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Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon - Olympic Course - Triathlon


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Ventura, California
United States
Renegade Racing
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 01m 48s
Overall Rank = 267/
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 12/17
Pre-race routine:

Routine was jacked up; last minute changes in the morning plans resulted in hoarking down an egg sandwich and rushing to the event site.
Event warmup:

Got to event a little later than planned; felt rushed and hectic. Jogged a little on the beach and stretched hamstrings and calves.
Swim
  • 35m 8s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters
Comments:

First experience with LOTS of swimmers. Hung on at the back of the pack like I have done in the past but there were already a lot of swimmers on the course starting their second lap. Lots of contact, sighting was not good, had difficultly getting a good rhythm going. Didn't like the whole leaving the water and re-entry thing; not a comfortable swim.
What would you do differently?:

Be more aggressive in the water. Instead of allowing contact with other swimmers to affect my cadence and course; just keep swimming.
Transition 1
  • 03m 43s
Comments:

Surprised to see all the empty bike racks, didn't realize I had done so poorly in the swim. Had a little wet suit issue but everything else went okay. still need practice.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transition more.
Bike
  • 1h 24m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.67 mile/hr
Comments:

I may not have been on the top of my game; got passed by a bunch of guys that were on tri-bikes and were fast. Took some nutrition after 40 minutes on the bike. I felt like I finally got my legs on the last lap around the farm land (about minute 52 on the bike) but it was too late. Took some nutrition and last hydration 6 miles before return to transition.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time training for building speed.
Transition 2
  • 04m 15s
Comments:

Had to take time to pee.
What would you do differently?:

Would have been a much better time if I didn't have to run to the toilet and back.
Run
  • 54m 33s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 50s  min/mile
Comments:

Legs were good, drank at every water station; took some nutrition at half way point. Endurance is very good; picked up the pace the last half of the run and felt very strong at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time training for building speed.
Post race
Warm down:

Just walked, checked out expo area.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training for speed. The Olympic distance is very doable for me in terms of endurance but I lack the speed to be competitive. I've decided to pay for a BT membership. I need to work on increasing speed overall and am hoping the training outlined in BT schedule will help me achieve that goal.

Event comments:

Swim got started about 30 minutes behind published schedule. Other than the late start, the event was very well laid out and organized. Lots of enthusiastic and helpful volunteers. Traffic was controlled by Highway Patrol, local police and RP Barricade Company. This is a larger sized event, probably 800 - 900 athletes. Post race included bar-b-que and beer garden area.




Last updated: 2013-02-03 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:35:08 | 1500 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: yes
Course: Two laps, triangular course. After first lap, exit water, run across timing mat, re-enter water for second lap.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:43
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:24:00 | 24.85 miles | 17.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Relatively flat course (a couple small inclines and one very moderate, short hill) on paved road; mostly smooth but with some rough sections that could use re-surfacing. Leave transition, ride out 7 miles, ride 3 loops of 4 miles each around farm land and return to transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 04:15
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:54:33 | 06.21 miles | 08m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on paved road following the first part of the bike course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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Subject: RE: Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon - Olympic Course
Looks like the race was a good experience overall. Personally not a fan of having to swim laps in open water. I can understand it in an IM distance race, but I can not ever remember hearing of that in an oly. As for the bathroom break, I know that in the Tour de France, they rarely stop to pee. The alternative is not exactly a wonderful thought, but you are already sweaty, so it is nothing a post race swim can not fix . Keep up the great work, I am proud of you.
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