Encinitas Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Encinitas, California
United States
67F / 19C
Total Time = 1h 50m 50s
Overall Rank = 569/606
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 33/36
Pre-race routine:

First tri ever!!! Planned to leave the house at 4:45am, alarm didn't go off so woke up (thankfully) at 4:50 am. Got ready super fast, burnt my raisin bread breakfast so had to eat the heels and a banana. :( Parking was fine, walked down to look at the swim conditions.
Event warmup:

Since I was running later than planned I immediately got to the transition area and set up my stuff as best I could. Ran for 7 minutes or so to warm up then squeezed into the wetsuit and walked down to the water.

Got in and got wet. Swam around for a bit, noticed a pretty severe rip pulling away from the finish line, bigger, inconsistent waves. Got out and chatted with some of the other athletes in my wave - lots of newbies, so we shared our excitement and nerves.
  • 19m 54s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 39s / 100 meters

The combo of the waves + current was brutal. Half of my wave ended up 100 m down the beach. Thankfully I didn't. Getting out past the breakers was slow and really tough. There were pretty big rollers throughout the swim so sighting wasn't as quick as I had hoped, had to keep my head out for longer until the buoy was visible. Once past the breakers, I focused on breathing and getting to the buoys. A couple times I rested by kicking on my side/back, but I was pleased that I was able to maintain freestyle for the majority. My exit wasn't pretty, I virtually walked out of the surf.
What would you do differently?:

Practice my entry and exit form!!! The dolphining that I had worked on didn't really happen too much on the entry, I did get under the waves, but the form wasn't great. Also the exit was pretty slow and sloppy, I'd like to work on that while tired.
Transition 1
  • 07m 55s

My transistion was hilarious and awkward. It was more of a time to catch my breath than a part of the race. I sat down to remove the wetsuit, and according to my cheering team/spectators, kept drying off (I think this was what I mindlessly did while I was trying to remember what I was supposed to do next).

I had it in my head that I needed to put sunscreen on so I fumbled with a new spray can which I had failed to open prior to the race. Getting on the bike wasn't very smooth, or well excuted. I was passed in transistion but thankfully the swim went well so I was still in the front of my wave.
What would you do differently?:

Remember that I am still racing, don't worry about every little thing, just go!!!
  • 55m 5s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 13.54 mile/hr

My weakness, borrowed MTN bike. Heard Lots of "on your left" and "c'mon mountian bike you can do it." I was passed a lot but I got through it. Wore a camel pack for hydration as I am not coordinated enough to stay on the bike and drink from a water bottle. The hill wasn't fun, though I shifted well. My right side of my back started to ache the second half of the second loop - stretching wasn't helping.
What would you do differently?:

Practice on the bike! I knew it wouldn't be pretty or anything resembling fast so I'm pretty excited not to have fallen off and to have finished.
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s

Jumping off the bike wasn't good. I pretty much fell or stumbled onto my feet (thankfully there wasn't anyone next to me to get knocked over). Any lead I had after the swim was gone after the bike so I had a full rack to deal with. Somehow I had left my towel and wetsuit on the rack, and someone had put their bike on it. I had to move not only my stuff but others as well to get the bike back up on the rack. Because I had a Mtn bike I had to rack via the seat, and that was awkward with everyone's stuff strewn about, it was tough to get the handles under the bar. Race belt went on fine. No shoes to change.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster on the bike... do a better job with my stuff at T1... Learn how to dismount with some sort of integrety or just less of a hazard to myself and others! :)
  • 26m 30s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 31s  min/mile

I felt like an elephant. Heavy legs that just wouldn't move. My back still ached from the bike and I got a few side cramps. I started to loosen up and find a groove just in time to round the last corner to the finish line. Despite heavy legs & cramps I ran the whole thing. I am pleasantly suprised at my splits/mile. I was hoping to make it in under 30 minutes, so 26:30 was great!

One cool thing is that Paula Newby-Fraser was at the event (not competing). She was jogging (carrying on a conversation) with someone on the run course. I passed her... She said "way to go." It's not everyday that you "pass" a 24-time IM winner/institution in the sport, at your first race. It was kind of a cool. :)
What would you do differently?:

Practice bricks and better stretching/positioning on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked and Stretched. Ate a great breakfast. Jacuzzi in the evening.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of Experience. Short training time (6 wks).

Event comments:

Ton's of fun -- when's the next one?


I KNOW I can do better than that!

Last updated: 2007-05-21 12:00 AM
00:19:54 | 750 meters | 02m 39s / 100meters
Age Group: 11/36
Overall: 395/606
Performance: Good
Suit: Borrowed IM Stealth (thanks Danny!!!)
Course: Out 200 m, across 350 m and back in 200 m followed by a run across the sand to a steep switchback up to the transistion area.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 07:55
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:55:05 | 12.43 miles | 13.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/36
Overall: 549/606
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Two loops of out and back. Slight incline or hill for 3/4 mile or so.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80s
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:26
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:26:30 | 03.11 miles | 08m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/36
Overall: 464/606
Performance: Average
Course: Two loop out and back, we were held to the side of the road due to the bike and run course sharing some of the same streets. Had to run on the slight slope down into the gutter - I hate that!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
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] 5