Wildflower Triathlon - Long Course - TriathlonLong Course

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
78F / 26C
Total Time = 6h 50m
Overall Rank = 1254/1966
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, had a cup of coffee and only ate a banana. I didn't even think about eating more, but I really should have. Got my gear together and headed down to transition about 7 am
Event warmup:

None really. There was only about 5 minutes before your wave to swim out a bit and loosen up
  • 36m 50s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters

While I feel swimming is my best discipline, I just never really felt good thru this swim. I did okay, and finished strong, but never felt i'd reached my comfort zone. Had a difficult time sighting, sucked in water a few times and had my goggles leak and had to drain them twice. It was getting choppier on the way in from the wind. Other than that I felt fine!
What would you do differently?:

My overall performance wasn't as bad as I thought, but theres always room for improvement. Looking back I think I may have had my goglles upside down cuz thats the only time they leak usually
Transition 1
  • 03m 26s

Didn't really feel a huge need to hurry thru transition- I took the time to apply lots of sunblock
  • 3h 25m 4s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.38 mile/hr

Wilflower bike course is legendary, and many claim it to be the toughest long course bike in the world. With over 4000' of climbing I really didn't think it was too bad,but the wind made it almost unbearable at some points. Like my swim I just never got comfortable and felt like I was mashing rather then pedaling smoothly. Huge lack of mental focus here as well. I did take the time to sit up and enjoy the countryside more than a few times
What would you do differently?:

What do you do to practice riding in the wind? At some points it seemed like the wind was in your face regardless of which direction you were traveling
Transition 2
  • 03m 14s

Again took a moment to apply sunscree
  • 2h 41m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 19s  min/mile

My legs were tired from the ride and I really wasn't excited about the run. Again mentally I just wasn't into it. The first couple miles were very uncomfortable but about mile 4 1/2, at the top of the trail run, I started feeling much better and was able to keep an even pace. Mile 5 aid station was a pick me up with the college girls being topless :)
Post race
Warm down:

Took a few sips of the ONE water bottle given to finishers but tossed it cuz it was WARM! I did enjoy the nice, cool wet towel but overall I was very dissappointed with the finish area.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Trained hard the week prior to the race left me feeling fatigued. No taper either for this race and I felt like a had a complete lack of energy from the start of the swim. I did enjoy the race but i'd be lying if I said I wasn't dissapointed with my finishing time

Event comments:

I am so glad I did this race and finished the long course. I'd heard a lot about this race and how hard it was. IT was well run and the whole atmosphere all weekend was fantastic. I feel like the aid stations could've been a little better stocked- green bananas and unripe oranges was kinda outta line. Other than that i'd give this race a B

Last updated: 2007-01-12 12:00 AM
00:36:50 | 1931 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 594/1966
Performance: Average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: This was a rectangular course, swam clockwise. 1000 meters out, round a buoy and 1000 meters in. Not too difficult
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:25:04 | 56 miles | 16.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1037/1966
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Single loop around Lake San Antonio with a few good long climbs and some very fun decents
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:41:26 | 13.1 miles | 12m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1642/1966
Performance: Below average
Course: 50% trails 50% road running thru the campgrounds. Aid stations pretty close to every mile was nice
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
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] 4