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Berkeley, California
United States
U.C. Berkelet Triathlon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 14m 57s
Overall Rank = 23/75
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 5/12
Pre-race routine:

Ate breakfast and drove to parking lot a mile away. Biked to race course. Set up transition.
Event warmup:

Jogged along the water front. Got in water 10 minutes early. Swam between launch peer and sail school pier but not very aggressively; the water was really cold.
  • 14m 20s
  • 920 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Couldn't sight on the first buoy. 2 people took off super quick so I couldn't follow their kicking. I did better when I turned the first buoy.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better. Maybe I need new open water google.s
Transition 1
  • 01m 28s

Had trouble getting into my shoes on the bike start (lost time on bike not T1). One shoe clicked out and I couldn't get it in. Also, the transition was right at the pier this year.
What would you do differently?:

Lube cleats.
  • 34m 38s
  • 20 kms
  • 34.65 km/hr

University ave is awful. The 5 laps was logistically better than the course they used last year that crossed University ave and made traffic a nightmare. It was very interesting how much my speed dropped on the turns.

I was able to stay aero for most of the straight away parts of the road. Was doing about 23 mpg there.

The turn on the south end was great because the street is 3 lanes there. On the north end it was a little narrow because the street is narrow and they needed lanes to get into and out of the loops. A couple people bumped signs but there wasn't much to be done.

Wind wasn't too bad. When I did practice rides on the course in the afternoon I couldn't use my aero bars.
Transition 2
  • 00m 46s

Well, I forgot to take my helmet off. The volunteers at the exit to T2 took it.
  • 23m 45s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 45s  min/km

Nice run. Sunny. Not to hot. Not to cold. No one passed. I was happy with my pace since it was time I ran under an 8 min mile in a triathlon.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out for about 10 minutes. Cleaned up my stuff and left.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I set a personal best. So nothing.

Event comments:

The race is to support the Cal triathlon club. New members (i.e. freshmen) have to volunteer for a race before they can race in one so there were a lot of volunteers.

The course has changed from past years and it was logistically a better course though the bike course was slowed by turns.

The race was a lot more organized at all levels this year than the year before. The website was less confusing. The announcer (Mark from on your mark productions) was right at the TT zone and repeating what the course was over and over again and there were very clear signs for the number of laps and where to go. This made the race very enjoyable

The course was fast, flat course. 1:14:57 is a personal best for the typical sprint distances .

Last updated: 2018-09-30 12:00 AM
00:14:20 | 920 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/12
Overall: 14/75
Performance: Good
Swim was supposed to be 800 yards. I didn't swim in a straight line
Suit: Full
Course: counter clockwise box starting at small craft pier. Swim from pier to first buoy (into sun). Left turn and straight to frontage road. Take another left and swim towards university. 1 more left turn and back to small launch pier.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 01:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:34:38 | 20 kms | 34.65 km/hr
Age Group: 23/12
Overall: 0/75
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Out university to frontage road. 5 laps south to north on frontage road between university and Ashby ave. Then down university to transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:46
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:23:45 | 05 kms | 04m 45s  min/km
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 33/75
Course: Out to university to frontage road and back with 2 loops. 1 way about .75 miles so each loop was 1.5 miles.
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? No
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2018-09-30 8:24 PM


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