TRI for Real Triathlon #2 - TriathlonOlympic

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Herald, California
United States
TBF Racing
85F / 29C
Total Time = 3h 41m 42s
Overall Rank = 177/190
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/13
Pre-race routine:

I waited in line to pay my fees, and chatted with a tri-club member who happened to find me there. Then just set up (and re-set up) my transition. At about 10 til the first wave took off, I went over to cheer on my friend's daughter who was racing in the kid's tri. I grabbed some sport beans and used my inhaler--all that was left was to actually warm up.

Event warmup:

I hopped into the wading/swimming area of the lake and paddled about for 15 minutes or so. The water was at a perfect temp, so it took no time to get really comfy and ready to go.
  • 36m 53s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 28s / 100 meters

This was my best swim yet--Especially considering that when my wave took off, I was in the middle of the pack, I kept feeling that I was breathing too hard, and I was still sucking at drafting. Nevertheless, I managed to get the breathing under control. Then I just kept going and going!
What would you do differently?:

I really need to get better at drafting!!!! Still, I need to work on my speed, and just keep on going.
Transition 1
  • 03m 2s

I had decided awhile back that I would go from swim to bike without putting socks on--so I did it, and I think that it helped--this transition was 2 minutes less than my average ones.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I was happy with this one.
  • 1h 37m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.28 mile/hr

This ride went very smoothly, especially considering my bike had just gotten a decent tune up. all in all, it was a great ride considering I didn't have access to MY bike for the last 2 weeks...
What would you do differently?:

I need to work on my nutrition, 2/3 through the ride, I ended up feeling somewhat nauseous---it went away, but as a result, I didn't take in a bit of extra fuel for the run. As it was my first venture into this distance, I wasn't terribly surprised that I screwed that up a bit.
Transition 2
  • 01m 47s

Another basic transition--nothing too out of the ordinary.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 27m 12s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 02s  min/mile

Due to my fueling issues and the heat, this run was not very good. I ended up walking quite a bit...On the other hand though, I am sure I was VERY entertaining to other racers, between my yelling at the crickets to stop jumping on and off of me, and singing a whole mess of 80s hair metal songs (loudly) to keep on going, I'm sure I was sort of funny.By the way, it was froggin' HOT! (temp-wise, not looks-wise)
What would you do differently?:

FUEL. Like always, I need to run more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, got a fantabulous massage! drank more water and gatorade...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

my past mentioned fueling issues, lack of training, but overall, I think I pushed myself better than I usually do; so I am happy.

Event comments:

TBF does a good job setting up and running their races. The only issue overall, and this was also mentioned by others I talked to, was that the run is just too difficult--especially when its hot. I have done the sprint races at this course, and they are a blast, so I knew while it would be tougher, I would still enjoy myself.
A little back ground of the venue: the race is held at Rancho Seco Park in Herald, Ca--Rancho Seco is actually the name of the Nuclear power plant that is there--It was decommissioned many years ago, after constant breakdowns and spewing money...There has always been jokes about the lake, and the possible radioactivity within (for the record, no mutations yet...). The Park itself is home to the man made lake for fishing, swimming, and racing; camping areas, hiking trails around the lake, and the exotic animal sanctuary...Yes, there is a former nuclear power plant, a camping area, and an exotic animals sanctuary....and we race there. The sanctuary seems (I've only seen from a distance) to house emus, oryx, and an eland...pretty cool. This whole park is out in the middle of nowhere--and it is quite pretty--Clint grew up in Herald, and we both wouldn't mind getting a house in the area...very country-tranquil.
Anyway, I will be back at this venue again in September for the Women's Triathlon Festival...
Oh yeah, I also have to give a shout out to both the Sac Tri Club and to Peppy's Peeps--the tri club I belong to, and Peppy's Peeps is a great group of folks who support a lady who took up tris to get her diabetes under control--she has, and now the group races, and also goes to volunteer at numerous races--they were there to run an aid table on the run--and apparently to cheer me on LOUDLY--What a great bunch of people; I am so proud to be one of the Peeps.

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Last updated: 2012-06-26 12:00 AM
00:36:53 | 1500 meters | 02m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 11/13
Overall: 163/190
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra sleeveless
Course: BIG semi-triangle out into a man made lake--its pretty shallow and full of plants. the water is always very comfortable. The course was primarily marked by 2 large triangular buoys, with smaller orange round buoys set up for sighting in between the two boundaries.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:37:36 | 24.85 miles | 15.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 175/190
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: An out and back along highway 104 AKA Twin Cities Road.Its has a few hills but nothing too steep or difficult, the only issue is the road surface. On this race day, grasshoppers were another issue---seriously, we're talking "plague of biblical proportions" amounts of grasshoppers--the street had stains on the grounds of all of the little hopper bodies that were run over!!! It was kind of weird--there was also a large amount of mole roadkills (go figure, last year, it was badgers).
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:27:12 | 06.21 miles | 14m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 179/190
Performance: Below average
Course: The course starts with a grassy path, then moves to a dirt fire road, leading to a bit on the road leading out of the park, then back to the fire road, onto a dirt trail (mostly unshaded!), then back to the fire road, and finishing on the grassy area again. Its hot, dusty, mostly unshaded, and FULL OF GRASSHOPPERS!!!! Yup, more of them--they were bouncing off of me left and right on the trail...crazyness.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4