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Cultus Lake Triathlon - Sprint Course - Triathlon


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Cultus Lake, British Columbia
Canada
Outback Events
25C / 77F
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 36m 17s
Overall Rank = 70/
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/20
Pre-race routine:

We arrived on Sat afternoon. We were lucky enough to have been invited to stay at M's friends cabin overnight so we didn't have far to travel to the start--like a 5 min walk :) We went to pkg pickup which was supposed to have started at 2:30. It was more like 3:30 when they finally got their computer up and running and got going. We got our packages, then went down to the lake for a short swim. Went back up to the school for the briefing, supposed to start at 4:30. It was 4:45 before it started, and even then, they never got their computer working. Sigh.

Up at 5:45 race morning. Had a cup of coffee, a Clif bar. We got everything packed so that we would be ready to go right after the race.
Event warmup:

We got into the water about 15 min before race start to get warm--with 5 min before race start, we were told we would be delayed by 15 min...
Swim
  • 20m 6s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 41s / 100 meters
Comments:

My Garmin had the swim course at 990m. It appears I swam straight, so I think the course was a bit long. Which makes sense given I felt like I was swimming well, and 20min for 990m is a heckofalot better than 20min for 750m!
It was a relatively small field and I was in the frontish, so I got to do the fun turn around both buoys. I got some feet to draft off of after the last buoy, then passed with about 100m left.
I went out quite fast, but was able to slow and get my breathing/HR under control without having to breast stroke, so that is progress!
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s
Comments:

Not too bad.
Bike
  • 43m 5s
  • 20 kms
  • 27.85 km/hr
Comments:

First race on my tri bike. My shoulders and neck were really sore for the out, but fine for the back. I was pushing, I wanted to see what I could do in a sprint--I haven't done one in awhile. I dropped my chain on the first hill--had to stop and get off, and I struggled a bit to get it back on. Cost me a minute or so....
The course was open, so traffic was a bit of an issue. There was traffic control at turns. Coming up to the turnaround, there was marking on the pavement that said "Turnaround" with an arrow. But then there was a traffic control person about 100m down the road saying "Go around me". Pooooor course marking!
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s
Run
  • 29m 21s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 52s  min/km
Comments:

I don't like running in sand. The beach is pretty, but it's hard to do. The course again was not well marked on the beach--are we supposed to run back along the beach, or got into the trees along the trail? The loop was well marked. There were very few volunteers that I saw.
I was trying to push on the run. I did well, I am pretty happy with my results. I felt like puking most of the way, so I think I did it right? :)
Post race
Warm down:

Avoided puking. Got some pizza when I felt ok.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just me. I am much more of a long course athlete. Long course only hurts for the last part. Sprints hurt the whol way.

Event comments:

I won't do an Outback event again. Everything went off late. M had wiped out on her bike--when she finished, I asked where first aid was and was told by the race director that "They left--sorry". Ummmm, what? There are still a lot of athletes out there on the Olympic course. WTF???
When I went later to ask for water to wash out some road rash, they had run out.
Courses poorly marked. My friends were directing people where to go at the run start. They saw several people crash at bike in due to poor direction. Apparently many of the events put on by the company used to be really good, but have gone downhill recently. Unfortunate.




Last updated: 2014-08-18 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:20:06 | 750 meters | 02m 41s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: Triangle-ish. Out, right turn at yellow buoy, back stretch, right turn at yellow buoy, then along wharfs. Turn at last wharf and into shore. SUPER rocky--swam until it was about 6 inches deep and then got up to walk.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 16C / 61F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:42
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:43:05 | 20 kms | 27.85 km/hr
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course: Out and back. A few minor hills.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 78
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:29:21 | 05 kms | 05m 52s  min/km
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Along the beach to the end, then a loop around residential streets, then alone 1st ave to finish
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 1

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Wheee! 2/20? AG podium :D. Well done, especially considering the distance and marking issues...and sand on run?? Ugh! Just all the course/planning issues that could be taken care of for a more enjoyable race. Too bad :/
2014-09-15 8:53 AM
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Nice job. 2/20 is AWESOME baby!!!!! AG podium, congrats.

2014-09-15 10:32 AM
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Nice race! Podium! Woo hoo!

2014-09-15 10:56 AM
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You made the right choice between puke or podium. CONGRATS! You rocked it in spite of the many many difficulties, and even a mechanical. Way to go!

2014-09-15 11:18 AM
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Woooooo Hooooooooooooooooooo!!!

2/20 (podium, baby!!) with all those issues = KICKAZZ!!!  :D 



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Way to go!!  You totally rocked that awful course.  You outsmarted the rest of the pack and did a super job.  Bling!!

ETA:  And good job on the quick report.



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2014-09-15 11:59 AM
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Wow, that is all I can say.  It sounds to me like that race director and event company plain and simple dropped every ball they were supposed to manage in the race.

Congrats on a strong finish (and safe one at that!)

2014-09-15 4:59 PM
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Great job and congrats on the AG podium, woooo!  Glad you and your friend are OK despite the pitfalls of poor organization on the RD's part.

2014-09-21 9:45 PM
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Congrats on your 2/20 finish.  I was out on the Oly course last Sunday.  I passed someone who had dropped their chain on the first hill but it was probably long after you had gone by.

Before the start of the race When I first got to the beach I looked out at the buoys and told my buddy they were a lot further out than last year.  Plus when our Oly wave got to the second buoy everyone went two smaller buoys past the yellow one.  I was sure they were wrong but I went along with the crowd.  I didn't have a Garmin on to measure the distance but I'm sure yours was right on.  My swim this year was :40:xx.  8 minutes slower than last year and I was trying to break 30 minutes for a 1500m swim.  I'm sure I swam 2000m or very close to it.

There certainly were a lot of issues with the race organization.  Hopefully Joe can get his act together and get his races going properly again.

 

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