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Los Angeles, California
United States
Pacific Sports
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 42m 25s
Overall Rank = 391/1400
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 79/168
Pre-race routine:

Lingered around the transition area. Went to the bathroom a cajillion times.
Swim
  • 28m 5s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters
Comments:

Normally I kick butt in the swim, but this time I wasn't feeling it. It was the one part of the workout that I thought I was prepared for, but for whatever reason didn't bring my "A" game. Last year my time was 36:44, so I dropped nearly nine minutes. I'm very happy about that.
What would you do differently?:

I need to do more open water swims leading up to the race. I thought I had enough experience to get me through it, but it was clear that something was missing.
Transition 1
  • 02m 28s
Comments:

Last year I had a 3:39 transition. Shaved a minute here. I still think it was too long.
What would you do differently?:

I have to just practice tranitions and peeling the wetsuit off. Looking at other times, I think I should be able to shave another 30 seconds.
Bike
  • 1h 17m 10s
  • 24 miles
  • 18.66 mile/hr
Comments:

I knew the ride would be the weekest part of this race for me. I have maybe ridden a half dozen times since Ralph's and I knew I had to take it easy. Not only did I know I didn't have the strength and endurance for a hard bike, but I also knew that in practically every race I've done, I've blown my legs out on the bike by going to hard. So this time I kicked back, enjoyed the ride, and went at a moderate pace. Oddly, I still shaved five minutes off of last years pace.
What would you do differently?:

Get in some more bike workouts :)
Transition 2
  • 02m 56s
Comments:

This transition was much better than last years as far as the organizers having their shit together. This is a point to point race, so you don't know where the staff will put your bag. Well this year they had people point out your run gear so that you didn't have to find it. This would have been a faster transition, but I had to pee, so I think half of this time was spent in the port-a-potty.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was smooth.
Run
  • 51m 46s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 21s  min/mile
Comments:

I loved this run. I had save my legs and was having the best run of all my races. My pace this year was 8:21 and my pace last year was 12:33. That's over a four minute improvement. I'm VERY happy about that.
What would you do differently?:

I should have put socks on. I hadn't finished breaking in the pair of shoes I was wearing (I had worn them for only about two weeks) and as a result the last mile started bleeding in my shoes.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. I gave a good month of training to this race, and it was almost all swimming and running. I should have done more time on the bike. I knew this would be my limiter, but it would seem that I had enough fitness left over from Ralph's to keep me going. The sad thing for me was that I didn't leave it all out on the course. I cam in, thinking I should have ran faster.

Event comments:

They really fixed some things about this race that were annoying. One thing they didn't fix which was VERY annoying is not having bathrooms in the T1 area. There is nothing more annoying than having to stand in huge twenty minute line with spectators thirty minutes before the race to go to the bathroom. Don't need that stress. FIX IT!!!




Last updated: 2005-09-15 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:28:05 | 1500 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/168
Overall: 299/1400
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Ventillator
Course: An "L" shaped swim.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:17:10 | 24 miles | 18.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/168
Overall: 532/1400
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: Basically just a big climb starting at sea level to downtown LA.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:51:46 | 06.2 miles | 08m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/168
Overall: 449/1400
Performance: Good
Course: A VERY hilly course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2005-09-15 11:38 AM

Elite
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2005-09-15 11:46 AM
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Elite
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Subject: RE: Los Angeles Triathlon

2:35 is a really good time, congrats! Hey Chucky a few of us will be taking the train up to Anaheim stadium then riding back to San Diego some time throughout the winter to get ready for IMCDA. You are more than welcome to join us if you want to start in Anaheim then take the train back up. Let me know.

Take care

Tom

2005-09-15 12:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Los Angeles Triathlon
Nice race. I hear you on the porta potties, they should definitely be inside the transition area for T1. I could have really used one after the swim but there was no easy way to get to them.

Mike
2005-09-15 12:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Los Angeles Triathlon

Holy Crap Chucky! You're running is awesome! I'm impressed! HOW did you do it? I still slog along at 12+ minute miles... I need help! How did you improve so greatly!???!

Nice job! You did great!

Whizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

PS... your time at the top says 6 hours and 35m. (!!!!) You might want to change that...!

2005-09-15 1:15 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Los Angeles Triathlon

Sweet run! 

Madcow still really doesn't understand where Anaheim is in relation to the valley here.  But riding with them from Anaheim to San Diego would be fun.

2005-09-15 1:31 PM
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Elite
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Subject: RE: Los Angeles Triathlon
thx for the kind words everyone

MadCow, I'd totally be down. Just let me know when. Paul volunteered to lead the group!



2005-09-15 3:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Los Angeles Triathlon

Haven't seen a RR from you since Ralph's.  That was a fun one to read...seems like it was all over the internet.  Congrats on LA.  I had a blast.  Was my last tune up race before IMFL in November.  Take care and way to go.

Larry

2005-09-15 3:49 PM
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Damn straight.  I'm pulling the whole way!
2005-09-15 4:04 PM
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Everything north of San Diego is LA, isn't it?
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