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Hemet, California
United States
50F / 10C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 03m 5s
Overall Rank = 131/721
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 17/68
Pre-race routine:

Just set up transition area and got into position. Everything was fine, a little chilly waiting for things to get started. Didn't bother eating anything (I am not a morning person). I had a little water before I started the run.
Event warmup:

A little stretching, nothing big.
Swim
  • 05m
  • 109 yards
  • 04m 34s / 100 yards
Comments:

Ok so I have been swimming once in the past 6 months (no pools where I live) so this was just a get to the end kind of thing for me as far as swimming goes. Gogles leaked (bummer). Swim after run and bike was eh not so much fun, glad it was short. Intersting with all the waves, splashing and folks smashing into each other. Pool entry was free for all.
What would you do differently?:

I will need to build a pool to practice in probably, take lessons somewhere over the summer etc.
Transition 1
  • 05m
Comments:

Was a run, bike, swim tri. After the run my fingers were not supper agile on the helmet clasp and such, could have been faster transition. It was cute that someone took my chain off the sprocket so that when I started peddling nothing happened. Despite that I had my best time on the bike so far compared to practice by alot.
What would you do differently?:

I will always check the chain before leaving transition.
Bike
  • 29m 30s
  • 12 miles
  • 24.41 mile/hr
Comments:

I had to use a rental bike because I had crashed mine on a steep hill 3 days prior and hit some sand on a sharp corner.
What would you do differently?:

I should have downshifted more before the U-Turn at the half way point. I could have anticapated manuvering around much slower bikers that were in front a little better. I will have to figure out how to do "non draft" race as far as distance and passing is concerned. I will always check my chain before I get on the bike. Overally though, really happy with how well things went. For a first go.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

No tranistion started with run.
Run
  • 22m
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile
Comments:

The run was good, I think I ran it about as fast as I should have. As it was I ran the 5k in 5 minutes less than my best in practice. It took maybe a mile and a half to get around the runners who were slower than I was because of the number of people all bunched up. I usually practice at around a 9 min mile so 7 ish min mile pace is smoking for me. (adrenalin ins your friend).
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, maybe position myself closer to the front of the mass of folks. Just train more so I can go faster.
Post race
Warm down:

I just took a brief shower, changed, got some water and some food, lite stretching, packed up my stuff. Oh and walked around for about 30 min.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Aside from the bike chain thing, and having crashed the bike I was used to 3 days prior, just needing to train more to obtain better times. I don't think I could have pushed much harder and finished about 15 min faster than I expected. I didn't have to slow my pace down because of starting out too fast, but was good and tired by the end of each portion for thoe muscle groups. For longer events I will need to fit in drinking some water and eating something on the bike or in transition. Or if the weather were warmer.

Event comments:

The actual race and everything was great. Only thing really to improve on for them would be to have some decent food at the end and maybe go over instructions better for new folks.




Last updated: 2007-12-10 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:05:00 | 109 yards | 04m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/721
Performance: Bad
Suit: no
Course: Kind of chaotic pool swim.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 90F / 32C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 05:00
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
Biking
00:29:30 | 12 miles | 24.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/721
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: With so many people sometimes it was hard to pass groups of 4-5 people in a bunch. I have never ridden with groups of folks before. The race was draft leagal, so I did take advantage of that and got a really good time for me. The road was a little wet from the rain the night before so I was really careful on the corners (especaily with fresh road rash from a crash several days ago). The course overall was really flat, but only 1 lane for 720 bikes to get around one another (Ok so I didn't go around all of them). This time was way fast for me, I blame it on smoother pavement than I am used to and drafting and no real hills. I usualy avereage like 18 mph in practice at this distance in a brick.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:22:00 | 03.11 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/68
Overall: 0/721
Performance: Good
Course: Nice flat course, wet from rain the previous night.
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
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2007-12-11 12:40 AM

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Elite
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2007-12-11 12:57 AM
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Los Angeles, CA
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You did great for a first time. whipped my for sure. That pool was definitely a trip through the twilight zone, I swam like kelp. It was flail, breath, flail breathe all the way for me.
2007-12-11 11:33 AM
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Elite
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Alturas, California
Subject: RE: Tinsel Triathlon
Thanks. Ya swim at the end was definately not so good. Even running from the bike to the pool was eh not so good, legs were saying we are done now right.... For me the swim was, just keep going its not that far, smack owe, kick owe, where do we turn.... Oh well, back to work.
2007-12-11 2:18 PM
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Master
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somewhere over the rainbow
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holy CRAP!!! that's AWESOME!! GREAT JOB!! i'm so stoked about your time!! i can't believe you hashed through all that in just over an hour!! unbelievable!! you SO totally rocked this tri! and how awesome are YOU that it was your first one?!?!?
2007-12-12 8:59 AM
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Modesto, California
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Great Race! The swim did not sound too fun. Way too overcome bike thing, fast times!
2007-12-12 10:53 AM
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Elite
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You did AWESOME Steve!!!!  Congrats on that great time!!!  Now you will only get better!!!  Woo-hoo!!!!


2007-12-12 10:19 PM
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Elite
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Alturas, California
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Thanks guys. So lonely with no challenge forum to chat with yall in. Thanks for posting. Now to try to get back into the swing of things.
2007-12-13 11:12 PM
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