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Lake View Terrace, California
United States
Hansen Dam Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 06m 49s
Overall Rank = 8/201
Age Group = M 55-59
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

Last minute signup...local race I'd talked about doing for years. Spent last 12 weeks rehabbing mid-back injury, triggered by an apparent compression fracture in the T-9 vertebra some since my last x-ray 18 months ago. Felt good enough by Wednesday of week to pull the trigger, but decided to wait a couple more days...long enough to roll an ankle on a trail run on Thursday evening. However, both the back and the ankle were sound by late Saturday, so I got up at 5 am and headed out to the race site (only 15 minutes away).

In order to reduce strain on my back from the weight of my transition bag, I'd decided to do the 500m swim without wetsuit. As it turned out, there was no decision to make: Water temps were 80F, so not wetsuit-legal. Perfect! Did the whole race in just tri jersey, tri-top, or shirt...a first for me.
Event warmup:

Nothing. Taking it easy on my back and ankle.
  • 11m 12s
  • 550 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Felt good without wetsuit. A bit of boat fuel in the water, but not a lot. Stayed clear of contact most of the way. Targeted a split under 10 minutes, but just missed.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Lost some training to the back injury (but was coming off a half iron right before the injury).
Transition 1
  • 02m 4s

Wanted 2 minutes or better...basically hit it. Nice not shedding a wetsuit. If I didn't wear socks, it would have saved the better part of a minute: Did take the time to dry my feet a little. 3rd in AG, 49th o/a.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not be quite so anal about drying my feet...
  • 30m 16s
  • 11 miles
  • 21.81 mile/hr

Arguably my best bike finish ever. Not sure I've ever won my AG on the bike in 11 seasons...don't think I've been top 10 overall, either. Hammered this the whole way.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

Hit my goal of under a minute. 1st in AG, 23rd overall.
What would you do differently?:

  • 22m 20s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 12s  min/mile

Killed this. Officially 2nd overall, but in the interest of fair play, I'm gonna acknowledge that one of the 5 guys who wore wetsuits and therefore couldn't place officially did just beat my run split.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Felt great even though I was really undertrained.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Checked results. Had to kill two hours waiting for awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Took 3 weeks off from running in June (two weeks off from swimming and dialled back riding).

Event comments:

I'm maybe being a little hard on this race with my number rating, but it is pretty low key in most respects and the bike course is neither marked nor adequately marshalled...I almost took wrong turns twice and I talked to a couple other people who did go off course. Nice medals and shirts. Very, very good race for a newbie to take on.

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Last updated: 2018-08-18 12:00 AM
00:11:12 | 550 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/12
Overall: 27/201
Performance: Good
Time includes about 50 yard run to transition.
Suit: None
Course: Square course in small man-made recreational lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:30:16 | 11 miles | 21.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 9/201
Performance: Good
Garmin had distance at only 10.2 miles (speed 20.2 mph)
Wind: Little
Course: One mostly flat loop on roads around recreation area...a couple miles spent crossing atop the Hansen Dam.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:20 | 03.1 miles | 07m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 3/201
Performance: Good
Garmin had distance as 3.17 miles, pace as 6:56/mile.
Course: Circuitous trail course...mostly flat except of a couple short, steep grade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2018-08-19 9:52 PM

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