Goleta Beach Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Goleta, California
United States
Goleta Beach Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 10m 39s
Overall Rank = 82/152
Age Group = 35-49
Age Group Rank = 8/15
Pre-race routine:

Googlemapped the bike route, ran the beach segment, cycled other run segment. Surveyed possible siting objects for swim. Set transition area as planned. Red bag over bike saddle. 1 hour before, hydrate with a Clif Bar. 15mins before a Clif shot block and a little water. Meditate with positive thoughts. Get through the swim and you'll kill the rest!
Event warmup:

Chatted with those in my transition area. Loosened up arms doing dynamic stretch routine as if warming up for a run. Swam around the water until 1st wave goes to get acclimated.
  • 10m 46s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 27s / 100 yards

Went with my training pace to ensure I finished and I did! A few swimmers stopped at the first turn buoy and in between there and second buoy. I actually passed some swimmers! Yay! Some had to change their stroke to easier ones. I got bumped a few times in the first third which threw me off a bit but after that, my groove sunk in and I started bumping people (by accident ofc) and making them stop haha! Some swimmers still bumped me but at that point my groove could not be disrupted. A couple swimmers from the prior wave were barely finishing when I got to the end. =)
What would you do differently?:

Learn to be more patient with the catch. Increase stroke rate to increase velocity.
Transition 1
  • 04m 57s

Running up the sandy beach was a little wobbly for me since it was about 50-75 yards to transition. Got top half of wetsuit down to waist successfully. 2 new race friends I met before the race at transition did not put on their shirts underneath their wetsuits. They both beat me in the swim but I beat them out of T1 despite having trouble removing my wetsuit because of the timing chip strapon. =) Took a Clif Shot Blok chased with Gatorade Perform.
What would you do differently?:

Find an easier way to remove wetsuit with timing chip in place. Possibly remove it, remove wetsuit, put it back on to save time.
  • 26m 4s
  • 8 miles
  • 18.41 mile/hr

Passed 15-20 bikers. There was a pretty competitive female I felt I couldn't catch but saved a push to pass her in the last 2 miles and I did! No one passed me on the bike! This was my strongest part of the race. I nearly dropped my water bottle once 4 miles in. It was wet from condensation. Whew!
What would you do differently?:

Make sure Camelbak Ice Podium's contents is cold (not frozen) to eliminate condensation.
Transition 2
  • 02m 28s

Pretty smooth T2. Had to wait for a cyclist in front of me to dismount before I was allowed to. He wasn't very good at it so I had to slow down ughh! Racked bike, put shoes on, moved watch from bike to left wrist, ate another Clif Shot Blok and chased with some Gatorade Perform.
What would you do differently?:

Dismount before cyclists ahead who are having trouble to run by them. Remember to bring my running belt with my number. Doh! >.<
  • 26m 26s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 30s  min/mile

Ran my race and kept a good pace. Passed a few and got passed a few. I got off track for about 15 seconds in the last 1/4 mile because I saw the blue arch where the swim waves started and got confused and ran below it. Corrected myself after noticing my mistake and finished! Great negative split times!
What would you do differently?:

Make sure you know where you're going and don't forget race number belt!
Post race
Warm down:

Hydrated with remaining on hand Gatorade Perform, ate oranges, yogurt, water. Stretched and walked around. Chatted with other finishers. Looks like some people did not run the beach portion. O_O Back in transition I shared my training knowledge from BT forum with some new triathletes. =)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hill + interval training to increase running strength/speed. Improve swim technique/stroke rate.

Event comments:

Loved this race as my first triathlon. Running portion needs to be better marked/flagged so runners don't get confused. ^_^

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Last updated: 2011-06-10 12:00 AM
00:10:46 | 440 yards | 02m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 97/152
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 4
Course: Two big turn buoys set to be race in counterclockwise fashion. Rocks at the wave break so be careful of those!
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:26:04 | 08 miles | 18.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 19/152
Performance: Good
Z4 @ 160-162bpm 1st half ~18-19mph, ^Z3 @ 154-156 2nd half ~20mph
Wind: Little
Course: Bike path course, wet from rain, some curves, lots of volunteers keeping things safe and coordinated.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:26:26 | 03.11 miles | 08m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 81/152
Performance: Good
HR spiked to Z4 @ 158bpm immediately and felt like I was dragging the first 3/4 mile even though my HR was high. I started feeling slight cramps form on my right side so I dropped my HR to 154 and got into cruise control pace. Mile 1, 08:48, 8'48"/mi Mile 2, 17:18, 8'30"/mi Mile 3, 25:22, 8'04"/mi
Course: Flat run on a bike bath then to a beach run on packed sand near the wave breaks. Tough running in the soft sand parts.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4