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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
Total Time = 2h 59m 1s
Overall Rank = 591/
Age Group = 31-34
Age Group Rank = 102/279
Pre-race routine:

Up at 7, potty, coffee, bagel with pb, bottle of Perpetuem. Review gear checklist for transitions, air up tires, pack transition bag, head down the hill from the campground to the lake.
Event warmup:

Brief jog, potty stop, sneak into the water a few heats ahead of mine, get scolded by start staff for getting in water early.
  • 27m 49s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

This was my best open water swim yet. Felt strong and confident but frustrated at the bad navigation on the way back in.
What would you do differently?:

Swim a better line on the way back in!
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

My transition spot was closer to the swim than the bike so I had to run quite a ways with bike shoes on. Wet suit got stuck on both feet in spite of copious amounts of body glide on my ankles and the outside of the suit. Went 20s faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Roll socks on rather than pull them on.
  • 1h 22m 30s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.07 mile/hr

Three minutes faster than last year. Flying on the downhills and flats but struggling to hang on on the climbs. My gearing was definately too steep for this course.
What would you do differently?:

Should have used the cassette from my road bike which is a few teeth bigger.
Transition 2
  • 01m 36s

23s faster than last year. Good hustle.
What would you do differently?:

Had three gels in my running had thinking I would choose flavors. Ended up taking all three without thinking. Should have just had two in there.
  • 1h 04m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 25s  min/mile

Ouch. Thighs were toasted. I knew this would be a rough run for me when I did a 15 minute warm up the day before. Thighs have been very tired for days and with the efforts to learn a new running style I don't think the right muscles are developed yet. That said, I didn't think it would be this bad. Plan was to walk up the tough hills and easy jog the rest. Had stomach cramps in the first half mile that lasted until about mile four. Limiting factor was definately leg strength. Even the run down lynch hill at the end was slower than last year as I didn't have the power to control myself well on the downhill.
What would you do differently?:

I'm sure this will get better as the season goes on. If I had gone a bit easier on the bike, not gone all out in last weekends 8k, started my running season earlier, and ran more hills, this could have been better.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk, stretch, Hammer Recoverite, banana, water, egg roll.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hammies and quads. See above.

Event comments:

Wildflower is an amazing event. The vibe is fun and the people are energetic. Very well run, on time, good support. Fun camping and a beautiful site.

This is my third year at this event with my brother and mom. My bro is a strong swimmer and runner but I'm faster on the bike. I caught him at mile 21 on the bike and he got me back about a half mile into the run and stayed with me the rest of the way. Super fun running with him and finishing together--can't wait to see the finish pics.

Met MadKat in transition before the race, sorry I didn't catch you at the end MadKat, hope you had a grat race! Recognized JWryals in the finish chute and introduced myself. Nice meeting both of you guys even though it was brief.

NUTRITION: Followed coaches strategy of an aero bottle of Perpetuem on the bike, Hammer gel near the end of the bike, and two more gels on the run. Worked out well, grabbed a water bottle at the last aid station on the bike to wash down the gel. Cheated a little bit on the run and had a little bit of Gatorade at two of the stations--the sugary goodness was callin' my name. A big improvement over last year is that my stomach was not upset after the bike. I hope this is due to the change from Gatorade to Perpetuem. Took on lots of water after the finish, would have been interesting to see how much water I lost during the race.

Bro and I both rocked the Tri Donkai kits, totally fun hearing people yelling for Tri Donkai.

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Last updated: 2006-12-14 12:00 AM
00:27:49 | 1640 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/279
Overall: 479/
Performance: Good
Felt strong in the swim. This was by far the most physical swim I've been in, there were bodies everywhere and no clean water for the first third. Got beat up pretty good but held my own. Got bashed in the face and goggles filled with water but a quick stop to replace them fixed that. Bad sighting on the way back in. I knew to head towards the gas dock to shorten the distance and even acknowledged that I was off course but didn't manage to correct it. Have to be more cognizant of correcting course immediately when I realize I am not in the ideal spot. This added quite a bit of distance. Went over a minute faster than last year in spite of the body contact and bad sighting. Breathed pretty much every stroke. Planned to do this for the first 200 or so to stay aerobic but felt right so stuck with it. Successfully drafted for about a quarter of the swim. Water was cool and I was very comfortable in the full wet suit. Avg HR: 176 Max HR: 196
Suit: Orca Full
Course: Rectangular. Sorta.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Below average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:22:30 | 24.85 miles | 18.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/279
Overall: 335/
Performance: Good
Not sure I have accurate HR data as it shows max of 233, which means it lost signal. Avg reported is 178 but I think that is high.
Wind: Some
Course: Hills, hills, and more hills. Here's a link which includes an elevation profile for the bike:
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:04:40 | 06.21 miles | 10m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/279
Overall: 1691/
Performance: Bad
Avg hr: 180 Max hr: 195
Course: Hills, hills, and more hills. Linky to route map with elevation chart:
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-05-07 6:29 PM

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In The Peleton
Subject: Wildflower Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2007-05-07 6:44 PM
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Wind Lake WI
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Great job carring the donkie colors. Nice race.
2007-05-07 6:56 PM
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Paso Robles, California
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It was good to meet you Peter.  Tough day out there yesterday that is for sure.  You mentioned a new running style what are you doing?

 I am trying to find a new style to get past the 8:30 hump (minus this race I can normally hit it)


2007-05-07 6:56 PM
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San Francisco
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nice job on your improvements over last year. i saw some of your donkai bretheren around. too funny. nice pics.
2007-05-07 7:45 PM
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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Great race Pete! That swim is fan-frickin-tastic! This really sounds like a fun race. Way to make Donkey Planet proud.
2007-05-07 8:55 PM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Way to rock it Donkai style!! You kicked butt out there and I'm glad you had a blast doing it, too. Congrats!

2007-05-08 7:11 AM
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piece o heaven
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eeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwesome race and rr

congrats donkai!

2007-05-08 8:29 AM
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Muskego, WI
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Yos be some playahs out der wit throwin' down da key colors dog.  Dat be hot, n you be flyin on da 2-step in da hills playah.  Congrats!!!
2007-05-08 8:45 AM
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Libertyville, IL
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EEEEEAAAWWWW!!!!  Good stuff Sneaky P!  Sounds like a tough course and good time.  Might have to join ya next year!
2007-05-08 11:00 AM
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Yeah there Petey!  Nice job on the race!  Sounds like a really fun event.  You did an awesome job debuting the Tri Donkai Colors!!

2007-05-08 3:47 PM
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Mukwonago, WI
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Awesome job on the race.  Looks like a great event and your performance was awesome!

2007-05-08 6:51 PM
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Nice work!  I hear you on that swim.  I felt like I could not take more than 10 strokes without having to swim around someone!  I also took a not-so short-cut to get away from all of the people!!  Great RACE!!! 
2007-05-09 5:52 AM
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West Bend, WI
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Wow- Good job!  I have heard that is a great races
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