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Fountain Valley, California
United States
Fountain Valley Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 14m 49s
Overall Rank = 74/153
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 2/6
Pre-race routine:

Arrived Fountain Valley last night about 10 pm - Checked into hotel and slept fairly well.

Got up about 5 am to get dressed and headed to the venue. Got there about 6am. Did Packet pick-up, and then set up transition area. Met up with Daniel and his brother for the start.
Event warmup:

Basically just a short lap around the school track to loosen the legs
  • 04m 36s
  • 175 yards
  • 02m 38s / 100 yards

Short Swim. Stroke pace felt good. Turns and lane changes not that good. I went to shallow and caught up on ropes a couple times. Didn't turn wide enough once and ran into an oncoming swimmer. Missed turn timing.
What would you do differently?:

Lane turns today were terrible. Need to spend more time on getting good at those again.. Misjudeged a few things.
Transition 1
  • 02m 9s

This was actually T1 -- Reverse order Tri -- so I simply had to change shoes. Since I'd pushed hard on the run, I was MUCH slower in this transition than I needed to be. I was trying hard to get my breathing under control. Also had a bit of a challenge getting my bike shoes on easily,
What would you do differently?:

Manage pace on inbound run better.
  • 36m 12s
  • 10.05 miles
  • 16.66 mile/hr

Good Course. Only complaint is that it was open course so had to observe traffic signals, but on whole was really good. I felt good about the pace I held and I did beat my goal time by 1.6 MPH
What would you do differently?:

Shift better on startup after having to stop for traffic signal
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

Transition was simple -- drop shoes -- grab goggles and to. Didn't take long for that but there was about a 100-150 yard dash from transition area to the pool for the swim which slowed time down..
What would you do differently?:

Been so long since I did a race, that I forgot some of the good principles of transition. Would better organize my transition area.
  • 29m 15s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 26s  min/mile

Run was the portion I was most concerned about today, since I've not been running as well as I've run in the past. I went out at what I thought was a comfortable pace, and it was, but I was probably pushing a little as HR stayed pretty high. Slowed way down last mile, -- partially because I had been pushing hard and partially because I had to run on grass the last half mile.
What would you do differently?:

Manage pace a bit better. Control the urge to go to fast
Post race
Warm down:

Walk it off -- grab some goodies -- went to massage tent and had calves worked on. Much further and I'm sure I'd have cramped up in them badly. As it was they were very tight.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. I've not run a tri since summer of 2008. Pretty sad really. But this race gave me confidence that I can be a strong competitor again, just have to commit myself to it.

Event comments:

This is a very low key race, reverse order, and is a fund raiser for a church Boy Scout Troop. I went in with this understanding. Overall this was the perfect race for me to get back into the grove again. The event was well organized, post activities were appropriate, and everyone was having fun.

This is an excellent race for a first triathlon event.

I had a great race. Goal was 1:20 and I came in at 1:14:50. I really feel good about that. Built my confidence a lot. I'm anxious to race again!

Last updated: 2015-05-04 12:00 AM
00:04:36 | 175 yards | 02m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/153
Performance: Average
Course: 7 lengths of 25 yard pool serpentine fashion
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 02:09
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:36:12 | 10.05 miles | 16.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/153
Performance: Good
Lap 1 16.4 MPH HR Avg 156 Cadence Avg 68 Lap 2 17.0 MPH HR Avg 162 Cadence Avg 76 5 mile laps. Open Course
Wind: Little
Course: Quite flat out/back Open Course. Were required to observe traffic lights which did slow me down a bit, but a good course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 72
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:35
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:29:15 | 03.1 miles | 09m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/153
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 9:36 Mile 2 - 9:29 Mile 3 - 10:08
Course: Flat Course - Start on HS Track -- 1 lap then around a nice neighborhood. Course was flat, well, marked.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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Have a goal when you get into the water. If your purpose is distance, then set your pace for endurance. If your objective is speed, then incorporate drills.