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La Quinta, California
United States
Klien & Clark Sports, LLC
60F / 16C
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 45m 42s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 13/19
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5 -- tea, flat out w/ PBJ and banana. TJ's high fiber cereal, dry.
Parked way out with the other int'l participants. Long walk, partial ride to transition.
Event warmup:

Walk around, chat, little jog. Got in the water, swam about 50 yards.
Swim
  • 26m 44s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters
Comments:

Got a dolphin start. I'd just read about that in Triathlete magazine and figured why not try it out. I was about midway between. Kept pace with another woman to my right and got a mouth full of water when she was splashing and I was coming up to get air. Had to re-group and started swimming again. Then, my cap felt too tight since I'd put on my warmwear and the red race cap on. My head felt like it was getting squeezed. I realized I still had a long way to swim so I'd just better deal with it and get going. The green buoy kept getting closer. Not too congested around it, except the faster guys from the wave behind us caught up and I promptly got konked on the head by some guys elbow. Funny, how I knew it was a guy from the sheer force and weight of it. He was a bigger guy, too. So me in my red cap and several others in red, some in white from the previous wave and then a sprinkling of blue caps. The rest of the swim went pretty well for me. I just kept my rhythm and started trying the hip flip instead of just powering it with my arms.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe just keep working on my speed. Maybe start a little further up. I did not once think "Why am I doing this" on the swim. I usually do. So, a small victory.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s
Comments:

I knew this would be a long transition. It was raining and I wanted to make sure I got my jacket on. It did take me a little longer to get the wetsuit off and the sock on, esp. with the rain. But I wanted to be warmer on the bike so I took the time to put on a long sleeve.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe jumped up and down to get my wetsuit off my feet or try LOTS of body glide around my legs?
Bike
  • 1h 15m 43s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.69 mile/hr
Comments:

I had to put my gloves on in the first couple of miles. I had put little heating pads in them which may or may not have worked, but my hands weren't numb like last year. I went down in aero and used my teeth to pull my gloves on. I think I could find a better way? But having those long fingered gloves probably made a huge difference in my comfort level.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 2
  • 03m 20s
Comments:

Again, because of the rain, I had put extra socks in my running shoes and my running shoes in a plastic bag. It was a good move. My bike socks were soaked and I didn't want to risk blisters. So dry socks to start and dry shoes (at least for a while). I did grab my ipod, which I'm sure took some time away, but I got out on the course fairly fast after the shoe/sock change. My hat was soaked so I wrung it out and just put it on, figuring it would at least keep more rain off my face. I grabbed my Garmin and stuffed it in my back pocket.
What would you do differently?:

Not mess with Garmin or get a new one that I don't have to "mess" with. :)
Run
  • 54m 57s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 51s  min/mile
Comments:

It kept beeping from all the motion on the bevel and when I pulled it out it was on some funky screen. I tried for a little bit to get it on my wrist and set up, then just realized it would take more time than it was worth. Again, just used my body. No aches or pains during the run, which is nice. I kind of trotted and focused on my form. I picked up the pace the second half. I do wish I had a split time.
What would you do differently?:

Forget the Garmin.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to find a banana and water. Lots of puddles and mushy,grassy mud. People huddled under tents. I just wanted to get my stuff, get to the car and have a hot shower.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Rain? I didn't taper for this at all. It was a tune up and training race for Oceanside.

Event comments:

I like this race. I think the organizers do a fine job. Some people would like more food choices, but I'm so damn picky as long as there's water and a banana right away that's fine. I don't go for burgers and pasta or beer anyway. I brought my own hard boiled egg and choc. soymilk anyway.




Last updated: 2009-12-25 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:26:44 | 1500 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 14/19
Overall: 430/
Performance: Average
Suit: 2xu
Course: Triangular. That first green buoy sure looked a long way out.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:58
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:15:43 | 24.85 miles | 19.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 359/
Performance: Good
I was 10th in my AG here. Even in the rain. I didn't get passed my very many, maybe 3 or 4 women and only one in my age group. I did pass quite a few people. It really started raining and it got windy.
Wind: Some
Course: This is such a great flat course. Surrounded by mountains and they had some fresh snow on them. Hard to see them with all the clouds though. At times the rain was like little pellets. Puddles started forming at the end. My bike squeaks in the rain, btw.The ride went pretty fast in my mind, too. Kind of fun in a weird way. Most of the road was smooth except the road coming into and out of the park, which had some potholes. There's one slight down hill on the way back in and I put it in my hardest gear and felt like I was flying. I couldn't see my Garmin so wasn't able to monitor how fast I was going or cadence. Just relied on my body to tell me to go stronger. The bike part isn't my strong suit, but I do think I'm getting better.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 03:20
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:54:57 | 06.21 miles | 08m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/19
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wish I had it.
Course: Flat around the lake. The course was very wet, puddles and rocks and uneven surface. Some mud and wet sand. It was more like a flat trail run in parts. At least the sand was packed on the lake front. It's always more challenging to run in softer sand.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2010-03-08 11:29 AM

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2010-03-08 11:32 AM
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You had a great race, despite the rain.  I am going to look into those hand warmer things, but then again, I might just skip any cold rainy races in the future. 
2010-03-08 11:42 AM
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Kudos to you for sucking it up in those conditions!  That was nasty.  Great tune-up for Oceanside tho - let's just hope the weather is a bit *better*
2010-03-08 11:45 AM
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Like I think I already said via your log, great job, esp. under the conditions.  (Only thing I'm curious about:  Why did you have to put the gloves on during the ride?)
2010-03-08 12:02 PM
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Great race, it was really cold out there. Way to rock the bike course! Solid performance. Less than 3 weeks until Oceanside, I think you're ready.
2010-03-08 12:10 PM
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Girl you are putting up some nice fast splits. Good race and in the rain!



2010-03-08 4:40 PM
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tcovert - 2010-03-08 9:45 AM Like I think I already said via your log, great job, esp. under the conditions.  (Only thing I'm curious about:  Why did you have to put the gloves on during the ride?)

My hands get numb after being cold. Reynaud's syndrome or something like that. Nothing serious but irritating and uncomfortable.

2010-03-08 6:08 PM
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Congratulations on a great race Lynn!  That's got to be a real confidence booster for Oceanside.
2010-03-08 8:55 PM
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Wow, it all sounds screaming fast to me, especially in those not-ideal conditions.  Glad you got to practice your transitions in anticipation of your 70.3!  You're ready to rock it!
2010-03-08 10:10 PM
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Nice job!!!  You had great splits and times, especially considering the rain!!! 

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2010-03-09 12:45 AM
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congratulations on the finish..you did great out there. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet. I swear a woman rode by me and her bike was squeaking - maybe that was you? I think it was a canondale but I could be mistaken. how funny!


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