Goleta Beach Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Goleta, California
United States
Goleta Beach Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 52m 11s
Overall Rank = 110/215
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/21
Pre-race routine:

Well it was certainly different then doing a Triathlon in your home town. The day before I drove up from visiting my parents. So I had about a 4 hour drive and got to registration at about 4:00 pm. After packet pickup, I went and explored the course, on foot and in car. By this time, It was getting late, but wife wanted to see state street and do some shopping and dining. Got back later then I would have liked, and tried to get everything ready for the morning before going to bed at like 10:30.

Woke up at 5:00 feeling pretty tired, attempted to use the bathroom with absolutly no success... thought... great, port o pottie time. And sure enough, that's what happened, had to use the port o potties at the race site.

After the failed bathroom experiment, I jumped in the shower, shaved, and ate a honey stinger, a powerbar, and a peanut butter and honey sandwich. I drank a water bottle or 2 of gatorade.

Arrived to transition around 5:45, seemed to be plenty of time to set everything up that I wanted. Only mistake I did was forgetting flip flops as i had to walk around bare foot waiting for my heat to start. I also filled one water bottle up with gatorade that i was going to use to wash off my feet, so i had to dump that out, and wanted to fill it up with water... only water i could find was in the ocean so i did that. Figured it would work just fine to wash the sand off (of course this came to bite my ass later).

After the transition area closed, I just hung out with the wife and parents until it was go time.
Event warmup:

I put on my wetsuit, walked out into the water and got acclimated to the temperature. I really didn't do any sort of warm up. Chatted with a few people in the water and we exchanged good lucks, etc.
  • 23m
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 24s / 100 yards

The swim was a good swim. I started off to the right of the pack and just swam easy and relaxed the whole way. I was able to find open water pretty quickly and never really had any problems with people. As we passed other waves, we had to swim around them, however they were so spread out, it was not an issue. I probably could have pushed the swim much harder, however I wanted to keep it nice and easy and save the energy for the cycling and running (which don't come naturally to me)
What would you do differently?:

Honestly, not a whole lot. It was the first race with a wetsuit, and that didn't seem to bother me too much. I do feel like I am unnaturally high in the water with it, but overall I found the sleeveless wetsuit to be "nice". I don't really think I would change the effort level of my swim. I'd say I was pretty happy with this swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 46s

I had no desire to try and push the transition. I knew my goal for this race was to finish. Thus I wasn't worried about a minute here or there in transition. I had a few problems, the first one was the water bottle I used to wash off my feet. I filled it with salt water to just rinse my feet off, but forgot about that part and took a huge swig of it before I realized that it was salt water... Duh! Pretty funny looking back at it now. The second issue that I ran into was my shirt getting rolled up on me and being unable to pull it down quickly. I had this problem last triathlon, and I need to figure out a way to fix this. I did have a problem getting into my shoes on my bike. usually i put my left foot on top of my shoes first, then the right, this time it was reversed, and such a simple thing screwed me up.
What would you do differently?:

Don't fill my water bottle up with salt water, and sure as hell don't drink the salt water. Also find a way to not get that shirt rolled up in a ball when putting it on. Finally, have the left shoe forward on the bike when getting ready to mount.
  • 1h 29m 19s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.69 mile/hr

The bike was challenging for me. Living in Phoenix, it's pretty damn flat out here. The rolling hills of coastal California were a change. I did ok on them, but noticed most of the people that passed me were doing so on the hills. My average speed of 17 mph was, for me, good. I was hoping to hold that pace and I did. I had expected the second half of the bike to be much easier... as most of the climbing was on the first part. But my legs were sore enough that the second part was just as painful if not more. During the ride feeding went ok, as did fluid intake. I was able to pop 1 ort 2 ibuprophen and 1-2 salt tabs as well on the ride without too much difficulty.

On a sad note, I did see someone being taken care of by the police department and medical crews after it looked like he and a random car had a collision... Who ever you are I do wish you a speedy recovery.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to start working on speed, and I will do that after SOMA. For now, I just need to realize I have only been biking since december of 2011 and be happy that I can go as far as I can. I would have loved to have had a better place on the bike, but I think that will come with time and training.
Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

Again, I was not in the mood to waste a ton of energy in the transition so I just kind of took my time and enjoyed the event. I did forget to put quick ties on my shoes, so I was held up a bit by having to tie my shoes. I grabbed my water bottle from my bike with what fluid it had left in it and went for a run.
What would you do differently?:

I would prepare better and have the quick laces on my shoes. I would also have liked to have a waterbottle with plain water in it, as the one with salt water was not an option, and the one off my bike was only half full.
  • 55m 7s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

Very Very sad run. About 1 mile into the run I came upon a site that I see all to often at work, but not on a triathlon course... I saw a few of the athletes doing compressions on another athlete. I blurted something out like, "oh shit, you've got to be kidding me" a dead serious voice from the gentlemen doing CPR was, "No". I threw my water bottle to the side and got ready to help.

I stopped to offer relief to the person doing compressions if he was to get tired. It turns out the man went down maybe 1-2 minutes prior to my arrival.

The person doing compressions didn't need relief, and that's when we started to hear the sirens from the fire truck. I ran off to the area where the fire truck could enter, moved the cones and pointed them in the direction of the downed person.

I stayed around for a bit to offer assistance, and let them know any information they might have asked for. Then I chatted with someone who had witnessed the person go down (and got a car to call 911 on their cell phone.)

To my fellow triathletes who stopped to help this man, I want to say "Thank you". If this man was able to pull through, it was because YOU gave him the chance.

To my unknown triathlete and his family my prayers are with you. I am not sure how he is currently doing, I hope and pray for the best, however sir, if it was your time to leave us, I wish you God Speed, and peace and comfort for your family in these trying times.

When there was nothing left to do to help out, I restarted the run... My time could have been much faster, but honestly, that's not important. It was just a run. Hopefully in some way we were able to give this man a chance to see his family again.
What would you do differently?:

I would do nothing differently. I would stop for that man every day of the week and every hour of the day. I do hope and pray for a full recovery for him, and for the family to have some comfort in these difficult times they must be facing.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing really, talked with my wife and parents and tried to defuse what I just saw on the run portion of the race. I found the one woman who had helped (and got someone to call 911), and we talked as well. I don't remember your name, but I hope you too are doing ok from what you saw.

Other then that I just walked to the transition got my stuff and left. My mind was more on the person who possibly passed away, then the event I just did.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It was my first olympic distance triathlon. I learned several lessons that I would be able to take with me for future triathlons.

Event comments:

To everyone that stopped to help that man, Thank you. If you are also on BT, I'd love for you to send me a PM. God bless you guys, stay safe out there.

Last updated: 2012-01-22 12:00 AM
00:23:00 | 1640 yards | 01m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/21
Overall: 5/215
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot sleeveless
Course: "L" type course, out, turn left and then back
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:29:19 | 24.85 miles | 16.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 132/215
Performance: Average
My cycling computer had me at 17 mph and had the course slightly longer.
Wind: Little
Course: Course was an out and back course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:55:07 | 06.21 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 132/215
Performance: Below average
I am unsure of the exact distance as it has the possibilty to move as the turn around point was where a creek enters the ocean, and depending on the day it can change. I am guessing it was pretty close to the required amount
Course: 2 circuits. each circuit consisted of 1.5 mile run on road, and 1.5 mile run on sand.
Keeping cool Good 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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4