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TRIFIT Mini-Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Santa Monica, California
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 53m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up 30 min before departure, ate a mini-Clif bar en route.
Event warmup:

Did ~10 min. of arm circles waiting for wave, then 50 yd stretching warmup lap in pool.
  • 07m 35s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Just a fun, semi-gym-based triathlon, so the pool swim was fun and easy. I did the super-cool move of the day--when trying to pass the person in front of me, there was another person coming down the lane, so I just swam straight for that person, then dove underneath. That caused some stir! The oncoming swimmer, however, was my training buddy Dolores, so I knew she would be unfazed.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. If this were a standard triathlon, I would have pushed the swim more (and I say this about every triathlon, so in general ... push the swim more). Oh, and maybe not lose count. I may have done 550 yd, who knows.
Transition 1
  • 00m
  • 55m
  • 0 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 50m 28s
  • 4.5 miles
  • 11m 13s  min/mile

I thought the run was going to be on a treadmill, so it was a pleasant surprise to have an outdoor course. Unfortunately, this means I am going to get lost.

I did something I have not done in years, and did not think I was capable of doing: I ran about 4 miles straight through, no walk breaks. I think that, and the 2nd half of the course being downhill, made for a stellar PR, perhaps more so stellar dep/up how far I got lost.

Part of it may also have been that I didn't eat enough yesterday, nor this morning, and I lost most of my vision and got very foggyheaded during the 2nd half of the run. This happens if I'm overstressed/overtired/underfed/overexerting and then I get a migraine (which did indeed happen later). Those were overarching factors ... the only thing I could have done better was eat more on the bike, but I really wasn't hungry. May have also been the dirty air--it's better now, but not good.
What would you do differently?:

I don't think I am going to develop a better sense of direction anytime soon, so ... nothing, I guess. Not push it at all on a tri, treat it as an easy workout, if I'm not doing well beforehand.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for 10 minutes, then did a yoga class.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not knowing I was going to be doing this until about 9 hours before. :) A very stressful, underslept, underfed week. Oh, and I did a 4-mile run in this nasty smoky outdoor weather the night before. Things like that.

Event comments:

This triathlon was free. You got free things. Everything after was free. And it was actually really good! What's not to like?

Last updated: 2007-10-27 12:00 AM
00:07:35 | 500 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 1/
Performance: Good
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:55:00 | 00 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: A first for me! A 55-minute spin class was the bike segment of the tri ... and although I work for the Spinning(R) people (Mad Dogg Athletics), I've never actually attended a class! It was okay. I don't think I caught the fever. Super-cool class as they go; it was taught by a pro triathlete and co-owner of the gym, fantastic music and a large-screen TV playing footage of Ironman something-or-other, but I didn't dig it. I did do most of the hills and sprints, though.
Road:   Cadence: 80
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:50:28 | 04.5 miles | 11m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Good question. I got lost ... apparently it was supposed to be a straight shot up to a golf course, a lap around, and then back. ??? I think I ran on the order of 1/4 to 1/2 extra mile.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-10-27 7:37 PM

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Melon Presser
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2007-10-27 8:50 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: TRIFIT Mini-Triathlon

Interesting mini sprint...Spinning classes can be great fun but they really don't work for triathalons.   Cool to "throw" this race in though and pull it off so well

 Beats what I did to prep for my first race though.  Had a trainer time me  for the swim, did the bike on a gym bike (not spin class) and went outside to run up and down the driveway for the 3.1 miles

2007-10-28 11:23 AM
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2007-10-28 7:58 PM
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Nice job on the run.  Good looking swim. You must be really fast when you try.  Free is the best.
2007-10-29 8:24 AM
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2007-10-29 8:48 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
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Nice job!!!  That sounds like a fun race. I actually loved spin when I did it.

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