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UCLA IronBruin Triathlon - TriathlonSprint


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Los Angeles, California
United States
UCLA Triathlon Club
67F / 19C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 30m 16s
Overall Rank = 156/260
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 3/14
Pre-race routine:

Sucked last night's cold coffee out of pot, straight. Drank water. Ate 1/2 goody-bag Myoplex bar on the way to race. Dear Dolores fetched me even though she was sick as a dog--and did the race anyway.
Event warmup:

Easy 500 in warm-up pool; treaded water lightly for a few min. waiting for wave to start.
Swim
  • 06m
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards
Comments:

Outstanding, and about what I'd expect for the distance and type of course. Came 3rd out of water in wave (first 2 were relay).
What would you do differently?:

Be more aggressive in speed in rounding the buoys (treat them like walls--accelerate in and out). Push a little harder (stayed on the feet of the leaders/drafted); it's a sprint and it's okay to puke in T1. Oh, and hit my watch for a split.
Transition 1
  • 03m
What would you do differently?:

Remember to rack my bike in the direction I need to leave so that I don't have to walk around the whole rack (wasn't possible to duck under it). Time to move on to shoes clipped to bike already, too. I rolled my socks, but maybe need even looser ones--hard to pull on esp. w/nothing to hold on to for balance.
Bike
  • 50m 42s
  • 13.5 miles
  • 15.98 mile/hr
Comments:

There was a lot of scary hype about the hills, and though I took them slower than I'd have liked, I felt very strong. I really loved the nature of the bike course--even hillier and steeper would have been great.

There was a 10-year-old doing his first triathlon, but he needed to know what ON YOUR LEFT means--when I said it to pass, he looked left, crossed right in front of me, and crashed into the bushes. I slowed down considerably, watched him crash, and though I felt bad about not stopping--you've got to know what ON YOUR LEFT means! (Also, some volunteers saw and were coming over).
What would you do differently?:

Put a different cassette on so that I have one more gear to spin up in. Train on hills more (not just in Spinning(R) class, although that did me very well). Be more aggressive in passing people on downhills before the braking bottlenecks at the turns. Blow my legs up a lot more--it's a sprint. Move quickly past an accident, even if it's one I caused (by following the rules!)
Transition 2
  • 03m
Comments:

There was nowhere to rack my bike when I got there--I had to put my bike on the end of the rack, and then retrieve my running shoes out from under the bikes to put them on, no way to just slide my feet in. Transition hogs!!!
What would you do differently?:

Yankz/bungees on shoes--doesn't really matter how they're laced for a sprint (I usually use butterfly lacing, which lends itself poorly to Yankz).
Run
  • 27m
  • 2.75 miles
  • 09m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

A wonderful achievement--ran the entire run, no walking. May have been faster with walk breaks, but I doubt it. This is by far the fastest run pace I've hit for a race.
What would you do differently?:

Run the course beforehand. I would have pushed harder on the uphill if I knew the rest was downhill, and zoomed the downhill more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Tried not to yak. Ate a bit of bagel and coffee with lots of cream and sugar, then drank some free energy drink. Ran in with Jocelyn, then Dolores. It was a pleasure to meet Cash Mason and chat with him for a bit as we waited for runners coming in near the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weight, no recent familiarity with course, better bike handling skills to not get caught behind slower riders on turns, better T1 planning, T2 rack hogs. Slept wrong on left knee and woke up with it tweaked. Stayed up way too late carousing and was a bit sore from Friday evening. Too much bike volume this week.

I'm not going to whine about how I was negligent, and the transitions and bike course turns sucked, and how if I were less of an idiot and the course were better planned, I'd at least have the 16s to break 1:30, if not 2min to have hardwared in the 31-50 age group. (Ha, there, I just did). As it is, I placed 3rd in 30-39 (in case you missed that in the numbers up top :)), and I hauled azz.

Bottom line: the race was fantastic, and so was I. I am much more confident about being prepared for and able to finish CA 70.3 now.

I've come a long way from when I did this, my first tri, in 2005. (Different course but it seems the overall/winning division times were roughly comparable). I went from 2:12 to 1:30. Back then, I finished 7th to LAST (2nd last in my division).

Event comments:

Packet pickup was very smooth and the goody bag/contents was the best ever.

The swim was a no-worse cluster fcuk than most open-waters, though slower swimmers (like slower bikers) should have been advised to stay to the outside. It is a bit bizarre in a sprint to have first/last waves 2 hrs apart. It means the slower runners in the latter waves will have to run in traffic.

Bike course was hilly and technical; even a few inches or a foot wider on the 90-degree turn lanes at the bottom of downhills would have been very helpful. For safety, no passing on turns is important, but it was very frustrating, not to mention dangerous, to get stuck behind a bunch of bikers riding their brakes and weaving on those end turns.

No mile markers and no water on the run.

Volunteers were very plentiful, very helpful, and just rocked.

End-of-race expo was small but wonderful. Food was good and plentiful. Raffle was neat and more giveaways for all at the end.

Overall, a very well-planned and executed race (especially for what was essentially now an inaugural race).


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Swimming
00:06:00 | 437 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/260
Performance: Good
Swim split incl. T1 was ~9:00, and I remember seeing the time of day on my watch when I got out but not being able to hit a split (duh, 'cause I wasn't on Chrono!) Looked at watch again as I left bike--about 3 min. later.
Suit: Trisuit
Course: Counter-clockwise around buoys along the outer edge of a pool.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:50:42 | 13.5 miles | 15.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/260
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Four laps; mostly uphill or downhill. Screaming downhills all followed by sharp 90-degree turns in narrow lanes.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
Running
00:27:00 | 02.75 miles | 09m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/260
Performance: Good
Course: Uphill the first half and downhill the second; one loop.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-03-02 6:29 PM
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So you pretty much were a fish in the water and took no prisoners on the bike. Even the ten year olds have been warned: stay outta your way!

Great race I'm so glad to hear your positive thoughts about the half ironman in ~ month.
2008-03-02 6:29 PM
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Wow, that is one super amazing improvement from the first time you did that race!  Inredible work and great job!
2008-03-02 6:34 PM
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Congrats on a great tri! You are smokin' fast!


2008-03-02 7:00 PM
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Congratulations!!  Great race!  That's an amazing amount of improvement. 
2008-03-02 7:34 PM
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Awesome job.

Someday, i want to exhibit the kind of improvement you have. You're one of my heroes.


2008-03-02 7:54 PM
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Awesome Job out there Sunshine

It is nice to streak a race so you can see your year over year improvement. I might suggest that this is just the beginning for you. Time to break out the board and ride the improvement curve.

Be very interesting to see how your Swim Split turns out. (I bet you were way up in the standings as your such a strong swimmer)

Awesome job on the run today too. Your right, it does suggest some very cood things for Oceanside later this month.

I know this was an "A" race (With a first Class FE) but this was also a great tuneup.

Take care and recover well

2008-03-02 8:11 PM
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Nice work! Congrats on the top 3 AG! Now, on to your HIM...good luck...I'm sure you'll do great!
2008-03-02 8:13 PM
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Good job.  Even though it was 4 loops, I didn't get bored either.  And it felt great to tackle the hill for the last time and then cruise to T2. 
2008-03-02 8:44 PM
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Yanti, I didn't realize that you got 3rd in our age group! You rock! I'm so happy for you! I had a lot of fun hanging out with you guys. It made the race even better than it would have been. Thanks also for running in with me. That was a good pick me up.

By the way, that 10 year old was a nightmare on the bike. Twice he was in front of me and weaving all over the course. When I was on that fast downhill near the intermural field he was sitting on his bike at the bottom with the volunteers, then let his bike roll backward into the narrow bike lane, I started to hit the brakes and yell but the volunteers saw and pulled him back. Somehow I doubt the incident with you was his only crash!

2008-03-02 9:12 PM
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AG placing!

Nice work and your smart training is showing!

Congrats~ 



2008-03-02 9:26 PM
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great job yanti. i am sure that you will be ready for the 70.3 in a couple of weeks. at least i am sure that there were some after race treats awaiting you!!!!
2008-03-02 9:51 PM
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Excellent job there my friend!!!  How exciting!
2008-03-02 11:11 PM
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I'm hoping my battery lasts long enough to say

You Rock!

congrats on the race - and as always, thank you for your inspiration

2008-03-02 11:32 PM
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Aww....Yanti...you're such a pimp...LOL. You rocked it out today!! I really had tons of fun hanging with you guys today and can't wait to do another race with y'all. Have a great night and enjoy some awesome sleep. :D

 

adios!!

 

Matt

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2008-03-02 11:54 PM
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Great job, Yanti!  It's great to be able to track your improvement, and to place in your AG (the toughest one, if I do say so myself) is amazing!! Congrats!  Hope you are resting well and sleep peacefully.

Leslie



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2008-03-03 7:18 AM
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Way to go Yanti!!!!  I'm still picturing the boy riding off to his left into the bushes...  He may still not know what "On your left" means, but I bet he figured out it does not mean, "Go left"
2008-03-03 8:27 AM
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Dude, awesome job!!!  Way to really hammer each part of the race.  Congrats on the AG placement!!
2008-03-03 9:55 AM
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Hey Yanti!  Fantacular tri!  I can't believe peeps are starting to do outdoor tris already...

Congrats on the hardware...I'll make sure and keep my 11-yr-old away from you ...great race!

2008-03-03 10:14 AM
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Congratulations on the strong swim, and especially the 3rd place AG finish!


2008-03-03 10:30 AM
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well done!  great job!

Peace. 

2008-03-03 11:47 AM
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An hour and a half!!!!

You are my superstar idle!!!

And a WOOTWOOT for YANTI!!!!!!!!

Hmm... I wonder if that 10 yr old had just learned how to ride a bike?

2008-03-03 11:53 AM
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Super race! Great job.
2008-03-03 1:16 PM
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SUPER JOB! (btw, what does on your left mean--JK!). Great placement, great effort, and what a benchmark improvement from your first tri! Great race report--you rock!
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