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Desert International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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La Quinta, CA
United States
Klein Clark Sports
82F / 28C
Total Time = 2h 12m 19s
Overall Rank = 46/325
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/19
Pre-race routine:

Just woke up 3.5 hours before race start, drove down to the race, and drank a bottle of gatorade.
Event warmup:

Running back to transition to drop off my sunglasses...kind of upset with myself for bringing them down to the water. What was I thinking?
  • 18m 47s
  • 1320 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

Things started pretty good and felt great for first 200 yards or so. However, once I got further into the race (i.e., 200-500 yards), things went to sh#$. I started hyperventilating and had to stop a couple of times, with a few stints of breaststroke mixed in. Unzipped the wetsuit for a bit, then zipped it up. Ultimately, I think this was a combination of not having worn the suit since October and tightening the velcro strap a little too much. Once I got comfy, I felt as if I was moving up through the field pretty rapidly.
What would you do differently?:

Swim in the wetsuit before the race for part of a warmup.
Transition 1
  • 03m 8s

Feet were hurting during run between swim and transition area. Too many rocks for my sensitive feet, I didn't mind sacrificing a minute to have more comfy feet!
What would you do differently?:

I could have been a little quicker during the run between the swim and transition area....
  • 1h 04m 47s
  • 24 miles
  • 22.23 mile/hr

Pretty happy with most of the ride. Didn't quite have enough leg strength to turn my legs in a hard enough gear. Went out a little too hard I think. Cadence was good throughout, but since it was a flat course, I should have been in the big gear more. Should try to drop cadence down to something closer to 90rpms (from 104rpms) to see if that will help with speed.
What would you do differently?:

Build more leg strength. I am going to spend some time in the hills over the next few weeks to see if I can do something about this!
Transition 2
  • 01m 58s

Legs were cramping. Walked from bike to run start...was hurting!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing but have more legs under me.
  • 43m 39s
  • 6 miles
  • 07m 17s  min/mile

Wyatt (some guy I met in my age group) saved me and got me through the first four miles or so. I started to push the pace for the last two miles, which felt great. Passed someone in my age group 50 yards from the finish...part of me feels like I shouldnt have sneaked up on him and passed him.
What would you do differently?:

I should have done a better job hydrating since it was so hot. Other than that, I was fairly happy.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really need more leg strength.

Last updated: 2005-03-03 12:00 AM
00:18:47 | 1320 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 46/325
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Hydrofull
Course: Triangular, single loop.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:04:47 | 24 miles | 22.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 45/325
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Two loop course with an out-and-back to the transition area. Pretty flat and very few turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 104
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:58
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:39 | 06 miles | 07m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 77/325
Performance: Good
Course: Two "3" mile loops. I feel like the course might have been a little short. I hope it wasn't and the I really ran 7:18 miles.... It was HOT, HOT, HOT! No shade. From mile 0.25-1.25, there was a lot of pretty soft sand. Same with mile 2.5-3.0. Obviously the same on the second lap.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-04-18 3:18 PM

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Subject: Desert International Triathlon

2005-04-21 10:17 PM
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Seattle WA
Subject: RE: Desert International Triathlon
Hey matt,
Nice job!! Great race!! Very impressive. I love the swim pace, and you kept up the nice pace throughout! Sounds like the weather was nice also.
2005-04-22 11:19 AM
in reply to: #144074

, Alabama
Subject: RE: Desert International Triathlon

Amazing swim speed, particularly if you had to stop to fix the wetsuit.  Imagine what it would've been otherwise!  Great overall race.


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