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Calella,
Spain
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 11h 31m 43s
Overall Rank = 1272/2800
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 265/530
Event warmup:

Welcome to Calella!



Travel from my neck of the woods was a little work. I flew Seattle -> London -> Barcelona, with the bike in a Ruster armored hen house. In Barcelona I rented a small SUV and drove over to Calella. After the race, I drove back and dropped my bike in a storage unit I had reserved for the rest of my vacation (about 70 euros). Not too bad but I just had to plan ahead.
Swim
  • 1h 16m 21s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards
Comments:

There were some waves getting out and back but the course itself wasn't too bad. I didn't get much contact except around the turns, as you'd expect nowadays with the rolling starts. You had to body surf back in. Some folks were standing up too soon and getting pulled back in the undertow.
What would you do differently?:

Start one group faster. I think people self-seed higher than their ability so I was passing a lot of folks, even though I'm not that fast.
Transition 1
  • 06m 34s
Bike
  • 5h 18m 59s
  • 112 miles
  • 21.07 mile/hr
Comments:

Yes it's flat and fast. Yes it's a draft-fest. Riders start to string out, but then there are occasional traffic circles that tend to re-compress folks. I rode this course clean, but with LOTS of legal drafting and passing. More than once I was in the process of passing, only to see someone else get carded. But if you want a low VI, this is your race.



I'm pretty low CdA on my bike which didn't matter at first. In the 2nd loop though, I got into no-man's land a couple times where I wasn't finding folks to pass. I pushed to bridge those gaps and start passing people again.

The section leaving / entering town had a lot of speed bumps so it was slow for a few km.

Nutrition: I went to 2-20oz bottles @ 540cal each. Drank 1 over 2 hours, then a perform from an aid station for the next hour, then worked on the last bottle till my ride was done. My stomach was fine and I didn't feel like I was behind on fuel like other races. I'll probably continue something like this in cooler weather races.

Last note: KQ at this race is a dice roll. If you want it, you draft, period. I don't think anyone gets particularly upset about it over there, but rather the randomness of who gets tagged up with cards. Draft marshals need a better way to enforce against packs of 30+ riders.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s
Comments:

T2 exit mat was *before* the changing tent, so this time was just me racking my bike. The time changing was maybe another min or 2, which I assume was added to my run time.
Run
  • 4h 48m 11s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m  min/mile
Comments:

This was flat, about half with tree cover. Lots of hard packed dirt and a few sections over a boardwalk, but mostly pretty tame. Towards the far turnaround, we went through a tunnel into town for a bit; that was the only pavement. Most was like this:




My quads were not great after the bike, but I was setting about a 9:30 pace. Then I stepped in a muddy pothole and banged up my ankle. It was a mixed walk/run after that.
What would you do differently?:

Get stronger on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

The only small thing I didn't like about this race is that transition (T1 and T2) are at one end of the swim rectangle. The finish is at the other end. So maybe 1.5km apart. Which kind of sucks when you finish and have to go pick up your bike.

Event comments:

The venue is really cool for spectators. Better than CdA by a long shot, which I already consider a good spectator race. The thing is, in Calella the beach access is so easy. It's all like this:



That road and railroad you see... have tunnels going underneath. So everyone can walk to the beach while the race is going on without waiting for crossings.

The beach itself is wide and has restaurants along its length.





This is just a great place for a race and I'm glad I got a chance to participate. I had also signed up for CdA this year and decided at the last minute not to start, due to the heat wave. So I was really keeping my fingers crossed for a good race here. The weather was perfect and it was a big PR for me, on my 8th IM finish.




Last updated: 2015-10-06 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:16:21 | 4224 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 285/530
Overall: 0/2800
Performance: Good
Suit: De Soto T1 First Wave
Course: Out a bit, then a long single lap rectangle following the shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 06:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
05:18:59 | 112 miles | 21.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 215/530
Overall: 0/2800
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course:
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
04:48:11 | 26.2 miles | 11m  min/mile
Age Group: 265/530
Overall: 0/2800
Performance: Average
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2015-10-15 5:18 PM
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Wow, what a cool place to race an IM.  Sounds like you had a very solid race with a great time. 

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Good job Mark!  Sounds like a great spot for a race!  Congrats on the huge PR.  

2015-10-16 10:13 AM
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Great job on the PR! And thanks for the overview to the IM - looks beautiful! 

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Congratulations on a good day. And what looks like an even better week.

2015-10-17 7:00 AM
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Awesome race (and report)

Looking pretty slippery in the wind


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