Pacific Grove - TriathlonOlympic

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Monterey, California
United States
Tri California
Total Time = 4h 19m 42s
Overall Rank = 1069/1154
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 463/498
Pre-race routine:

This was my first race of any sort, so I did not have a pre-race routine. I think I could have GREATLY benefitted from one! I woke up early, ordered an overpriced, rock-hard bagel from the hotel and proceeded to choke down half of it. I have been sitting on a couch for 18 years, what do I know about pre-race routines?!
Event warmup:

None. Very stupid. I should have jogged around some.
  • 59m 15s
  • 1640 yards
  • 03m 37s / 100 yards

My wave was with the Team in Training people that are super nice and my swim started fine. I was stroking evenly and keeping my face in the water which is a problem for me because I hate cold water on my face. I will preface the rest of the swim story with the fact that the swim is my least favorite part. It is cold, salty, filled with kelp and you get hit by other swimmers, plus I am a VERY slow swimmer. On this course you swim one lap get out of the water, run around a rock, and then swim another lap for a total of 1.5 KM. I had finished my first lap and I emerged from the water with a serious case of "sea legs", meaning I couldn't walk well, so I stumbled around the rock and dove back in for my second lap. As I came up from my dive to start the swim I heard the airhorn go off signalling that the next wave was coming in the water. Uh oh! I am right in the way of 150 hard core women that are about to pummel me. I was crushed within momments. I actually hit the sand under water I was hit so hard. Hands, feet, bodies, I was attacked by everything. I just floated still and waited for the majority to pass and then went about my swim. I stayed to the right of the course to let the faster swimmers go by and to not get pounded anymore. The buoys that mark the turns can be crazy and dangerous for slow swimmers so I swung wide of each buoy. The volunteers in the kayaks were yelling for me to swim to the left because I was swimming farther out than other people, but it was worth it to me to avoid contact with other swimmers. On the way in from my second lap I remember the words of one of my coach's (Jacquie Mardell)husband, Rob Mardell (ironman Canada triathelete), who told us to "kick like h#ll" in the last 20 yards of water to get the blood going in your legs so you could run out of the water.

What would you do differently?:

I need swim lessons! I was not at all tired but I was obviously very inefficient swimming.
Transition 1
  • 06m 52s

It was in this transition, which went well overall, that I realized that my race food was in my other bag at the hotel. Dear God, am I going to make it through this? I had two gels on my bike to get me through the day!
What would you do differently?:

BRING FOOD! Learn to run with bike without falling and breaking neck.
  • 1h 44m 56s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 14.21 mile/hr

I ran/walked with my bike to the mount line and started my ride. I was doing ok until about mile 10 or 12 when I started to feel the effects of little breakfast and no real nutrition to speak of, I ate my last gel, but I never felt quite right in the ride. I finished the ride in one hour 45 minutes, which was slower than I had hoped for, but considering that I spent a lot of the ride scouring the ground for half eaten power bars it was ok. I got off the bike and had no strength in my legs to run to the the transition area, so I walked my bike to my rack and changed for the run.

What would you do differently?:

More training on the bike. I started riding (other than as a child) four months ago, so I guess I just need more experience and better equipment, clipless pedals and a bike that is newer than circa 1984 would probably help.
Transition 2
  • 08m 40s

My feet and hands were numb, I did not dare try to run. I needed to visit the little girls room, and my transition area was a good distance from the "run out" line, so that added to my time
What would you do differently?:

Again, learn to run with bike. Have more food!!
  • 1h 19m 59s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 53s  min/mile

I started the run on the worst pair of legs I had ever felt. I kept looking down to make sure someone hadn't switced my legs with someone else, because they sure didn't feel like they belonged to me. I suffered for the first two miles until an angel from heaven dressed as a 14 year old boy volunteer handed me a Power gel and some Gatorade. Then I met up with another Team in Training athelete from Oregon named Sarah that ran with me for my entire second lap (it was her third and final lap so I was able to see her finish). Once the nutrition kicked in I began to feel much better. I ran the third lap until I caught up with my friend Sameen. We had trained together all season and decided to finish together. We finished the run and my run time was 1 hour 20 minutes (an ok time for me, but I could have done better).

What would you do differently?:

More distance training and more bike to run brick workouts to prepare myself for the "lead legs" you experience.
Post race
Warm down:

None (of course)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My overall fitness, but since is the first triathlon (or athletic event of any sort for that matter) in my life I think it went pretty good.

Event comments:

The volunteers at Pac Grove were AWESOME!! They cheered and were extrememly gracious and helpful. Thank you to all that came out to help.

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Last updated: 2005-09-17 12:00 AM
00:59:15 | 1640 yards | 03m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/498
Overall: 1075/1154
Performance: Below average
Wow! I am a slow swimmer or what?
Suit: Yes
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 06:52
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:44:56 | 24.85 miles | 14.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/498
Overall: 1009/1154
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 08:40
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal
01:19:59 | 06.21 miles | 12m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/498
Overall: 1034/1154
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5