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San Dimas, California
United States
Tri Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 59m 17s
Overall Rank = 13/104
Age Group = M 55-59
Age Group Rank = 3/
Pre-race routine:

First tri since September 2015--succession of injuries (thoracic spine compression fracture, broken 5th metatarsal, lumbar strain, broken left pinky toe) finally behind me. Was signed up to race the Semper Tri sprint at Camp Pendleton in early August as my first of the year...but I broke the pinky toe 24 hours before the race and had to DNS.. Bike fitness is about a good as it's ever been and I'm coming off a 3rd overall finish in a 30K trail run, so no question about run prep.
Event warmup:

A few sprints to test a new pair of (somewhat experimental) orthotics.
  • 05m 54s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

Probably stayed a little too wide to first buoy, but was passing people the rest of the way. Expected to be around 5:30-6:00 for the swim (including run to mat) and was.
What would you do differently?:

Not lose all the body fat I decided to lose to focus on Boston and ultrarunning, maybe?
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s

Hadn't worn my sleeveless wetsuit in a tri (as opposed to a relay swim leg) in a couple years. Forgot how much tighter it is at the cuffs compared to my fullsuit. Lost 15-20 secs getting heels free.
What would you do differently?:

Practice a T1 in the suit.
  • 27m 55s
  • 8.64 miles
  • 18.57 mile/hr

Really thought I was getting a flat on the rear tire on the big, 40mph, downhill early on. Took awhile to convince myself it was okay. Very familiar with the course. Had visions of maybe averaging about 20mph, but that was unrealistic on this course. Ended up around 19mph, which was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Not back off on the descent due to imaginary flat.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

This was acceptable, but I spotted that one of my Yankz was unsecured, so I wasted a couple seconds hooking it back in place. Anytime I get between 1:00 and 1:15 I'm happy.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, really.
  • 21m 21s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 52s  min/mile

Excellent run--under PR open 10K pace, which is my normal target for a tri 5K. Passed the fastest guys in the next two AGs up...both of them local "name" athletes. Unsurprisingly, I had the fastest run in my AG, but also was 6th fastest runner of 104 overall.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Chatted with a friend and another guy I didn't know. Ate some cookies.

Picked up my AG medal, hopped on the podium for some photos, won a DeSoto tri top in the raffle, went home.

My AG was stacked! Two guys finished in the top 6 overall. I was 13th overall, but that only squeezed me onto the podium in 3rd. Big cushion on the 4th place guy, though--I was one of only 14 finishers in the race under 1 hour. For once, I beat all the women in the race (by quite a bit, actually).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing much: I was aiming for 58-59 minutes and a top-2 AG finish. Got the time goal, but had to settle for 3rd in AG.

Event comments:

This Oly/sprint event has been around for years (this sprint was my 2nd ever tri in 2007...and remains my only AG win). A classic "local" race...always about 100 or so athletes in each of the two races, with a smattering of local elites.

Last updated: 2016-10-05 12:00 AM
00:05:54 | 328 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/
Overall: 19/104
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex3 3 John
Course: Calm reservoir swim. Rectangular.course. Relatively long run in sand to timing mat.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:55
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:27:55 | 08.64 miles | 18.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/
Overall: 19/104
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: One 13.9K loop...rolling throughout...some poor pavement.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:21:21 | 03.11 miles | 06m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 6/104
Performance: Good
1 - 7:00, 2 - 6:51, 3 - 6:46, 0.11 - 0:43.1
Course: Loop with out-and-back section. Rolling terrain in mid-course.
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
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

2016-10-09 9:53 PM

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Northridge, California
Subject: Steamboat Express Triathlon

2016-10-16 10:09 PM
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Overland Park, KS
Subject: RE: Steamboat Express Triathlon
Nice work and congrats on the podium finish. I grew up in San Dimas but have yet to do a tri there. Will have to plan a trip back home and Tri Bonelli one of these years. I think there are at least 3 races a year there if not more.
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