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San Luis Obispo, California
United States
San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Dept
Total Time = 1h 41m 43s
Overall Rank = 303/1000
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

things were kinda off, as far as pre-race routines go. (i have many; i've been a runner for years. i'm just new to triathlon.) the logistics of 1000 people and a split-lane pool swim made my start wave time somewhere around 1:30 in the afternoon ... kind of threw off normal pre-race routines. :) i'm not used to having lunch before i race.
Event warmup:

bike to the race, jogged around a bit ... not much warm-up.
  • 20m
  • 805 meters
  • 02m 29s / 100 meters

Due to the logistics of 1000 people needing to swim a half mile in a pool, my start time was around 1:30pm. This was annoying and made for a warm, warm race ... but there's not much else you can do when limited by pool lanes. :)
What would you do differently?:

I'm slow but consistent. I'm still very new to swimming, so was happy to swim the entire half mile freestyle. Eventually, once I get my endurance up, I will work on speed. This isn't my season for speed. :)
Transition 1
  • 00m

The transition was pretty quick, given there was no wetsuit to change out of. Just had to peel off cap and goggles and get socks/shoes/helmet/gloves on. Off I went! No idea of transition times; all times estimated by my watch.
What would you do differently?:

I forgot my wee little ultra-high-absorbent towel. Would have liked to have that.
  • 50m
  • 15.3 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

hillier than i'm used to! i was happy with my gear adjustments and my pace was comfortable enough to be able to take in good fluids and enjoy the scenery and the sunny afternoon. :)
Transition 2
  • 00m

i'm a little slower in this transition; i have to put patellar straps on both knees. overall felt pretty smooth, though. helmet off, visor on, into running shoes, gloves off, knee straps on, off we go!
  • 26m
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 23s  min/mile

i had new shoes (only wore twice prior to this race) and they felt like glorious cushions on my hot feet! :)
What would you do differently?:

i probably could have picked it up a bit on the long hill, but didn't want to kill myself, as i was mostly treating this day as an intense training day for my big race at the end of august.
Post race
Event comments:

nice, friendly, small-town race. no chip timing makes things not-that-accurate (and surely increases their need for volunteer labor!) ... starting in the afternoon wasn't all that fun, but necessary, given the logistics of a smooth pool swim. given all the limitations of the race, the volunteers did an EXCELLENT job of helping the race staff keep things organized.

i had a LOT of fun. this was a great first triathlon. :)

Last updated: 2009-06-28 12:00 AM
00:20:00 | 805 meters | 02m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Good
I am a slow, but consistent swimmer. It generally takes me around 20 minutes to swim a half mile. :) Today was no exception. This was a pool swim.
Suit: Zoot tri shorts, tri top
Course: laps in a pool. The race wasn't chip timed, so all times are approximations by my watch. :)
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:50:00 | 15.3 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Good
Not sure exactly of my bike time ... somewhere around 50 minutes. As above, all timing based on my watch; no chips.
Wind: Some
Course: rolling hills through rural farms/vineyards.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:00 | 03.1 miles | 08m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/1000
quicker than i thought i'd be. :)
Course: this was a pretty flat run but it was HOT out (see above for afternoon wave start time) ... i say "pretty flat" because at one point you have to run up ramps switch-back style to cross a pedestrian bridge and, nearing the end of the run, you have to deal with about a 1/3mile long steady uphill. yuck. plenty of aid stations and lots of friendly volunteers. :)
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-07-27 7:07 PM

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