LA Tri Series #3 - Tri Express Distance - TriathlonMini Sprint

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San Dimas, California
United States
Tri Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 56m 11s
Overall Rank = 23/225
Age Group = M 50-54
Age Group Rank = 3/15
Pre-race routine:

First tri of the year. Was going to register for Olympic, but hadn't done enough race-specific bike training for that distance yet this year.
Event warmup:

Garmin 310xt crapped out during warmup swim...looks like waterproof seal finally failed.
  • 05m 57s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

This was an experiment: Between barely wetsuit-legal temps and 300m distance (shortest open water tri swim I've ever done in 7 years of racing), I decided to try this without wetsuit. Figured it might cost me 10-15 sec, but I might pick up that much in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Wear a wetsuit. Not sure how much it cost me in the water, but T1 wasn't quite as fast as I wanted (though still one of my fastest).
Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

6th of 15 in AG (though very close to the leaders' times and a good time for me, given that I always put on socks at this point)
  • 25m 12s
  • 8.26 miles
  • 19.67 mile/hr

Wanted to avg 20 mph on this hilly, fairly technical course and basically accomplished that. First time racing on my new aluminum Cannondale roadie w/ clip-ons after retiring my Kestrel Talon tri bike.

Best bike placement ever, any race--top 8.0% (previous best was 11.1%).
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

2nd of 15 in AG. Can't get any faster than this, esp. given the distance I had to run with the bike.
  • 21m 56s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 03s  min/mile

Good, but was hoping for sub-7:00/mi avg...just missed.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung around for what seemed like forever to get my 3rd place medal.

Finished 15 sec out of 2nd in AG, about a minute out of 1st.

Event comments:

Second time doing this race, first time at the sprint distance. Long established and well organized annual spring series.

Last updated: 2014-06-01 12:00 AM
00:05:57 | 300 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/15
Overall: 66/225
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:11
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:25:12 | 08.26 miles | 19.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/15
Overall: 18/225
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:55
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:56 | 03.11 miles | 07m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/15
Overall: 14/225
Performance: Good
Mile 1 = 7:04, Mile 2 = 6:52
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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