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Ventura, California
United States
Breath of Life
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 21m 22s
Overall Rank = 137/419
Age Group = M-40-46
Age Group Rank = 17/46
Pre-race routine:

Arrive early , set up in transition , walk though entrances and exits , visualize race later , relax , eat bagel and some chocolate , drink water , debated wether to wear my new wetsuit or not.
Event warmup:

Watch Olympic waves start , looked for currents or how many breakers groups had to negotiate. Decided against wetsuit , wait until 20 mins before wave start to enter water do easy 100 m freestyle and 100 breastroke. Water a little refreshing , probably around 65 F . Big well spaced breakers 4-5 feet but No side current.
  • 09m 3s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

Lots of traffic , some mild contact at start and near buoys , mostly at my legs , Kept swimming and adjusted course a little.
Heartrate in the 140s during the whole swim . Breathing and sighting were the best I have experienced in a race so far. I think my stroke got cleaner for the last two thirds. I swam all of it breastroke.
What would you do differently?:

Improve my freestyle endurance in the pool before next race .
Swim in the ocean 6-7 times with the wetsuit until next race in september.
Transition 1
  • 03m 19s

Get everything on in my Transition area , socks , shoes , gloves , sunglasses , Tri shirt, HR monitor , helmet and jog through Trans area. Lots of stuff . Take my time and do it all right, then take off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 37m 36s
  • 12.68 miles
  • 20.23 mile/hr

Good ride , Hard to ride at speed 1st and last mile. Narrow , crowded .
What would you do differently?:

Ride course 2-3 days before ,
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s

Ideal , took two waters put one in pocket .
Used them up in the run .
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 24s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 49s  min/mile

Warm but kept cool with water on head, drank only a little.
Best 5k time I have ever done in a Triathlon . PR .

First two miles were at 8:30 pace . Last one at 9:00 pace.
What would you do differently?:

Continue conditioning with long run and track speed work.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked 20 mins , Eat , drink . Removed bike from Transition.
Relax and strech

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim endurance , and more experience with the wetsuit.
Installing aerobars.
Loose weight.

Event comments:

Very well organized , Nice food afterwards.
Pre race meeting , could not hear speakers , Needs a PA system with more

Last updated: 2006-06-30 12:00 AM
00:09:03 | 437 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/46
Overall: 0/419
Performance: Good
In the 140s (easy controled breathing) until long run on the beach pushed it up to 150s. Time above is from gun time to my exiting the water, There is a rather Long Run from the beach until T1 timing mat I clocked separately at 2:45.
Suit: Zoot shorts No wetsuit
Course: Around small two small green buoys , many yellow lifeguards on boards make seeing the course very easy. C shape , about 150 out , 150 across and 150 back to the beach. Since I do 9 min for 400 m in the pool , this course distance actually felt right.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:19
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:37:36 | 12.68 miles | 20.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/46
Overall: 0/419
Performance: Good
HR at 145 most of the race , spinning at 90 rpm except when drinking , shift to higher gear
Wind: Some
Course: Flat and fast due south 6 miles and due north last 6 miles , more windy on the way back . Four turns and a u-turn, Sadly No hills to overtake the mashers. Cycled course the day before to know what to expect regarding pavement , potholes , and landmarks , wind and weather. A good idea.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:24 | 03.11 miles | 08m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/46
Overall: 0/419
Performance: Good
low 160s
Course: Flat out and back , pedestrians on course but that did not affect me.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2006-06-30 2:14 PM

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Subject: Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon - Sprint Course

2006-07-03 7:48 AM
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northeast Ohio
Subject: RE: Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon - Sprint Course

Nice race!  Congratulations on your PR on the run.  Liked reading about not wearing a wet suit since I won't be wearing one for my tri either.  (some good inspiration for me!)  Nice fast bike split too!


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