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Pacific Grove, California
United States
California Triathlon
60F / 16C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 07m 45s
Overall Rank = 73/388
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 8/28
Pre-race routine:

The race didn't start until 8:40. I thought great. However, I still woke up at 6. Ate my normal breakfast of oatmeal + raisin bran. Biked to the transition area. Set up my transition area. (They give you a specific spot to set up.) Talked to the guy next to me who was super nice.
Event warmup:

Biked to the transition area (2 miles?). Ran 1 loop of the run course (1 mile). Swam around a little before the race and during the first 2 heats.
They encourage you to warm up in the water. Very beneficial to get used to the water and the kelp.
Swim
  • 07m 32s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters
Comments:

Ran down the right side of the start wave with the middle of the pack. (It was men 40-49 with about 56 or so racers). Stuck to the right side of the pack. Because the water was so unclear I couldn't really tell where others were. On the way back to the beach, I stuck to the right (as the announcer said). I got caught behind some of the swimmers in the group ahead of me which slowed me down.

I took it easy on the swim because I was unsure what to make of the kelp and the water was so cold. The kelp wasn't that bad. I chose the swim through it route instead of swimming around it. I didn't get caught or stuck at all.
I think this was also the most comfortable I have felt for an open water race (this being my 4th) even though I did very few open water swims before the race.
What would you do differently?:

Start going harder after the first buoy or even from the start. My other open water races have been 800 or 1500 M. 400 is over with super fast.
Transition 1
  • 03m 43s
Comments:

I got a great transition spot for coming out of the swim. (It turned out to be a bad one for the run) I forgot my race belt. So I put the number on my shirt and tried to put my shirt on in T1. This easily cost me 1 minute.
What would you do differently?:

Don't forget race belt
Bike
  • 38m 49s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 19.17 mile/hr
Comments:

Out and back course on a really scenic road. It goes up and down but the grade isn't too much. You go out 3 miles and back to the start and then repeat. Some people missed the turnaround for the second lap. On the first lap I dropped my water bottle and had to go back for it.
Got my PR for 20 K on this race.
What would you do differently?:

Not dropping water bottle. Also not slowing for drinking water.
Transition 2
  • 02m 3s
Comments:

You run away from the bike dismount to the bike rack. I was a bit far. I also forgot to take my helmet off. I should have gone faster.
Run
  • 15m 38s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

Very fast course. I was keeping pace with someone then got distracted and they pulled away on the first lap. Kept focus on the second lap. Has a little hill that plays mind tricks on you.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was very happy with my time.
Post race
Warm down:

I didn't really do anything.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could have done better on the transitions.

Event comments:

This is the most organized race that I have been to. Super fast course that you can push yourself on. The Kelp Crawl for the swim is fun (or I thought so)




Last updated: 2016-06-15 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:07:32 | 400 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/28
Overall: 92/388
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: Triangle course. Run start from beach. 2 left turns then back to beach. Water is cold and you can only see about 3 or so feet. It is also famous for having kelp that you must go around or through.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 57F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:43
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:38:49 | 12.4 miles | 19.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/28
Overall: 74/388
Performance: Good
Lap 1 18.8 mph, lap 2 19.5 MPH.
Wind: Headwind
Course: 2 6 K loops out and back on the coast line. You should drive or ride the coast the day before because it really is beautiful. I
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:15:38 | 02 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/28
Overall: 105/388
Performance: Good
Lap 1 8:10 Lap 2 7:28
Course: Out and back 1 mile loop that you do twice. Very flat. Very fast.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 5

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