Wildflower Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
72F / 22C
Total Time = 7h 54m 12s
Overall Rank = 1670/1883
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 249/273
Pre-race routine:

I drove up from Atascadero, its only 30 min from Jolon road at the freeway. I stayed in a hotel again this year, it was a good call as there was a great chance of rain this year.
Event warmup:

Moved around at pier area just before swim, came back in and saw Donato and Bryan at the start,too funny, helped calm my nerves, wished them luck!I drafted off Donato for a while, he had other plans, like going faster!
  • 39m 14s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

It felt like an ok swim although my time was not great. My sighting was perfect, I drafted some but not as much as should have. My stroke seemed strong, I could not pick up the pace though, I definately lacked speed.
Out of the water I felt slugish running, so I just walked.
What would you do differently?:

Work more on pacing and speed intervals, I had no throttle at all for this race.
Transition 1
  • 05m 29s

Just wanted to be focused getting onto the bike, took it slow.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions a little!
  • 3h 52m 40s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.44 mile/hr

Felt great comming out of the swim,adapted to the course right away. Up until mile 28 I felt good & nutrition was good. Then my back started to tighten and my hips siezed up. I was getting passed on a consistant basis, I just tried to maintain a steady cadence and recover on the downhills. The only time I would pass others was on the downhills, and there were plenty. I felt I prepared well for the hills because they did not seem as difficult as hills were for me last year. Nasty grade was not easy but I enjoyed the challenge. The down hill after this was awesome, I reached 45+. My back and hips were killing me at this point and it seemed every 5 minutes I needed to get up and move around to attempt to stretch, it didnt help!
What would you do differently?:

More tempo rides, way more interval training, I need to be as strong at mile 50 as I was at mile 5.
Transition 2
  • 03m 16s
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 3h 13m 31s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 46s  min/mile

There was no run in me at all, it felt like a car hit me on both sides of my hips. I tried everything,jogging,walking,stretching, nothing helped! So I just plodded along, I had dropped so far back that I was among the walkers, and I did this for the entire time, up and down every hill!
What would you do differently?:

I was hurt, that never went away since my last race,ITB,Piriformis, muscle imbalance, or all of the above. I wish I knew what it was. I probably had no business doing this race,but, I paid, the weather was epic,my friends were there, and despite my all time record slowest time,I had fun!
Now its time to take the time to heal!
Post race
Warm down:

Went straight to the first aid tent and got ice, lots of it!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injuries, they affected my bike and run!

Event comments:

I loved this race, even though I was not in the condition I had planned! Next year I doubt I will do this again, I will probably do Oceanside only and not both like I just did, it was way too much for me!

Last updated: 2008-11-18 12:00 AM
00:39:14 | 2112 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 142/273
Overall: 975/1883
Performance: Average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:52:40 | 56 miles | 14.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 228/273
Overall: 1470/1883
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:16
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
03:13:31 | 13.1 miles | 14m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 189/273
Overall: 1405/1883
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4