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

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San Dimas, California
United States
Tri Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 56m 30s
Overall Rank = 11/190
Age Group = M 55-59
Age Group Rank = 1/8
Pre-race routine:

First tri of the year for me...opting for a very short sprint.

I've raced at this venue more times than I can remember...still managed to miss a turn on the way.

Got set up really early...only really knew one other person in the race. Chatted with a couple folks, but mostly just hung out in transition.
Event warmup:

Nothing much. Had some issues with my left ankle this week...wanted to avoid aggravating it, since I was otherwise--finally--healthy.
  • 05m 40s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

Uneventful (other than catching a couple mouthfuls of water). No contact.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

Suit hung up on first attempt to step out of left leg. I was prepared for that and didn't waste time trying again. Pulled cuffs off with my hands. Got socks on pretty efficiently this time.
What would you do differently?:

I cut the cuffs of my sleeveless suit back after getting stuck at my last race in October. May want to see if I can cut them further.
  • 26m 38s
  • 8.26 miles
  • 18.61 mile/hr

Uneventful except that I felt a bad shimmy at the bottom of the one huge descent. Since I recently had to replace a damaged wheel, I didn't want to take any chances and stopped to make sure I wasn't getting a flat. Cost me probably 10-15 seconds, which didn't affect any of my placements.
What would you do differently?:

Not succumb to paranoia...that's the second time I've made that same stop...probably the pavement there.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

One of my fastest to-date...and I'm usually fast with T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 59s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 46s  min/mile

I flat out killed this. Lots of people whining about the hills and rocks on the course, but I nailed it. Negative split the whole way (all 3 mile splits sub-7:00) and felt good. Got some jaw drops from people I blew by and some kudos afterward.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Bought a pair of my favorite Zoot tri shorts for $25 from a vendor! Got my 1st place AG medal on an honest-to-goodness podium.

Don't know that I've ever had back-to-back age group wins in any races makes three AG wins in a row (Victory for Victims road 5K, Verdugo Mountains trail 10K, and this sprint tri). It's been a long haul coming back from a series of injuries...and I still have some ankle, hip flexor, and hammie issues at times...but I'm reaping the rewards of staying fast after 55.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just the paranoia about the bike wheel shimmy.

Event comments:

This is actually the third in an annual three race series that has been going on for 35 years. Very friendly, grass-roots-y, feel, but actually pretty well organized. Top women Michellie Jones and Julie Ertel showed up and raced, in the sprint and the Oly respectively...kinda cool to finish just ahead of Michellie Jones (although my wave started 6 minutes ahead of hers).

Last updated: 2017-04-12 12:00 AM
00:05:40 | 300 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/8
Overall: 35/190
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex3 3 John
Course: Banana-shaped course in reservoir, mostly paralleling shoreline.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:26:38 | 08.26 miles | 18.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/8
Overall: 18/190
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Single loop of roadway around park. Some bad pavement. Rolling hills and one huge descent.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:59 | 03.1 miles | 06m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/8
Overall: 6/190
Performance: Good
Mile 1 = 6:59, Mile 2 = 6:53, Mile 3 = 6:29
Course: Winding loop, mostly on trails with some rolling terrain.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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