Last weekend I competed in the second of two races that make up the Lake Castaic Sprint Triathlon Series. The distances were a 400 meter swim, a 10 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run, the same course that we ran on July 14, 2012 and which I talked about in my blog Knowing your Weakness is a Strength. Back in July, I completed the course in 55 minutes and 15 seconds. This month I completed the course in 54 minutes and 45 seconds. You know it is funny how even though we know that something is supposed to be the same as it was, something in us when we get in race mode leads us to follow the person in front of us (even if they are going in the wrong direction – I may have to blog about “blindly following our leaders” at some future blog in time). Even though I knew the course was the same I ended up following the runner in front of me on the run course and added an extra minute on this course. So I ran a little farther than some of the other racers, but the time difference wouldn’t have mattered in my age group since I was bested by 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Regardless of this fact, the point of this race is that I went faster than I did just the month prior and that is what I am the happiest about. Of course taking second in my age group (35-39) and 13th overall made this older Triathlete feel pretty good as well (I was third in age group and 22nd overall in July).
Going in the right direction for sure! My next race is going to be the Bakersfield Triathlon – Olympic Distance put on by Kerry Ryan at Action Sports in Bakersfield . This race is about twice a far, but I am hoping this might actually help me out with the final standings. Check out the blog on that upcoming race! here Bakersfield Triathlon .
Ahhh yeah! The Bakersfield Triathlon is set for September 30, 2012 this year! I thought this event was dead, but to my delight yesterday, I found out it is very much alive! This event is put on by Action Sports in Bakersfield now. Years ago, this race was called The Bakersfield Bud Light Triathlon and was put on by North of the River Parks and Recreation and had a wide draw with a professional purse. Triathlon greats such as Scott Tinley, Scott Molina, Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and many others raced this race for a few years! As a young triathlete in my early teens I raced on the old course which included a 15 kilometer run instead of the 10 kilometer run as it sits today. Believe me, I am not sorry to see the run reduced to the Olympic distance specifications. That run regularly destroyed people!
The following is the event description taken from http://www.bakersfieldtri.com/ : The Bakersfield Triathlon is one of the longest running events in the sport. Established in 1981, the Bakersfield Triathlon has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging triathlons in the U.S. The longer course has changed some over time but the addition of 2 laps on the bike up the Bluffs and a run loop that includes the famous Hanglider Hill and Bastard’s Bluff are enough to test the most seasoned veteran. The Sprint Course allows both the beginner and the fast & furious to have a good time without the steep hills. Relay teams are welcome in both events and a Kids Tri is available for the young ones.
Up until yesterday I was planning on racing in the Carpinteria Triathlon on September 30th, which is a great race in it’s own right, but as of now my sights are set on being competitive in The Bakersfield Triathlon. I am reorganizing my training regiment to focus on the distances of this new course. I don’t think that words can describe how excited I am that I am going to be able to race on this course. I feel like a little kid right now! Thank you Kerry Ryan for keeping this event alive!
If you are interested in doing a triathlon for the first time, this would be a great event for you to start on (.5 mile swim / 12.4 mile bike / 3.1 mile run). I would recommend the Sprint Course for beginners.
If you are looking for a challenge, give the Olympic distance a try (.93 mile swim / 25 mile bike / 6.2 mile run) on this super challenging course. This is where I will be and loving every minute of it!
I am not exactly sure how many years ago it was but I do remember competing in the Carpinteria Triathlon I think when I was 15 and living in Los Angeles. From what I remember there was one course and it was a really good Sprint race, a bit thrown together for that time (late 80’s), but flat and fast nonetheless. Now there are two distances, the Sprint – (.5K Swim | 15K Bike | 5K Run) and the Olympic Distance – (1.5K Swim | 40K Bike | 10K Run) and it looks like this little event has grown into a big deal on the South Central Cali Coast. I am liking this race for two reasons: (1) Nostalgia….I love Carpinteria – this little town is awesome!; (2) I will be coming off of my 21 Day Ultimate Reset as of September 4th which will give me three and a half weeks to train and taper for the event at the end of the month. I am liking the idea of the Olympic distance to see how I would fair at the longer distances again, but it would be really nice to race the Sprint to see if the Reset had a significant affect on my body.
Check out these links for the Carpinteria Triathlon or the Ultimate Reset here: