General Discussion Race Reports! » Hansen Dam Triathlon Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply

Hansen Dam Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Lake View Terrace, California
United States
San Fernando Valley Partnership, Inc.
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 00m 20s
Overall Rank = 12/424
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/39
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 4:30 am....I actually awoke with out the alarm. As I didn't put a lot of emphasis on this race, I was able to get to sleep early. I also went up to Santa Barbara the day before and hammered the course up there for a big race in two weeks. This will have turned out to be a mistake with regards to this race. I did plan on training right through this race and just doing it for fun, so I can't be really mad at myself. Got to the race around 5:30 and there was plenty of rack space to get set up. I got on the first rack for my wave, right on the end. Perfect position. I then just waited for the start.
Event warmup:

They announced that the water for the event was 78 Deg's. I did bring my wetsuit, but decided not to use it. The water was just too warm and I didn't want to over heat. So I headed down to the water about 20 minutes from the start and swam about 200-300 yards. I felt just fine so I headed in and waited for the start.
  • 09m 10s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Swim was good. It was a running start and I made sure to line up on the front row on the left side as the first buoy was just past the dock on the left. Headed out at a good pace...still not fast enough though. I really don't like going hot to start and then slowing into a doable pace. I like to build to my pace. I need to work on this. I need to be able to sprint the first 100-200 yards and then settle get away from the people. I saw one cap starting to get away and I couldn't hang with him. We turned left at the first buoy and then sun was RIGHT in my eyes. Couldn't make out the next buoy at all. I just put my head down and swam by braille. Didn't do too bad of a job and was able to make the first right pretty uneventful. I then saw one guy on my right that was going the same pace as me. So I hopped into his least I tried to. The problem was, we were now catching the wave in front of us. There were people everywhere and I was dodging and diving all over the place.

Rest of the swim was just pacing and make sure my breathing was good. I kept the guy I tried to draft off right next to me and we exited the water together. I came out of the water in 4th and left T1 in the decision to not wear the wetsuit paid off.

The course was also really long. No way it was 500 yards. The timing mats were 30 feet from the exit so I know what the times should have been. This course was probably in the 650 yard range based on the times.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure. This was a good swim. I could say go harder off the start, but I want to try that in practice first to make sure I don't work myself right off the bat and mess up the whole race. I mean, leaving T1 in second, not much more you can really ask for.
Transition 1
  • 00m 37s

Perfect...not much to do here as I didn't wear a wetsuit. I just grabbed my helmet and glasses and I was off. Went from 4th to 2nd
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 32s
  • 11 miles
  • 22.35 mile/hr

Oh boy, this is when I realized I was in trouble. Started off down the path to bike exit and hopped on my bike and everything went great with my shoes and such. The first little street was a very very slight a false flat and I started to get up to speed and my legs just laughed. They were so sore from the day before that I had ZERO power. I could barely turn the peddles. Luckily the next street was slightly downhill. But, at the bottom, I was quickly passed by two riders in my age was nothing I could do. The course was all up hill and flats for the first half and I was struggling. I couldn't even stand up on the bike, that's how sore my legs became comical at one point.

Well, the ride was pretty uneventful and at the halfway point headed back down hill which was nice. I was thinking the whole time, "how is this going to affect my run..?? Am I screwed when I get off the bike?"

Came down and dismounted fine and was happy to be off the bike. I only got passed by two riders in my division so that was good, I was now in 4th.
What would you do differently?:

Don't absolutely smoke your legs on a ride the day before....duh.
Transition 2
  • 00m 41s

Just fine. I did struggle with my Garmin for a split second...but no big deal. T2 time was still up with all the fast guys.
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 17s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 46s  min/mile

Headed out of transition and was immediately passed by someone who caught me on the bike and ran out of T2 faster than me. For a split second, I though, ok, just stay with this guy...then he slowed down...I was like, ummmm, ok, adios. I just went around him and dropped him pretty quick. I actually felt "ok" at the start of the was on pavement around the lake. But once the run hit the dirt, it started to hurt. I don't run on trails at all...i only run on pavement. So my muscles aren't really used to it. My pace through the first mile was good though at 6:44. I was thinking to myself, if I can hold this pace, I'm fine. I did get passed right before the 2nd mile and there was nothing I could do about it. He was in another gear. Second mile was a 6:57 and I was really hurting. The funny thing was, I wasn't even winded, I wasn't even hair was was just in so much pain, there was nothing I could do. Anytime the course went up hill, I was just dieing.

I managed to hold onto my spot and finished the last mile in that was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Again, my legs were just shot. I felt fine otherwise.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing...walked back to transition and got my bike and left. The good thing was there was a TV right at the finish with the results. I saw I was in 5th and didn't need to hang around for awards, so I was gone.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

38 Mile Tempo ride the day before absolutely shot my legs. I had NO power when I needed it.

Event comments:

Very fun race. Definitely would have been in contention for a podium had I come in fresh. I just need to be smarter about my prior day's workout. It's ok to train through races and not formally taper into them, but don't go out and kill yourself the day before...just dumb. Live and learn.

Last updated: 2010-08-09 12:00 AM
00:09:10 | 500 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/39
Overall: 26/424
Performance: Good
Suit: LG Tri Suit
Course: Square clockwise course in man made lake. Had to have been long too..I would guess 650-700 yard range
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:29:32 | 11 miles | 22.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/39
Overall: 40/424
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: Out of the park, single loop, slight uphill grade to start, back down into the park.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:41
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:17 | 03 miles | 06m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/39
Overall: 27/424
Performance: Average
Course: Trail run through some soft sandy trails
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2010-08-16 12:13 PM

User image

Westlake Village , Ca.
Subject: Hansen Dam Triathlon
General Discussion-> Race Reports!
General Discussion Race Reports! » Hansen Dam Triathlon Rss Feed