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Los Angeles, California
United States
UCLA Triathlon Club
Total Time = 1h 46m 35s
Overall Rank = 184/258
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

My bag was already packed so I woke up, drank some water, pumped my bike's tires and racked it, then waited around until it was time to leave.
Event warmup:

The only warmup I did was swim 200 yards in the warmup pool before the swim. Got out, downed a gel, and found out that instead of waiting around for five or ten minutes for my start, I would be starting in about 30 seconds! Bad calculating on my part. I did no bike or run warmup.
  • 08m 9s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m / 100 meters

When you sign up for this race you estimate your time for a 400m swim so you can be placed with people of comparable speed. I signed up for the 7-8 min. group because that's how fast I was at the time. I have gotten faster though, so I did much passing. People started bunching up at the ends the last few laps, which really slowed things down. I was happy with my swim, though.

Could have dove but since I had not practiced diving with goggles on I didn't want to risk them coming off.
What would you do differently?:

Get faster and go in a faster group with, hopefully, less bunching up at the ends.

Do my warmup right away and don't cut it so close to the start. Also gives me a few minutes from downing my gel.

Practice race dives with goggles on.
Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

I had a tri suit on and my shoes on the bike so I was good to go quickly. In fact, I lost time looking around because I was shocked at how slow everyone else was. Why everybody doesn't have shoes on their bike already in T1, I have no idea.

Didn't anticipate my bike bag (behind the saddle) getting in the way of my taking the bike off the rack. I'm starting to get really annoyed with that bag.
What would you do differently?:

Don't look around at the slowpokes. Just go.

No towel placeholder. Don't need it.

Different bag/thing to store my bike stuff that doesn't get in the way of (un)racking.
  • 59m 55s
  • 13.5 miles
  • 13.52 mile/hr

I was pleased with my bike but because I'm such a big guy, I am just slow on the hills. Passed a number of people on the downhills, though, so I'm happy to see that speeding down hills in training paid off there. I even passed a few people as a result of cornering and I don't do much of that. Bike was having stuck gears every so often, which was a drag. I was happy with my time getting out of the saddle, too.
What would you do differently?:

Lose weight and keep training on those hills.

I should have a new bike for next year (I'm riding a 17-year-old Craigslist special) so the shifting shouldn't be a problem.
Transition 2
  • 02m 22s

As I was coming into T2 I was so relieved to be done with the bike that I forgot to get my feet out of my shoes until it was almost too late.

I didn't try to speed through T2 because the run was a big question mark for me. I took my time before heading out.

As I put my race belt on the number popped because it stretched out too far. Lesson learned.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to get out of my shoes well before hitting T2.

Race belt prep: put belt on, then pin number, then take belt off.

Go faster. Speed laces would be nice.
  • 34m 53s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 59s  min/km

This race went so according to plan than I finished last in my age group, as I predicted. Hey, it was my fourth run in two years and the first of those that I actually finished without my calves going goofy on me. All I wanted to do was not walk and I accomplished that, so I am happy.
What would you do differently?:

Lose weight. Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around looking for the Gatorade table. I didn't find it right away so I went to my backpack and got my bottle of Gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My weight and lack of training on the run. Nothing unexpected, though.

Event comments:

This was my first triathlon so I don't have anything to compare it to. However, I was very satisfied with the race and my performance. I had ridden the bike course two weeks before so I knew what to expect. The race went off just as I planned so I was very pleased with my preparation. Now I just need to drop the weight and train more.

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Last updated: 2008-12-23 12:00 AM
00:08:09 | 400 meters | 02m / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/258
Performance: Good
Suit: Louis Garneau Comp Tri Suit
Course: 8 zig-zag laps in a 50m pool.
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:59:55 | 13.5 miles | 13.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/258
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Up and down, up and down. Big up at the end of the lap.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 02:22
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:34:53 | 05 kms | 06m 59s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/258
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly flat. A gradual hill but nothing like the bike.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2009-03-09 10:30 PM

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The Beautiful San Fernando Valley in Sunny L.A.
Subject: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon

2009-03-10 12:09 AM
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Encino, CA
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Congrats, triathlete! Hope to get a chance to meet you at a future race.
2009-03-10 8:51 AM
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The Beautiful San Fernando Valley in Sunny L.A.
Subject: RE: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon
Actually you already did (sorta).  I was the one who said "Congratulations" in the garage. I'm lousy at meeting people :-).
2009-03-10 11:54 AM
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Fort Collins, CO
Subject: RE: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon
Drop weight and train more . . . the life of a triathlete.  Well done for your first tri, hopefully it is the beginning of many to come. 
2009-03-10 2:36 PM
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Nice job! Congratulations on your first race. 
2009-03-10 3:20 PM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon
Great first race!! You should be proud!!

2009-03-10 3:24 PM
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Subject: RE: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon
Congratulations on your first triathlon!  Looks like you're off to a great start, I hope you had fun
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