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Nautica Malibu Triathlon - Classic Distance - Triathlon

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Malibu, California
United States
Michael Epstein Sports Productions
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 36m 24s
Overall Rank = 63/
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 13/166
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:30am, had a PB&J sandwich with some banana and a little bit of coffee. Had half a bottle of Gatorade on the way to the race, and 1/2 of Clif Bar.
Event warmup:

Swam in the ocean while Bret Michaels was desecrating his old hit song. Got used to the water and then got out and ran for 90 seconds. Chatted with some fellow racers, and had a GU packet about 15 mins before going in.
  • 13m 54s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

Noticed that the current seems to be sweeping people south, so I lined up on the right, and swam northeast. Hit the buoy almost head on and rounded it smoothly. There was no congestion at all, and I seemed to be falling into a good rhythm. The breathing and puling felt just right. Before I knew it, it was time to swim back. Caught a few waves and made it to the shore very quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Not a ton.
Transition 1
  • 02m 50s

A decent transition, somewhat delayed by one of my fellow racers almost dropping my bike.
  • 51m 53s
  • 18 miles
  • 20.82 mile/hr

A bit of a mixed bag here. I had a really hard time navigating my way around slower age groupers from the previous waves. There was literally no room to move in the parking lot exit, and most downhills had people descending in packs of 2-3 wide. The congestion got a little lighter once I got out of Leo Carillo's parking lot. Still a slowish ride by my standards.
What would you do differently?:

I could have taken chances on the downhills and the parking lot. But I have decided not too... the risk of crashing and jeopardizing my IM training was not something that I liked too much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 43s

Clipped out of the cycling shoes right near the dismount point. Ran in dodging some late swimmers (wtf?). The helmet somehow had a buckle stuck... lost another 10-15 seconds.
  • 26m 5s
  • 4 miles
  • 06m 31s  min/mile

Had a good run. Again, the course was narrow and crowded, so it was hard to navigate. Ran an extra 0.1 miles just trying to find space to pass people on.Had a GU at around mile 1, and then just maintained my 5K pace. Tried the H3O drink that Herbalife provided, and it was as expected - gross and chemical tasting. Enjoyed the awesome ocean side running. A beautiful day all in all!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I might have been able to speed up a bit, but who knows. No need to second guess myself.
Post race
Warm down:

Met the family, walked around.

Event comments:

I have to say that the bike course needs to be somehow re-thought. A few things make it very unpleasant and somewhat dangerous in my opinion.

1. Let's face it, this event draws a lot of people who are not comfortable on the bike. They tend to compensate by riding in groups and blocking the narrow space available to pass them. I saw 1 official who might have assessed some penalties to the blockers right in front of me, but none were announced.

2. Letting the mountain bike division start the swim with some of the 40-44 males pretty much insures that some of us will have a tough time navigating the bumps in the parking lot with some rather unwieldy and slow bikes around. Couple this with a decent number of bad riders from other waves and you have a dangerous situation on some rough pavement. I easily lost about a minute today trying to make my way through the narrow spaces between the bumps and the curb.

3. The Trancas intersection on the way back - pedestrians were allowed to cross practically in the midst of cyclists descending at 35mph+. It is was a close call this year and the same thing happened to me 3 years ago.

4. Cars on the PCH were flipping u-turns right through the cones numerous times. I cannot tell you how dangerous this was. The cops either did not see it or chose to do nothing about this.

My immediate suggestion would be to move the start of the ride to the south end of the beach and avoid the unpleasantness of the parking lot racing. I also think that this would allow for much wider space for runners as they can go up Wetsward beach road which runs about 2 miles out. I also really wish that the organizers could simply close the PCH for a stretch of 9 miles to somehow alleviate the congestion in the bike lanes.

Last updated: 2013-09-09 12:00 AM
00:13:54 | 880 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 45/166
Overall: 303/
Performance: Good
Suit: Rocket Science full suit
Course: Ocean swim off the Zuma shores. Rectangular course, out, right turn, 2 bouys, right turn to the shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:50
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:51:53 | 18 miles | 20.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/166
Overall: 115/
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back to Leo Carlillo.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 79
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:43
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:05 | 04 miles | 06m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/166
Overall: 26/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back to Point Dume.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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