Big Kahuna Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Santa Cruz, California
United States
Firstwave Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 6h 02m 4s
Overall Rank = 443/851
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 22/63
Pre-race routine:

Saturday night: Fantastic pasta dinner w/ the TCSD crew at the house we rented. Thanks Darrell for a wonderful dinner!

Sunday morn: Got up around 4:30. Ate a banana, some cereal, and some oatmeal. At 5:10, still had not taken care of business, so I drank a half cup of coffee. I drink coffee every morning, just not before workouts. I think I need to work it into my weekend workout schedule. Juls and I drove to the race site (only 3 miles from the house we were staying at). Racked my bike, went to the bathroom (yippee!) did a 10 min warm-up run. and then put my wetsuit on.
Event warmup:

10 min warmup run, 3 minute "let's get used to this cold water" swim. Water felt a bit cold, but not as cold as last year. Had to be at least 60 degrees.
  • 42m 58s
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Felt ok on the swim. Of course it seemed long, but my back didn't get tight like it did in Oceanside, so I actually felt pretty good the entire time. Swimming back in, the pier seemed really really long, and there was no real line. Only 3 buoys for an entire 1.2 mile swim. It would've helped to have some more buoys to help direct the line. Made me realize that I need to start getting some longer swims in. Tough to do it in the mornings before work. I may need to work it into a Friday night or Sunday afternoon swim (3500+ yds).
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 05m 6s

This is a very long T1, out of the water, over the river, through the woods, past grandma's house, over the train tracks, and into transition. Probably a quarter mile run +. I took my wetsuit off as soon as I got onto the boardwalk which like last year helped tremendously. I also put my Garmin on my wrist during Transition. I didn't use it on the bike, but I like having a very fast T2, so it was good that I didn't have to mess w/ it later.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 09m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.77 mile/hr

Nice little headwind on the first half. Started out sunny, then the winds out of the Northwest brought in this crazy fog. Only 1/4 mile visibility for awhile with some fairly good headwinds. Had to take my sunglasses off b/c they were fogged up. My arms and my bike were dripping with dew. Did pretty good on nutrition on the way out. I had 2 bottles of carbo pro/motor tab mix (330 cals of Carbo pro + 90 cals of motortab/bottle). Made sure to finish first bottle by the 2nd aid station (mile 26.5), so I could bring some water onto my bike. Drank most of the water bottle and 3/4 of my 2nd nutrition bottle on the way back). Total of about 750 calories taken in on the bike. Stomach felt a little sloshy. I brought some combos and peanut butter pretzels with me, but did not eat them. Will need to concentrate on my nutrition over the next couple weeks on my long rides. Neck and upper back got really tight on the way back into town. Was difficult to stay in aero. I'll need to do some long days in aero in the next couple weeks. Fiesta Island/Silver Strand here I come! Hit 41 mph on one downhill. That was fun!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing....but get more time in the saddle over the next couple months.
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

Quick and easy
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 03m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 25s  min/mile

The first 3 miles of this run absolutely sucked! I didn't think I'd be able to run the whole 13 miles. My legs were tired and sore and sluggish. I was tired. How was I going to do this!?!? I finally started to get my rhythm around mile 3 and started to feel much better. I reached the 10k mark (according to my Garmin)at around 56:30. I was pretty happy with that. I reached the turnaround right around one hour flat. I knew if I could run a negative split, I could beat 2 hours. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Oh well, I ran as hard as I could.

Run conditions: Very windy on the coast, a little warmer on the trails. Sunny.

Nutrition: Ran with my hand water bottle. Took water for a little sip and dump at each aid station. Took a gu at the half way point. If it were any hotter out, I probably would've been taking in Heed as well, but I'm not sure how that would've sat in my stomach as I'm not used to it. Looking forward to Ironman with coke and gatorade. I know I like those on the race course.

The end of the run is always an interesting experience. Soft sand, packed sand along beach, soft sand to the finish line. The first patch of soft sand was not too bad, fairly short. Then we had a 1/4 - 1/3 mile run along the beach. There were TONS of people on the beach this year b/c of the nice weather. I almost ran over some little kids. Oh well. The soft sand finish should lead to some fun finish photos. You try running in soft sand after 13 miles! :) Beat my run time from last year by 7 minutes. Very happy about that!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line, found Stacy, found Juls, stretched, ate strawberries, oranges, and a bagel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind, and I'm a slow swimmer. Otherwise I was pretty happy with my performance.

Event comments:

I love this race and will keep doing it. I can't wait until Pat can do it with me one day! :)

Last updated: 2008-09-09 12:00 AM
00:42:58 | 2310 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 44/63
Overall: 0/851
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro 2
Course: Out and around the pier. Was a little more difficult sighting this year over last due to this year's sunny conditions and a slight bit of chop (last year was completely gray and flat). Last year I was pretty sure the course was short due to my time. This year seemed just about right.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:06
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:09:06 | 56 miles | 17.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 26/63
Overall: 0/851
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Out and back out Hwy 1 towards Half Moon Bay. Great course w/ lots of rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:33
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:03:21 | 13.1 miles | 09m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/63
Overall: 0/851
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back. First ~3 miles along coast, then head inland through neighborhood area and onto trail. Turnaround is on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4