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Danskin - Los Angeles County - TriathlonSprint

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San Dimas, California
United States
Total Time = 2h 22m 1s
Overall Rank = 523/691
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 77/89
Pre-race routine:

Flu week before. :( [Don't race sick. Danskin was worth it, though].
Day before: too much time out & about to expo, at expo, prepping, etc. No sleep--house/petsitting & dogs restless [Do race prep Fri./2 nights before]. Ate ravioli w/meat sauce ~ 5 p.m.

RACE DAY: Bagel chips w/PB and 6 oz. Coke (forgive me) for bkfst.
Event warmup:

~10 min of easy arm circles/wiggling/air-swimming on shore.
  • 16m 16s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 51s / 100 yards

Strong swimmer but sick & wanted to conserve for rest of race. Water not cold on entry but felt that way ~250yd in and breathing difficult (maybe b/c sick but chatted w/other participants, esp. newbies, who felt same effects at about same distance regardless of time/ability/etc.) Felt much better after approx. halfway 440 yd (buoy) and passed many swimmers in my wave & one before (not impt. to pass, but no-one to draft off).
What would you do differently?:

Swim in lake week prior (no chance this time). Warm up in the water. Gone out more slowly/evenly but overall go much harder Draft more. Smoother buoy rounding--don't have to do head-up breaststroke kick :) [confidence issue re. smacking into buoy/other swimmers]. More confidence in sighting--no problems, but still felt had to pop head up all the time first 1/2. Not done any breaststroke.
Transition 1
  • 08m 3s

Slow & deliberate, fine for first standard tri T1 (first tri was reverse).
What would you do differently?:

Confidence to run off swim (200yd to T1). Chamois not towel to dry off a bit. Put gel blocks in easy-to-reach bike bag (took time to stuff in suit pockets). PUT CYCLING JERSEY ON (not doing so is a regret from BOTH tris!) Bodyglide inside of shoes so no socks needed.
  • 1h 15m 40s
  • 13 miles
  • 10.31 mile/hr

Don't really know how to ride bike--can't do drop bars, shift gears, or corner, etc. (my apologies and yes I stayed on the right!)
What would you do differently?:

(obv) Learn how to ride bike, used toe straps/cages. Ridden course (no chance). PUT CYCLING JERSEY ON (cold, and forgot both tris!) Hydrated more/had more accessible snacks. B/C sprint tri, biked with trail shoes (stiffer than reg. runnies).
Transition 2
  • 02m 22s

Fast trans for taking it easy & being very safe. Nice!
What would you do differently?:

[If had cycling jersey on, taken it off].
  • 39m 38s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 12m 47s  min/mile

Sweet run, rolling hills though (but I like 'em, and they shortened stride which really helped tight hammies/IT from bike). Ran ~5 min off bike, got some quad cramps, did 1:1 run/walk until last mile (ran through).
What would you do differently?:

Worn trail shoes on bike (stiffer than reg. runnies but fine to run in for sprint). Had confidence to pick up pace earlier--no prob. w/running off bike, and had very neg. splits and lot of reserves at end of run/race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for 15 minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Illness; unfamiliarity with course and "normal" T1/T2 transitions (not reverse). Had run marathon less 1 month prior; did very little cross(tri)training before & after marathon (taper/recovery), then got ill.

Event comments:

DO THIS RACE. DO THIS RACE. DO THIS RACE. Done countless road races and 1 tri before, and all great but nothing compares to the incredible support and inspiration this race is, both as a triathlete and a human. Wept as last runners came in, and many stayed to cheer in last runner (it's a tradition and has rituals).

Last updated: 2007-06-16 12:00 AM
00:16:16 | 880 yards | 01m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 100/691
Performance: Good
Suit: 1-piece tri
Course: 2-side triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 08:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:15:40 | 13 miles | 10.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 602/691
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: Nasty hill right off start. Otherwise a few easy grades. Plenty flat stretches. Tricky sharp right-hand 90-degree turn in a narrow lane to uphill coming off of a fast downhill. The way course was laid out, another very fast downhill (fastest) ended with tiny S-shaped alley made by cones on either side. Maybe meant to slow you down, but seemed unsafe to me (although highly visible).
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:22
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:39:38 | 03.1 miles | 12m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 528/691
Performance: Good
Course: Sweet run, rolling hills w/turns though. Downhill finish on grass to cheering of crowd/great music is awesome (surface may be a bit unsteady for inexperienced runners though).
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-06-16 10:20 PM

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Melon Presser
Subject: Danskin - Los Angeles County

2007-07-28 4:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Danskin - Los Angeles County
Just saw this race report while getting ready for my Danskin tomorrow...great report and inspired me to do it while not feeling up to par over here...thanks
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