Desert Triathlon 2013 International Distance
|Desert International Triathlon
La Quinta, California
Klein | Clark Sports
75F / 24C
|Triathlon – Olympic – Total Time = 2h 36m 29s
Overall Rank = 395/755
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 53/74
This was a great kick-off to the season and my very first Olympic distance Triathlon, actually my first Triathlon ever. It seems so strange as I have been competing in Triathlon’s as the swimmer on teams since 2008, but this was the year for the “full monty”. It went well, Ed and I drove up on Saturday afternoon, but hit some traffic so were not able to register until the morning of the event. Outside of a few logistics issues (lost bike) for a short while everything went 100% as planned. I was feeling good and had been training for the past 5 months. My weight was at 160lbs for the race. My training on the bike was less than optimal between several outdoor rides of about 19 miles and spin classes, I hadn’t been training as I should have. I didn’t get any distances at 24 miles (race distance) prior to the race. Key learning points for me for the next events.
1. Train more with bricks (ride/run) race distances.
2. Train with longer distances on the bike overshoot race distance.
3. Trail running would have helped (calves were cramping)
4. Check into Sodium levels for run
Photos from the event. It was gorgeous spring desert weather.
My Breakfast consisted of an English muffin w/peanut butter, which I packed from home and 8oz of water as my pre-race meal. I am very happy with this as my meal as it caused no issues. My hydration was Osmo, which was perfect for the cycle portion.
I was able to get my bearings together after the bike incident and then get to work on setting up my transition area and applying race numbers, body markings, locate water and use the restroom facilities. I got hung up on the race bib and how to affix this to the belt, so I just stuck with attaching to my TRI shirt.
My wave was set to go off at 7:45am, we were the second to the last wave to go. Our wave was after two female waves. I made the mistake of not warming up in the water beforehand. Next time I want to allow myself 10 minutes to warm up with a swim. I also used my mirrored goggles as it is a direct swim into the sun, but the clouds were out and the mirrored goggles made for a bit of a darker feeling than I like (I am weird about Goggles, always have been) I think Goggle issues can make or break a good swim. Very thirsty waiting for my swim to start, next time bring over a small bottle of water for waiting.
|00:22:54 | 1360 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards|
|Course:||Lake course, just an out and back simple course.|
The main issues with me for the swim were caused by not warming up, using the wrong goggles (too dark) and not feeling like I was swimming straight. I also could have tried to get up front as opposed to being in the back of the wave. I came in 30th in my age group out of 74, so ideally I should have tried getting closer to the front to get a better start. I am not sure what I could have done better on swimming straight, maybe lighter Goggles would have helped with visibility, but still not sure. The water was nice, not too cold and I felt like my wetsuit was fitting me just right.
T1 – 4:57
My transition was very slow, I think the main learning points are to apply Sunscreen before swim and keep my transition area to the minimum and more glide as getting the wetsuit off was slow. The Chamois cream by DZ Nuts was key for the bike
|01:15:21 | 24 miles | 18.75 mile/hr|
|Course:||As FLAT as you can get…two loop square.|
The bike started off slow for me, being one of the early ones from my wave back to the bike rack was a nice suprise, but it took me a while to get geared up. I started the race off, seeing a crash right away. My legs were tired throughout the race and it was a very flat course. My lower back was hurting most of the time and my bike was making odd noises (most likely due to the bike incident). I clearly need more training in this area of the event.
T2 – 3:15
Could have been faster on transition as well. It took me time to get ipod setup, my legs felt like Jello and was tired after bike.
|00:50:02 | 05.8 miles | 08m 20s min/mile|
|Course:||Two loop flat, off road (mostly) run around the lake.|
I had a decent run maintaining what is my normal pace of 8:20 minute miles despite the calve cramps and field condition. It was a dusty parking lot type feel with some areas of sand and starting to get hot. My breathing was labored at times, mainly because I was getting hot. I felt really good to finish and was happy with my overall time.
Feeling glad to be finished