
What would you do differently?:

Train more
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around and try not to pass out. Collect my first SB Tri tile for 4th, and eat fish and chips :)

Event comments:

One of my favorite races. Low key, tough course, good competition

Last updated: 2012-01-13 12:00 AM
00:25:38 | 1760 yards | 01m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 48/652
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:47:25 | 34 miles | 18.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/18
Overall: 183/652
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:13
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:29:01 | 10 miles | 08m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/18
Overall: 373/652
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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Race evaluation [1-5]