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2015 LA Tri Series: Event #2 - Triathlon

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San Dimas, California
United States
61F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 38m 8s
Overall Rank = 254/352
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 35/35
Pre-race routine:

Got up early enough to eat a peanut butter and honey toastie. Final check for triathlon bag stuff. Put on running shoes at left in time to make it to packet pickup at 6:30am. Mentally told myself 2:30ish finish time is realistic since I've been training for endurance and durability lately and was also still feeling sick (chest congestion and lotsa phlegm when coughing). >.<
Event warmup:

Didn't do too much, carefully put on wetsuit and made sure transition area was set. Forgot my banana and toastie in the car, damn, hehe.
  • 24m 51s
  • 1000 meters
  • 02m 29s / 100 meters

Didn't expect much from the swim since I lost alota swim fitness due to recent bike crash and being sick. I tried to draft off the BOPers but that didn't work because my chest started hurting and I couldn't catch my breath. Slowing my stroke didn't help much either and backstroke was out of the question at that moment so I decided to wade a bit. I noticed about 3 other swimmers having problems too, hehe. I nearly called my race off but said NO! After I regaining composure I started swimming again and kept my pace very aerobic. I think I was idle for about 3-4 minutes??? Anyway, I caught some swimmers but by the time I got about 3/4s through, the 2nd wave yellow caps came which was kinda nice because they bumped me a bit and I drafted off of them as best I could, hehe!
What would you do differently?:

Start of ALOT easier if I'm not feeling well. A consistent slow steady stroke that allowed me to keep moving would have been way better than trying to stay behind drafting off the BOP swimmers.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s

Felt a bit dizzy coming out of the swim so I started to walk as I unsuited.
  • 1h 11m 31s
  • 27 kms
  • 22.65 km/hr

It got really smoky out there so I kept pace aerobic to high aerobic. Only breathed hard on some of the ascents. My eyes were burning and my chest hurt. >.< Despite feeling like crap, I still enjoyed biking the course. :) I just planned on having an NP output of at least +20 over my recent long bike ride NP stats and I accomplished that.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 03m 40s

Changed without hurrying too much. I had to cough and spit out my phlegm a couple times.
What would you do differently?:

  • 53m 8s
  • 8 kms
  • 06m 38s  min/km

I thought I could hold my needing to pee til the end of the race but I couldn't so I stepped off the course to take a piss. =P I did that somewhere within the first mile. I aimed to negative split the run as best as possible and I achieved that, yay! Went aerobic the first few miles to see how I can handle the run in my state. Once I got into a rhythm I was able to finish strong. :D
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I think I paced myself wisely.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and chatted with other finishers. Ate some recovery food. Walked to beach to see if my flip flops were still there and they were, hehehe.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being sick and the damn smoke all over the place.

Event comments:

Only thing I didn't like was the smoke. Couldn't tell if there was a fire nearby or the locals having early BBQs.

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00:24:51 | 1000 meters | 02m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 256/352
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 4 Fullsuit
Course: Skinny triangle.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:11:31 | 27 kms | 22.65 km/hr
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 186/352
Performance: Average
• 140avg / 153max bpm • 158 avg / 170 NP watts
Wind: None
Course: 3 laps around the park
Road: Rough  Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:40
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:53:08 | 08 kms | 06m 38s  min/km
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 269/352
Performance: Average
• 139avg / 156 max bpm
Course: Out and back, some on dirt. Some short hills.
Keeping cool Average 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

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