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Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 45m 6s
Overall Rank = 1930/2373
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 171/241
Pre-race routine:

We arrived early Saturday morning and set up camp, and finished just in time to sit in our campsite and watch the pros start to fly by on their bikes. After watching the race for awhile, we walked down to the festival area. We ended up walking back and forth a few times, plus all the walking around at the festival, and of course finding bathrooms. It probably wasn't the best idea to walk several hilly miles in the heat the day before my race, but I had a good time.
Event warmup:

Woke up early, packed my things, checked over my bike, biked to transition while my husband and sister broke down our camp. Set up my transition area, ate a clif bar and had some iced coffee. Tried to stay warm, walked around a lot, watched the first few waves take off, spent a few minutes with my entourage, took some pictures.
  • 33m 49s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

Visibility was very low and my goggles were fogging up a little, so I watched for people on my right and left when I turned to breathe. Every once in awhile I popped my head up and made sure I was still following the crowd. I passed a few people from the wave ahead of mine, and got passed by a few from the wave behind me, but most of the people around me were from my wave.
What would you do differently?:

More open water training and more swim training in general, but I was fairly satisfied with my performance.
Transition 1
  • 05m 15s

My suit got stuck on my heels because I forgot to unzip the legs before I tried to take it off (oops). Everything else went ok.
What would you do differently?:

Not mess up while taking off my wetsuit.
  • 1h 44m 21s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 14.29 mile/hr

I tried not to go too hard, but I still passed tons of people, especially on the hills. However, I had to go to the bathroom, which made me not want to drink, so I did not take in enough fluids and was a little dehydrated at the end. I did have some shot blocks, but only about 12oz of gatorade.
What would you do differently?:

More fluids!
Transition 2
  • 04m 2s

I took a little more time than I probably should have. This was partly because my Bodyglide melted and I ended up making a big mess with it. Put shoes and hat on, downed a Gu, and started to leave without my race belt. Turned around, found race belt, and dodged a few people who were in my way as I exited.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to practice my transitions more, so I don't mess up and forget things.
  • 1h 17m 37s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 30s  min/mile

The run was a struggle for survival. I was a little undertrained because of my knee issues, but what affected me the most was not having drank enough on the bike, plus I was uncomfortable because I had to go to the bathroom. Soon after I started I was walking, and after the first mile or so I came across a line of port-o-potties. I figured it was worth the extra minute or so, so I went. After that I felt better, but still hot and I couldn't keep my heart rate down, so I alternated between walking and running. I think I got passed by at least as many people as I passed on the bike! At about the 6k point I started to feel better since I been drinking a whole cup of gatorade and dumping water on my head at every aid station. I started running and didn't stop until the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Train more and drink more!
Post race
Warm down:

Had some food and water, found my spectators, sat around for a little while, and then had to hike up the big hill to get to the truck.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first olympic distance race, and a difficult one. I made a few mistakes, but still got through it, and learned a lot. My goal was to finish in under 4 hours, so I am happy.

Event comments:

Wildflower, see you next year!!!

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Last updated: 2007-11-05 12:00 AM
00:33:49 | 1640 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/241
Overall: 0/2373
Performance: Good
Suit: ProMotion Power Glide
Course: It was an L-shaped course, with waves starting 5 minutes apart.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:15
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:44:21 | 24.85 miles | 14.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/241
Overall: 0/2373
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Pretty hilly, about 900 total feet of climbing if I remember correctly. I think almost half of this is going up Lynch hill right out of transition. The road was ok, most of the bad potholes and cracks were marked but I still hit a couple of scary bumps.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 04:02
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:17:37 | 06.21 miles | 12m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/241
Overall: 0/2373
Performance: Below average
Course: Hilly, part asphalt, part trail. The road follows the lake shore for awhile, with rolling hills, then turns inland, up a big hill, then back towards the finish. After the big hill there is a nice long section of gradual downhill, which is mostly on a dirt trail, then a little more uphill, and then Lynch hill for the final mile or so.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-05-05 2:33 PM

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Woodland, California
Subject: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2008-05-05 3:01 PM
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San Francisco
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Hi Robin.  Sounds like you survived a tough race (that's wildflower for ya!) and did a great job.  i hate those ankles on the wetsuit too.  Love the pictures!

2008-05-05 3:23 PM
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Nice job, Robin, and congrats on meeting/beating your goal!
2008-05-05 3:43 PM
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Modesto, California
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Our race reports sound almost identical, great job bringing it when you were doubtful about even doing the race!
2008-05-05 3:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Robin - WTG - nice first Oly!
2008-05-05 4:44 PM
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Tucson, Arizona
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Great job finishing a tough race Robin.  That is a pretty hilly area, but you got through it and have an Oly under your belt.

Those pictures look like you had a great time and that's what it's all about! 

2008-05-05 5:53 PM
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NorCal, near Lake Tahoe, Ca
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Good work, Robin! The heat definitely adds another level of difficulty. Congrats!
2008-05-06 12:45 AM
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Lafayette, CA
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

What a great race out there.  Wildflower is truely misnamed. Maybe it should be called Race from the deeper pitts of hell! 

You should be proud of your race. It is a very tough and technical race.  Everyone that I talked to had the same comments about the run.

Congrads!  You finished Wildflower!  As one of my buddies said, "You won't find a tougher Oly course than Wildflower!" 

2008-05-07 5:51 PM
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Carlsbad, California
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Yeah, Wildflower is the most satisfactory personal worst I have ever run

I love the Olympic Course but had to do the Long Course before I truely appreciated it. Nice job out there.

It seems like the weather cooperated this year much better than last year. (Sunday was almost 90 with about 6% humidity and blowing a gale)

The bike course, (And Lynch Hill In Particular) conspire to make the run really tough, especially after that darn run across the boat ramp and up the stairs. (took me a couple of tries at this race to realize I needed to take it easy on the stairs)

Still, I read more race reports where people experienced the same thing I did, finding a second wind in the last 1.5 miles and charged down Lynch to the finish.

But the whole stadium effect around the boat ramp is the coolest

Very nicely done

2008-05-07 7:23 PM
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So Cal.
Subject: RE: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Great RR.  I did the Olympic last year and used the same strategy of dumping a cup of water over my head per aid station.  Were your socks squishy too going down Lynch hill?

Hope to see you there next year.

2008-05-08 8:53 AM
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Santa Clarita
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Nice Job at the race and congrats on finishing that 1st OLY.

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