Wild Flower Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
Tri California
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 36m 3s
Overall Rank = 343/1741
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 63/309
Pre-race routine:

Took sleeping pill night before. No effects in morning. Pre-race meal of a banana, protein Power Bar and 20 oz. of Infinit Jet Fuel. Put on sweats and drove to race. Oh, I should add that the night before I noticed I had two huge blisters on the inside of my arches and they were like balloons. Went to the first aid station and one had popped and I popped the other and had mole skin put on.
Event warmup:

Rode down Lynch Hill and tried to spin. Slow jog, stretched, then did 4 sprints. Did arm stretches for swim. Swam out about 25 yards prior to race.
  • 30m 44s
  • 2132 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

Started in the front and that seems to be working. Sighting was great and hit buoys perfectly. Many of the swimmers went really wide for the first buoy. Breathing is always hard for me for first 1/4 mile and then it is fine rest of the way.
What would you do differently?:

I think I would turn it on a little more for the last third. Being my fist 70.3 I wanted to make sure that I didn't kill myself. I would also check the course out better. Coming back in after the third buoy, I was not sure if I had to round another buoy or not. Need to pay as much attention to the swim course as I did to the Bike Course.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

Took a digger taking off my wet suit. Put feet into shoes and ran in shoes and then clicked into clips. First time I went without socks.
What would you do differently?:

Fell getting wet suit off my ankles. I think I will get down on my bottom next time to remove. I will also use my Bento box. I had two many items on the towel. Oh, and I need to make sure that I put sun-tan lotion on my back (Pre-race) Also, put on Race Belt. Forgot on Bike and Run. What a rookie. I am sure I was entertaining for a few of the veterans.
  • 3h 03m 1s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

I had heard a lot about the Bike Course and studied it well. Drove it the day before. It was very hilly and a challenge to say the least. Training in Santiago Canyon and riding Silverado really helped prepare me for this course (yeah, Modjeska helped too). I can also thank Larry Davidson for telling me to get a 27 gear for the ride. Using a 27 is the way to go to save your legs. This came in handy on Beach Hill (within first mile of race) and also on Nasty Grade. It was good to know I had an easy gear to fall back on. The training and knowing the course from race reports was a plus.
What would you do differently?:

Get faster! For my experience and fitness level, I felt that I did the ride just right. Oh, I would use the water bottles to pour water on me. Bastard of a course.
Transition 2
  • 03m 11s

I had two huge blisters on my arches so I took the time to put on mole skin and socks. I also needed to put gels and salt tabs in my back pocket.
What would you do differently?:

Remember my Race Number. Ran without it. Put gels and slat tabs in my pocket on ride (store them in Bento Box). Also, hopefully will not have blisters in next race.
  • 1h 56m 1s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

The run was a BEAST! It kicked my butt. It was so HILLY!!!!! Hill after Hill after Hill. At MIle 9 you run down hill seeing that you have to run back up. Mentally, this about broke me. It was a cruel joke. KNowing you had to run back up made the downhill run long and dpressing I think I drank a little too much. Stomach felt a little yucky at some points. Last mile going down Lynch Hill I got my second wind and ran a sub 7:00 mile. I felt so fast and passed 3 of my age groupes and about 10 other people.
What would you do differently?:

Train more and build up my endurance.
Post race
Warm down:

None. I went right to the oranges and bananas and Gatorade with ice. The oranges tasted so good. I must have eaten about 20 slices. I did have my recovery drink of Costco EAS and Genr8 mix

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. This was not my A race and I had won a raffle so my training, especially the run, was not where it needed to be. Also, this was a huge mental test especially after mile 8. I need to get tougher in that aspect.

Event comments:

Wildflower is Awesome. After the race I swore I would never do this race again but the next day I was already taking about going back (when I am more fit - hehe). This race should be on any Triathletes schedule. This was my first 70.3 race and it was extremely hard, but it was exciting and very cool. The vibe was awesome and the setting and overall difficulty make this a race that I am proud to have completed. It was a great day and I would like to thank the Lord for giving me the strength to complete this race, my Father-In-Law for being my support, Larry Davidson my awesome coach and Quinton Berry for all of his help.

Last updated: 2008-02-24 12:00 AM
00:30:44 | 2132 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 39/309
Overall: 245/1741
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU Velocity
Course: Rectangular.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:03:01 | 56 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 95/309
Overall: 470/1741
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Very Hilly.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
01:56:01 | 13.1 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 64/309
Overall: 364/1741
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race?
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5