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Ralph's California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, CA
United States
53F / 12C
Total Time = 6h 17m 50s
Overall Rank = 1157/1885
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 222/312
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, ate the breakfast of champions (apple fritter). Drove over to the race site, setup transition area, went to the bathroom about 10 times. Sipped water. Told my wife there were better things to be doing than standing in the cold rain ;)
Event warmup:

Nothing really. Normally I like to get in the water, but we couldn't get in until 3 minutes before the start of our wave.
  • 32m 9s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 40s / 100 meters

The best part of the swim was getting in the water, we spent a good twenty minutes standing in line waiting for the previous waves to start. I was actually shivering! Going from 53 degrees air temperature to 61 degree water temperature felt like getting into a warm bathtub! Or maybe that's when I pee'd in my wetsuit...

The start of the swim was a battle. I got beaten and battered. It seemed that all I did was move from one beating to another - and that ain't no joke. It was kinda neat though as I ended up catching the previous two waves. The problem with swimming through the earlier waves is that you end up getting hit more. When I did seperate at times, the swim was awesome. It makes me wonder how I could have done if I started in the first wave.
What would you do differently?:

Move to the front. I don't know why all those jokers position themselves up so far to the front. Who are they kidding?
Transition 1
  • 06m 58s

It was cold and raining. I didn't just want to wear my tri shorts and top, so I put on some socks, leg warmers, arm warmers, and I figured since I was gonna blow this transition, I might as well put on some cycling shorts for comfort.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I would have liked for it to go quicker, but you really can't prepare for the rain. I worked out of my bag instead of having everything laid out so I could keep my stuff dry.
  • 3h 09m 53s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.70 mile/hr

Not having ridden the course before, I really didn't know what to expect. I was told that the big hill was at mile 26. When we passed mile 26, I thought to myself "boy, those were some easy hills", but those weren't the hills! So I went a little hard a little soon as a result. The hills themselves weren't too bad, and if I could do it again, I think I could shave a five to ten minutes off of that ride.

I got passed by pretty much everyone. I didn't expect to do so poorly, but then again I'm a swimmer and not a cyclist ;) I was amazed to see the number of $3k+ bikes. I was also amazed to see the definition in the legs of the guys passing me, they clearly workout in the gym. In the end, the 5-10 minute gap I opened on most competitors in the swim was eaten up in the bike. What's a guy to do?
What would you do differently?:

I should have drank more. I normally drink two 20 ounce bottles on a three hour ride, but for whatever reason, I only drank one and half bottles. This turned out to be a bad thing.
Transition 2
  • 03m 15s

My toes and feet were numb from the bike. They were feet and cruising at 17+ mph in 55 degree temps only turned them into stumps attached to pedals. So when I first got off the bike, I almost ate the asphault. I had to run about 100 yards to get to my bike rack and it turned out I needed the entire run to get the feeling back in my feet.

I stripped off the arm warmers, leg warmers, cycling shorts, cycling shoes, glasses and helmet (not in that order) and put on my visor, glasses, and running shoes. I was going to put on a dry set of socks, but apparently I didn't zip my bag up on the last transition exit and they ended up getting soaked in the rain. squish squish squish!
What would you do differently?:

Zip up the frickin bag! Man I'm a dork.
  • 2h 25m 36s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 07s  min/mile

Well, I'm not sure who I beat on the run. Amazing that I beat anybody at all. I was only able to run twice in the four weeks leading up to the race as I had the plantar fascia tear. The good news: I was able to finish the run. The bad news: I didn't have run endurance, running felt awkward, I was very tentative to put any weight on the foot. Honestly though, I feel lucky to have been able to run at all. When I first tore the muscle, I gave consideration to not running the race at all.

So, all that crap being said, I pretty much run/walked (I walked all the incline/declines and each of the aid stations) the first 9 miles. The last three miles I got fed up and said to myself, if it was going to reinjur it, then no better time than now! So I opened it up and all went well. I honestly think I could have started running harder sooner, but why? I pee'd twice on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start running sooner, better yet, not tear my plantar fascia 4 weeks out from the race ;)

Post race
Warm down:

Does passing out count as a warm-down? j/k j/k

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My limiter was the injury. I went from easily maintaining < 9 minute miles to running > 11 minute miles. In addition, running was the core of my workout routine so I didn't know how to work around the injury and that's where coaching definitely would have paid off. I ended up having basically a four week taper.

My goal before the injury was 5:30, and with the injury I wanted to get 6:00. I can't really complain with a 6:17, but I can't say that I'm happy with it.

Event comments:

The race itself was well organized. All the volunteers rocked. Lots of enthusiasm, and when I crossed the finish line, they made me feel like a million bucks. They had bathrooms everywhere and were smart enough to have bathrooms that only the athletes could use. They had plenty of post race food (pizza and fruit). The wait for the massage was a little long, so I passed. I was rather shocked at the lack of freebies, but we don't race for freebies, so it was all good. The finisher's medal is pretty sweet. Ironman put on a great race, my hat is off to them.

Last updated: 2005-03-20 12:00 AM
00:32:09 | 1931 meters | 01m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 78/312
Overall: 432/1885
Performance: Good
Suit: XTerra Ventilator
Course: The swim took place in the harbor in Oceanside and it basically a big hook.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 06:58
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:09:53 | 56 miles | 17.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 205/312
Overall: 950/1885
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: The course went along the coast, then up into some hills, then through Camp Pendelton with a couple of good climbs around mile 30 and mile 40.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:25:36 | 13.1 miles | 11m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 267/312
Overall: 1541/1885
Performance: Bad
Course: The course was an out and back 6 mile loop that needed to be completed twice.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 5

2005-03-20 8:42 PM

Livingston, MT
Subject: Ralph's California

2005-03-20 8:45 PM
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Livingston, MT
Subject: RE: 569
Somehow my bib number is the name of the race. Wierd... Race was the 2005 Ralphs California Half Ironman.


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2005-03-20 9:21 PM
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Philadelphia, south of New York and north of DC
Subject: RE: 569
Well done Chris!

Really good finish, especially given the problems you've had with your foot over the past month.
2005-03-20 9:48 PM
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Lethbridge, Alberta
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Subject: RE: 569
Good race! Now take care of that foot for the next day or so and make sure it's OK. Congratulations!
2005-03-21 12:29 AM
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Subject: RE: 569
Well done!!!!!   You've earned a couple of nice rest days

2005-03-21 10:29 AM
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Livingston, MT
Subject: RE: 569
thx guys, I'm definitely gonna need them. I'm still frickin sore!

2005-03-21 4:13 PM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: 569
ChuckyFinster - 2005-03-21 8:29 AM

thx guys, I'm definitely gonna need them. I'm still frickin sore!

If you weren't sore, would you feel like you RACED?
Great job! I admire your perseverance, and despite your injury you raced well!
2005-03-21 5:34 PM
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Livingston, MT
Subject: RE: 569
2005-03-21 6:49 PM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: 569

Great race Chris!

I was working the Hot Corner off and on throughout the day and wanted to spot some of the BT crowd, but never did.  We all had a great time cheering you guys down that last 400 yd stretch.


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