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Big Kahuna Triathlon - Aquabike

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Santa Cruz, California
United States
Firstwave Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 38m 19s
Overall Rank = 17/39
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at the HoJo near Depot Park. Arrived at transition soon after it opened. Set up and returned to room. Light breakfast. Stretching.
Event warmup:

Stretching. Jogged beach to bring heart rate up. Got in the water a couple waves before mine went off to acclimate.
  • 35m 10s
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Since I switched to the Aquabike, I wasn't going at 100% effort. Just went out for a fun day. This was a decent swim. I was challenged staying on course at the end of the pier while heading for the first buoy due to currents. Not too bad though and the rest of the swim was uneventful.
Transition 1
  • 07m 27s

Long run from beach to transition. Since this is exactly where I injured my hamstring last month, I took it cautiously.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing under the circumstances. In a race I was more serious about I would try to speed everything up.
  • 2h 55m 42s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.12 mile/hr

Headwinds on the way out, some fairly strong. Tailwinds on the return. Since I was pretty sure I could count on a strong tailwind for the second half of the bike, I was comfortable expending a good deal of energy on the way out. It was a good choice. The ride back was terrific. Saw more flats on this race than any I've been in and was glad I wasn't one of them.
What would you do differently?:

Need to tweak my training some for more long rides and variable terrain.
Post race
Event comments:

Low key race. Everything went super smoothly. No hassle when I needed to switch from the 1/2 to the Aquabike.

Last updated: 2012-06-29 12:00 AM
00:35:10 | 2310 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/39
Performance: Average
Suit: Orca Alpha
Course: South Side of Cowell Beach around pier to North Side of the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 57F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:27
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:55:42 | 56 miles | 19.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/39
Performance: Average
Course: Up Route 1 to Pigeon Point lighthouse and return.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-09-11 8:57 AM

San Mateo, California
Silver member
Subject: Big Kahuna Triathlon

2012-09-11 11:36 AM
in reply to: #4405264

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Alameda, CA
Subject: RE: Big Kahuna Triathlon

Good job man, I did the HIM distance on Sunday. Halfway through the run I ran into a world of hurt. Couldn't eat/drink much and just felt like crap in my stomach. Oh well, lesson learned. It was fun regardless.

I dunno why, but I really enjoyed the swim. I was fearing it at first, but I warmed up for a bit, basically got to the point where I could have my head underwater without it feeling like it was going to freeze off and really enjoyed the actual swim.

First half of the bike was a pain for me. It was as expected with the headwind. But geez, I never have fun with headwinds. The way back almost felt like a reward.

Good luck on future races.

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