Wildflower Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
64F / 18C
Total Time = 6h 26m 45s
Overall Rank = 1035/1883
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 201/285
Pre-race routine:

Got a few energy bars and some water in me and got setup.

Event warmup:

Short warm-up before my heat went out, but as usual I don't find I need much of a warm-up.
  • 43m
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Horrible swim all the way around. Like a dumbass I decided that one tiny droplet mark in my glasses was needed to be cleaned 15 seconds before my wave started. I used my "clean" tri-top and then put them on my head before the gun sounded. Totally blinded in my right eye, and even though the Aqua-Sphere folks were right next to me giving away goggles for those that had trouble I figured I would be ok and just learn from the mistake. I ended up having as bad a swim as I have ever had in my life. The bouys were on the right, and I usually breathe the majority of the time on the right, but my right goggle was worthles. I would almost run into the folks on paddle boards on the bouy line, and then sight ten strokes later and be heading out to the middle of the lake the next. I easily swam an additional few hundred meters if not a half mile. I would catch people and then lose them, only to zig zag way away from my path.

That just sucked, I felt like I was blind out there, as the only thing I could see was the form of the bouys ahead, and the form of the folks next to me with the paddle boards. WHen I held a straight line I was fast and fluid, but those were brief moments in an otherwise shitty swim.
What would you do differently?:

Get different goggles. I only have had these goggles a few weeks but I loved them, however that coating inside the lenses that keeps the fogging down to zero also scratches real easy.

Next time I will take the time to let the Aquasphere folks give their product away, I bet I would have come in sub 35mins had I taken the minute to get my crap squared away with goggles I could see with. I have since acquired Aquasphere goggles.
Transition 1
  • 04m 25s

I used sport shield and it wasn't as good at getting the suit off my calves and such, won't do that again.
What would you do differently?:

listed above
  • 3h 16m 8s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.13 mile/hr

This is a hard course and I knew it would hurt. It did as I thought it would. The hills killed me. I knew they would and given that this was my second over 2hr ride off the trainer during the last six months I say I did ok.
What would you do differently?:

Train more, but I made great strides in work, school and with my family during this training period so I don't wish I did anything drastic but just did a long run/ride each week.
Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

As good as it could be under the circumstances. I felt fast in transition as it was a pretty big transition and I crashed my bike when my shoe fell off the pedal after I dismounted.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 21m 8s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 46s  min/mile

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Hiked my crap up to the camp and then came back after an Ice-bath and lunch to see the winners take their prizes.

I had a few folks snapping pics of me sitting in my big cooler covered in 80lbs of ice, but I bet it helped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Great race, I hope to be a fixture there for years to come.

Last updated: 2008-11-04 12:00 AM
00:43:00 | 2112 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 221/285
Overall: 1301/1883
Performance: Bad
Suit: Two piece Desoto with the Long sleeves
Course: Out and back with one turn in outherwise.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:16:08 | 56 miles | 17.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 149/285
Overall: 795/1883
Performance: Average
170 avg HR
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Great course, it kicked my butt but given my limited training it should have. I really enjoyed this course and look forward to hitting it next year with training under my belt.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:21:08 | 13.1 miles | 10m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 200/285
Overall: 960/1883
Performance: Bad
170hr average compared with a 190 I averaged this winter for a 12K.
Course: Tough as hell course that I knew would kick my butt. I got quad crams @ mile 3, first time in my life, and when I tried to stretch I got ham cramps so I left the stretching alone. After the big climb @ mile 4 I decided I had to walk the hills, my body was out of juice. I had a few good efforts, and was cruising on the flats and slight hills but for the most part I ran between hills and walked the hills. I had fun despite the fact that every step hurt like hell.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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] 5