The Day at the Beach Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Hermosa Beach, California
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 59m 50s
Overall Rank = 26/
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up at 4AM, breakfast of my soy sausage and rice/quinoa concoction + piece of banana bread with PB, lots of coffee (Kona of course!). Shower, load up and on the road at 4:45AM.
Event warmup:

stretching, 200m warmup swim, light jog on the beach.
  • 10m 18s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

Water was cold and choppy, but I was prepared since I swim Hermosa quite often. I started on the outside left, about 3 from the front and just swam against myself and focused on pacing to avoid blowing myself out. Best race swim I've had so far.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

Decent transition.
  • 25m 24s
  • 10 miles
  • 23.62 mile/hr

Not a great bike course. Way too narrow and the less experienced/slower riders ignore etiquette and don't stay to the right causing a lot of crowding and near misses for faster riders.

On a positive note, I decided to continue shakedown of my new P3C, instead of riding the P2C. Had some nasty chain slippage going on last weekend at Bonelli with my Zipp 808/DuraAce cassette on the back. Did a little adjustment of the rear derailleur Saturday afternoon and she performed flawlessly, so its official now - the P3C is my centerfold, race day rig and the P2C is officially the training mule and inclement weather (get real, we're in California :D ) rig.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

Decent transition.
  • 19m 59s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 40s  min/mile

Nice run course. Breathing was erratic coming off the bike and my feet were like cinder blocks due to ambient air temps and numbness from the swim and the air rushing through my Sidis, but all in all, a great run for me, which I expected, since I focus on Oly/HIM distance runs and have been doing a LOT of 10K barefoot beach runs the past several weeks to build my running base.
Post race
Event comments:

I expected to do well in this race, since its the only sprint I've done and my focus is mainly on Olympic/HIM distance races. I've been doing a lot of base building on my run and really worked on my mental focus swimming, since my terrible showing on the swim at Bonelli last weekend. Swim was mentally tough since I was using a long john and the thermocline broke on Friday night, resulting in much colder water temps in SoCal, but I had a great swim regardless of the blue toes and hands. Overall, a very fun and enjoyable triathlon and I'm obviously happy with a 4th AG, 26th overall finish.

Last updated: 2008-09-16 12:00 AM
00:10:18 | 440 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Rocket Science Long John
Course: 400m box.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:25:24 | 10 miles | 23.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 loops of a 3.3 mile road course, relatively flat with some light rollers and tight turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:59 | 03 miles | 06m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: bowling lane flat course along the Strand, great scenery. A little crowded.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4