San Luis Obispo (SLO) Triathlon - Triathlon

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San Luis Obispo, California
United States
San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Dept
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 48m 41s
Overall Rank = 296/655
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Sushi for dinner then packed up my gear and loaded my truck.
Event warmup:

This event has a staggered check-in and start time based on your race number. My number was 772 so check-in time was 11am! So I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast (bagel), then drove across town to the event site. Once checked in and transition was set up I got in line at the pool to await my start time.
  • 15m 43s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

Swim felt pretty good, especially once I got into the groove of the short laps
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

New socks were not easy to get onto my wet feet, even with them rolled half-way. Once I got going, the new socks felt great so it was worth the hassle. I forgot to reset my bike computer before the event, so I had to pause for a moment at the mount line to reset it.
What would you do differently?:

Roll the socks better, reset my cycle computer.
  • 1h 00m 52s
  • 15.3 miles
  • 15.30 mile/hr

Riding my hybrid bike my average speed on flats is in the 15-18 mph range. I was targeting 1 hour for the bike and knew that the rolling hills would challenge that. On the flats and downhills I pushed myself a little harder than I usually do and took each hill in stride. As I neared the finish of the bike I looked at my watch and saw I had only a few minutes to make my target time. The last half-mile was mostly flat / slight downhill so I kicked it in gear and pushed to the finish and hit my target.
Transition 2
  • 01m 50s

Took me a moment to find my rack, the last push at the end of the bike had my adrenaline spiked.
What would you do differently?:

Make a better mental note of what rack number I was on.
  • 27m 9s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 51s  min/mile

I've been practicing this run for the last few months so I knew what to expect. My legs got into "run mode" fairly well thanks to weekly brick workouts. As I ran up the big hill each time I saw a motivational message chalked into the sidewalk that said "think I can" I would say to myself "KNOW I can". Once over the top I knew it was all down hill from there and cruised down to the finish line with a smile on my face.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, the run went really well and my pace was faster than my training runs.
Post race
Warm down:

Cold water in and on my head, stretched legs, then went and got my favorite post-race beer: Racer 5 IPA.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Physically I felt pretty good. Improving my fit in all three categories will help . The big improvement will be upgrading from my hybrid bike to a road/tri bike.

Event comments:

This is the longest sprint of my season this year with it's 15 mile bike route. The long staggered start time was odd to me but worked well with the number of participants. Fortunately most of my run training is during my lunch break so my late start time didn't impact my performance much as I'm used to running in the mid-day heat. For the most part the volunteers were great and the overall vibe of the event was laid back and enjoyable.

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Last updated: 2013-06-17 12:00 AM
00:15:43 | 880 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/655
Performance: Good
Course: Swimming the short width of the pool for 18 laps.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:00:52 | 15.3 miles | 15.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/655
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back course over rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:09 | 03.1 miles | 08m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/655
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat for the first 1.7 miles then a .5 mile hill finishing with a downhill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4