Encinitas Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Encinitas, California
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 36m 18s
Overall Rank = 403/565
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 60/79
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 in order to get down there when the transition area opened. Drank some decaf coffee on the way down and had a banana. Arrived about 4:45 and got a great parking spot. Racked my bike at 5:00. I was bummed that I arrived so early as the racks were by age group and my group was toward the back of the bike in/out. But I did get to rack on the end and have some extra room for my stuff (and I had a TON of stuff!)
Event warmup:

Not much warmup. Did some jumping around, stretching, and walking around.
  • 16m 17s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

Swim had me a bit nervous as I watched the previous 9 groups before me get carried by the current to find themselves out of position. First ocean swim for me and it was harder to see than I thought it would be. Every time I looked up to find the bouy, there was a swell, so I didn't know if I was going in the right direction. I just kept following those in front of me and hoped for the best.
What would you do differently?:

Work on breathing and keeping my head down. I was so worried that I would drift off course that I didn't keep my head in the water very much. Get clear goggles instead of tinted.
Transition 1
  • 04m 48s

T1 time was a bit long as it included a big run up a hill to the transition area. I was a bit tired after the swim, so the run up the hill was tough.
What would you do differently?:

Forgot to mount my bike computer before the race so would want to do that next time.
  • 49m 8s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 15.18 mile/hr

Terrible bike time. I found out quickly that the bike is where I need to work. Passed only about 9 people (4 of them had flats!) Guys and girls were passing me so fast it felt like I was joy riding. Should have mounted that motor on my bike the night before.
What would you do differently?:

Train hard and then some. Bike leg really needs work. Maybe get some aerobars and get used to them to cut down on the headwind.
Transition 2
  • 02m 17s

Not a bad T2 time for my first tri. I wasted a few seconds trying to put the race belt on. I also don't need to leave my bike gear so organized when I leave for the run. Just throw it down and GO!
  • 23m 48s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 39s  min/mile

Run was pretty good. Though I was going to cramp for the first 1/2 mile. Got through that and ran an easy pace for the first lap. I actually forgot that it was a 2 lap run and I almost turned it on halfway through lap 1. Glad I didn't. Picked up the pace on the last 1/2 mile and ran side by side with a guy breathing pretty heavily. I think he was playing with my head because as we got about 1000 yards from the finish line he turned it on a full sprint and left me shaking my head as I crossed.
What would you do differently?:

I probably could have picked up the pace earlier during the run. Maybe next time I will try to pick it up at the beginning of lap 2 instead of waiting until the last 1/2 mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish and went straight for a banana, some oranges, and gatorade. Stretched a bit and then went looking for my wife.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think the uncertainty of all that is involved in a triathlon hindered me a bit. As it was my first, I didn't really know what to expect and probably could have gone harder on the bike and run.

Event comments:

This is a great race and one I will look to do in the years to come. The volunteers were great, the transition area very organized and well laid out and there were some great fans cheering along the way. There was even a group along the side of the road doing the wave which brought a chuckle as I rode. The roads had no traffic which was one less thing to worry about. Competitors were friendly before and after the race.

Last updated: 2007-05-23 12:00 AM
00:16:17 | 750 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 188/565
Performance: Good
Suit: Rip Curl Suit I wear for surfing
Course: Clockwise around 2 bouys. Had to enter through the waves which were peaking at about 4 feet on the sets.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:08 | 12.43 miles | 15.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 512/565
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: Pretty flat. Good bike course with no traffic.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:17
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:48 | 03.11 miles | 07m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 340/565
Performance: Good
Course: Flat. 2 laps.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 5