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Big Bear Triathlon Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Big Bear Lake, California
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 49m 49s
Overall Rank = 26/125
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/16
  • 22m 5s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 28s / 100 meters

Entry/exit was funky with feet sinking deeply into lake silt. There were some lake weeds on much of the course, but they didn't bother me too much. Never caught a draft, had someone drafting on me most of the time, though. There were some strong swimmers in my AG.
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

T1 was pretty slow - I ranked 52/127. Since I take some time to wipe my feet down and put on socks, this doesn't help my T1 performance. Even with that, I should be able to get out faster than I did. My bike was racked in a primo spot, so no excuses. My T1 is always slow, and that is just a consequence of not practicing it.
  • 1h 36m 29s
  • 31.6 miles
  • 19.65 mile/hr

Besides have a close call with getting buzzed on hwy 18 by one driver, the other main observation is that there are just a ton of turns once you come around the lake and are a few miles from the transition. I missed a turn at one point and went off course, up a hill. Then I had to go back and rejoin the course. That cost me a couple of minutes and a couple of spots in the overall standings. Also, that last stretch takes you through a residential area, and at one point I had someone backed out from a driveway maneuvering in a pickup or work truck and blocking the entire, narrow road. I had to stop and then holler at them politely to make room for me so I could get by. The course was a bit longer than your standard olympic distance by about 3.5 miles, and it had some fun climbing with the double ascent/descent jaunt out hwy 18.
What would you do differently?:

Try not to miss any turns next time
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

Better than T1
  • 46m 55s
  • 5.98 miles
  • 07m 51s  min/mile

Run only had some moderate elevation gain, less than my typical weekday run. The course was well-supported. This was probably the first time I was able to finish strong (for me, that is) on the run at any race. I heard someone say later they thought the course was only 5.5 miles per their Garmin, so I don't know how accurate the official course mileage from google maps is. Regardless, this was probably my best run performance at a triathlon to date, at least based on how I felt during the run.
Post race
Event comments:

Race pluses include: cheap entry, challenging bike course, neat venue, well-supported at least on the run. Negatives, the bike course had us in close quarters with traffic on some sections, and there were many turns in a residential area on the final few miles. All-in-all this was a fun race which I will probably consider doing again if they keep the entry fees down.

Last updated: 2016-07-01 12:00 AM
00:22:05 | 1500 meters | 01m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/16
Overall: 11/125
Performance: Average
Suit: wetsuit
Course: Two loops around a triangular course. Navigation was easy, just three big pylons to look for. Water was shallow.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:36:29 | 31.6 miles | 19.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 33/125
Performance: Average
Course: Course was fun, but close quarters with vehicle traffic on Hwy 18 was a little scary a couple of times. Basically you ride around Big Bear lake, with an early excursion up over a pass on hwy 18 and descent down to a ski resort, then u-turn and go back up over the pass and back down to continue the loop around the lake.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:55 | 05.98 miles | 07m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 28/125
Performance: Good
Course: Nice route through mostly quiet, residential roads. Well-supported with aid stations and included one mist sprayer.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2016-07-01 3:54 PM

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Sunny Southern Cal
Subject: Big Bear Triathlon Olympic Course

2016-07-08 2:33 PM
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Overland Park, KS
Subject: RE: Big Bear Triathlon Olympic Course
Nice work on the race. I might make a trip out to CA and try this one. I grew up in SoCal and camped/visited Big Bear in my youth so a nice weekend of boating/beering/biking could be fun.
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