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Los Angeles, California
United States
UCLA Triathlon Club
Total Time = 1h 15m 59s
Overall Rank = 74/400?
Age Group = 50 & Over
Age Group Rank = 1/9
Pre-race routine:

Arrived a little after 6 am, did my transition set up, checked in to pick up my timing chip and got marked.
Event warmup:

Jogged about one mile, and did about 15 minutes of stretching.
  • 07m 10s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

Though I wasn't expecting the swim to be easy, coming at the end of the tri like this, it turned out to be much more exhausting than I remembered it being when I did it last year. By the fourth lap I was really running out of gas, so I just focused on keeping my form smooth, balanced and as fish-like as possible. I was passing people easily all the way through. Only a couple people sped up as I passed them, but most were too tired to act competitive. Some people were even doing breastroke or sidestroke. Fortunately, unlike last year, I didn't get stuck behind any log-jams. With three laps to go I looked down the lane and there was no one in front of me for that next 50 meters. At the start of the last lap there was a guy way down toward the end of the lane flailing away. I couldn't believe he was still a few yards from the end of the pool when I passed him, then went up the steps and out of the pool to run the final ten yards to the finish. My swim time was 7:10 (40 seconds faster than last year), fastest time in my age group.

Transition 1
  • 00m
  • 34m 28s
  • 10 miles
  • 17.41 mile/hr

The bike portion of the tri was second, following the 4 mile run. The physical impact when going from the run to the bike was much like that dead-leg feeling you normally get when you transition from bike to run in most triathlons. I headed out onto the bike course, which starts up a fairly steep hill, feeling like I might have done the run too hard and would now be paying for it for the rest of the race. I has at least 2/3 of the way into the first lap before I was pedaling with any real power. My self-timed first lap split was 11:46. I was much faster on the second lap with a 10:59 and about as fast on the third with an 11:07, which actually includes slowing down and dismounting to go into T2. My self-timed bike course split was 33:52, but my official time was 34:28 (1:28 faster than last year) because you have to dismount as you get to the transition zone, but then you have to run your bike on the grass all the way around to the far side so you enter the transition zone where the timing mat is. (Actually they didn't have mats, just two parallel wires duct-taped to the ground.) So I guess that took 36 seconds. T2 was 59.8 seconds (1:30.2 faster than last year).

Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 27m 59s
  • 4 miles
  • 06m  min/mile

As a reverse triathlon the 4 mile run was the first leg of the race. The first of two waves went off with the WCCTC (college division) contestants, the second, about 20 minutes later went off with the age groupers and challenged athletes. We did a lap around the track in Drake Stadium, then headed out onto the course which has you either running up a hill or down one. Very little flat ground on that campus. Most of the run course follows the north campus perimeter along Sunset Blvd and the western parameter along Veterans and Gayley. From Gayley it cuts up the side of a hill by way of some wooden railroad tie and dirt stairs embedded in the hillside. Coming down off the hill where the dorms are, the course then snakes north, then back south behind Drake Stadium, down Bruin Walk on onto the Intramural Field and into T1. I made it through the run in 27:59 (4:33 faster than last year), and did a fairly wobbly and awkward transition to the bike in 1:21.5 (17.5 seconds slower than last year).

Post race
Warm down:

Walking and stretching.

Event comments:

The new timing company, Milliseconds Sports Timing, put together a very poor results format, with only a one view of the data listing everyone in order of finish. No age group or gender breakdown. They didn't even bother to clean up the results, often showing the same participant with two or three listings. The previous year the results were very easy to interpret and it was possible to compare times and splits with others in your division and to see your over all rankings per sport. With this company’s way of displaying the results, you pretty much have to look through each person's times to find out what your rank was. As much of a pain as this was in my age group division, it was too much trouble to bother with to find out where I ranked over all in each leg of the race. Very amateur.

Last updated: 2007-03-16 12:00 AM
00:07:10 | 437 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/9
Overall: 0/400?
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts
Course: This is a reverse triathlon, so the swim was actually last. But one of the things that makes this triathlon so tough is that as you come out of the transition from bike to swim, you have to run up a fairly steep hill for 1/2 mile to get to the 50 meter pool. There is actually an informal T3 area just before you get to the pool where you pull off your shoes and shirt. They don't give you a split for it as the time spent there becomes part of the split they give you for the hill run. The run up the hill from T2 to T3 was tough but very gratifying. I was able to shake off the dead-leg feeling from the bike within 20 or 30 seconds by keeping my stride short and fast, and by not pushing the pace too soon. Before long I was passing people who seemed to be barely able to run, and by half way up the hill I was passing people who were reduced to walking. My run training has been progressing nicely and I haven't had any injuries since late November. It was certainly showing good results on that final hill. As I entered the Sunset Recreation Center I took a 3:39 split (1:17 faster than last year's self-timed split), pulled off my shoes & shirt and dashed for the pool. I got my goggles on and took a 16 second T3 split (3 seconds faster than last year). I'm not sure where the official timing wires were, but from the looks of the 3:59 hill split in my official time, I have to assume it was right before jumping into the pool so it also includes my T3 time. The way the swim works is that you start in the end lane, swim to the opposite wall, then move over to the next lane and swim back. You move over one lane after each lap. That way everyone is going the same direction at all times. At the end of eight fifty meter laps you have your 400 meter swim.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:34:28 | 10 miles | 17.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/9
Overall: 0/400?
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: The bike portion is a 3 lap course that tours through the UCLA campus, and actually does have a few flat parts. Unfortunately several down hills require you to slow down considerably to make a 90 degree turn at the bottom, so you loose a lot of your momentum.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:59 | 04 miles | 06m  min/mile
Age Group: 2/9
Overall: 0/400?
Performance: Good
Course: The run course is very hilly and incorporates part of the UCLA cross country course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-03-16 7:19 PM

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Redondo Beach, CA
Subject: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon

2007-03-17 3:59 PM
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northeast Ohio
Subject: RE: UCLA IronBruin Triathlon

Nice race and 1st place age group finish!  Whoo Hoo!  I enjoyed reading your RR! 

Sounds like you improved all over from last year. 

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