Wild Flower Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
Tri California
56F / 13C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 1507/
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 255/343
Pre-race routine:

Ate a banana and a small bowl of oatmeal. Hiked down to transition, aero bottle fell off bike on the way down, should have been an insight into my day.
Event warmup:

Not much warm up, lots of standing around having to pee. Got to get in the water and swim a little before my wave. Did some arm movements to stay loose.
  • 38m 20s
  • 2133 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

Goal was 40 minutes so I was very happy with the results.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, maybe swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 04m 45s

Felt good leaving T1. Actually felt great considering swim time.
What would you do differently?:

Get faster.
  • 3h 30m 40s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.95 mile/hr

Let the madness begin. Around mile 15 a guy told me my seat bottle holder was loose. I rode on until I heard the same thing again from someone else. I pulled over to fix it and thats when I saw that it was broken. I pulled everything out that I could and loaded up my tiny pocket in my tri jersey. I emptied my two bottles into my aero bottle and drank the rest. Threw the bottles away so I did not have the extra weight.
Around mile 28 on a downhill I hit a rough part of road and my aero bottle broke loose, hit my front tire, shot out in front of me about twenty feet then went under the guard rail and down the mountain. Now I am down to one bottle holder with 28 miles to go.
Good thing was the big hills were still to come. Made my way through and back to transition. I was ready to get off the bike with the bad luck and get on the run. with my bottles gone I was not drinking near enough and would later pay for that.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more and take in more calories.
Transition 2
  • 03m 51s

Felt good in transition and thought I was pretty quick considering the horrible bike I just had.
What would you do differently?:

Get faster.
  • 3h 24m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 36s  min/mile

Got to mile two feeling good. At mile two I started throwing up anything I took in. This lasted until mile 8. I should have been pulled from the race but I kept moving and trying to eat and drink. I kept throwing up until I hit mile 8 when I tried a banana again and it stayed. I was able to drink some and keep it down so I started running around mile 8. I ran the rest of the race expect one last hill coming out of "the pit".
What would you do differently?:

Stay focused on nutrition on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Cold beer and a chicken burrito, then a margarita.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hydration and nutrition.

Event comments:

I'm glad I did not quit. I am also glad that I was able to stay with the bonk recovery and finish out. Lots of lessons learned and will take that into my training for Lake Placid and Florida. Also happy with all the things that happened, I moved on and did not let it beat me down too bad.
Wildflower is one hell of a race and everyone should do it at least once.

Last updated: 2008-03-18 12:00 AM
00:38:20 | 2133 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/343
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: QR Superfull
Course: Rectangle course with three right turns. Water exit was up a long steep boat ramp that added about two minutes to swim time.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:30:40 | 56 miles | 15.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/343
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Average HR was 141 and power was 205.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Big loop around Lake San Antonio, lots of "rolling" hills. Head wind in the first 15 miles. See vertical chart under race day blog entry. Total elevation was 5,387'.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:51
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
03:24:24 | 13.1 miles | 15m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/343
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Average HR was 119.
Course: Very hilly course, see profile under training log.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %7
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 2