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Goleta, California
United States
Goleta Beach Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 11m 54s
Overall Rank = 5/13
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 4/7
Pre-race routine:

I got up waaaay early at 2:00 to drive from Palm Springs. Mochas and fig bars in the car, I was 100% when I got there, like usual.
Event warmup:

I swam about 200 during the sprint, then hung around with friends for a long time before the long course waves.
  • 31m 20s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

The swim felt great, and my injured shoulder did okay. I'm a smidge slower than when I can swim at 100% effort.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, except put more effort into drafting.
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

This time is a guess based on the other people since sbtiming didn't get it.
  • 1h 11m 54s
  • 22 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

The bike course was bad, and not safe, except on a slow beach cruiser without a dense crowd of triathletes. The route used two-lane narrow jogging paths and was quite crowded with sprinters and the two-loops of long course cyclists. Everyone I talked to witnessed a crash. I saw one right out of t-1 when a guy's front wheel went off the asphalt onto the gravel.

One could only pass safely by waiting for an oncoming gap and pulling into the opposing narrow lane. The gaps were often small and rare. A few people were way too aggressive and constantly passed without reasonable clearance. With the normal range of athletes, you had to stay on the hoods and go slowly waiting for safe times to pass. It was safe to be on the aerobars maybe half the time. Most of the fast times had to have required unsafe passing.

There's no way to consider this a meaningful bike leg. Since I was in the last wave, I went 18mph at first, then 19 once the course started to clear. The fastest guy went 20, and there's no way to know if he passed safely and rode like Greg Lemond in between gaps. I'd normally go about 20-21 on a safe version of this course, and the fastest guys would have gone 23-24. The uniformly slow times say how bad it was, and slow even for the people who were dangerous.

This route isn't acceptable, at all, with this many athlete in the course.

All this said, tris aren't always about making the podium, (which I missed by 1 spot! ;) ) and I did generally have a blast, and was relieved that none of our people crashed.
Post race
Warm down:

The race was an easy effort since the bike pace was slow, so it was just a Sunday cruise. It was lots of fun to hang out with friends and cheer our people on the run course.

Event comments:

Thinking back, the only major mental effort was to focus on bike safety. Here are the results:

Last updated: 2013-06-03 12:00 AM
00:31:20 | 1500 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 8/13
Performance: Average
Suit: 19
Course: Out to a rectangle along the beach.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:11:54 | 22 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/7
Overall: 5/13
Performance: Bad
Wind: None
Course: A y-shaped two loop out and back along the local jogging paths
Road: Rough  Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge
Organized? No
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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