Goleta Beach Triathlon - Sprint Course - Triathlon

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Goleta, California
United States
Goleta Beach Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 12m 22s
Overall Rank = 60/197
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/8
Pre-race routine:

This was supposed to be a training race for Nautica Malibu, but I felt like I was in decent shape to push it a little. I was up every hour on the hour to check the time then finally got up at 4:45 with my DGF. Coffee, banana, blueberries and a piece of lemon cake. At the beach by 5:40 plenty of parking. Got into the TA early, first bike in my rack, Hit the porta pot, very clean and smelled fine. Memo to self, do not put swimcap and googles in hoodie pocket b/c if either or both fall into that evil blue soup, I'm swimming without them.
Event warmup:

Gorgeous morning, very glassy; I was in the second wave, with 5 minute gaps so not worried about contact from the group behind me. Water was kind of cold, maybe 65, and I did a few bursts before start time. A little GI discomfort had to be forgotten . . .
  • 10m 2s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

Two left turns, that is all I needed to do and I'm a left side breather! No contact, middle of my pack, 40 or so in my wave. I swam zig zag to the first buoy, had to back track, then was winded and kind of limped to the next buoy before coming to the beach. Not sure why, maybe only one ocean swim in training. Results say 12.22 but that I think I was at 10 or so, and I don't have a T1 time so I'm guessing that the two times are combined?? Anyway, crappy swim, not good for my mindset.
What would you do differently?:

More ocean swimming, maybe long sleeve wettie. Sight better too.
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s

Very short run to the TA and my rack, suit off while standing, guessing on the time; no one told us where the mount area was so I got into one pedal too early then had to get out. Also ran out of the TA without my helmet buckled. My DGF was right there tho so I was able to hand her my bike when the marshall said to buckle. She was a godsend.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 18s
  • 11 miles
  • 16.65 mile/hr

It's beautiful course but dangerous and hard to manage. Fast riding was not an option as often times it wasn't safe to pass and there were many technical narrow turns to make. Fortunately I was in the front group so there was not too much traffic, esp. at the end of my ride. I finally broke free of a small group and hammered the last three miles by myself with no one behind or in front of me. Wish I had a TT bike as I left 3 + minutes out there.
What would you do differently?:

Get a TT bike, not drop my bottle of powerade on the road.
Transition 2
  • 02m 4s

Tough to come to a complete stop with my HR at 150+ n I had the shakes putting on my shoes.
What would you do differently?:

not sure, could have been 30 seconds faster but might have left that on the bike course.

  • 18m 41s
  • 2.5 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

My DGF and I ran the course on Sat so I knew what to expect, Got my legs under me in the first 500 at 8:00 then got into race pace just over 7. Basically during each lap you could see the runners in front of you 4 separate times so I was able to see the runners that i wanted to pass. I ran down at least 10 guys, inc. one who passed me on the bike a little too aggressively for my tastes. Again, with 500 to go I was alone, noone behind or in front of me so a cruized into the finish. Could have taken maybe 15 or 20 seconds off of my time.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Felt nauseous had to sit down. TG for my DGF, so great to have her with me. Ate a half banana, some OJ, then a Dr. Pepper which tasted great. Dump my gear in the car and came back for the medal ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ocean training, sighting, road instead of TT bike.

Event comments:

Beautiful location, nice sized race, very friendly volunteers. The bike course was pretty dangerous, even w/o too many riders for the sprint. While the bike trail is beautiful, there should be more of the race on sidestreets as the technical and sharp turns make it really hard to navigate during a race. Happy to take home first in my AG but I did so with a modest performance, esp. in the water. Happy with my run, satisfied with the end of my bike, back to the drawing board on the swim. Did I mention that my DGF was there? Priceless, thank you darling, I love you!!

Last updated: 2013-06-29 12:00 AM
00:10:02 | 440 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/197
Performance: Below average
Suit: Orca Sleeveless
Course: trapezoid
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:39:18 | 11 miles | 16.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/197
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Very technical, narrow bike path with many sharp turns.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:04
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:18:41 | 02.5 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/8
Overall: 35/197
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops slight rolling hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4