UCLA IronBruin Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Los Angeles, California
United States
UCLA Triathlon Club
Total Time = 2h 11m 8s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Cereal and a banana. This morning was not so great. I have been sick for the past couple of days and still am. I figured I had plenty of time to back out of the race if I didn't feel any better as the morning went on. It was 4:30 a.m. and my wave didn't start til 8:10 a.m. - plenty of time, right? So off I went.
Event warmup:

Got into the warm up pool about 20 minutes before my wave - swam about 400 and then went and got in the pool and tread water a bit waiting for the start.
  • 14m 52s
  • 437 yards
  • 03m 24s / 100 yards

I thought the swim went pretty well all things considered. Of course, I went out too fast at the start but I was able to calm down well before the second lap.
What would you do differently?:

I would go faster and be more aggressive in the pool. There was a woman in front of me side stroking all the way and a few times I almost got kicked in the head trying to go around or staying behind her. I should have just run her over.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Transition was slow for me, super slow. There was a piglet talking to me while I was getting ready to go out on the ride...sweet! It took me a few minutes to get my breath and get it together anyway.
What would you do differently?:

Not be sick, go faster.
  • 1h 20m 49s
  • 13.5 miles
  • 10.02 mile/hr

I did very well considering I was sick and that the bike is my limiter. I actually had a lot of fun on this ride. With mean uphills there's damn good downhills and that was FUN. I made it up the first and steepest hill the first lap - the rest of the laps I walked it and jumped back on half way up and went on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster (of course), not be sick! I started to get angry about halfway through when I was getting passed by a lot of people and I had to remind myself that I was sick and not even close to 100% to just relax and enjoy.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Another slow transition. I'd love it if after I came back to transition after the bike if my things and my spot were still there and available to me. It sucked that my space was gone and my shoes were stuck under someone else's bike and my hat was thrown off against the fence. Seriously, not everybody is super speedy - no need to throw it in my face.
  • 35m 27s
  • 2.75 miles
  • 12m 53s  min/mile

A good run, slow at first but okay. I did 2:00/:30 wralk which worked out well. I ran the entire second half of the run since it was downhill. It was quick. Yanti ran in with me at the end - I really love it when she does that! It is such a boost. I came around the corner and there was Matt and Faeron too! Yay - I'd made it!
What would you do differently?:

Run the entire way.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, walked around. Checked out the expo and ate a bagel. Got free stuff.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being sick.

Event comments:

Overall, I am glad I went and raced. It was fun and doing this race gives me an idea of how it will go in the coming months for the other races I have planned. Its weird how you kind of forget how races are in the off season. I had a blast this weekend hanging out with Yanti, Faeron, Matt and Jocelyn.

Last updated: 2008-02-20 12:00 AM
00:14:52 | 437 yards | 03m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Swim time was actually more like 9 minutes - my transitions this race were really slow.
Suit: Orca trisuit
Course: It was 3 1/2 laps around the outside of the pool around buoys. Interesting how it worked out - it was not such a mess as I had thought it would be.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:20:49 | 13.5 miles | 10.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: The course was hilly!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:35:27 | 02.75 miles | 12m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4