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Berkeley, California
United States
California Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 27m 31s
Overall Rank = 46/90
Age Group = 40-50
Age Group Rank = 6/8
Pre-race routine:

Biked to the course which was a good thing. The organizers created traffic gridlock in the streets of Berkeley. I was worried for 3/4ths of the race as to why I didn't see my family cheering.
Event warmup:

Biked the course since it was impossible to figure out from their website. Couldn't get my prerace run in because they opened transition 1 hour late.
  • 14m 24s
  • 800 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

Swim went good. I got a slow start because everyone created a mass of humanity going to the first marker so that slowed me down.. I had a little trouble going straight against the current. Volunteers help you out.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Good transition I guess
What would you do differently?:

More bidyglide
  • 42m 12s
  • 20 kms
  • 28.44 km/hr

Well, I was last in my age group because I did an extra 1.2-1.4 miles on a very bad road. I also spent my last lap wondering if I should cut the course when I hit 12 miles, I could have turned down, or suck it up and do the extra one. I ended up sucking it up.
What would you do differently?:

Triple check what the loops were supposed to be.
Transition 2
  • 02m 42s

I thought I was very smart having my transition spot right at the "entrance" to transition. Well, they put us it in the back so I had extra running.

The person next to me racked his bike the "opposite" way than we had them and he did it in my spot. I had to move his bike to rack mine and then I got my spokes caught his pedals. I also know his bike didn't pass mine and he started after me. I wonder if I was not the only person that was sent the wrong way on the bike path.

I had trouble putting my socks on. The race website said "no towels". However, that was only for the draft legal course.
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 12s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 02s  min/km

Since I still didn't see my family, they never made due to traffic, my mind was distracted and I was off the pace of 7:30/mile that I planned. Also, since I essentially gave up on the bike course, I decided not to push myself too hard.
What would you do differently?:

Run harder
Post race
Warm down:

Spent 30 minutes trying to figure out where my family was.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The volunteer sending me down a poorly paved road for an extra 1.2-1.4 miles which messed with me mentally. I did the math later with garman and it cost me 4 min (in part due to going slow on the bad road)

Event comments:

The location of the course is beautiful. Swim in the Marina (I think there is a view of SF but I didn't really look), then bike and run with views of San Francisco. The breeze was light for the course so it should have been a perfect day. The volunteers were numerous and very energetic.. It was also nice to see the enthusiasm of the college teams.

However, the organization left something to be desired. I had issues with transition opening 45-50 minutes late, lack of clarity on the website, not being able to warm up, and not being sure what the course was for the bike ride. This combined with lack of real announcements before the race (such as, do 3 bike loops this way and 2 run loops this way). Lastly, Berkeley apparently messed up and didn't do traffic warnings or anything.

I exchanged emails with the race director, who is a volunteer. The delays were apparently caused by USTA wanting things done different for the draft legal race and that had a snowball effect on timing. The race website was designed the first year where there was only a draft legal race and in year 2 the open race was small. Therefore, they were unaware of the websites shortcomings and they promised to update/make it more clear. Aside from lack of directions for the bike or run course, the rules were only for draft legal which set up confusion in transition. They said they took my comments to heart and would pass on the need to make changes for the people in charge next year.

Apparently I didn't hear the announcements about race starting. That too I think was because the race was larger. It seemed that messages were spread to the teams but that left individual racers like myself in the lurch.

Last updated: 2017-10-01 12:00 AM
00:14:24 | 800 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 0/90
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: Triangle shape course where you swim with the current u at a 45 degree angle to the first marker, across the current then back against the current.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:42:12 | 20 kms | 28.44 km/hr
Age Group: 8/8
Overall: 0/90
Performance: Bad
My time is from garmin and I did 14.1 moles instead of 12.4 The site has my time at 45.16 minutes. We did have to run to transition but don't think it took me 3 minutes. I actually contacted the timing website and they were very nice about corrections.
Wind: Some
Course: What the course was supposed to be, .6-.7 miles down university to frontage road. 3 loops on frontage road then back 0.6-.7 miles back down. Unfortunately the race volunteer sent me down university after my first lap. This was really unfortunate since the surface is awful on university and I slowed to 16 MPH (both ways.) I confused the people at the dismount when I turned around saying this was my first lap. Unfortunately the "official looking" person I complained to didn't seem to care. I essentially gave up on the race at this point realizing that I was going to do 1.2-1.4 miles more than I was supposed to. The course is a flat course along the bay trail (we were on the road next to the trail. It is a very beautiful course and it is where I do a lot of my bike riding.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:42
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:25:12 | 05 kms | 05m 02s  min/km
Age Group: 5/8
Overall: 0/90
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on the normal bike trail, 2 loops. These loops were better marked and had volunteers at them. One of the aid stations was funny. Since it was 1 and around 75-80 degrees (hot for Berkeley) the volunteers were asking if you wanted water thrown at you. I thought that was funny.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2017-10-01 2:33 PM


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