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2016 Cal Poly MTS Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Arroyo Grande, California
United States
Cal Poly Triathlon
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 23m 12s
Overall Rank = 14/55
Age Group = M55-59
Age Group Rank = 1/3
Pre-race routine:

Got up in Paso at the regular time. PB & honey, then the drive to Lopez.
Event warmup:

Zilch. Just 50 or 100 before the wave.
  • 17m 27s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

Yuck! The start had us standing in 3' of muck, then swimming in jet back mucky water for a hundred yards. The water eventual cleared enough to look like a lake that wouldn't kill us.

There was more contact than usual for the first 1/3, then it was a matter of following caps. Fog made navigation hard, but the lake was too narrow to get lost.

This was a two-cap day, and the temperature was fine.
Transition 1
  • 01m 9s

3rd overall. My shoes fell off the bike after the timing mat but before the mount line, so that took a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Next time, rubber bands on the shoes.
  • 40m 1s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.64 mile/hr

This was steeper and harder than I remember from a few years back, but my speed was okay. I stayed in aero all the way up the hill, even in the granny gear.

I forgot to start my watch for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

28th overall. I'm usually very fast in T's, but not in this one. I probably gave away :30. I didn't get out of my shoes on the bike, and I didn't deal with my hat and bib while moving, like I should have.
  • 23m 22s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 31s  min/mile

The run was super slow for me. Part of it was the ~240W on the hilly bike, part of it was doing about 2000m of work with fins on Friday in masters. Dumb! What did I learn this week? You have to taper in the pool, too!
Post race
Warm down:

Chatting, eating pizza, keeping track of the results.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too much work in masters.

Event comments:

Here are the results

The Poly tri team did an exceptional job this year. There were way more than enough volunteers, and the tr team people were very nice.

Last updated: 2016-03-21 12:00 AM
00:17:27 | 750 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 18/55
Performance: Good
Suit: 19 sleeved, red
Course: Out and back from the boat ramp, then the *long*run to the top of the concrete ramp.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:09
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:40:01 | 12.43 miles | 18.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/3
Overall: 19/55
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Out and back down to Orcutt Rd.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:11
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:23:22 | 03.11 miles | 07m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/3
Overall: 24/55
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back on a road and trail along the shore.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
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

2016-03-21 10:44 PM

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When I told my husband that I planned to work toward completing a sprint triathlon, he smiled and was supportive, but a bit disbelieving.
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author : mikericci
comments : 0
This plan is designed to make you go faster. 3 workouts per week in each sport, 2 days of strength training and core work. The maximum volume is around 10 hours toward the end of the 12 weeks.
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author : AdamA
comments : 4
I was passing others who were saying, "Good job, 587" (that was my race number). People were cheering me on. These were the nicest people I have ever been around!
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author : mikericci
comments : 0
If you haven’t done any bricks yet, this isn’t the time to start piling them on, but here are some examples you could do in the lead up to your race.
date : September 3, 2006
author : acbadger
comments : 1
Since your “A” race is your marathon, which you stated in your question, this should be your main focus. I encourage you to taper a bit for the sprint distance triathlon.
date : July 30, 2006
author : acbadger
comments : 1
Since I didn't have much time and since it's a super sprint, am I OK just go to at the training relatively hard through Thursday or even Friday?
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Couch-to-sprint triathlon training programs to get you over the finish-line of your first triathlon.
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Program outline of the 16 and 20 week sprint triathlon training plan overviews.