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LA Tri Series #3 - Championship Distance - Triathlon

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San Dimas, California
United States
Tri Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 05m 3s
Overall Rank = 113/167
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 25/35
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30am and packed car. Prepacked all gear night before. Made toastie with peanut butter and honey. Drank orange juice and ate banana. Ate apple sauce on the way to race site. Left at 6:10am due to not sure I had to poop or not. Did not feel it so left. Got to race site and picked up packet before unloading bike and gear.

Got to transition with all my gear at 6:50am and saw Phil and a bunch of Caltri folks racked up and ready. Set up my gear and and went to take a dump. I didn't see my other friend Gavin and msg'd him waiting for the bathroom stall to clear. Whoever was in there took 10 minutes to take a dump, sheesh!

Gavin msg'd me back saying he just woke up, silly joker! hehehe
Event warmup:

Return to transition and suited up, did dynamic movements warmup while walking to swim start. Water was warm so didn't jump in the water to swim. Just jumped in to get some water into wetsuit.
  • 32m 54s
  • 1796 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Swam well at the start but lost the lead pack so I decided to keep my pace aerobic as to not panic losing them and minimal time. Some MOP swimmers were not swimming close to the buoys and pushed me to the outside.

I was having a hard time sighting the buoys without having my prescription glasses and sighting the swimmers did not help me make a good course correction where I had to. I drafted off some of the 2nd wave swimmers after the turnaround, hehe. Left foot started cramping last third of the distance and had to dorsiflex quite a bit to make it go away.

I swam about 140 meters more than I needed to (about 2:30 extra swim time?).
What would you do differently?:

Try contacts for better sighting.
Transition 1
  • 04m 42s

Ran out of the water fast and unsuited well but the transition area was rough forcing me to walk due to my soft feet, hehe! Took off wetsuit as quickly as possible but got stuck on heels a bit. Put watch on homemade mount between aero bars.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 23m 56s
  • 24.23 miles
  • 17.32 mile/hr

Paced the 3 laps wisely. Started out comfortably hard with the early hills and did my best to build effort as each lap progressed. Burned matches at the right time as to not punish my legs for a good run.

Ate a Tropical Punch Clif Shot Blok beginning of the 2nd and 3rd lap so the caffeine would keep me alert. I thought I could pace the bike segment at close to 18mph but I need more fitness for that, grrrr. I had to pee halfway through the 2nd lap though. >.<

11% Z3, 61% Z4, and 23% Z5.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 03m 5s

Racked bike quickly and changed shoes. Did not change socks. Put on visor and hydration belt. Moved watch to left wrist.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry my ass up after deciding not to switch socks.
  • 1h 00m 5s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 41s  min/mile

Lost about 1-2 minutes waiting for portapotty at the start. I was so relieved from peeing that I lost my orientation and forgot where to start running. Volunteers helped me with that. Paced myself in low Z4 to mile 1, then to mile 4.5 high Z4 where I pulled my trigger and went hard. I tried to hold the pace to the finish but ran out of gas to push harder the last half mile but did my best to finish strong and I did.

Started with a shot blok at the start and had one every 20 minutes. Drank Infinit 10 minutes in between.

33% Z4 and 46% Z5.
What would you do differently?:

Pull trigger later.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and stretched. Took some pictures with friends. Drank Endurox R4 and ate a small banana.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills. I could have pushed harder up those during the bike segment but did not wanna burn those matches and have a horrible run.

Event comments:

Good course but would like the bike course to be smoother. Might sign up again as a VOGO. :)

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Last updated: 2017-01-23 12:00 AM
00:32:54 | 1796 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 104/167
Performance: Average
Aerobic zone @ 52spm 0.98m per stroke
Suit: Roka Maverick Pro Fullsuit
Course: Triangular with buoys to left shoulder.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:42
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:23:56 | 24.23 miles | 17.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 129/167
Performance: Good
Tried to stay in high Z3 for 10 minutes but got into Z4 due to hills early in the bike course. Stayed in low Z4 1st lap, sub threshold 2nd, threshold and some Z5 3rd.
Wind: None
Course: 3 loops around Bonelli Park.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:00:05 | 06.2 miles | 09m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 117/167
Performance: Good
1 lap around the lake.
Course: Course with some hills, 2 steep ones. Start was on trail then on paved roads. Then on trails again then on sidewalk along the north shore.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2017-05-15 1:08 AM

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Los Angeles, CA
Subject: LA Tri Series #3 - Championship Distance

2017-05-15 11:08 PM
in reply to: #5220426

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Ventura, California
Subject: RE: LA Tri Series #3 - Championship Distance

Go CalTri!

Great race report, me and you had very similar times. It was interesting to see your swim metrics with the distance being 1796 yards. I thought that course looked long. I had just came off a half distance the weekend prior and I thought the swim course here looked about the same. I also have limited vision without my glasses in the water, I found myself off to the outside as well.

Glad you had a good race and thanks for posting a picture of the medal, which I thought was pretty damn sweet!

PS: Did you have any issues removing the paper based sticker from your helmet? Mine tore apart and is a mess on my helmet and not sure what to clean it with. I inquired to the event coordinator and she claims to print them herself. I implored her to go with a vinyl based sticker for next events, we shall see.



2017-05-18 2:30 PM
in reply to: rjcalhoun

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Los Angeles, CA
Subject: RE: LA Tri Series #3 - Championship Distance
Thanks RJ!

I peeled my sticker off slowly and it came off without tearing apart too much. I used a small amount of orange oil based cleaner to remove the residuals.
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