Santa Barbara Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon

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Santa Barbara, California
United States
Santa Barbara Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 54m 23s
Overall Rank = 230/564
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 31/59
Pre-race routine:

Ate half a cliff bar and drank water.
Event warmup:

Got set-up and wriggled into my wetsuit, stressed over the open ocean swim.
  • 31m 17s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

Nerves and lack of wetsuit training cost me on the swim out, once I got turned and my breathing controlled I turned it up and caught a lot of folks that passed me early.
What would you do differently?:

Working on breathing under stressful conditions. I train in a pool exclusively due to my location and breathing is easy to regulate. I am now simulating the breathing needed for wetsuit swimming and should be much better next time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Very short transition to the ride, I did have my shoes on my bike and successfuly got my right shoe on quickly. My left shoe fought back, but I did get it on without having to stop.
What would you do differently?:

On this short of a transition I should have just wore the shoes.
  • 1h 54m 17s
  • 34 miles
  • 17.85 mile/hr

I stayed in my comfort zone for the ride guarding against blowing up my legs for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Train for short steep hills, make sure my shifters get all my gears clean. My second lowest gear wasn't useable, which impacted my climbing.
Transition 2
  • 02m 57s

Because the transition was so short I kept my shoes on and ran with the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 22m 18s
  • 10 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

Good run, legs were fine so my plan to "not blow them up" worked. Ran a solid negative split and passed a lot of folks that passed me on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike. Maybe carry my hydration belt, I used the water/gatorade stations and I don't train with gatorade.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, packed up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of wetsuit experience and open ocean swim experience. Just need more time in the saddle to improve my bike.

Event comments:

Great race coordination, everything was on time! Plenty of volunteers (said thanks to many of them as I went by). The gatorade was actually mixed well, I don't drink it but it was diluted enought so as not to be too surgary. Post race not much really going on, but you are in Santa Barbara figure something out! Great Race Highly recommend to anyone thinking about it.

Last updated: 2014-02-24 12:00 AM
00:31:17 | 1760 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 243/564
Performance: Average
Suit: yes
Course: 1 mile rectangle, swim out about 100yds turn right for ~ half a mile, turn right for about 25yds, turn right swim to the last buoy turn left and finish.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:54:17 | 34 miles | 17.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 265/564
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly, I was surprised by the hills. Lots of turns in town so when I could get good speed going on the downhills I had to apply a lot of breaking to navigate the corners. The road was pretty wet from the marine layer.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 77
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:22:18 | 10 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 205/564
Performance: Good
Course: 5 miles uphill to a turn around and 5 miles downhill to the finish.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5