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Nautica Malibu Triathlon - International Distance - Triathlon

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Malibu, California
United States
Michael Epstein Sports Productions
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 35m 32s
Overall Rank = 990/1192
Age Group = Clysdale
Age Group Rank = 21/30
Pre-race routine:

I was able to get decent parking and was able to setup my transition space pretty well. I need practice with this as I need to set it up a little more efficiently. I was able to have nutrition pretty early around 4:45 with a race start of 7:00 am. Getting there early settled me down a bit. I was able to use the facilities and get my wet suit on.
Event warmup:

We met at the main stage and then walked one mile to the start. This was a partial warm-up and also got int he water and swam a little to make sure my goggles didn't fog, and most everything worked well
  • 34m 19s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 17s / 100 meters

I went well but my suit unzipped in the waves. Not sure exactly why, but it did. Had to have assistance from lifeguard as I couldn't get it in the water.
What would you do differently?:

Have someone make sure suit is zipped correctly and flap if properly Velcro properly.
Transition 1
  • 07m 48s

When I was taking off my suit I soaked all of my gear. Going to research what to do about this. My setup of my space was not efficient I was looking for my shoes. Had a really hard time getting my jersey on and zipped. little things but I fought with it.
What would you do differently?:

Practice, Practice Practice. Anytime I do an open water swim I plan to setup a transition space and change in to my bike stuff. Figure out what works and do it.
  • 1h 24m 56s
  • 40 kms
  • 28.26 km/hr

As mentioned about the course, I loved it. I forgot to eat something (GU, Bar, or something) and felt really hungry on course.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder on the hills, I think I could have put more energy in here and ridden harder. In my confusion I thought I forgot my bake up tire and stuff. I also forgot to grab nutrition as I was really hungry.
Transition 2
  • 03m 49s

I felt ok with this.transition, but I forgot to remove my tire and inflalator out of my jersey. Luckily my fiance and friend were there and I was able to pass these off to them in the first mile
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my pockets are clear, I was so hungry that I grabbed two bars and wolfed them down. Not the greatest thing to do right before a run.
  • 1h 25m 1s
  • 10 kms
  • 08m 30s  min/km

This is my worst. I ran actually one of my fastest 10ks. Which means my speed is rising, but I will definitely need more improvement here.
What would you do differently?:

Run more prior to the event. I made excuses on run days and blew them off too often.
Post race
Warm down:

Get a little nutrition and rest a bit. Water and Gatorade, and then a long walk back to the car. Lunch with RUM.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

For my first Olympic I felt I did ok. I was right at where I predicted myself. I have room to improve. I plan to do a few more at this distance before planning on a HIM.

Event comments:

The only negative was that they ran out of medals. I know I will get one, but it happened. Otherwise, almost a perfectly run race. The also raise a ton of money for childhood Cancer Treatments. Like 1,300,000 plus.

Last updated: 2016-09-01 12:00 AM
00:34:19 | 1500 meters | 02m 17s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/30
Overall: 762/1192
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: 150 yard out with a right hand turn, I was always facing the beach. They had 6 buoys and easy to sight.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:48
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:24:56 | 40 kms | 28.26 km/hr
Age Group: 15/30
Overall: 699/1192
Performance: Good
17.7 MPH no HRM
Wind: None
Course: Course was hilly, but not horrible. Definitely had to get in the granny gears a couple of times, but you were able to then speed down the downhills. I hit 40.1 MPH as my top speed. That is the fastest I have recorded. I road the course the week before and will say I enjoy that ride. Harder than some of my training rides, and easy than some of them. Will definitely take more chances on the hills and push myself harder next year.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 81
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:25:01 | 10 kms | 08m 30s  min/km
Age Group: 25/30
Overall: 0/1192
Performance: Below average
13:41 M/M
Course: Flat Flat Flat. Flat and fast for some. The only issue was I read an old map and was not necessarily prepared to run all the way out to point Dume. Mile 3,4 5 took forever in my head.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

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