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Coachella, California
United States
HITS Triathlon Series
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 54m 2s
Overall Rank = 212/252
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, brushed teeth etc. Nothing too unusual, except that I drove with my brother to the race. Got to transition and for some reason felt a little more rushed than I usually do at the race. Time seemed to fly by once everything was set up.
Event warmup:

Briefly got to jump in the water before the meeting
  • 18m 6s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards

I could not get a rhythm into my swim. Much was due to not enough cold water training and choosing to not use the neoprene warmer cap that I bought. Face was cold and it effected breathing for me. Lots of congestion at the start since some people walked further down the beach and started swimming rather than at the entry. Once I got to the buoy it got better, but I was still swimming over people. One of my worst swims ever.
What would you do differently?:

More cold water training, better sighting and lines for the swim would work. Maybe even start further up
Transition 1
  • 04m 1s

Pins and needles is all I have to say. Luckily, they had stools at the transition spots to help get the wetsuit off and socks on. Once that was done, I was off and running out with my bike. Almost ran over a couple of people, sorry to those.
What would you do differently?:

Stand up getting suit off, try using socks less on rides and runs so I do not have to waste that extra time.
  • 49m 20s
  • 12 miles
  • 14.59 mile/hr

Okay, the start of the course was rough with 2 inclines right away. After that, did not realize the tailwind, but was hauling I feel. (On the way out, I believe I was clocking at 18-21 mph and around 90 RPM) Was using the second ring on my cranks, which I know should be for hills, but I was really trying to push the aerobic vs. the anaerobic. On the way back I hit the wind and the wall for me. Slowed down to about 75 rpm and that dropped my pace.
What would you do differently?:

More riding, and better work in my big ring to get more speed.
Transition 2
  • 02m 32s

Took some drinks before heading out. Threw the bike off, and could not get it set right. Other that that it seemed to go pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Better bike seating in spot. Drink more before coming into T2
  • 40m 4s
  • 3 miles
  • 13m 22s  min/mile

I HATE THE RUN!!! It is my nemesis. With that said, I felt okay. Did walk more than I like, so I need more hill training and that is on me. Ran it hard back into the finish. I felt my form was good, and it felt better.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked, got some OJ, a granola bar for me and my son and a pastry, which later went to my hungry son. Other than that nothing spectacular.

Event comments:

I will do this race again. I hope the hiccups are worked out, and that maybe they choose to have it later so the lake could be warmer.

Last updated: 2011-08-17 12:00 AM
00:18:06 | 820 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/252
Performance: Below average
Suit: Quntana Roo Superfull
Course: Buoy swim down and back,
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 55F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:01
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:20 | 12 miles | 14.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/252
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Fairly flat, windy and some false flats with a nice incline or 2 right out of and back into transition. Not well marked, but where I was in the pack I could follow others and see people pasing me on the way back.
Road:  Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:40:04 | 03 miles | 13m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/252
Performance: Average
Course: Roughly the bike course with the same hills and such
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-12-06 12:08 AM

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