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Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
The Subaru Western Triathlon Series
20C / 68F
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 33m 55s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 17/18
Pre-race routine:

Sean and Vivian were picking me up at 5:30, so I was awake at 4:50. Had some cereal and yogurt while getting ready, walked down to the roadway.
We got to the site early, so just hung out for awhile. I headed over to transition about an hour before race start to get set up and get my wetsuit on.
Event warmup:

I was about to get into the water to get warmed up when I realized that I still had my rings on. I knew my fingers would shrink in the water and I was likely to lose them, so I jogged back to transition to drop them off and jogged back. Got into the water and swam about 5 minutes or so.
Swim
  • 30m 9s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters
Comments:

Arrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh! I'm going to have to either swim the entire course for a warmup before the race, or just accept that the first half of my swims are going to suck. It took me to the first turn to start to feel comfortable. I talk to myself, tell myself to slow down my stroke, take it easy. But it just takes as long as it takes. The last half I was very happy with, and I was happy with my swim time.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up more
Transition 1
  • 04m 57s
Comments:

I walked up to T1, just to keep my HR down. I had the top of my wetsuit off when I got to my bike. But I kinda lollygagged a bit. I come out of the swim a bit foggy every time, I take a bit of time to clear the cobwebs.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure.
Bike
  • 1h 49m 28s
  • 45 kms
  • 24.59 km/hr
Comments:

Up, down, up, down, chipseal, up, down, wind. To top it off, my Garmin shat the bed and wasn't giving me anything--no speed, no distance, no nothing. On the swim it said it lost Satellite Reception, but my swim was ok when I downloaded. Nothing on the bike though. I didn't know the course, so I was blind. I tried to reset the GPS as I rode, nothing. I turned it off, then turned it back on. Nothing. So I just rode. I had decided that I wasn't going to push the run, so I may as well work hard on the bike. To be honest, this course had me seriously wondering why I do this. Or why I have to push. Maybe I should just put my competitor in my pocket and just ride for fun. I wasn't really understand why this was so hard. I feel as though I have been getting a lot of T.I.T.S. in, a fair bit of hill work, but this kinda sucked. (Did I mention that already?) I guess I did ok in the end, looking at my avg speed on a hilly course.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more hills. Get a lighter bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 28s
What would you do differently?:

Nothin'
Run
  • 1h 06m 55s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 37s  min/km
Comments:

I was happy with this. Started off a little fast in the first km, but not unusual. I had a dude right (like drafting distance) behind me for close to the first 500m. A heavy breather no less. I'm like dude: a. I'm not that fast and b. you aren't getting any benefit from being that close to me. So he finally passes--I figure maybe I get some nice pace booty. Nope. Saggy shorts. Like he had a load in them saggy. It was like a car crash, I wanted to look away but couldn't...I finally came to my walk break and he moved on. Phew.

Ok, so this was just going to be a bit of a training run. I did my regular run 1km, walk 1min, which seems to be working well for me. My splits were pretty even. Unfortunately, less than 3km in, I started up with a blister on my right arch. No new shoes, no new socks, no idea. Stopped to adjust my sock, but didn't help. Ok, I'll just have to deal.

As I was running, I was still sort of trying to figure out why this whole race was sucking. And then I realized, I kinda trained right up. I rode 60km on Tuesday. No wonder I am feeling a little rough.

Was able to pick up the pace for the last km and finish strong.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. My achilles started to tighten up a little at km 8, but no pain.
Post race
Warm down:

Had some snacks and spoke with Vivian and Dennis. Vivian and Sean ended up not racing. Vivian was just not feeling right, and Sean's shin splint was bothering him. Dennis had an ok race, but had a rough time on the swim as well. Tammy ended up pulling out after the first loop of the bike because she was vomiting. The juju was kinda off on this race...

Event comments:

Well organized, many volunteers, lots of aid stations.




Last updated: 2013-06-11 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:30:09 | 1500 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: ~600m out, ~200 across, ~700 back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding:
T1
Time: 04:57
Performance:
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:49:28 | 45 kms | 24.59 km/hr
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: One loop of suckage. It was either up, or down, or chip seal with headwind. SUCKAGE.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:06:55 | 10 kms | 06m 37s  min/km
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
1 6:23.5 1.00 6:24 2 1:00.5 0.11 9:17 3 6:46.8 1.00 6:47 4 6:57.1 1.00 6:57 5 6:35.2 1.00 6:35 6 6:53.8 1.00 6:54 7 6:46.8 1.00 6:47 8 6:52.1 1.00 6:52 9 6:52.6 1.00 6:53 10 6:42.7 1.00 6:43 11 4:36.8 0.75 6:09
Course: Around the lake on trails
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2013-06-16 10:16 PM
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Maybe there was just something in the air during our races? I was feeling weird juju at mine as well. You still had a somewhat decent race at least.
2013-06-17 6:25 AM
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Wow, it sounds like the entire crew was not feeling this race. But you pushed through and finished strong, good job!
2013-06-17 8:57 AM
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A job well done on what sounds like a challenging course - way to finish strong! 

2013-06-17 9:00 AM
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Nice job out there!  I'm glad that the second part of the swim went well and that you were happy with the run.  Sorry that the bike wasn't what you had hoped for and that the Garmin picked race day to crap out! ARG!
2013-06-17 11:14 AM
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Hey, ya know that is the thing about Triathlons. They are all so different and challenging in their own way they can't really be compared to one another.

Given the nature of the bike course you did an excellent job!

And geeze, your swimming! Think of how far you have come!



2013-06-17 11:58 AM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Hey, ya know that is the thing about Triathlons. They are all so different and challenging in their own way they can't really be compared to one another.

Given the nature of the bike course you did an excellent job!

And geeze, your swimming! Think of how far you have come!

I was thinking exactly this! Each race is so very different and you don't know what the weather will bring, even if you've done the course before! You did a great job of sticking with it even when you weren't "feeling it".

Nice job!!!!!!

2013-06-17 12:18 PM
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Good job, Kirsten!  Sorry you hit a few snags here and there, but overall it sounds like you did OK.  Chipseal on the bike = BOOO!!  Hate that stuff.  Way to keep moving forward despite the little irritations of the swim, Garmin issues, and saggy pace booty!

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2013-06-17 1:15 PM
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That's a good time for the swim, and a brilliant time for a run/walk. I think I've read that if you kick your legs a bit harder toward the end of the swim, that helps with circulation and clearing the fog/dizziness from the head.
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