San Diego International Triathlon - International Course - TriathlonOlympic

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San Diego, California
United States
Koz Enterprises
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 20m 4s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 13/27
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4. Out the door at 5 to meet and carpool with friends. Flat out, PB and J and banana and some dry cereal. Once there, set up transition, watched the first waves go and swam a bit to warm up. Did some high knees, chatted with others. Nervous stomach, as usual.
Event warmup:

Some swimming and some high knees in the sand. A bit of stretching.
  • 17m 48s
  • 1000 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

Started up toward the front and inside. Drafted a bit at first then fell into my own rhythm and kept on the buoy line, sighting well and felt pretty good. I maintained the same distance behind swimmer in front of me. At one point I thought wow this is a long way, then after rounding the end buoys I picked up my stroke, per coach's instructions, and before I knew it I was at the finish. Remembered to wait until I felt the ground, squishy ground, before standing up. Took just a moment to stablize myself and then up and out, running out of the water. This is my best tri swim yet. No breast-stroking, no freaking out. Even drank a bit of water and just kept on stroking. Yes to NOT panic-ing.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe swim a bit harder in the first part, but I was kind of pacing myself.
Transition 1
  • 03m 28s

Transition went well. I remembered to not be frenetic, but purposeful in removing wetsuit, getting socks on, etc. It was quite a long run to the transition area. They put the older women waaayy in the back.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I can think of.
  • 59m 42s
  • 18.64 miles
  • 18.73 mile/hr

I liked this bike ride. It was hard at times going up the hills, many rollers and one longer climb. I was hooting and hollering some and woo-hooing, which means the endorphins have kicked in. The left hammy was feeling a bit tight and I was a bit worried about it on the run, but no problems.
What would you do differently?:

Tried to just push harder.
Transition 2
  • 02m 27s

Ran in with my bike and got my other shoes on, race belt and ripped off my gloves, put hat on. Seemed like it went smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe would have removed my gloves before getting to transition.
  • 56m 39s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 07s  min/mile

At first, my legs felt like I'd just ridden hard, which I had. After about a mile I started to settle into a little quicker pace. In many ways I wish I'd had my Garmin so I could see my pace, but I also think it sometimes slows me down if I see myself running too fast in the beginning. I got hot, which I normally don't do. I think the harder effort on the bike helped heat me up. The black Bella shirt didn't help any. At mile 2 I thought, "It's only mile 2," but then I just re-focused, knew I wasn't stopping so one foot in front of the other. I picked up the pace a bit at mile 4 1/5 and then the last mile I kept wondering where the hell the finish line was. We had to run around the boardwalk in front of the diners in the restaurant. I felt a bit like the parade, should have done my parade wave. There were signs that said show us your bib number, presumably for the photog. At one point, I thought it was going to say show us your T--ts, like in New Orleans. That got me laughing to myself. Again, did some woo-hoos and got some interesting stares and looks from other runners.
What would you do differently?:

Tried to kick in a bit earlier, but I was tired and giving it all I had. I was actually breathing pretty hard by the time I finished. Although I did have a kick at the end. Not sure how much longer I could have sustained it.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with DH and son and cheered other bellas and other runners. Stretched a bit and got some oranges and bananas and drank copious amounts of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Riding 30 miles the day before, per coach's instructions.

Event comments:

NEeded more buses to shuttle us back to the transition. Didn't like the way we had to walk to expo and drop off bikes day before, but it all seemed to work out. It really is a beautiful course with the San Diego bayfront and skyline as the back drop. We live in a beautiful area.

I just posted the splits and am very pleased with my times. I may be in the MOP, but I'm damn happy about these times. If I'd of shortened up my transitions a bit I'd be a couple of places biggee.

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Last updated: 2009-05-04 12:00 AM
00:17:48 | 1000 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/27
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra
Course: Float start, rectangular.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:59:42 | 18.64 miles | 18.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/27
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Up to Cabrillo and back down. The laps seemed longer than I had remembered when I rode this course before. I kept telling myself what Whitney had said, "This is a bike race." Which translates into, push the damn pedals and spin, spin. Didn't ever need to get out of the saddle. My bike fitness has really improved. I didn't do this race last year, but I can tell how much stronger I am, especially in the hips for hill climbs. I did pass quite a few women up the hills. Can't help but feel pretty strong/good about that.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:27
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:56:39 | 06.21 miles | 09m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/27
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Flat and mostly sidewalk. Some paved streets, which I strongly prefer.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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