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Castaic Lake Sprint Triathlon II - TriathlonSprint

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Castaic, California
United States
Running Wilde
Total Time = 1h 08m 41s
Overall Rank = 100/196
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 6/8
Pre-race routine:

My first triathlon! I was thinking about it a lot and didn't sleep so well the night before. Ate a bowl of Grape Nuts for breakfast. Packed up my car. Drove to pick up my friend in Sherman Oaks before heading toward the race area. Arrived at about 6:45 in the morning. Registered. Set everything up.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit in the lake. Water was real warm, so decided not to use a wetsuit. Made the decision to swim with my tri top on to save a bit of transition time.
  • 06m 42s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 41s / 100 meters

They started in waves - women and relays went 5 minutes ahead of the men. Waiting those five minutes made me too pumped up I think, and I went into the water too hard. I didn't swim SO poorly, but I finished toward the final 1/3 of the group I think. Lots of hacking and people swimming over you. I definitely need more practice with navigating.
What would you do differently?:

Calm down and take it a lot easier out of the gate.
Transition 1
  • 00m

After a poor swimming start, I had even a worse transition. Getting my bike shoes and helmet on was no problem. But I knocked down a bike getting mine off the rack (sorry to whoever that was!). Fortunately, my friend said not to worry and he would help re-rack it. Then, as I jumped on my bike, my chain fell off. Lost a few minutes dismounting then fixing it. Got grease everywhere on my tri suit and hands. Haha.
What would you do differently?:

Set the bike in a slightly lower gear so it doesn't come off coming out of transition.
  • 36m 18s
  • 10 miles
  • 16.53 mile/hr

Passed a lot of people on the bike, men and women. So after a poor start and transition, I was able to make up some time. Really hammered it on the hills, passing most people there.
What would you do differently?:

Got pretty dehydrated during the bike ride. Should have drank more of my Accelerade. I didn't really notice this until the run. Otherwise, I was happy with my pace.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Great transition. Less than a minute, but I didn't have the split.
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 43s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 34s  min/mile

I was pretty tired by the time I started running. Not my best pace. I was dehydrated from hammering on the bike. Didn't pass too many people here, but not too many people passed me either. Got some water at an aid station near the end of the course before we turned around.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike and/or take some bigger gulps of water during T2.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, took some pictures with other tri club peeps, and then went out to have some dim sum with the family.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Speed work, transition practice, swimming practice.

Event comments:

Race was pretty well organized. The turnout they had was probably double the turnout they had a few weeks prior, mostly due to LA Tri Club advertising the race on their email lists.

Last updated: 2008-08-09 12:00 AM
00:06:42 | 400 meters | 01m 41s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/196
Performance: Bad
Suit: None
Course: Swam along a roped area and then rounded a cone on top of some pipe that was sticking out of the lake.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:36:18 | 10 miles | 16.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/196
Performance: Good
This split includes transition time.
Wind: Little
Course: Fairly technical course. Went through some intersections that had traffic control, and had to share the road with some big trucks towing boats for the afternoon. The end of the first half of the ride was around a prison, so that was pretty cool to ride around their exercise area. Pretty steady continuous hill into the prison area for about a mile or two.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:43 | 03 miles | 08m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/196
Performance: Below average
Course: Rolling course along a path that wound around the lake and through some parking lots. Out and back for the most part.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-08-09 4:53 PM

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Sherman Oaks
Subject: Castaic Lake Sprint Triathlon II

2008-08-10 1:02 AM
in reply to: #1592276

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Santa Clarita
Subject: RE: Castaic Lake Sprint Triathlon II

Good job out there , the swim was a little crowded especially with the extra 50-60 folks in the water....

Love the bike course with all the variety of uphill and downhill grades it really separates the crowd fast.  

 Do you have a next race in mind ?

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