Wildflower Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Bradley, California
United States
Tri-California Events, Inc.
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 14m 37s
Overall Rank = 589/2085
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 89/276
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:45am, had my PB&J sandwich and coffee. Drove to the lake, and was racked and ready by 7am. Spent an hour reading the newspaper and watching the fellow racers.
Event warmup:

After the 3rd wave went off, stretched and jogged around. Then enjoyed the next 10 minutes of piece and quiet in the sun.
  • 43m 50s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

Only had about 6 weeks to get back into swimming, so I have decided not to exert myself and just get through the swim saving the energy for the run. I waited for about 30 seconds to get into the water and did not fight for space. Still got kicked around quite a bit but the crowd cleared pretty quickly. The rest of the swim just cruised.
What would you do differently?:

If I had more time to train, I shoot for a sub 40 min time, but this time the goal was to save energy for the bike and the run.
Transition 1
  • 04m 40s

Given that the temps were getting into the low 90s, I have decided to actually wear a cycling jersey on a bike to get a little bit more body covered. Took a little time to put on.
  • 3h 26m 37s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.26 mile/hr

I had a decent amount of time to get into cycling shape. Was shooting for about 3:15, but had to dial the effort down a bit once the temps have gotten above 90 F. I knew that the run will be brutal, so I backed off on the hills and climbed them in the easiest gear possible. But something was wrong with the bike - after about 20 miles my right calf and hammie started to ache. Only after the race I realized that someone must have knocked my bike on the ground - the seat was slightly turned to the right and I am pretty sure that the rear brake was rubbing a bit. Bummer.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. This race is all about preserving energy for the run. The other things was that I chose to stop twice and actually refill my aero bottle since warm Gatorade/water was turning to HOT Gatorade/water in no time.I suspect that a lot of racers who later walked the hills on the run course chose to save 2 minutes of stoppage time but then lost good 20 minutes having clear dehydration (and maybe even GI) issues.
Transition 2
  • 04m 31s

Again, changed into my Asics running jersey that helps with cooling a bit. Boy did it pay off! Spent another 20 seconds or so re-applying sun screen.
  • 1h 54m 59s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 47s  min/mile

Was worried about the right calf/hammie as they were bugging me on the bike. But they were not a problem, again pointing to the seat being the root cause. So... last year I walked a good 1/3 of the course. This year my goal was to walk no more, except for a couple of really steep parts where walking just as fast as running, and actually race the run leg. I also made every effort to pour water on my head and torso every chance I got, and take in as much drink as possible. Still after scaling the summit at mile 5, I was hot and starting to feel slightly dizzy. But then I got into the camping grounds and the kind people along the run path hosed me down a few times. I was rejuvenated. Picked up the pace and got in and out of the pit quickly. Had a little bit of an issue with the left foot but nothing too bad. Finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. The run went exactly as planned.
Post race
Warm down:

Was not too tired, just hot. Got my medal, collected some snacks and walked out to pick up the bike and my gear.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A lack of swim training and a relative lack of time in the saddle - spent all winter training for the LA marathon.

Event comments:

Great race. It's an experience. Highly recommended, despite the brutal conditions - hot, windy and no shade.

Last updated: 2012-11-16 12:00 AM
00:43:50 | 2112 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 180/276
Overall: 1412/2085
Performance: Average
Suit: Rocket Science
Course: Rectangular swim course.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:26:37 | 56 miles | 16.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 157/276
Overall: 999/2085
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: A loop around the San Antonio lake. The roads on the side of Monterey county are horrible. But it is a fun course nonetheless.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:54:59 | 13.1 miles | 08m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 36/276
Overall: 229/2085
Performance: Good
Course: Brutal hills, rolling trails, dust, little to no shade and then the last 4 miles on the smoldering pavement! Fun course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5