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Goleta, California
United States
Goleta Beach Triathlon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 53m 50s
Overall Rank = 137/163
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/14
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15 to load up gear. Ate breakfast and left for race site at 5am. There was no line at the entrance surprisingly. :)

My transition spot sucked though. It was at the run exit which is the opposite end of the swim in and bike in/out. Argh!!!

Very minimal training was done for this race so my mental game was to just have fun.
Event warmup:

With a 8:00 wave start time, I went back to the car to relax a bit. Got into my wetsuit and entered the water at 7:50. Got acclimated and excited, woo!
  • 35m 4s
  • 1883 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

A long strand of kelp got stuck around my neck at about 100 yards out. I kept swimming with it thinking it would eventually slide off. It didn't and I tried my best to move it and swim. That didn't work so I had to completely stop and remove it. Grrr! After that, I was off. Pretty good swim as I caught a swimmer and drafted off him on his left side. I made a sighting mistake by turning left at the wrong buoy so I had to make a course correction. >.< I caught the guy I drafted before that and kept doing the same. I cut him off at the correct left turn buoy and we and 2 other swimmers had contact. I didn't think he liked it because he tried to swim over me. Didn't work and I was gone. Never saw him again.

The swells got bigger after the halfway point and I got a bit dizzy. Kept going to a good swim finish on the beach. :)
What would you do differently?:

Sight better and remove stuck kelp the moment any get stuck on me. I swam a bit off course several times adding about 200-300 yards.
Transition 1
  • 07m 33s

Walked to my transition area since I felt dizzy. I saw some swim finishers and bike out athletes collide on my way there. O_O I guess next time, the center should be used for swim finishers and the sides for bike out?
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. The asphalt hurt my soft feet so I walked. =P
  • 1h 14m 12s
  • 22 miles
  • 17.79 mile/hr

I drank regularly 15 minutes in but probably too much because I ran out at mile 16. I wish there was a bike aid station, hehe! >.<
What would you do differently?:

Look at how much hydration I have left.
Transition 2
  • 02m 58s

Jogged my way to my transition area. Went smoothly. It was still overcast but I applied sunscreen just in case. (And it's a good thing I did because the sun came out at mile 4).
What would you do differently?:

  • 54m 6s
  • 4.83 miles
  • 11m 12s  min/mile

Kept pace as easy as possible. Left ankle felt sore throughout mile 1. Ate my only gel at quarter mile in. Got my stride all of mile 2 but near the end of that, my left hamstring cramped really bad. The rest of the run was running until cramps came, walked for a bit and continued until the end.
What would you do differently?:

More run fitness needed. =P
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, drank Endurox, ate post race food (Orange, banana, hamburger).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sub par training.

Event comments:

This is still my favorite race venue. I plan on racing this every year as my fun race.

Last updated: 2013-05-17 12:00 AM
00:35:04 | 1883 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/14
Overall: 113/163
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 4
Course: Rectangular. Left shoulders on buoys until final where we made a right back to shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:14:12 | 22 miles | 17.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/14
Overall: 93/163
Performance: Average
Kept pace in Z2 ~145bpm
Wind: None
Course: 2 loops, mostly on narrow bike path
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:58
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:06 | 04.83 miles | 11m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/14
Overall: 137/163
Performance: Below average
4 loops on bike paths.
Course: Mostly flat with small number of climbs.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-07-29 4:39 PM

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2013-08-03 9:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Goleta Beach Triathlon - Long Course
Great job Roland! The kelp would have freaked me out
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