Hermosa Day at the Beach Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Hermosa Beach, California
United States
Michael Epstein Sports Productions
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 11m 17s
Overall Rank = 262/776
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 11/30
Pre-race routine:

First triathlon! Coffee, pumpkin bread, banana. Not sure of parking and no info so I drove around and was getting freaked but found a lot. Should have planned better. Rack pretty full and couple of space hogs in the transition area.
Event warmup:

Not much, listened to announcements, waited for my wave (5th), some swell and we were swimming into the current south to north.
  • 12m 24s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

Felt strong first half, then hyperventilated and took on some water as the swell washed over my mouth a few times. Exhausted coming out of the water, and running up the sand was painful.
What would you do differently?:

Chill out, train more in open ocean conditions, get better goggles, work of right side breathing. Chill . . .
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

had a hard time putting my shirt on while walking to mount zone. shoes on so easily, as was helmet and glasses. terrible cramp in calf about 2 miles in, slowed me way down for a while.
What would you do differently?:

wear shirt under wetsuit, run with bike, eat more bananas pre-race.
  • 29m 48s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.13 mile/hr

knowing course now, and hopefully avoiding a cramp, easily 2.5 minutes there to get, maybe next year. Think I can break 27
What would you do differently?:

train more, longer distances, and some sprint work. wear one piece or not worry about shirt or get a running belt
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

great trans for me, first time esp. five guys at rack when I got there, five guys there when I left. Rack, helmet off, shoes off, shoes on, gone.
What would you do differently?:

run with bike
  • 24m 4s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 01s  min/mile

very sore and still first mile, but passed 20 people, a lot of 30 somethings.took a long time to loosen up. strong last mile. very hard running in soft sand after cement! Just don't fall down!!!!
What would you do differently?:

work on transition from riding to running so run can start faster. run more distance training
Post race
Warm down:

grind to a complete halt after finish line. exhausted, exhilarated, satisfied.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

swallowing too much ocean water, hyperventilating in swim, severe cramp in calf during ride, general soreness of body from ride to run.

Event comments:

will come back b/c I will be in better shape next year and believe I left 10 minutes on the course and maybe 2 in the TA. Loved getting the first one under my belt, so buzzed afterwards still am.

Last updated: 2012-10-11 12:00 AM
00:12:24 | 440 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/30
Overall: 371/776
Performance: Below average
Suit: tanktop upper synergy
Course: rectangle 100-200-100
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:29:48 | 10 miles | 20.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/30
Overall: 274/776
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: fast but crowded (said left 100 times, heard left 50 times), and bumpy, with two sharp turns to the right for each lap.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:04 | 03 miles | 08m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/30
Overall: 147/776
Performance: Good
Course: out and back on cement, finish in soft sand.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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