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La Quinta, California
United States
Klien & Clark Sports, LLC
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 14m 49s
Overall Rank = 138/
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 25/68
Pre-race routine:

Up ultra early (2:30AM), breakfast. 2.5 hour drive to La Quinta. Ate a Clif and a Snickers about one hour before, plus some coffee.
Event warmup:

Quick swim warmup (~200m).
  • 23m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

Had my usual issues when swimming in fresh water (too fast out, slight hyperventilation). Hard as hell to see the first buoy, but once I got around it, things evened out. I relaxed my stroke and tried to pace a little better. Got into a good rhythm about halfway and the rest was cake.
What would you do differently?:

Finally figured out what causes most of my GI issues (gas, bloating) in all my previous races...I'm swallowing air somehow when I'm swimming. Gonna have to be keenly aware of this at Oceanside or it could make for a miserable 56 miles on the bike and even worse 13.1 mile run.
Transition 1
  • 02m 43s
  • 1h 01m 14s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.35 mile/hr

I hammered on the bike. Probably my best race performance yet on the bike. The bike was pretty much one continuous pass for me - I was passed by only one person, and he must have been a Cat 1 cyclist, because I was cranking along at 26mph when he passed me, LOL. I was feeling strong and was in a good rhythm - speed was pretty much rock solid between 24-28mph, other than about 2 miles where I dropped down to 21mph, and the short climb back into transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Exceptional bike segment for me.
Transition 2
  • 01m 36s
  • 46m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 25s  min/mile

My typical run performance - bloated and gassy, limited my ability to push harder. Not bad, all things considered though.
Post race
Warm down:

Relax, ate some carbs and drank a few bottles of H2O. Me and TriAgainJim then proceeded to the Red Robin where I partook in what I affectionately refer to as "vegetarian crack"...endless french fries! I felt guilty, but to hell with it, I earned em. Gonna be back on the strict nutrition regimen now until after IM Cali, which I plan to celebrate with a junk food binge of epic proportions...CheeseCake Factory in Huntington Beach, ya better get ready, LOL.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Gas..... Did I mention gas? This is Oceanside, I vow that somehow, some way, I am gonna have a comfortable, gas-free ride and run. That's the best part of this race - I finally figured out what was causing the GI issues I always suffer, and its such a simple thing to take care of.

Last updated: 2009-03-08 12:00 AM
00:23:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro X2
Course: CCW, starting directly into the sun. Long first leg, long back leg then a short final leg into transition.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 02:43
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
01:01:14 | 24.85 miles | 24.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/68
Overall: 51/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Fast and flat rectangle on generally smooth public roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:36
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:00 | 06.21 miles | 07m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 31/68
Overall: 204/
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly off-road or uneven, crubling pavement, plus some sand and just about everything in between. Not a great running surface.
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
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] 3

2009-03-09 3:44 PM

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Wrong Beach, CA
Subject: Toyota Desert International Triathlon

2009-03-09 3:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Toyota Desert International Triathlon
Nice job, that looks like a tough field, you laid down some serious numbers!
2009-03-09 3:51 PM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: Toyota Desert International Triathlon

Killer ride and run. Way to push the pace. Nice race.

2009-03-10 5:40 PM
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Fort Collins, CO
Subject: RE: Toyota Desert International Triathlon
I might take the gas if it makes me swim and bike that fast.  Well done and hopefully you can get things worked out to avoid the GI problems in the future. 
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