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Pacific Palisades, California
United States
LA Tri Club
65F / 18C
Total Time = 31m 39s
Overall Rank = 2/29
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

Not much pre race routine as this was an odd event. I got down to the beach at about 1030am. My wave left at noon but I had to go to the Santa Monica pier and get my cap and timing chip and then go down the beach about a mile and park the car for the start.
Event warmup:

I just got in the water and swam out just beyond the surf line to get the arms warmed up. Felt fine and the water was warm so no acclimation was necessary.
  • 31m 39s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 30s / 100 yards

Took off and got into the lead quickly. Our wave timed the sets perfect and we didn't really have any surf to deal with. Got to the first buoy feeling good and didn't see anyone so I just put my head down and headed for the end of the pier.

About halfway through I saw another swimmer with my color cap on and we were trading back and forth for first. The person who navigated better seemed to pull into the lead. The current was heading out to sea. So it was tough to stay on line. After a few minutes I was SO far outside of this guy that I thought I was off course. I thought, for some weird reason, that we might have to swim through the pier because this guy was so far inside. I kept my cool though and continued to head for the end of the pier.

At this point someone else caught me. It was a girl and we were going very similar speeds. The other guy turned out had taken a much better line to the end of the pier and me and this girl wound up getting pushed way wide by the current. As we came to the final buoy, I swear we were swimming for 5 minutes and it seemed like we were going no where.

As we turned towards shore I started to hit the gas as I wanted to beat her bad. Funny thing though, she hit the gas She had another gear as well. So my focus shifted. Now I just wanted to stay with her because I knew that I would be able to get out of the water faster and beat her up the beach. Being 6' and having surfed since I was 10yo, I knew I had her covered. As we hit the beach it was no contest. I was able to stand quicker and get up the beach much faster.

What would you do differently?:

I knew this was going to be a pretty sucky time. For one, I got very tired the last 1/4 of the race. I haven't been swimming much since my last race and my arms were just a bit stale. I also took a horrible line around the pier and got caught in the current of the water bouncing off the pier. I should have taken a much shallower line closer to shore.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was the first time I have swum 1.2 miles. I really wanted to do this swim as I have two HIM next year and I wanted to see where I was at. I should be able to get this distance under 30 minutes. I probably could do that now if the conditions where right. If I had been training right up to this race, I'm sure the result would have been better. I'm really glad I did it though. It was a great race.

Event comments:

I'll be back next year for one of the longer distances. Maybe even the 4.8 mile ; )

Last updated: 2010-10-07 12:00 AM
00:31:39 | 2112 yards | 01m 30s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 2/29
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Wetsuit
Course: Rectangular. Out about 200 yards, right turn north past the pier and another right turn to shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-10-25 11:00 PM

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