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San Dimas, California
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 45m 17s
Overall Rank = 38/179
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 8/???
Pre-race routine:

Took my meds (yeah, I shouldn't have been racing this weekend), ate some breakfast, and drove down to the race venue.
  • 27m 22s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

Swim is my best event. Today was my second swim in a wet suit, and I discovered that I didn't get it pulled up high enough, as I think the suit rode low and chafed the heck out of my neck (I did use plenty of body glide, so that wasn't the problem).

Also, this was the first time I drafted a little bit. Maybe for a couple hundred yards, but it definitely helped some.
What would you do differently?:

More drafting.
Transition 1
  • 02m 50s

I didn't do any transition practicing, and it showed. Oh well.
  • 1h 16m 35s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.47 mile/hr

My bike was pretty decent today. I've seen some improvement over the past year, so I'm happy with the progress that I've made. I only got passed by one woman on the bike today, same one that passed me last year I think. I wanted to follow her for longer, but was afraid of getting nailed for drafting. :) Man was she something to gawk at, I mean to appreciate her athleticism and all, right?
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, I think I've about maxed my bike without a ton more training. And I just don't have the time to do it.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

I did a little better in T2 than in T1. Having the elastic shoe laces was a big help. Still, a pretty mediocre performance. Maybe I'll wise up and practice these transitions before Oceanside next April.
  • 56m 25s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

The run killed me. Being on some meds that caution against dehydration, I walked every aid station and downed a full water at each one. That was a smart move, but slowed me down a bit. But with my meniscus torn and no training on dry land (I've only been aquajogging), I discovered that aquajogging is no substitute for real running. By the last 2 miles, I slowed substantially, and I ended up doing a fair bit of walking uphill. My last mile was probably close to 15 minutes. Oh well, I still just beat my overall time from last year.
What would you do differently?:

Get different knees.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being on meds. Training limitations on running. Mentally, I just didn't have the edge today, not pushing myself on the run at all. That was disappointing a little.

Event comments:

Maybe I will try this again next fall. The field was pretty small, which was nice.

Last updated: 2008-08-14 12:00 AM
00:27:22 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/???
Overall: 13/179
Performance: Good
Course: The swim course, as it was set up from the south of Bonelli, was definitely longer than the setup from the north side last year. I felt the difference, and I heard several comments from others, as well, after the race. The nastiest thing was the shallow water sections that had us swimming through weeds. Yuck.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:50
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:16:35 | 24.85 miles | 19.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/???
Overall: 32/179
Performance: Good
Course: Three laps around Bonelli park. A few hills, some rough pavement, it's a fun and slightly challenging course with the hills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:42
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:56:25 | 06.21 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/???
Overall: 0/179
Performance: Average
Course: 1 big loop around Bonneli over the dam.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-10-06 9:06 AM

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Sunny Southern Cal
Subject: Bonelli Olympic Distance Triathlon

2008-10-06 10:47 AM
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Bend, OR
Subject: RE: Bonelli Olympic Distance Triathlon
You did it!!!  I was pulling for you and hoping that everything would be ok when you hit the run.  To do a 2:45 with almost no run training is great!  I'm curious to see what you could do if you were at 100%  with those knees.  Great job!!
2008-10-06 3:37 PM
in reply to: #1720416

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Encino, CA
Subject: RE: Bonelli Olympic Distance Triathlon
Great job out there, esp. with the injury. Conditions were perfect out there yesterday, but that course is hillier than I remembered and I was talking with a couple other folks who felt the swim had to have been long (hope so, otherwise it was my worst swim in awhile). X2 on the weeds on the swim, btw...bleah...

Congrats on getting through with a more than solid time!
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